RIVIERA DEI CICLOPI
The Riviera dei Ciclopi, or Cyclops Riviera, is a picturesque eastern coast of Sicily, which stretches for about 10 kilometres, encompassing the fishing villages from Catania to Acireale. The cost takes its name according to Homer’s epic "The Odyssey". The legend has it that it was created when the blinded Cyclops Polyphemus threw enormous rocks at the retreating Ulysses, creating spectacular rock pillars known as faraglioni. The Riviera dei Ciclopi is also famous thanks to Giovanni Verga’s masterpiece "I Malavoglia" and Luchino Visconti film "La terra trema".
Located at the centre of the Riviera dei Ciclopi, Aci Trezza is a charming fishing village. Its harbour faces the big basalt rocks of the Faraglioni and the island Lachea, so called Isole dei Ciclopi, or Cyclops Islands. In 1989, in order to protect its wonderful flora and fauna, was established a marine reserve, which also includes the nearby Aci Castello.
Here, in Aci Trezza, the writer Giovanni Verga was inspired to write his masterpiece "I Malavoglia", which narrates the tragic story of a humble fishermen family living in Aci Trezza and their attempts to liberate themselves from exploitation by wholesalers, finally ending with their ruin. In 1947, based on the novel "I Malvoglia", Luchino Visconti shot a film "La terra trema" ("The earth trembles"). "La terra trema" was starred only by non-
La Casa Del Nespolo
The museum "Casa del Nespolo" is housed in an old house in the old town of Aci Trezza, next to the church of San Giovanni. The museum is divided in two rooms. First room, named "La terra trema", houses the photos, posters and various objects regarding movie "La terra trema". The second room, named "La Stanza dei Malavoglia", contains a collection of ancient work tools and households objects from 19 th century, but the most interesting exhibits are the photos taken personally by Giovanni Verga and the collection of letters to his brother Pietro.
Location: Via Arciprete De Maria 15
Info: 095 7116638
Opening hours: Every day; October-
Ticket: 1,55 €
Only 9km from Catania centre, toward the south-
Built of black lava stone, the Norman Castle is nestled on the top of rocky spur overlooking the sea. It was built in 1076 by Normans on a pre-
Location: Piazza Castello
Info: 095 7373415
Opening hours: Daily; Winter time 9:00-
Ticket: Full price -