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HISTORY AND LEGEND

Acireale, located within Etna and the sea, is enriched by the various
presences that in the centuries have left trace of it. Is proud of its
original baroque as, even though damaged by an earthquake in 1693, it
did not get destroyed keeping unbroken, with the due restructuring and
with the embellishment of late baroque, the old pomp of buildings and
churches build mainly with lavic stone and Siracusa’s white stone. If
Acireale history take root in remote times, it can’t be said otherwise
for the Aci and Galatea’s legend that makes it for a romantic
framework to the city. The legend, narrated also by Ovid in “The
Metamorphosis” tells, according to the most traditional version, about
the love between the Nereid Galatea and the shepherd boy Aci. If the
romance was strong, as much was the jealousy of giant Polifemo, that
because of that, thrown big stones against Aci, causing his death.
Destroyed by sorrows Galatea implored Giove so as to bring back his
beloved. Drove by compassion the King of Olimpo turned the shepherd
boy into a river, allowing this way the sad Galatea to join the young
beloved.

CARNIVAL

“Licet in anno semel insanire” (“is allowed to go crazy once a year”)
is the Carnival’s adage, flower of events that take place in the city
of hundred bell towers. Carnival’s origin is to be looked for on
greek’s Dionysia and roman’s Saturnalia and follows on time its own
dimension depending on the places where it’s celebrated. Acireale,
even though not averse to it’s glorious origins, perpetuate in present
time with improved creative spirit the old traditions. Framed by its
priceless baroque during the three weeks at February, parade
papermache chariots decorated by artisan masters, unitedly to masked
groups and more. Everything gets repeated, the first weekend of august
with the folklore parade, summer guise of traditional Carnival.

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