Si Trova: vicino Catania
Lat: 37° 33' 39.48914" N - Long: 15° 9' 42.31830" E
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Acitrezza is a small fishing village of ancient and remarkable tradition, famous for its landscape.
It is dominated by the lava masses of the Ciclopi Rocks that emerge from the crystalline waters of the sea, and the lava formations that can be seen near the enjoyable seafront promenade are beautiful.
In the Odyssey it is said that these were the boulders thrown by Polyphemus against Ulysses who had blinded him by throwing him a fiery dart in the only eye.
Next to the rocks stands the Lachea island, identified with the Homeric Island of Goats and which currently houses the headquarters of a biology study station of the University of Catania.
The village was officially founded at the end of the 17th century by Stefano Riggio as a maritime port of his feud.
In Acitrezza Giovanni Verga set the famous novel I Malavoglia and Luchino Visconti set the film inspired by it "La terra trema": a masterpiece of neorealism realized with non-professional actors from Acitrezza.
Not far from the Church of the Patron has been identified the "Casa del Nespolo": the residence of Padron 'Ntoni.
Today it hosts a small museum containing objects from the maritime tradition and a photographic section dedicated to the film by Luchino Visconti and, although not the real "Casa del Nespolo", it still gives a valid testimony of the life that once took place in the village.
Also in Acitrezza part of the Finnish film Rosso was made.
The port is equipped with fuel and water supply, shipyards and towing cranes; there are different nautical clubs.
The area of Acitrezza and the faraglioni, the volcanic rocks in front of the port, are a very enjoyable destination for kayak trips.
The protected marine reserve has allowed the development of life on the seabed, and the beauty of the places is worth a visit.
Today we discover...
The more easily approachable Lampedusa beach
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