8. Aci Trezza: Guided Tour of Ulysses Caves and Reserve Area
From the ancient port of Aci Trezza 6 stops with a bathing stop.
Included in the price:
1. Skipper and guide in Italian and English
2. Insurance with civil liability
3. Entrance ticket to the ancient shipyard from 1800 with guided Italian and English tour with the last shipwright of the Rodolico family
1.Lachea Island Aci Trezza
Lachea Island, not very large, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the Cyclops archipelago, just off the coast of Aci Trezza, Sicily.
It is part of the integral nature reserve Isola Lachea e faraglioni dei Ciclopi, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998.
The island, like the others in the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed by the intrusion of magma into the pre-existing rocks of the seabed.
The nature museum houses a rich collection of fauna and flora.
2. The Faraglioni
Their origin is thought to be associated with the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, allegedly hurled the rocks into the sea at the Greek hero to prevent him from escaping. A story that has certainly fuelled legend about the Cyclops Islands, also recounted in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fancy aside, these are marvellous works of nature, sculpted over thousands of years by wind and rain, which are part of a protected marine area consisting of the Lachea Island, the Faraglioni and four other rocks arranged in an arch.
3. Norman Aci Castle
The Aci Castle is located in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. The fortification, of uncertain origin, was the fulcrum of the development of the Aci territory in the Middle Ages. During the Sicilian Vespers, it was subjected to the rule of Ruggero di Lauria, then in the Aragonese period it belonged to Giovanni di Sicilia and finally to the Alagona family, being besieged several times. It is currently home to a civic museum.
4.Prince Aci Catello's House
It was in February 1749 when Prince Don Luigi Riggio, Don Stefano's successor, had a majestic palace erected in Acitrezza for his residence. The palace was built facing the sea, close to the beach, imposing, grandiose, with eleven windows in a row on the façade and on the sea side, equipped with a rampart rampart against the cannons of the Turkish ships that often infested the seas of eastern Sicily.
5. Ulysses Caves Catania in the protected area
A bathe in the history of legendary events that supposedly took place between the 13th and 12th centuries BC
6.Rodolico Shipyard at Aci Trezza
Shipwrights have been shaping wood for millennia, creating constructions that still ply our waters today. A true art that encompasses the skills of designer, naval engineer, carpenter as well as artist. For five generations, the Rodolico shipyard has been operating in Acitrezza, the holder of this ancient, noble and precious profession. A craft that has almost disappeared but is dense with history, folklore and traditions to be remembered and preserved.