Palazzolo Acreide is a small town with about 9000 inhabitants in the province of Syracuse and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to see
Its beauty lies in the mixture of Baroque and Greek architecture, which give life to an artistic landscape of rare beauty, studded with museums and ancient palaces all to be admired.
Among them is the Akrai Theatre, built between the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C. and connected to the city’s main square, and the two churches: the Basilica of San Paolo and the Church of San Sebastiano, built after the Val di Noto earthquake. The two buildings are now perfectly merged with the new architecture and urban layout, but still have a special charm.
The Monumental Cemetery, built in 1889, is a classic expression of Art Nouveau style, which is also expressed in the historic garden, and houses works of art of rare beauty.
The House-Museum of Antonino Uccello and the ruins of the Castle, are just two of the clear expressions of successive dominations over the island for centuries.
The G. Judica Archaeological Museum houses two thousand artefacts that the Baron himself had collected during his excavation campaigns.
Equally interesting is the Museum of the Travellers of Sicily and the Villa Comunale, with its gardens of oleanders and mulberry trees, firs, cedars, horse chestnuts and plane trees leading up to the Viale delle Rimembranze: an avenue of holm oak trees that were planted to commemorate those who fell in the war.