Aci Trezza beach
The beach of Aci Trezza is part of the territory of Aci Castello and became famous thanks to the novel “I Malavoglia” by the Italian writer Giovanni Verga. It is located on the east coast of Sicily, 16 km from Catania. Its beach of black lava pebbles and gravel and the dark color of the rocks emphasizes the clarity and beauty of the waters that lap this beautiful coast. In some areas of the cliff there are large boardwalks on which you comfortably sunbathe. Not far away, there are bars, restaurants and beach clubs renting beach equipment and boats. This sea is rich in rock formations and marine biodiversity, a true paradise for underwater sport lovers. Offshore, you can see the characteristic “faraglioni di Aci Trezza” or “faraglioni dei Ciclopi”, that are charming black lava stacks. The coast of Aci Trezza is also known as Riviera dei Ciclopi.
The myth of Ulysses and Polyphemus
Aci Trezza is the heart of the Riviera dei Ciclopi, also known as Riviera dei Limoni, which includes the coast of Aci Castello, Santa Tecla, Stazzo and Pozzillo. According to the myth, the stacks that rise in front of the village of Aci Trezza thrown into the sea by the Cyclops Polyphemus against the fleeing ships of Ulysses. These large rocks form an archipelago consisting of small cliffs and rocky islets dominating the landscape and creating a charming and fascinating atmosphere along the coast. Thanks to the rich marine biodiversity that characterizes these waters, the Riviera dei Ciclopi is part of a protected area, which extends from Aci Trezza to Capo Mulini and Punta Aguzza.