If you are passionate about art and architecture, you should definitely take a walk through Acireale, an elegant baroque town a few kilometers from Taormina. What will surprise you most is the Cathedral of Acireale, which construction dates back to 16th century but features both Gothic and Baroque details, following the remade to some renovations after the 1963’s earthquake.
Still in the municipality of Acireale, continuing this guided cultural journey, is located the oldest Sicilian academy, which houses a picture gallery with ancient books, works of inestimable value such as those of Guercino, Novelli and Reni.
Without doubt one of the best known attractions is the beautiful carnival of Acireale, the event that animates the city during the month of February with allegorical floats and beautiful masked parades. During the entire week of the Carnival you can admire the high craftsmanship of the floats depicting caricatures of historical and contemporary characters, as well as join the local jury to vote for the most beautiful float, but nothing prevents you from participating in the parade by showing off a mask.
If you are a good fork or simply love the nightlife, Acireale will know how to satisfy the needs of your palate very well. During the whole year, in fact, the numerous restaurants and bars in the city offer interesting food and wine ideas mostly related to the territory: a 5-way itinerary to discover the typical dishes of Sicilian cuisine.