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A quaint seaside village on the Ionian coast, Aci Trezza is part of Aci Castello. It was founded in the 17th century as the port of Aci Sant'Antonio and San Filippo, quickly becoming a blooming trading center. After the fall of feudalism, Aci Trezza was annexed to the nearby Aci Castello.
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Facing the village, stands the volcanic ‘’Isole dei Ciclopi’’ (islands of the Cyclops) which, as far as the legend goes in the Odyssey Polyphemus, were thrown into the sea to defeat Ulysses. Island Lachea is the largest of them which houses a small history museum exhibiting Roman archaeological finds of great importance.
The archipelago is part of the Marine Protected Area of the ‘’Isole dei Ciclopi’’, that can be explored by boat or kayak and it is a true paradise for diving enthusiasts. There is a vast amount of ‘’Posidonia oceanica’’, which is an underwater plant, which creates the ideal habitat for mollusks, crustaceans, groupers, sea breams and eels.
Aci Trezza’s old village was the location for ‘’I Malavoglia’’, the best known novel by Sicilian writer Giuseppe Verga that inspired the movie ‘’La Terra Trema’’ (The Earth Trembles), a neorealist masterpiece directed by Luchino Visconti. "Casa del Nespolo" is a small museum set as a typical 19th century fishermen's home, furnished according to the century’s characteristics.
The two aisled, 18th century church of San Giovanni Battista is decorated with beautiful paintings and frescoes, representing the ‘’Trasfigurazione del Signore’’, ‘’San Giovannino’’ and the ‘’Decollazione del Battista’’ (Beheading of John the Baptist). The saint's statue is carried in Procession during the patron ceremony, being held between June 24th and 25th. During the festivity a play is directed called ‘’U Pisci a Mare’’, a costumed parody of a swordfish catcher, attended by a large public in the port of Aci Trezza since 1750.