Photos of Carnevale Celebrations in Acireale, Sicily
Acireale is a small but pretty town in Sicily, not too far up the coast from Catania, the nearest big city.
This town is known mainly for two things; the legend of the Cyclops, and for having one of the best Carnevale celebrations. I’m sharing some Acireale Carnevale photos today and talking a little about life in Sicily too.
The legend of the cyclops is actually based in nearby Aci Trezza, where prominent basalt rocks jut out of the sea near the coast. These are supposedly where rocks thrown by the Cyclops at Ulysses landed in the sea, in competition for the love of a nymph.
I also heard that five rocks which stick out of the sea in a rough semi-circle are said to be the hand of a submerged giant, although geologists will tell you that this is actually the remnants of one of Sicily’s first volcanic craters – the first bits of Sicily to rise out of the Mediterranean due to a bulge in the tectonic plate here.
Another short way down the coast is the photogenic Aci Castello, home to an old Norman castle.
I passed through the coastal towns here and visited Acireale for an evening while I was Wwoofing in Sicily, for ‘il piu bel Carnevale di Sicilia’ – the most beautiful carnival on the island.
Enjoy some photos of Carnevale in Acireale along with a couple of others taken during a sunny few weeks in the winter of 2012. Keep your eyes peeled for the horse meat steak and the Cedrone fruit!
Acireale Carnevale photos, Sicily
Don’t forget the Italian Food
An Italian celebration would not be complete without great food and drink! This Roman tradition never got buried, with cheap delicious options at the fairground for hungry revellers. This is also where I ate my first horsemeat in Sicily and didn’t realise until much later. It had a strong flavour and is cut thinly because it’s a little tougher than beef. They like simple earthy flavours in Sicily so horse steak is usually brushed with only olive oil and maybe rosemary, before being barbecued for a couple of minutes and served in a fresh crusty bread roll. So good.
After enjoying the Carnevale celebrations, I drove back to my WWOOF host’s place, a few kilometres up the slopes of Mount Etna. I stopped along the way a couple of times to play with some nighttime photography and got a couple of nice shots.
That’s all of my photos from Acireale Carnevale for now, other photos from Catania, Sicily, and the rest of Italy coming imminently!