Palazzolo Acreide (Sicily, Italy) Reviews
Description: Ancient Greek settlement in the south east of Sicily. / Ancient Greek settlement in the south east of Sicily.
Newest Review: ... oil paintings in the two aisles either side of its single nave. The town’s main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele III begins to the left of the town hall, where you’ll also find the small tourist information office. Pick up a free map and continue along the street, looking up for the Palazzo Judica on the right, whose beautiful Baroque balcony foreshadows the even more impresssive ... more
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by - written on 06/05/03, updated on 06/05/03 (Very useful, 375 readings)
Ancient Akrai was founded in 664 BC as the first colony of the Corinthian settlement at Syracuse, which was expanding its power into the vast Sicilian interior. The town prospered as a strategic way-station on the route linking Syracuse to Selinunte, the westernmost outpost of Greek Sicily. With the decline of the Greeks the town passed through periods of Roman, Byzantine and Arab rule, declining in importance until the 12th century when a village developed around a now ruined Norman castle, marking the origins of the present day Palazzolo Acreide. Devastated by the 1693 earthquake, the area was rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century by master architects such as ... Read the complete review
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