Acireale in the Province of Catania, eastern Sicily, Italy, on terraces above the Ionian Sea at the foot of Mount Etna,  11 kilometers northeast of Catania.  The first part of its name is derived from the ancient Acis River, which according to legend welled forth at the death of the shepherd Acis. Much of the present town was built after the earthquake of 1693. Notable landmarks include the cathedral (1597–1618), with a modern facade; the Baroque church of San Sebastiano; the town hall (1659) containing a library, museum, and picture gallery. Every year celebrating the most famous carnival of Sicily.

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