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The myth of Polyphemus, Aci and Galatea

The legend tells us how Ulysses, returning to Ithaca, landed on the island of the Cyclops where he was hosted by the scary Polyphemus. The great Cyclops, forging inside the volcano Etna, lightning that were used by Zeus. During his stay Polyphemus devoured many comrades of Ulysses, who, to be able to save himself, made him drunk and blinded his only eye. Polipheus, out of anger, began to throw large rocks against his ships, giving rise the Faraglioni, located currently facing Acitrezza.

This small archipelago, consisting of three large rocks and an islet, gives to the view a magical and rare beauty atmosphere. Modeled of the wind and the sea, the Faraglioni rise from the water in all their magnificence and with particular and unique shapes. The largest rock formation the Lachea island, consisting mainly of basaltic rocks. It is a protected reserve, established in 1998 in order to maintain and protect vegetation and fauna, as well as to protect the endemic lizard Podarcis sicula ciclopica, Taddei.

Another interesting legend linked to these places is that of Aci. This story clarifies why several cities close together have this common prefix.

The myth of Aci tells the story of a shepherd who loved, reciprocated, the beautiful nymph of the sea Galatea. The ruthless Polyphemus, jealous of this sentiment, killed poor Aci, leaving Galatea into despair, who wept him along the shores of the sea.

The gods, softened by the sad fate of the shepherd, turned Aci into a river, so that every day he and Galatea could meet at sea. From this legend take the name of the various towns in the area, including Acitrezza, Aci Castello and Acireale.

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