Palazzolo Acreide is a place that surprises visitors since their arrival, making them immerse in its
wonderful three thousand year history. The strength of Palazzolo Acreide is the variety of
historical stratifications, as demonstrated by its exceptional artistic and architectural monuments.
The itineraries to follow are different but certainly the dual nature of Palazzolo Acreide is that of
being a Baroque center (UNESCO heritage site since 2002) and an archaeological site of immense
Starting from the Baroque, the churches of San Paolo and San Sebastiano are certainly worth a visit, triumphs of the late Baroque that organize the most important feasts in the city together with that of San Michele.
Also worth mentioning are the Cathedral of San Nicola, the Church of the Annunciation with the facade characterized by four magnificent twisted columns and the Church of the Immacolata Concezione which hosts a statue of the Madonna and Child made by the famous Dalmatian sculptor Francesco Laurana, dating back to the 15th century.
Finally, the Baroque itinerary cannot be complete without admiring the famous balcony of Palazzo Judica-Cafici, which boasts of being the longest Baroque balcony in the world.
Before leaving the town, another important stops are the imposing ruins of the medieval castle from the Arab-Norman-Swabian era, the Museum of Noble Traditions in Palazzo Spadaro Rizzarelli and the Museum of Travelers in Sicily.
Two other important museums are the Antonino Uccello House-Museum, the famous local ethno-anthropologist and the Archaeological Museum of Palazzo Chaplains.
The latter is the connection with the archaeological area, the site of Akrai, where the ruins of the Greek Theater dating back to the third century BC are located. Also noteworthy is the Via Selinuntina, part of the ancient Roman road axis and the quarries of Intagliata dell’Intagliatella, rich in early Christian and Byzantine tombs including the Grotta dei cavalli and il Senebardo.
Finally, we should mention a bas-relief from the 1st century BC with sacrificial and convivial scenes.
Hidden gems of Palazzolo Acreide are also the so-called Santoni, rock sanctuaries consisting of twelve figures carved in the rock and unique testimony of the cult of the Magna Mater and considered the main center of the cult of Cybele in Sicily The dating of the complex is between the end of the e and the III century BC.