World Italy Acireale Piazza Duomo
Square 4711

The Piazza del Duomo is the center of Acireale, and it is lined with some of the most important buildings of the city, including the Cathedral, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, the Municipal Palace, the Palace Modò. The Cathedral is dedicated to Maria Santissima Annunziata, and within it are preserved the relics of Santa Venera, the patron saint of the city. The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in Baroque style, was built in 1550 and rebuilt in 1608, while the bell tower was built in the nineteenth century. The Loggia Giuratoria or City Hall, also in Baroque style, was designed in 1640, remodeled in the eighteenth century and damaged by earthquakes in 1783 and 1818. Particularly valuable are the shelves that hold up the balconies, and wrought iron balconies and corner. Inside, there is a display of vintage military uniforms. The paving of the square is made ​​of lava stone and white marble stone of Comiso. The particular design of the plan recalls the interior of a dome as seen from the bottom up, also at the center of the square was made ​​an engraving depicting the emblem of the city.