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Acicastello totals about 19,200 inhabitants. It is a small fishing village in the Eastern coast of Sicily. It is one of nine cities in the area sharing the prefix Aci. This shore stretch is particularly rich in lemons hence often referred to as the LemonsíCoastĒagaves and palm trees. Acicastello boasts a rich production of citrus fruits, olives, grapes, almonds, and cereals. Cattle breeding is flourishing because of the numerous pasture areas. The outstanding handicraft work includes wooden objects. The most architecturally interesting monuments are the Chiesa Madre, preserving noteworthy frescoes by Pietro Vasta (1697-1760), and the Norman Castle.
The Castle - Built of black lava strone, this Norman fortress is nestled atop a rocky spur on the sea. This place has been fortified since the Roman Age, when it hosted the Rocca Saturnia. Destroyed on several occasions, it was rebuilt by Tancredi in 1189. Under the Bourbons, around 1787, the castle was used as a prison. A splendid view over the faraglioni and the Lachea island can be enjoed from its top. The castle houses the small City Museum, collecting archaeological relics and mineral specimens.
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