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Sciacca: photo description (Sciacca)

Sciacca is a small town 70 km from Agrigento, famous for its thermal baths, medieval and Baroque architecture and exciting carnival. Another real, but little known gem of the city is the Arab quarter. In addition, Sciacca has always been famous for its craftsmen, for example, glass products are produced here, adorn almost all the houses of noble inhabitants of Agrigento 14-18 centuries.

Sciacca has very ancient roots - the ancient Greeks loved to spend his time on his spurting from underground hot springs. Their traces left here by the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards - and they are clearly visible today in the city's architecture and traditions of its inhabitants. In 1831, Sciacca became the protagonist of a unique geological event in the sea right in front of the city there is a volcanic island, which six months later, again plunged into the abyss. During these six months the island has managed to even give the name - the island of Ferdinand.

Today Sciacca is a tangled maze of streets that intersect in small areas - piazzeta with beautiful churches and ancient buildings. Among the city's attractions stands out the Cathedral (Duomo), built in 1108 during the reign of the Normans. Later, in the mid-17th century, it was expanded by architect Michele Blasco. Unfinished Baroque facade lacks one of the two bell towers. At the sides are statues of Antonio and Gian Domenico Gagini, made in the 16th century. And inside the triple-naved Cathedral houses many works of art with a variety of sculptures, also Dating from the 16th century.

You should pay attention to the Collegio Church, richly decorated with drawings, including a picture of the "adoration of the Magi" work Giovanni Portalone and the image of John the Baptist, attributed to Domenichino. The Church of Santa Margherita is notable for its portal in the Gothic revival style and antique frescoes. Finally, Palazzo Stiripentol is an unusual 16th - century building in the Sicilian-Catalonian style. Its facade is encrusted with tiny seashells with diamonds and battlements with a mask in the center. Also striking Renaissance portal, and elegant double Lancet window.

The coast between Sciacca and Agrigento studded with the beautiful and still undeveloped beaches, long surf with snow-white sand dunes and steep cliffs. Definitely worth a visit at least three beaches: the so-called Turkish Stairs near the town of Realmonte where the wind gave the rocks the shape of a huge stairs leading into the sea, Torre Salsa in the eponymous natural Park between Siculiana Marina and Eraclea Minoa, and, in fact, Heraclea Minoa, in the coastal waters of which lie the ruins of the ancient Greek city.