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ACIREALE

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 148 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ACIREALE, a town and episcopal see of the province of Catania, Sicily; from the town of the same name it is distant g M. N. by E. Pop. (19o1) 35,418. It has some importance as a thermal station, and the springs were used by the Romans. It takes its name from the river Acis, into which, according to the legend, Acis, the lover of Galatea, was changed after he had been slain by Polyphemus. The rocks which Polyphemus hurled at Ulysses are identified with the seven Scogli de' Ciclopi, or Faraglioni, a little to the south of Acireale.
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