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Lachea island

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Lachea island

Lachea island

Isola Lachea
Isola Lachea
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lachea-islands-6
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Polifemo-di-Carracci
Polifemo-di-Carracci
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lachea-islands (6)
 

 

  Polifemo-di-Carracci

 

Near the fishing village of Acitrezza, about 200 meters from the shore, there are these spectacular rocks (Islands of the Cyclops) that legend has it were the put there by the one-eyed giant. The Cyclops, in love with the nymph Galatea, threw the rocks at the shepherd Aci, his rival in love. (in the PHOTO, a picture by Annibale Carracci, at the Farnese Gallery in Rome). According to Homer, the rocks were thrown at the escaping boats of Ulysses – None. Either way, Poliphemus put them there!!!

 

 

 

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The archepelago of the Ciclopi is comprised of Lachea Island, Faraglione Grande (Large), Faraglione of the Uccelli (Birds) and from Faraglione Piccolo (small).

 

 

 

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The bottom is spectacular for divers.  Typical inhabitants are cormorants, Mediterranean gulls and town gulls.

At the summit of the island you find: a museum that exhibits flora and fauna of the island and the archeological and geological relics found in the area; a cistern; the Grotta del Monaco, because the hermit San Pier Damiani, born in Aquitania, lived here between 974 and 1044, when Sicily was dominated by the Arabs.

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