Fortezza del Tocco
|Fortezza del Tocco|
|Acireale, Sicily, Italy|
Fortezza del Tocco in a 1657 painting
|Coordinates||37°36′47.1″N 15°10′18.7″E / 37.613083°N 15.171861°E|
|Built by||Spanish Empire/Kingdom of Sicily|
|In use||16th–19th centuries|
After the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the Barbary pirates continued to raid the Sicilian coastline. In 1582, Uluç Ali attempted to raid Acireale. Although the raid was unsuccessful, the population were afraid of further attacks and began fortifying the area.
The Spanish (then the rulers of the Kingdom of Sicily) built the Fortezza del Tocco between 1592 and 1616. The fort was designed by Camillo Camilliani and Vincenzo Geremia. Other nearby fortifications that were also built around the same time as the Fortezza del Tocco include the Torre Alessandrano, the Torre di Sant'Anna and the Garitta di S. Tecla.