Acireale (äˌchērāäˈlā) [key], city (1991 pop. 46,199), E Sicily, Italy. Beautifully situated on a volcanic plateau near Mt. Etna and near the Ionian Sea, Acireale has been frequented since Roman times for its warm sulfur springs and today is also a commercial center. The city was damaged by earthquakes in 1169 and 1693. It produces mineral water, wine, textiles and leather goods.