5 minutes Capital of the Baroque of Europe, proclaimed a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and defined by the poet Cesare Brandi as “Garden of Stone”. It is known all over the world for the splendor of its Baroque architecture. Entirely rebuilt in the early 1700s after the devastating earthquake of 1693 It has more than 30 churches, numerous convents
Noto Direction – 30 minutes One of the most characteristic cities of the Iblei, famous for its Greek Theater and the original city Akrai, stage of numerous battles, during the first decades AD. Palazzolo is the city of traditions symbolized above all by its religious feasts “San Paolo and San Sebastiano”. Do not miss the ethno-anthropological museum, the “Antonino Uccello”
Ragusa – 60 min, Modica and Scicli – 40 min Rich with baroque churches and noble palaces; those locations also known for having offered the scenography to numerous films of the “Commissario Montalbano”. For those with a sweet tooth, the classic or flavored “Modica Chocolate” is not to be missed, particularly due to the absence of milk.
Direction Catania – 2 hours Always a worldly meeting place, it is located 200 meters above sea level, and has a particular shape that makes it resemble, in its structure, a real terrace on the Ionian Sea, enjoying a truly breathtaking view of Etna. Particular for its “alleys”, which very much recall the typical Sicilian town. The Greek Theater is
Direction Palazzolo Acreide, Caltagirone – 2 hours Famous for the “Villa Romana del Casale”. Dates back to the end of the third century AD, that Villa, protected by UNESCO since 1997, belonged to a member of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, perhaps a governor of Rome. Magnificently adorned with beautiful mosaics, unique in their kind for the very small size of
Direction Palazzolo Acreide – 1 hour and 40 min Known as the capital of Sicilian Artistic Ceramics. The spectacular “Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte” has become the emblem of the city today. Built in 1606, it is 130 meters long and has 142 steps all adorned with colorful majolica.
Direction SR-CT CT-PA – 2 hours Known throughout the world for its “Temples”, millenary buildings dedicated to the Gods. Hometown of Pirandello, where it is possible to visit his home.
Direction Pachino – 15 minutes Rich 4th century AD residence. Exceptional for the flooring of three rooms covered with mythological hunting and dance scenes, made with millions of limestone and terracotta tiles in very intense natural colors. Stories full of animals, flowers and faces so alive that they seem to pop out of the drawing.
Direction Pachino – 20 minutes Charming fishing village, developed around the Tonnara, where tuna fish were once processed and in which there are still testimonies of marine life. The small square with the church, the houses and the eighteenth-century villa of the Princes of Villadorata served as sets for numerous films shot by directors Salvatores and Tornatore.