One of the eight towns in the Val di Noto world heritage site, Ragusa is set amidst two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica. Split into two parts, the modern town is perched higher on the hillside whilst the picturesque old town Ragusa Ibla is lower down the hillside, filled with baroque architecture and narrow cobbles streets. Also in the old town visit the Church of San Giovani. Ragusa is also particularly famed for its gastronomy and produces some excellent cheeses.
Marina di Ragusa
A very popular large beach with golden sand and clear waters. There are numerous facilities along the beach including sunloungers and parasols for hire.
In the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve lies an 8km stretch of golden sand dunes, lagoons, cliffs and hidden bays. There are no sunloungers, bars or water sports and no crowds. A truly wonderful place to swim and well-suited to families but be sure to take anything you might need including water with you.
A favourite beach in this area as it is stunning with beautiful clear, turquiose water and a gently shelving sandy beach which is great for families. Head for the section that is not owned by a particular hotel or resort, where there is a beach hut serving ice cream and drinks. This beach does get busy in peak season.
Infiorata di Noto, Noto - May
Italy’s best-known flower festival sees one of the baroque town’s main streets, Via Nicolaci, carpeted with a series of flower tapestries. The day after the festival finishes children enjoy running through the petals scattering them in all directions.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Val di Noto
Drive around the late baroque towns of the Val di Noto. The valley holds a series of picturesque towns composed almost entirely of baroque churches, palaces and house - a must see for architectural and historical enthusiasts.
Take a stroll around the enchanted cobbled streets of the island of Ortigia, stopping at bustling piazza’s and Baroque churches along the way.
Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
Visit the famous Greek ruins in Syracuse including the extremely well preserved Greek amphitheatre where classical theatre is performed in the summer months.
Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina
The most remarkable Roman ruins in Sicily and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this grandiose 4th century Roman villa is home to one of the finest floor mosaics in existence.