A small town just 12km west of Syracuse, Floridia is ideal for those wanting a peaceful country setting with the vibrant centre of Syracuse just a short drive away.
One of the best beaches in the region, Fontane Bianche is 3km stretch of coast, 25km from the centre of Floridia. With fine white sand, a gently sloping seabed and warm, transparent sea, it is very popular with families. Sunloungers and parasols are available for hire.
In the heart of Vendicari Nature Reserve just 10 minutes' drive from Noto, 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 popular stretch of coast with sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.
Greek Theatre Syracuse - Mid May to late June
One of Sicily’s most prestigious cultural events each spring is the Greek Theatre Festival. At sunset, in the evocative setting of this ancient amphitheatre, a classical Greek comedy or tragedy is performed, transporting audiences thousands of years back in time.
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.
Festa della Fragola, Cassibile and Syracuse - April to May
A celebration of the first crop of strawberries held every year around the end of April/beginning of May.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Take a stroll around the enchanted cobbled streets of the island of Ortigia, stopping at bustling piazza’s and baroque churches along the way.
Piazza del Duomo
Spend an evening at Piazza del Duomo, a masterpiece of baroque architecture lined with restaurants and home to a stunning cathedral adapted by the Byzantines and later the Normans from a 5th-century BC temple to Minerva.
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.
Val di Noto
Drive to 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.