Punta Secca is the seaside village of Santa Croce Camerina.
Many of the scenes of the famous fiction “Il Commissario Montalbano” are set here: we find the restaurant, the beach overlooked by the Commissioner’s house and the sea in which he swims. The house with the most famous terrace in Italy, where Montalbano talks about his investigations, is located next to Torre Scalambri. Inevitable is a click!
Also known as Ibla, it is the ancient historic center of the city of Ragusa. It is famous for being a witness of the Baroque style in Sicily and is included among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Cathedral of San Giorgio is one of the most important tourist attractions together with the protruding balconies supported by huge masks, ancient noble palaces and the Portal of the ancient Cathedral which survived the 1693 earthquake which razed all the centers of the Val di Noto to the ground.
The best known and most fascinating monument in the historic center of upper Ragusa is the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Its construction began after the devastating earthquake of 1693 with the late Baroque architectural style of the time. On the left side stands the bell tower, which can be visited. Not least, a few meters away, there are splendid buildings dating back to the eighteenth century with pot-bellied balconies in wrought iron, statues and masks with extravagant expressions.
Marina di Ragusa, originally called Mazzarelli (small port), was a seaside village used for trade. Here, towards the beginning of the 1900s, the Ragusan aristocracy began to build holiday homes that are still clearly visible today. Over time and with building expansion, the hamlet has been enriched with restaurants, bars, shops, a tourist port and a long cycle path. Today, especially in summer, it is a tourist reference point for its golden beaches, clear sea water and nightlife.
Donnafugata Castle was like a rural villa built around a pre-existing settlement about 15 km from Ragusa. It owes its current appearance to the changes made between the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 1900s. The admirable building displays eighteenth-century, neoclassical and Gothic elements. It is surrounded by a huge park with exotic plants, a labyrinth and jokes. It occupies an area of over 2500 square meters and inside there are 122 rooms.
Pearl of the Val di Noto, Scicli was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002 thanks to the Sicilian Baroque. An Halt a must for fans of the television series Inspector Montalbano, here they will find the most famous locations of the set.
The city has very ancient origins, testified by late Byzantine settlements, and was rebuilt in a Baroque key following the earthquake of 1693. The heart of the town is Piazza Italia, via M. Penna and piazza Busacca overlooked by many eighteenth-century buildings.
Modica, also a UNESCO heritage city, is divided into different districts: the architecture of the historic center is medieval in style but it is the late Baroque that dominates the palaces and churches rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. Do not miss a visit to Cathedral of San Giorgio with the spectacular staircase, and the church of San Pietro surrounded by the imposing statues of the twelve apostles.