THE LATE BAROQUE CITIES OF THE VAL DINOTO (RECOGN SED BY UNESCOIN 2002)
Tourism in the province of Ragusa has taken on a different dimension and importance than in other Sicilian provinces for many years now. The peculiarities of the territory, characterized by the great beauty of the cities and their monuments and its beautiful nature and scenery – especially along its stupendous coastline – create a mix of attractions that brook few comparisons. These characteristics, coupled with great food and wine production, can definitely be defined at levels of absolute excellence, and make the territory an area rich in tourism potential that deserves to be exploited to the fullest.
UNESCO’s recognition of the treasures in the Val di Noto has untimely helped motivate the entire sector, greatly increasing what is on offer to tourists in just a few years.
The province of Ragusa is the youngest of the Sicilian provinces, but also still ancient enough for there to be many traces of civilizations that have lived there over the millennia. On January 11, 1693, an earthquake devastated part of the province’s territory. Massive reconstruction followed and that led to the extensive and splendid Baroque architecture that characterizes the Val di Noto, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in2002.
The Iblea area has turned up various archaeological findings, including the oldest yet recorded human findings discovered in Sicily namely scrapers and lithic blades dating back to 30,000 years ago that were found in a cave. The vast majority of the findings are housed in the Iblea Archaeological Museum.
Breakfast in Ragusa Ilbea. A guided tour of Ragusa llba, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to discover its Baroque treasures: the Duomo, the Church of San Giuseppe and its magnificent palaces. Lunch at a typical Trattoria. Proceed to Modica for an exclusive, unique tour of the historic city centre in a FIAT 500 – ideal for navigating the narrow streets of the upper part of Modica – see the magnificent dome of San Giorgio, the San Giovanni district end the marvelous church of Santa Maria del Gesu. Also enjoy a tasting of the renowned Modica chocolate that dates back to the Aztec period. Overnight stay.
Safari Tour – Depart for a Jeep Safari tour in the Ibla countryside along the river lrminio. Hiking in the caves of Castelluccio that later became asphalt mines. A unique experience to discover the secrets of the millennia in the Ibla Mountains. Lunch on a farm, during the course of the day’s tour. Overnight in hotel.
Ispica – Breakfast. Guided tour of Cava d’lspica, a river valley some 13km long, surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation and home to prehistoric tombs, Christian catacombs, rock “loudspeakers”, monastic refuges and other settlements. In the area towards the end of the valley in the Ispica district and not too far from the town, there is evidence that man was present there from prehistoric times up until the earthquake in 1693. Overnight in hotel.
COMISO: Parish Church, Santa Maria delle Stelle, Chiesa dell’Annuziata, Roman thermal baths of Diana
ISPICA: Clock Tower
MODICA: Church of S. Giorgio, Church of S. Pietro, Rupestrian (rock) Church of San Nicolò, Grimaldi Palace, Tedeschi Palace, Palace of the studies, the little Clock tower
POZZALLO: Cabrera Tower
SCICLI: Church of S.Bartolomeo, little church of S. Giacomo, Palazzo Beneventano, Palazzo di Città and Palazzo Palace
VITTORIA: li Calvario – Tempietto, Palazzo Iacono and the Vittoria Colonna Theatre.
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