Explore the environment
Discover from Dimora di Dante the beautiful, historic and cultural regions, cities, villages and monuments. Admire the Sicilian baroque architecture, enjoy the long beaches and deep blue sea, and visit the island’s nature reserves and archaeological sites. Visit in the best restaurants, bars and wine cellars and enjoy the delicious wine, exquisite olive oil and Sicilian dishes.
4 reasons to go on a holiday to Sicily
Sicily is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean, we have listed the most important reasons why this island is so popular:
All along Sicily’s coast you will find beautiful beaches with their wonderful, crystal clear, deep blue sea.
The food and local products
The local cuisine and its delicious homemade dolci can’t be found anywhere else in the world. This is reason number one why many people come back to Sicily as soon as possible.
The hospitality and kindness that characterises the Sicilian people
Due to the island’s geographic location Sicily has always been a centre of trade, which has created a vast variety of people, cultures and traditions.
The culture and its monuments
Frequent foreign domination and influences by various peoples and cultures have led to an endless array of monumental heritage sites.
Val di Noto
Val di Noto is a historic province in south-eastern Sicily. The area now consists of Ragusa, the Siracusa province and the southern part of the province of Catania. In 1693, almost the entire region was destroyed by a heavy earthquake. All cities and villages had to be rebuilt, using characteristic Sicilian baroque architecture. In 2002, Val di Noto was placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Eight Sicilian cities can be found on the list:
Caltagirone, Catania, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Palazzolo Acreide, Scicli and Militello in Val di Catania.
Below you find an overview of these beautiful places with the distance to Dimora di Dante.
25km – Ragusa Ibla
This is the old picturesque part of Ragusa situated on a hill with a cozy square at the foot of the cathedral.
38km – Modica
Besides the fact that this is a charming town, it is known for its exquisite chocolate that is still made according to the recipe of the old Aztecs.
43km – Palazzolo Acreide
This town lies at the spot where the inhabitants of Siracusa founded the Akrai colony in 664 BC. In the archaeological park Akrai you can see the remains such as a theater and a part of a Roman road.
44km – Militello in Val di Catania
This village is rich in churches, museums, monasteries, palaces and fountains, including the Chiesa Santuario di Santa Maria della Stella.
45km – Scicli
Scicli is visited less often than Noto, Ragusa and Modica, but is certainly not inferior to these neighboring towns. By Italians, this town is also known for the much-watched detective serie Montalbano.
45km – Caltagirone
The city of ceramics, The famous tiled 130 meters high staircase La scalinata di Sante Maria del Monte was built in 1606 to connect the old and new part of the city.
76km – Noto
Noto is also called the ‘capital of the Baroque’. Walking through the streets you can enjoy beautiful buildings, ornate facades and balconies.
91km – Catania
This city is at the foot of Mount Etna and is the second largest city in Sicily. The central square of the historic city center is the Piazza del Duomo. You will find beautiful buildings in typical Sicilian baroque style. The main street is Via Etnea, which starts at Piazza del Duomo and ends at the foot of Mount Etna. You can shop well and there are many bars, restaurants and ice cream parlors. Along the Via Etnea is the largest park of the city Villa Bellini. Catania has the most theaters in Sicily, so there are many people who are active in professional and amateur theater groups.
74km – Piazza Armerina (Villa Romana del Casale, mosaics)
108km – Siracusa (Neapolis, Greek theater, Dionysius ear)
110km – Ortigia (necropolis)
119km – Agrigento (temple valley)
OTHER INTERESTING DESTINATIONS
11km – Chiaramonte Gulfi (cantine, visit of wine cellars and olive oil)
27km – Castello di Donnafugata (castle)
37km – Antica Dolceria Bonajuto (oldest chocolate factory in Sicily)
48km – Donnalucata (fishing village, beach)
56km – Sampieri (beach)
57km – Pozzallo (port town, boat to Malta)
78km – Marzamemi (authentic fishing village)
81km – Isola delle Correnti (most southern point of Italy)
81km – Portopallo di Capo Passero (beach, rock)
Nature reserves, beaches, trekking
30km – Randello (beach, pineta)
30km – Scoglitti (beach)
31km – Punta Secca (beach, lighthouse, Montalbano)
40km – Marina di Ragusa (beach)
44km – Cava d’Ispica (necropolis)
57km – Pantalica (river, water trekking, necropolis)
69km – Cava Grande del Cassibile (canyon, river, water trekking)
81km – Calamosche (beach)
92km – Vendicari (beach, reserve)
121km – Etna (vulcano, Rifugio Sapienza)
131km – Scala dei Turchi (beach, rock, climbing)