What’s the best time to visit Sicily? Sicily is full of places where you want to jump and dive into the Mediterranean for a while during those months from May to October. When asked if you know Sun Island, a few would say yes or probably yes. How many would know the answer to the question about the largest Mediterranean Island? Perhaps a little more respondents. In both cases, it’s about the same ancient land: Sicily. Find the most beautiful villas in Sicily by the sea and keep reading to discover its secrets.
Sicily Sea: The Most Beautiful Places
Cava Grande near Cassibili in Southeastern Sicily
On hot days you can swim in the cooling water of the river in the Cava Grande. This massive gorge lies near the town of Cassibili. In the valley, the river has eroded natural pools. You can swim here or play in the water and then let yourself dry on the rocks in the warm Sicilian sun.
The Necropolis of Pantalica.
In Byzantine times thousands of graves were carved into the rocks here
The small river Anapo has carved out a deep gorge near the village of Sortino. In Byzantine times, thousands of graves were carved into the rock walls of the canyon. Nowadays the canyon is a beautiful nature reserve where you have the chance to see different animals. With 8000 graves, Pantalica is the largest necropolis of Sicily.
Archimedes, known from physics class, was born in Syracuse in the year 287 BC. At that time, Syracuse already existed for 500 years. The Greeks founded a colony here on Sicily as early as 733 BC.
The peninsula Ortygia is the historical center of Syracuse, surrounded by water. In ancient times, the port city was a real ‘hotspot.’ In Ortygia, you will find beautiful squares, old buildings, and charming streets. Enjoy a terrace or an Italian ice cream sandwich.
On the outskirts of Syracuse, you will find Neapolis where you can see a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheater, and the Ear of Dionysius.
World Heritage: Noto
After the massive earthquake of 1693, the town of Noto had to be rebuilt entirely, resulting in today’s Noto, a beautiful baroque city. Via the Porte Reale, you walk straight into Corso Vittoria Emanuelle. In this main street, you walk along with all the impressive palaces, churches and other buildings that Noto is rich. Together with seven other baroque cities in southeastern Sicily, Noto is on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Ragusa was founded in ancient times when inhabitants fled from Greek settlers and moved inland. The Sicilian city is about 25 km from the coast and has about 60,000 inhabitants. The town consists of 2 parts. The ‘new’ Ragusa that was rebuilt in the 17th century after the great earthquake in baroque style and the quieter Ibla.
Ragusa is the baroque part of the city and has wide streets. Ibla is the old lower town and has, in contrast to Ragusa, small streets and charming squares.
Worth seeing are the baroque Duomo San Giorgio in Ibla and the San Giovanni Battista cathedral in Ragusa. Ragusa is on the Unesco world heritage list.
In the vicinity of Ragusa are long sandy beaches with beautiful fine sand.
The old town of Modica is also on the Unesco World Heritage List. The town is about a 15 km drive from Ragusa. Modica Alta lies on the hill and is connected by stairs to the lower Modica Bassa. Here you need to try the famous Modica Chocolate: yes, Sicilian cuisine is also this!