Day 1: Ragusa – Caltagirone – Syracuse – Noto
Begin your 3-day trip to Sicily from south-east with a gorgeous city named Ragusa. Built between two deep valleys, divided into two districts as Ragusa Ibla (Lower) and Ragusa Superiore (Upper), the city has been listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. It is in Ragusa Ibla where the great historical treasure can be found. Explore the city and let the labyrinth of limestone streets lead you to stunning churches and spectacular Baroque palazzi. With 14 UNESCO World Heritage buildings in a small area of less than a square kilometer, Ragusa will amaze you with its rich bounty of antiquity. Piazza Duomo and Cathedral of San Giorgio are must-see of them all. Also, dig your teeth deep into the famous street food of Sicily— Arancino, a deep-fried rice ball stuffed with tomato, vegetables, and meat.
This beautiful town in the southeast of Sicily is perched at the hilltop and is known for its glazed ceramics, particularly in yellow and blue. Caltagirone was rebuilt in baroque style after the earthquake in 1693 and is now listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. Apart from many old churches, city’s main landmark is the 142-step ceramic-inlaid monumental Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in the old part of the town.
Wander around in Syracuse
Believe it or not, but at the pinnacle of its glorious days, Syracuse in Southeast Sicily was larger than Corinth and Athens.
Today, the glory of ancient time has gone, but the beauty remained. Between the noisy traffic and markets, find the great Greek relics, boisterous baroque piazzas, and the alluring alleys leading to the deep blue sea since mediaeval times.
Syracuse is a classic Sicilian beauty with citrus orchards and cafes. Don’t miss the 2ndcentury Roman amphitheater, which is the third largest after Colosseum in Rome and Verona’s amphitheater. Syracuse has a great deal historical heritage and your trip to Sicily cannot be complete without visiting Syracuse.
As for what to eat? Try the tagliata di pesce spada (grilled and sliced swordfish) in a tomato sauce at a restaurant named Don Camillo.
End the day in Noto
Just 32kms away from the town of Syracuse lies the enchanting town of Noto—an UNESCO world heritage site and Sicily’s most stunning centre of history.
Spend the evening admiring the splendor of Noto because it is in the early evening that this lovely city reaches the peak of its beauty when the golden buildings gleam in the afterglow of dusk. Don’t forget to bring your day to a perfect end with scrumptious Cassata Siciliana—the sponge cake soaked in liqueur with sweetened ricotta layered slices and almond paste covering, topped with the icing. Caffè Sicilia has the honour to be regarded as Noto’s best dessert shop.