The ornate style of Baroque architecture can be admired in a
fascinating series of towns across the Southern Sicily.
Completely rebuilt in a new location after a devastating earthquake in the 1600s,
Noto with its stone churches makes for a memorable visit, as does Ragusa.
Marvellous ceramics from a tradition that dates back to
Arabs times are the main draw in the hilly town of Caltagirone,
which boasts a unique staircase studded with colourful majolica tiles.
The lovely seafront city in the Southern Sicily of Syracuse has many sightseeing attractions,
not least its position on a high, rocky peninsula
that juts out into the sea, and the intriguing maze
of streets that make up the Ortygia district.
Its archaeological site is also rewarding,
wth a Greek Theatre carved into the hillside
that continues to host live theatrical
performances during the summer.
Adventurous visitors, should make a point of visiting the
Monti Iblei hinterland and the steep gorges at Pantalica ,
accessible on foot or horseback.