Staying in our House, in our opinion it would be a shame not to visit and discover beautiful landscapes of nature, monuments, cities, and beautiful places that are found in a range near the village of Marzamemi, your point of reference.
It is a small rocky island with a round shape, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of rock, a characteristic often artificial arm destroyed by the raging waves.Read more
Natural Reserve established in 1984, it is now one of the most representative wetlands in Europe and its importance, from a naturalistic point of view, is recognized internationally.Read more
Which has become mandatory destination of cultural tourism, it is now recognized as the undisputed capital of Sicilian Baroque and listed by the historical heritages of humanity.Read more
And `the country to the south of the island of Sicily. Once it called Terranobile, now has about 4000 inhabitants and its economy based on fishing, agriculture and tourism.Read more
This area, belonging to the Vendicari Nature Reserve, is characterized by the beauty of the long stretch of beach is easily accessible from the south.Read more
For experts, preserves the most beautiful Roman mosaics of Sicily, and certainly the best preserved, most probably made after the middle of the fourth century A.D.Read more
It `a canyon that winds for 13 km the Hyblean plateau, between the towns of Modica and Pozzallo.Read more
Visit one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. Ragusa Ibla is home to a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches.Read more
Ragusa Ibla is home to a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches.
The Cathedral of San Giorgio started in 1738 by architect Rosario Gagliardi, in place of the temple destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, and of which is the only place in the city a Catalan-Gothic style portal can still be seen. The façade contains a flight of 250 steps and massive ornate columns, as well as statues of saints and decorated portals. The interior has a Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles ending in half-circular apses. It is topped by a large Neoclassical dome built in 1820.
On a narrow winding street connecting Ragusa Ibla with Ragusa Superiore lies the church of Santa Maria delle Scale ("Saint Mary of the Steps", built between the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries). This church is particularly interesting: badly damaged in the earthquake of 1693, half of this church was rebuilt in Baroque style, while the surviving half was kept in the original Gothic style (including the three Catalan-style portals in the right aisle). The last chapel of the latter has a Renaissance portal. The chapels are adorned with canvases by Sicilian painters of the 18th century.
- Church of the Souls of the Purgatory has a Baroque portal.
- Church of Santa Maria dell`Itria, built by the Knights of Malta in the seventeenth century, has a campanile with ceramics from Caltagirone and a canvas attributed to Mattia Preti.
- San Filippo Neri
The church of San Giorgio, designed by Rosario Gagliardi and built between 1739–1775, has a façade with tiers of juxtaposed columns. The Treasury contains silver items. Similar though smaller is the nearby church of St. Joseph, with an elliptic interior housing a seventeenth-century statue.
The church of Sant`Antonino is an example of Norman architecture, characterized by a Gothic portal, while the Church of Immacolata boasts a fine fourteenth-century portal.
San Giorgio Vecchio boasts a façade with a notable Gothic-Catalan portal, with a high lunette portraying St. George Killing the Dragon, and Aragonese eagles.
The Hyblean Garden offers a good view to the three churches of the Cappuccini Vecchi, St. James (fourteenth century) and San Domenico.
The Zacco Palace, a Baroque building, has Corinthian columns support balconies of wrought iron work, caryatids and grotesques.
Palazzolo Acreide is a town and comune in the Province of Syracuse. It is 43 kilometres (27 mi) from the city of Syracuse in the Hyblean Mountains.Read more
Palazzolo Acreide is a town and comune in the Province of Syracuse. It is 43 kilometres (27 mi) from the city of Syracuse in the Hyblean Mountains.
The area around Palazzolo Acreide has been inhabited since ancient times. In the 10th-11th centuries B.C.E, the Siculi lived here in small villages. The town occupies the site of the ancient Akrai (Latin Acrae), founded by Syracuse around 664 BC. The city was important as it controlled the paths of communication between the towns on the southern coast of the island. According to Thucydides, the Syracusans defeated the Athenians here in 413 BC.
In the treaty between the Romans and Hiero II of Syracuse in 263 BC it was assigned to the latter. After the Roman conquest, it became a civitas stipendiaria, and was still prospering in the course of the early Christian age.
The old city was probably destroyed by the Arabs, in the first half of the 9th century. The new city was built around a Norman castle, which no longer exists. An earthquake in 1693 destroyed almost the entire city, which was slowly rebuilt in the following centuries.
The Ancient City lies on the hill above the modern town, the approach to it being defended by quarries, in which tombs of all periods have been discovered. The auditorium of the small theatre is well-preserved, though nothing of the stage remains. Nearby are the ruins of other buildings, which bear, without justification, the names Naumachia, Odeum (perhaps a bath establishment) and Palace of Hiero. The water supply was obtained by subterranean aqueducts. In the cliffs of the Monte Pineta to the south are other burial niches, and curious bas-reliefs called Santoni or Santicelli, carved in the 19th century by a peasant proprietor, which also appear to be related to funeral ceremonies. Also nearby is the necropolis of the Acrocoro della Torre, where many sarcophagi have been found. About 5 miles (8 km) north lies Buscemi, near which a sacred grotto has been discovered; and also a church cut into the rock and surrounded by a cemetery.