what to visit
Discover the monuments near the Villa,
like the Vendicari Reserve, the Val di Noto,
the Tonnara di Marzamemi, the Sicilian Baroque,
the beautiful Syracuse and much more…
what to visit
the cathedral Avola
Avola, initially named after San Nicolò but dedicated today to San Sebastiano, has a tower facade with three entrances anche three naves. The latin cross plan was designed by Angelo Italia. Remarkable are the rococo stuccos preserved in the chapel of the SS. Sacramento, as well as the fresco on the ceiling depicting the different modes of sacrifice to God according to the Old and the New Testament.
Infiorata di Noto
Every year the third Sunday of May is dedicated to Noto’s infiorata. The event was born thirty-seven years ago by the encounter of Genzanesi and Netini flower artists, and it is precisely in the city of Genzano, in the province of Rome, that this new pictorial technique is developed. Via Corrado Nicolaci is the street where the infiorata is born, the impact is strong, at the top the Church of Montevergini which contrasts with the palace of Prince Nicolaci “Villa Gilda”, with the balconies that have been defined by many the most beautiful of the world. Today the infiorata of Noto is considered among the most beautiful manifestations of the whole island.
The Vendicari Nature Reserve, was foreseen by a law of the Sicily Region in 1981, but was officially established in 1984, after numerous struggles of environmental associations and numerous bureaucratic steps.
However, the history of the reserve has much older origins. There are several archaeological and architectural testimonies of the settlement of man since the Greek era.
The tonnara of Marzamemi was the most important in eastern Sicily, as the scholars Fabio Salerno and Salvo Sorbello, who reported in their books the data on the catch of the seventeen tuna that were active along the east coast of Sicily. Indeed for D’Amico: this is the best Tonnara return of the Kingdom and the island of Sicily, (…) making the very beautiful fish. Already in 1558 the historian Tommaso Fazello wrote of Marzamemi as “a reduced number of ships: the sea abondons here of tuna and other marine fish, all good to eat“. In the tonnara of Marzamemi two mornings were carried out every day: one in the morning and one in the early afternoon.
The streets of the city are interspersed with scenic squares and impressive stairways that link terraces and gradients. The unitary reconstruction produced a coherent urban fabric rich in architectural episodes.
The tender local stone, of a golden and rosy color, was richly carved. The reconstruction took place together under the guidance of the Duke of Camastra, who represented the Spanish Viceroy in Noto. The baroque of Noto pervades the entire city: the baroque elements are not isolated within an urban context characterized by different styles, but are connected to each other in order to achieve what has been called the “perfect baroque city“
Syracuse Syracuse is a city on the Ionian coast of Sicily. It is known for the ruins of antiquity. The central Archaeological Park of Neapolis contains the Roman amphitheater, the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dionysius, a cave carved out of limestone in the shape of a human ear. The Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum exhibits terracotta finds, portraits from the Roman period and scenes from the Old Testament carved in white marble.
Modica boasts a rich repertoire of gastronomic specialties, the result of the contamination of the different cultures that have dominated it; it is known above all for the production of the typical Aztec-derived chocolate. Its historic center, rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1693, is one of the most significant examples of late Baroque architecture and for its masterpieces the city was included in 2002, together with some centers of the Val di Noto, in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.