«Italy without Sicily leaves no image in the spirit. Here is the key to all things». Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is impossible to rank all the beautiful places in Sicily, but here we are talking about the Sicily of Santa Tresa, so the task is a lot less arduous.
Ragusa, 30 km from Santa Tresa, in the heart of the Val di Noto in the south east of Sicily, is the capital of Italy’s southernmost province.
Immersed in an area rich in natural and architectural places to visit, the city is on the Iblei Mountains and is next to the mouth of the River Irminio, which forms part of the nature reserve between Marina di Ragusa and Donnalucata.
The architectural and artistic importance of the city led it to be made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2002.
Ragusa Ibla is the historic centre, which is full of incredible architectural treasures, epitomised by the beautiful Duomo di San Giorgio.
Of particular note is the Giardino Ibleo, a garden full of plants typical of the area and where there is a terrace with a spectacular panoramic view of the Iblei mountains.
At around 50km from Santa Tresa, we find Modica, a baroque city of Val di Noto, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage site.
A city of Neolithic origins, it is the capital of an ancient county, which boasts a rich repertoire of gastronomic specialities, as well as a great artistic and cultural heritage. Today it is known above all for the production of a typical chocolate, which originates from the Aztecs.
At only 15km from Santa Tresa, Comiso is the heir to the ancient Greek colony, Kasmenai, whose ruins are located in Cozzo di Apollo, a hill which is close to today’s town centre.
Subsequently the inhabitants moved to what is now the centre, near the Fonte Diana, where Roman remains have been found. During the Byzantine period, the urban layout was established and the first churches were built.
the Castle of Donnafugata
At around 25km from Santa Tresa, we find the Castello di Donnafugata.
Contrary to what the name suggests, this is not actually a medieval castle, but a sumptuous noble residence of the late 1800s. The name is probably of Arab origin.
Some of the building, including the tower, dates back to the mid-eighteenth century, but the rest was built around a century later by Baron Corrado Arezzo. He added the main façade, in a neo-Gothic style, with references to Venetian style, with a beautiful loggia and elegant trefoil arches.
Marina di Ragusa
Around 30km from Santa Tresa, Marina di Ragusa, with its long golden beaches, is one of the most popular seaside resorts in south eastern Sicily, visited every year by Italian and foreign tourists alike.
At 20km from our vines, Scoglitti has a great many beaches which stretch from the Ippari river and some of which are characterised by their white dunes.
The beaches are wide, with shallow water, many are free and natural, while some have chairs and umbrellas, bars and restaurants.
The city of Vittoria was founded in 1607 under the authorisation of the king of Spain, Filippo 111.
Vittoria is rich in Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture, introduced by the great architect Guisppe Di Bartolo. Vittoria is a city rich in art and culture!
The churches, convents, monasteries, the neoclassical theatre built by the architect Giuseppe Di Bartolo… Vittoria is a city rich in art and culture! Among the main monuments, there are the Municipal Theatre, the Basilica di San Giovanni Battista, dedicated to the patron saint of Vittoria. There is the “Colonna Henriquez” castle, which was used as a prison before being converted into the Civic Museum and seat of the “Enoteca Regionale”, the regional wine authority.