The workaday port of Licata doesn't look like much as you approach, but hidden behind the dreary suburbs is a charming, if rather worn, historic centre. The centre of action is Piazza Progresso, which divides the two main streets, Corso Roma, flanked by elegant baroque palazzi, and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. At the top of town, a 16th-century castle affords views down to the harbour.
Some 22km west of Licata, the unexceptional town of Palma di Montechiaro is the ancestral seat of the princes of Lampedusa, made famous by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). The family's 17th-century ancestral palace has been unoccupied for some time, but the Chiesa Matrice still stands and can be visited.