Welcome to Southeastern Sicily
The temptation is to stay in Syracuse, sipping granite (flavoured ice) in cinematic piazzas and sunning yourself on the seafront, but drag yourself away and you'll be falling head over heels for Sicily's most beautiful towns. Top billing goes to Noto, Modica and Ragusa, each one a feast of architectural flourishes and gastronomic delights – ice cream in Noto, chocolate in Modica and one of Sicily's finest restaurants in Ragusa. All three towns rose from the rubble of an earthquake in 1693 to become luminous examples of Sicilian baroque, a style that lends the region a cohesive aesthetic appeal.
Then there is the region’s countryside, a sun-bleached canvas of sleepy backroads lined with carob trees, epic rocky ravines studded with prehistoric tombs, and tranquil, sandy beaches backed by bird-rich greenery.