Three Perfect Days

Day One: Classical to Baroque

Before the sun gets too hot head up to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis to explore Syracuse's superb classical ruins. Afterwards, visit the Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi, one of Sicily's top archaeological museums, then lunch in Ortygia. Spend the afternoon strolling Ortygia's baroque lanes, before winding down with a drink on Piazza del Duomo and a late seafood dinner.

Day Two: Heading South

Pick up a car and head south to search out Sicily's great baroque towns. First stop is Noto and its unforgettable main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Whilst here make sure to get an ice cream from Corrado Costanzo, one of Sicily's best gelaterie. From Noto push on to Modica, where you can lunch on local classics at Osteria dei Sapori Perduti. The last leg leads to Ragusa, or more specifically Ragusa Ibla, its commanding cathedral a masterclass in baroque aesthetics.

Day Three: Coasting

Take the time to explore the area's beautiful, low-key coastline. You could spend a very pleasant day bird-watching, walking and sunbathing at the Riserva Naturale Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari, but you really shouldn't miss the Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Tellaro and a seafood lunch in adorable Marzamemi. The end of the road, literally, is Portopalo di Capo Passero, a summer resort with beautifully transparent waters.