Reveal the Secrets of Southeastern Sicily

Jam-packed with UNESCO world heritage sites, sunny beaches on the magnificent coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, landscapes dotted with olive and almond trees, and hills cast out with dry stone walls, the southeastern region of Sicily reflects a great diversity in everything it has on offer for its visitors.

Though the region is home to some of the most beautiful cities on the island, each of which has a diverse climate, gastronomy and festivals, it is not as popular as its neighbors in the Tuscany, and often less visited outside August.

Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, Syracuse, Sicily by Clemensfranz

The new airport in Comiso is set to change the appearance of the region by drawing in more travelers from all across Europe as well as from other parts of the world. From this airport, you can find direct flights to London, UK. And you can also board in domestic flights to Rome and Brussels.

Comiso airport is found in the outskirt area of a charming tiny town of the same name – Comiso, which is a few minutes’ drive away from Ragusa and the beach resort of the Ragusa. You can easily find a rental car, taxi and even buses outside this less crowded airport.

You may board a flight to Southeastern Sicily in your next holiday trip in new year 2014. It is a perfect place to feel relaxed, eat, drink and have fun with the friendly locals.

Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy
Ragusa Ibla, Sicily by Riccardo

5 things in Southeastern Sicily you can’t afford to say ‘No’ to exploring or experiencing

1. Ragusa Ibla

Just within an area of 1 square kilometer, Ibla has 14 UNESCO rewarded world heritage sites. Meander through the limestone streets which are home to magnificent churches and baroque palazzi.

The center of the city features palm-embellished, inclined and pretty looking Piazza Duomo sit on top of the Cathedral of St George. The beaming and curved façade of the St George cathedral is one of the best architectural wonders of the island. For amazing views, reach on top of the structure by climbing up the stairs.

Duomo di San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla, Sicily, Italy
Duomo di San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla, Sicily by Mikenorton

2. Swim in the Sunshine and Sea

The southern coastline of the island is home to many spectacular beaches that boast of pristine blue water, perfect for swimming from June to October. You will also spot some wild bays on the Mediterranean coast, but most of the beaches have cafes, umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and the traditional gelato.

Cava Randello beach, Punta Braccetto, Sicily, Italy
Cava Randello beach, Punta Braccetto, Sicily by Carlo Columba

3. Ortigia

Lately restructured and restored, Ortigia is the heart of ancient Syracuse and geographically a tiny island located on the tip of the southeast corner of the Sicily.

Its black paved streets, the great Greek Temple of Apollo, and courtyards and churches reflecting masterpieces of Norman, Medieval, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture style are the major highlights of this wonderful place.

Temple of Apollo, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Temple of Apollo, Syracuse, Sicily by Andrew Malone

4. Syracuse Archaeological Park

The major tourist attraction of this park is the Greek amphitheater found in its center area. The park also features a best-kept Roman amphitheater and the remains of the massive altar of Hieron.

Greek theater, Syracuse Archaeological Park, Sicily, Italy
Greek theater, Syracuse Archaeological Park by Andrew Malone

5. Catacombs

Exactly beneath the huge complex of the tiny ruined cathedral of San Giovanni in Syracuse are the Catacombs that date back to the 3rd and 6th centuries, a great delight for history-buffs. Art lovers will find a stretch of underground streets and domed caverns worth exploring once and again.

Amphitheatre in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Amphitheatre in Syracuse, Sicily by Berthold Werner

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