Travels

Agrigento

Outside town surrounded by olive groves and almond orchards. Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 5th & 6th BC. The temples are spread along a rocky ridge a short way to the south of the medieval town centre, in a designated archaeological park. You can walk there, or catch a bus from the railway station. Food options are limited so you might wish to take a picnic lunch.

Travel to Agrigento: Bus services operate to Catania, Siracusa, Palermo and Caltanissetta. Trains to/from Palermo run approximately every hour and the journey takes just over two hours. Check the timetables first as there are some slow trains on the route. Agrigento's main railway station, Stazione Centrale, is located in the centre of town on Piazza Marconi.

Noto

Situated in the south-eastern corner of Sicily, Noto is famous for its Baroque architecture, and since 2002 it has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto'. Little town, with a historic centre that is composed almost entirely of crumbling Baroque palaces, churches and houses.

Ragusa

A well known tourist traps. The city is known for its impressive baroque architecture. Ragusa is one of eight jewels of Val di Noto region that have been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ragusa Ibla, which is home to most of the tourist sites, is famous for its narrow streets, steep winding steps, old churches, and fantastic views.

Segesta

Archaeological complex. Segesta was originally founded by the Elymian people, one of the native people of Sicily. They later integrated with the Greeks, making Segesta an important Classical town. It was later ruled by the Romans, but declined in importance before being finally abandoned in around the thirteenth century.

Siracusa / Syracuse

It was one of the most important cities of the ancient Greek world, and the most important in Greek and Roman Sicily. It was also one of the most beautiful. The archeological park is extensive, while the old city, Ortygia, has some fascinating treasures. The columns of the ancient temple around which the cathedral was built (typical of this phenomenon of the early centuries of Christianity) are still visible on one side of the nave. If your taste runs to something more Baroque, consider Ragusa and Noto to the south.