South East Sicily

South East Sicily

 

With its treasure trove of art and architecture, you could easily spend an entire fortnight in south east Sicily. Venture to the north of the Noto Valley and you reach the astonishing Roman mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale, and to the east, the melting pot of culture that is Syracuse.

Then there are fabulous sandy beaches, the Vendicari nature reserve, vineyards that produce some exceptional quality wine, world-famous Modican chocolate and even a couple of golf courses thrown in for good measure.

But it is the fanciful architecture and show-stopping palazzi and churches of the UNESCO World Heritage Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa that will leave the biggest impression. Together with the smaller but equally charming Scicli and Ispica, these towns were rebuilt in the 18th century following the massive 1693 earthquake when vast swathes of the southeast were destroyed. None of the towns are far from each other so can either be explored from one base or as part of a tailor made holiday that combines coastal Sicily with its rural interior.

  • Villa Stella

    Villa Luna, Scicli Sitting in a lofty position in the rural countryside near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Scicli in south east Sicily, Villa Luna is a stone-walled former farmhouse with views ov ...

    Villa Stella

    Scicli
    Sicily
    Fabulously refurbished Sicilian villa, set amidst the rural landscape of the Val di Noto, with an infinity pool and private wellness area.
    Weekly prices
    £2600 - £4600
    Sleeps
    8
  • Masseria della Volpe

    Masseria della Volpe, Noto A newcomer to Sicily’s hotel scene, this refined former masseria opened in 2015. Surrounded by a large estate dotted with citrus, fruit, carob and olive trees, it is superb ...

    Masseria della Volpe

    Noto
    Sicily
    A slick architect-designed converted masseria, with a heavenly pool and holistic spa, set amidst the olive and citrus tree covered countryside overlooking the Noto valley.
    Prices
    7 nights from £ 980 per person including breakfast and car hire
  • Villa Costanza

    Villa Costanza, Noto In a great location for visiting the stunning towns of south east Sicily, days on the beach or just lazing by the pool, this high-quality villa is an excellent option for a famil ...

    Villa Costanza

    Noto
    Sicily
    Stylish elegance at this perfectly-located villa with pool in the heart of the baroque Noto valley in south east Sicily
    Weekly prices
    £1750 - £3500
    Sleeps
    6
  • Antico Convento

    Antico Convento, Ragusa Ibla A former convent, the Antico Convento Ibla is in a peaceful location on the edge of town, set amidst attractive gardens and perfectly-placed for exploring one of the jewe ...

    Antico Convento

    Ragusa
    Sicily
    Former Capuchin convent turned 4-star hotel with cookery school in the heart of Ragusa Ibla in south east Sicily
    Prices
    4 nights from £ 325 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Masseria Ciancio

    Masseria Ciancio, Modica Drink in the atmosphere at this 19th century ‘masseria’, set in the tranquil south east corner of Sicily amidst a typical Modican landscape of dry-stone walls and carob and o ...

    Masseria Ciancio

    Modica
    Sicily
    Rural B&B and apartment accommodation with a pool close to the beaches and baroque towns of south east Sicily
    Prices
    7 nights from £ 850 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Casa al Castello

    Casa al Castello, Modica Switch off from the stress and time pressures of everyday life at this friendly B & B which, with its superb hospitality, wonderful landscapes and proximity to so many fascin ...

    Casa al Castello

    Modica
    Sicily
    Experience a warm Sicilian welcome at this intimate but stylish B & B with pool, set amidst the magnificent baroque towns of south east Sicily.
    Prices
    7 nights from £ 545 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Villa Cippo

    Villa Cippo, Modica This cleverly refurbished Sicilian Baglio is in the heart of south east Sicily's baroque Noto valley, within easy reach of Ragusa, Modica, Ispica and Noto. Structured around an in ...

    Villa Cippo

    Modica
    Sicily
    A stylishly renovated Sicilian farmhouse with pool, between Modica and the sea
    Weekly prices
    £1400-£ 2800
    Sleeps
    6
  • Villa Grano

    Villa Grano, Noto With views over fields of grain, carob trees, ancient olive and almond trees, Villa Grano nestles amongst the magnificent countryside of Sicily's Val di Noto, just a short drive fro ...

    Villa Grano

    Noto
    Sicily
    Look out over a classic rural Sicilian landscape from this traditional country estate with pool
    Weekly prices
    sleeps 7 £1540 - £3500
    sleeps 12 £1925 - £4200
    Sleeps
    12
  • Torre Marabino

    Torre Marabino, Ispica Situated in the heart of the Sicilian countryside, this seven room boutique hotel is as close to the soft sandy beaches of Sicily’s south east coastline as the treasure-filled ...

    Torre Marabino

    Ispica
    Sicily
    Rural bliss in the countryside of south east Sicily, close to sandy beaches and the Baroque towns of the Val di Noto
    Prices
    7 nights from £ 595 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire
  • Hotel Palazzo Failla

    Hotel Palazzo Failla, Modica This exquisitely-restored 18th century palazzo is in the heart of Modica’s historic centre and an excellent base for visiting the other towns of the Val di Noto. Traditio ...

    Hotel Palazzo Failla

    Modica
    Sicily
    Full-on Sicilian experience in this frescoed palazzo in the heart of baroque Modica
    Prices
    3 nights from £ 235 per person on BB and private airport transfers.