52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #50. Inspired, Creative Accommodations

Over the last ten years, Sicily’s tourism industry has matured and grown, and the amount and diversity of accommodations available to tourists is abundant. In a city like Ragusa, for example, right here in the old town of Ragusa Ibla, there exists everything from Locanda Don Serafino, an historic hotel with luxurious rooms furnished inside…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #46. There’s Always Something Begging to be Discovered

Considered by many to be the “Sistine Chaple of Sicily,” the Chiesa di San Domenico in Castelvetrano in western Sicily is an unspoiled spectacle. Originally built in the 1470s, artist Antonio Ferraro da Giuliana and his sons spent three years from 1577-1580 creating the stucco scene above the altar titled “Albero di Jesse,” or the…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #35. Amazing Architecture

What exactly is it? Built in 1905, Stand Florio was constructed for the industrious Florio family as a daytime seaside resort for their friends and associates – – members of Palermo’s nouveau riche elite. On its grounds they played soccer/football and water sports and socialized. The complex was designed by Palermo architect Ernesto Basile, who…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #34. Rock A Kasbah

So, even while in Sicily, you can get lost within such a labyrinth and find hidden family-run restaurants and happen upon families communicating through open windows and curtain-ed doorways. There’s also some pretty neat street art and ceramic tiles adorning the seeming fortification. Consider visiting Mazara del Vallo as “an adventure within an adventure.” And…

52 Reasons to Love Sicily | #29. Ancient Surprises

After being sacked by Arab conquerors in 878 and its Norman-era steeple and stone roof collapsing with the historically powerful earthquake of 1693, the current baroque-style cathedral, dedicated to the Navtività di Maria Santissima, was constructed at the beginning of the 18th century. Still today, though caked with layers of architectural history, Siracusans will point…