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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO Ispica Portopalo di capo Passero Pachino

ELORO

ELORO  Apri
Loc. VICO ELORO, NOTO SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
26 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
Altitude: 160 mt. a.s.l.  Area Avola, Ispica, Pachino
Chlorine ( in greek and Helorus in Latin) is an archaeological site located on a hill overlooking the Ionian Sea, near the city of Noto, near Syracuse, at the mouth of the river Tellaro (then with the same name of the city). The city was founded by the Corinthians in the eighth century BC, in the direction of the later way Elorina, which connected the Greek colonies of Syracuse, Gela Kamarina. The upper course of the river Tellaro, near the city Hippocrates, tyrant of Gela, defeated in battle in 493 BC Syracusan forces, while in the course of the Peloponnesian War, the Athenians were defeated in 413 BC In 263 B.C. was part of the possessions recognized by the Romans to Hiero II of Syracuse in 213 BC It was then conquered by the Romans, led by consul Claudius Marcellus in 214 BC The city was flourishing during the Byzantine era, but was almost completely destroyed by the arrival of the Arabs. The most important sanctuary was located outside the walls: it was dedicated to Demeter and Kore and takes maybe an older cult indigenous Sicilian. It was located outside the walls and consisted of different environments. The first plant dates back to the sixth century BC, but was used until the third century BC, as evidenced by votive preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Noto. Later he was transferred to the sanctuary within the city as a small temple in antis, and surrounded by a colonnade (stoa), three-arm, Doric facade and two aisles. The arcade was also connected with the agora, which are only visible cisterns dug into the rock to collect rainwater. From the square, a street headed for the sea to the south-east: along with another street in a north-south axis called the urban structure of the city. A shrine dedicated to the god Asclepius (Asklepios in greek and Aesculapius - Aesculapius in Latin), the fourth century BC, it consisted of a courtyard surrounded by arcades, where the sick were standing waiting for the visit and slept in a dream of the god, which would bring to healing. Near there was a small thesaurds, which is a building shaped like a small temple in antis, to house votive offerings and dated to the second half of the fourth century. To the south, on the slopes of the hill, there is a greek theater, partly carved into the rock and partly built, from the end of IV - beginning of III century BC, partly affected by a drainage canal built in the thirties.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI, NOTO SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
19 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Pachino, Avola, Ispica
The resounding success ecological Vendicari is due to the multiplicity of its habitat distributed in different habitats: rocky, sandy coast, Mediterranean, marshes (brackish and freshwater), salt marshes, scrubland and cultivated areas. The fauna in the area is rich in bird and varies according to the seasons and the physiology of the animals themselves.

RAGUSANO DOP

RAGUSANO DOP  Apri
Loc. RAGUSA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
32 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Modica, Giarratana, Zappulla
  Brochure PDF
Ragusano, historically called caciocavallo (in Sicilian Cosacavaddu), is an Italian cheese PDO (Protected Designation of Origin). This dairy excellence, in 1955, was recognized as a typical product from DPR n. Of 30 October 1269, in 1995 he obtained the designation of origin (Decree of May 2) and, the following year, it acquired the Community recognition of the PDO, losing the historic designation of Caciocavallo. The name apparently derives from the ancient habit of hanging forms riding a stick placed horizontally. Is produced in the province of Ragusa and in the province of Syracuse with the towns of Rosolini, Noto and Palazzolo Acreide, with milk from cows of the breed Modica. Ragusano is a semi-hard cheese made of spun paste made exclusively with milk from cows. Manufactured in compliance with the rules of production (measure of 29 July 2003 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry). The cheese is shaped like a parallelepiped with a square section with rounded corners. The weight of each shape is between 10 and 16 kilograms. The crust is thin, smooth, sharp straw color. The forms can be surface treated with substances transparent, free of dyes. The paste is homogeneous compact with slight holes, white or pale yellow load outside and less load inside. The taste is aromatic, pleasant, fuse in the mouth, usually mild and sweet when the cheese is young, becoming spicy advanced maturity. The content of fat in the dry matter is not less than 38%

CALAFORNO

CALAFORNO  Apri
Loc. STRADA COMUNALE DI CALAFORNO, GIARRATANA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
Altitude: 532 mt. a.s.l.  Area Buccheri, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa
In the district Calaforno between Monterosso Almo and Ragusa, has been ongoing for some years an intensive reforestation project that has transformed the barren hilly landscape in a fresh and welcoming pine forest. In an area about 600 meters above sea level, extends, therefore, the Calaforno Forest Park, a wooded area that takes its name from a series of caves that are located further downstream: the cave Calaforno, a series of 35 small rooms, originally used as graves, then transformed over the centuries into homes. The park consists of a green hillside sloping down to the sea, which has a tree cover represented basically by Aleppo pines and along the trails, some oriental plane trees reminiscent of the old riparian vegetation cover and give the area a striking appearance. The area, as mentioned above, has been the subject of a major reforestation plan, which has turned into a real green lung, but surrounded by rocky terrain and arid. For the beauty of the area it is hoped that the park would soon become a protected region, even if the process for this to happen, has not yet been completed. Starting from Giarratana, you can reach the forest and follow the signs for the restaurant 'Two Palms', and along a dirt road that begins at the end of the village. After several twists and turns, running through farmland, forest encounter a gate marked 'Area equipped Calaforno'. Passing through the gate and continue for two miles, through the woods, you begin to see the infrastructure of the typical picnic areas, located first on the right of the road, over a stream, and then to the left, near an old mill water. The building, abandoned but fully functional, was acquired by the forest and partly restored so that it can be visited. In Equipped With several facilities that are well integrated into the environment because all made of wood. Tables and benches for more than 250 seats, many litter bins and a small playground for children, who can spend a leisurely day in a pristine environment. Beware, though: here it is forbidden to light fires so that the area is not equipped with hotplates. Adjacent to the area was made a wildlife area with deer and wild boar, bred for experimental purposes

DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO

DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO  Apri
Loc. CORSO SAN GIORGIO, MODICA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
Altitude: 379 mt. a.s.l.  Area Ragusa, Zappulla, Ispica
The Church of St. George, located between the upper part and the lower part of the city, in a scenic location with the prospect facing the west is the most impressive architecture of the city and the entire south-eastern Sicily. The singularity of the work, in addition to its intrinsic beauty, is its urban location, in the middle of a city built in shelves connected by stairways and irregular winding climbs with wide open spaces, even in the eighteenth century, were to be used in gardens and orchards terraced. The present appearance of the church is the result of several centuries of changes, additions and completions with more substantial interventions that fall in between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The first source that speaks of the existence of the church is since 1150 a papal bull by Pope Eugene III in which the church was placed under the protection of the Monastery of Miletus in Calabria. According to tradition, the church was founded by Count Roger, and in memory of this event, inside, above the main door is facing the armor of Count Roger de Hauteville, the leader of the Normans and the legendary founder of St. George. In 1643, the collapse of a pillar of the transept and the concern of the collapse of the arches near the door to a radical intervention in the church. After consulting several architects and experts factory from various cities of the Kingdom, it was decided to sfabricare the previous building and give the job to a new model and plant to Friar Minor of Marcello from Palermo Reformed St. Francis. Most likely it was not a total rebuild but a transformation. Among other things, the great polyptych Bernardino Niger had made in 1573, located in the wall of the apse of the central nave is to be quoted as a reference point of the previous structure of the church and, in fact, influenced the subsequent renovation projects. In 1660 the historian Rocco Pirri provides information on the church citing it as the oldest and most famous of the County of Modica. Had, at the time, had 13,000 souls and seventy priests between canons and chaplains. The Pirri recalled that it was the second to other Sicilian churches for paintings and statues, were inside superbissimas iconas, a large silver chest and a beautiful tabernacle. The Pirri also recalls the decisive economic contribution of the Counts of Modica for the reconstruction of the building. Very little remains of that moment in history between 1643 and the reconstruction of the earthquake of 1693. Only a few works dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: in addition to the altarpiece Bernardino Niger (1573), the canvas of the painter of the Assumption Tuscan Filippo Paladini, dated 1610, and a work of Cicalesius must be mentioned Our Lady of the Snow, a Renaissance sculpture in marble, wooden painted a coat of arms with the theme of St. George and the Dragon dating back to 1576, an anonymous seventeenth-century painting depicting a deposition preserved in sacristy and two sarcophagi of the seventeenth century preserved in the transept and manufactured according to the technique of working with variegated marbles forming reasons polygonal technique widely used in the seventeenth century. The earthquake of 1693 affect the building damaging many structures, there are many reports on the damage suffered by the church drawn from various foremen.

ISPICA-SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO

ISPICA-SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO  Apri
Loc. SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO - SICILIA  Navigatore
4 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Ispica, Scicli, Zappulla
Santa Maria del Focallo, is a beautiful and extensive beach of the town of Ispica, with crystal clear water and the underwater dream. It stretches for thousands of feet, also characterized by a lush strip of natural vegetation consists mainly of Acacia. Has always been used by local people for day trips outside the city or simply to spend a Sunday at sea. It houses one of the resorts of the circuit Great Journeys called Marispica. In 2011 he obtained, for the first time, the Blue Flag, reconfirmed in subsequent years. The Blue Flag award is the result of a process related to the preservation and enhancement of the coastal zone. The clean sea, the beauty of the beaches, the presence of green areas, the quality of tourism infrastructure and services present in the area prepared by the City for the use of the beaches, have made that received the deserved recognition. It remains in the stories of the elderly, the story of Operation Husky on 10 July 1943, which led to the landing of Canadian soldiers, as witnessed by the plaque near the border with the territory of Pachino.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.  Apri
Loc. ISPICA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
12 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Santa Maria del Focallo, Zappulla, Modica
In the early 80s, a period of maximum production of 'Carota Novella di Ispica, the surfaces of the district came to meet with productions from 3500-4000 has q.li 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 carrots. During the last years remaining surfaces have been reduced in the area around 1300-1500 ha with an average production in good years that are around 650,000-750,000 to quintal of ISTAT data are highly variable, with regard to the production, in relation to the climate. The production of the area bounded represents approximately 90% of the production of Sicily. The companies that have come together to protect and enhance the production of the 'Carota Novella di Ispica represent, in terms of area, production and marketing of 55-60% of the operators who insist area, constituting the representative part of the producers of Carota Novella di Ispica of the territory bounded. Today it is cultivated in about 1500 hectares with a total production of over 75,000 tons. As regards the cultivation of carrot growing areas are in Italy has 12,664, of which 3,390 in Sicily, 26.8% of the total quantity harvested (587,319 tons in Italy, including 128,585 in Sicily, at 21, 9%), and there is a given export amounted to 1.2% of national production, while increasing the share of imported product: over 9,400 tons. In this context, the carrot News of Ispica potential plays a key role in what is the first carrot of quality to enter the market just at the moment of maximum level of imports. The documented origins of Carota Novella di Ispica date back to 1955 and the 50s, its cultivation has gradually enlarged, thanks to great commercial success on the domestic and foreign markets, mainly due to the unique characteristics such as early ripening, the crunchiness, fragrance, color and flavor, as well as the wealth of carotene and glucose. The import-export trade of Italy show an increase in exports of carrots against imports remain broadly stable. In Sicily, the primacy of the production of the core responsibility of the province of Ragusa, which alone accounts for 59% (80,000 ton - ISTAT data) of regional production, followed by the province of Syracuse with 32% (44,200 tons, Istat data). This production, as already said, is characterized by its production cycle and its quality.

ISOLA DELLE CORRENTI

ISOLA DELLE CORRENTI  Apri
Loc. PORTOPALO DI CAPO PASSERO - SICILIA  Navigatore
13 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Pachino, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica
Sicily offers unique places , beautiful and unforgettable , and Pachino is particularly striking for its long and beautiful sandy coastline , the island of Capo Passero , once joined to the mainland , and now easily reached by swimming , or with pedal boats, and especially for the exciting Isola delle Correnti , symbolic watershed between the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea , with an abandoned military post , a beacon of a beautiful cliff. The ' Island of the Currents ( from the Latin insula Currentium ) , is a small island of Sicily on the Ionian coast , in the municipality of Pachino , with an area of 10,000 square meters . and , with a maximum height of four meters above sea level . It was connected to the mainland by an artificial arm , which was destroyed several times by storms . At low tide , the island is transformed into a peninsula , and only at that moment is the extreme south of the island of Sicily. On the island stands a lighthouse, once inhabited by the lighthouse keeper and his family . We grow seedlings of wild leeks , capers and other shrubs typical of the Mediterranean , and in 1987 the island was included in the master plan of parks and nature reserves, for the presence of salt-tolerant coastal vegetation with biotic and psammophilous relict .

PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA

PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA  Apri
Loc. NOTO SYRACUSE, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Avola, Ispica, Pachino
After the restoration of the ceiling of the Cathedral , restoration and accommodation in the natural site of the mosaics of the Villa Romana del Tellaro, the Baroque capital of the Val di Noto adds another jewel to its unrivaled heritage found or rather restored . The return to public use of Nicolaci Palace is an event that overflows the provincial boundaries , reaching the highest levels of education . The palace of the principles is something spectacular and today, restored to its former splendor, gives the size of the wealth and opulence that the city has experienced in a long-gone era . In purely baroque style and with about 90 rooms, a design attributed to Rosario Gagliardi , dates back to the early decades of the 1700s, even if the work , which also participated Vincenzo Sinatra (student Gagliardi ) lasted until 1765. The building is born as a noble residence urban family Nicolaci which has retained ownership of a wing , the other cedendone to the City of Noto. The building is decorated with several balconies decorated beautifully made and closed by the sinuous curved railings . Among the figures of the decorations are mermaids, sphinxes, hippogriffs , winged horses , and more. All of these decorations give a special harmony in the whole building. A wing of the Palazzo Nicolaci welcomes the Public Library , founded by the Municipality in 1817 with the generosity of individuals , especially the Prince of Villadorata , and now filled with thousands of books and various Spanish and Latin manus to which is added a gallery of portraits distinguished of the men of Noto , a gift of Baron Smart . The Library is not that one of the bonds that Noto has with its cultural tradition. To give just one example, Ferdinand the Catholic in 1503 gave the city the title of ingenious , for the erudition of many of its citizens , but was also called the Famous and the Learned

LA CASA DI MONTALBANO

LA CASA DI MONTALBANO  Apri
Loc. PUNTA SECCA - SICILIA  Navigatore
39 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Modica, Scicli, Ragusa
La Casa di Montalbano is the house of the notorial best seller of Cammilleri in Sicily

ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA

ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA  Apri
Loc. AVOLA - SICILIA  Navigatore
30 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Noto, Carrozziere, Belvedere
At the intersection of Via Miramare and the way Old Navy , is the center of the coastal village of Avola ( 1600 ) . The Navy avolese had its greatest urban development with the construction of the trap on a permanent basis . In the thirties it constitutes an important stopover for maritime trade , and especially to the entire community. The tem included for tuna processing industries , distilleries of citrus and a mill for wheat processing . The tuna is made from malfaraggio , which includes the Lodge , the venue for the shelter of the boats and the factory for tuna processing . There are also the homes of fishermen , the warehouses and the seasonal home of the owner. From the architectural point of view , the owner of the palace reflects the style of the beginning of the last century. The downhill terrain creates the space for the small apartment where he was living in the host, which in the summer season he became a sailor. Follow the grandiose lodge , surrounded on three sides by the sea and expanded, in the summer, to a large enclosure with a thatched roof for drying the innards . Ancient structure, now , very little is left , like the great arch of the opposite side to the Lodge . From here the boats were beached for the winter season . High above the sea , there are a series of large rooms that were used as warehouses used to PRESERVED of long traps , or five miles of nets , buoys and anchors that were used to secure the equipment against the force of the winds. In ancient times , were lowered along the Sicilian coast many traps : those on the northern side were called race while the southern slope of return .

FORNACE PENNA

FORNACE PENNA  Apri
Loc. SCICLI - SICILIA  Navigatore
15 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
Altitude: 7 mt. a.s.l.  Area Zappulla, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica
La Fornace Penna is a monument of industrial archeology and is located in the district Pisciotto Sampieri , in the municipality of Scicli in the province of Ragusa.La Fornace Penna was built between 1909 and 1912 the project of Ignatius Emmolo , who graduated in mathematics and civil engineering in Catania to Naples in 1895. Creating the company with the support of Baron William Pen, chose the site of Punta Pisciotto close to the sea , for the following reasons : the bottom deep enough to allow the berthing of vessels, the presence of the railroad, the nearby clay quarry , about 200 meters , for the raw material , the availability of abundant water from a local karst spring . The factory produced bricks that were exported in many Mediterranean countries : most of Tripoli ( Libya) after the war of 1911 was built with bricks of Pisciotto . We worked from six in the morning till dusk, from May to September, with the first rains of the Fornace Penna was closed . We have found employment in a hundred workers between the ages of 16 and 18 . The termination of an establishment took place during the night of January 26, 1924 , due to an arson that destroyed it in a few hours . A letter attributed the gesture abandoned the Socialists , while another hypothesis overshadows the suspicion of a revenge inside the fascist ranks . As evidence of that past production remained only ruins ' or Pisciuottu , so it is called the old establishment by the locals , and the inexorable passage of time, disintegrating quietly and discreetly , La Fornace Penna awaits his fate . Since this building has always been at the center of great controversy and debate : among the proposals to change it in the hotel or the ones to do it become a cultural place , or simply to put in place a restoration of maintenance . In recent years , thanks to the charm of its ruins, Fornace Penna has been used as a film set , The Pasture , was nominated as the location where the factory is located in an episode of the television series Inspector Montalbano .

MODICA

MODICA  Apri
Loc. MODICA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
24 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Ragusa, Zappulla, Ispica
After the era of the first Sicilian settlements , colonization by the Greeks to which the ancient inhabitants were assimilated in the uses and customs, and the occupation by the Romans, the Byzantines went to Modica , leaving the remains of their presence especially in the necropolis both within the city or in the vicinity immemdiate , both in Cava d'Ispica . After these centuries dark during which the whole island suffered the domination by the Barbarians : Vandals, Heruli , the Goths and the beginning of the ninth century the Saracens come forward . Sicily was a fertile land and very attractive for commercial reasons placed in one of the most favorable of all the Mediterranean Basin , the heart of trade era. Modica was conquered around 844-845 , by an army of Saracens led by Al Hamdani and the FADN ibn Gafar was under the Arabs that the city divene a major agricultural and commercial center with the name of Mohac . After two centuries of Arab domination the city , as well as all of Sicily was conquered by the Normans. The liberation of the Arab domination of Sicily took place from 1061 to 1091 . Gualtieri , one of the captains in the service of Roger de Hauteville , the head of the Normans , was given the title of Count of Modica. Even his sons Godfrey , Rinaldo , and Walter Aquino were called Counts of Modica until he was in life William the Good, then broke out a fierce struggle for the succession to the throne. They formed two parties , one national that he wanted to bring to the throne Tancred of Lecce , the son of Roger of Calabria and the other that he wanted Henry to the throne , Emperor of Swabia and husband of Constance, daughter of King Roger of Altavilla. Tancredi got the better but , following his death , the party prevailed Henry of Swabia, who took possession of the throne of Sicily and took revenge on those who had opposed him , among them there were the Counts of Modica who were stripped of their assets. Modica was for a time a fief of the State Property state , then passed to the Angevins and remained there until the Sicilian Vespers which resulted in the expulsion of the hated French and their tyrannical power from all over Sicily . Even in Modica , as well as in many other cities , there was a violent rebellion against the Angevins who were expelled and citizenship appointed as Governor Frederick Moscow. The potera was , at this time, held by the Aragonese , the island had become one of the kingdoms of the Spanish crown . In 1296 , following the marriage between Moscow and Isabella Manfredi Chiaramonte , the district went to Chiaramonte . The Chiaramonte tender County for nearly a century until the last discendende male of the family was beheaded in the Steri of Palermo for plotting against the king. The period of Chiaramonte was undoubtedly the most vibrant in the entire history of the County , the Counts in fact, with the pageantry of their court competition often made to the Royal Court .

RAGUSA

RAGUSA  Apri
Loc. RAGUSA - SICILIA  Navigatore
32 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Modica, Giarratana, Zappulla

Ragusa e' una delle province della regione Sicilia e si trova sul versante meridionale dei Monti Iblei costeggiata dai fiumi Irminio e Ippari. Storicamente Ragusa ha delle origini antichissime in quanto si attesta la presenza umana gia dal III millennio a.c. Divenne nucleo cittadino con la conquista dei Siculi e successivamente dei Greci, dei Cartaginesi, dei Romani e dei Bizantini. Divento nel IX secolo un''importamnte centro economico saraceno e tra l''XI ed il XII secolo fu sotto il dominio dei Normanni ed in seguito dei signori locali Chiromonte grazie ai quali si strutturo come citta medievale. Nel 1693 vi fu un terribile terremoto che distrusse completamente la citta (Ibla) che venne interamente ricostruita parallelamente alla nuova citta (Ragusa) posta su un rilievo adiacente alla vecchia. Il XVIII secolo fu caratterizzato da duri contrasti tra i due nucle urbani: dopo l''Unita d''Italia vennero costituiti due comuni distinti che poi vennero unificati nel 1926. Da vedere: Il Palazzo Zacco: si tratta di un bellissimo palazzo gentilizio in stile barocco che sulla facciata presenta un enorme stemma della famiglia ed uno splendido portale d''ingresso con colonne adornate con capitelli corinzi. Queste colonne sostengono un balcone chiuso da una ringhiera decorata con fiori in ferro. Gli altri balconi del palazzo sono molto eleganti in quanto decorati da maschere che rappresentano scene di vita quotidiana. Uno di questi balconi e' decorato da una sirena accompagnata da suonatori a ricordare le sfarzose feste e banchettiche venivano tenuti nel palazzo. Modica: questa cittadina dista circa 15 km da Ragusa ed e' una delle citta piu pittoresche di tutta la Sicilia. Modica si trova nella parte meridionale dei Monti Iblei ed e' divisa in Modica Alta e Modica Bassa. L''aspetto di questa citta e' tardo barocco e risale quasi interamente a dopo il terremoto del 1693: della citta precedente il terremoto rimane ben poco. Modica e' ua citta pittoresca ed affscinante per il suo aspetto tipicamente barocco, per le sue stradine e vecchie botteghe. Di particolare da vedere c''e' il Museo Ibleo delle Arti e delle Tradizioni Popolari in cui sono conservate strumenti, attrezzature delle botteghe antiche e degli artigiani. Cattedrale di Ragusa: questa chiesa e' stata costruita nel XVIII secolo si trova in una bellissima terrazza pensile sostenuta da un loggiato, nella piazza centrale della citta. Possiede un''elegante e raffinata facciata ed una bellissima cupola in stile neoclassico. All''interno e' strutturata su una base a croce latina con tre navate con bellissime vetrate con cui si raffigura il martirio di San Giorgio. All''interno sono conservate alcune tele di Vito d''Anna, un reliquario d''argento.

CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO

CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO  Apri
Loc. SP41, RAGUSA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
17 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Modica, Ispica, Scicli
The church is a church of San Matteo in Scicli ( Ragusa ) , situated on the hill of the same name . It is the symbol of citta'.Una church already existed in the Middle Ages at the same point of the present building , which was represented by paintings and engravings preserved in various churches in Scicli depicting the hill of St. Matthew, with the church and the soaring bell tower located along the apses . In 1404, according to tradition, was buried there hermit St. William , in the Chapel of the Counts of Modica. The present church is the result of an eighteenth-century reconstruction after the earthquake of 1693 the Val di Noto . The church was the city's cathedral until 1874 , the year of the displacement of the mother church in the Jesuit church of St. Ignatius . The building was left abandoned was subject to rapid degradation , being totally private shell ( and sometimes roof). In the nineties, was subjected to restoration, with the realization of a reinforced concrete cover in form of time , which determined static problems because of the heavy weight and the different response to the stresses of the materials used.To construction of the building , placed on the slope of a rocky hill , it was necessary to build a terrace in support of the structures : the spaces below the church were used to crypt used for burials . The plant is a basilica with three aisles of five bays , ending with the transect at the bottom of which there are three rectangular apses . On the four arches that frame the presbytery you set the ring of the dome. The bell tower is integrated into the structures of the right transept . The front two rows , left unfinished , shows the salient features of Sicilian Baroque . Especially in the central party you may notice a usage model of the wall surface and a strong dialogue of tensions between free elements (columns) and volumes ( continuous wall surfaces ) .

AKRAI

AKRAI  Apri
Loc. PALAZZOLO ACREIDE - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Buccheri, Giarratana, Sortino
Akrai was among the first colonies of Syracuse founded by the Corinthians arrived in the Sicilian regions: Akrai near Pantalica Casmene (military outpost on Mount Laurel, in 643), Akrillai on the way to Gela and Kamarina, the most distant colonies, in 598. Built on top of a hill, Akrai was difficult to attack, and at the same time was an ideal spot to watch over the surrounding territories. Due to the importance of its strategic location, the city grew to reach its peak during the reign of Hiero II (275 BC-215 BC). Faithful in Syracuse, however, had political, administrative and military self, to the point that his army intercepted one of Nicias (421 BC) in the Noto Valley or Valley dell'Anapo and contributed to his defeat. In 211 BC, after the fall of Syracuse, became part of the Roman province taking the Latin name of Acre. The city then passed under Byzantine rule until the Arab invasion. The town was completely destroyed by the Arabs in 827, and the site was abandoned, was slowly covered with soil and vegetation out of sight and being forgotten for nearly eight centuries. One of the first scholars who chose the site of the lost city was the Sicilian scholar Thomas Fazello; later others will be interested and in particular Palazzolo, Gabriel Baron Judica, which in the early part of the nineteenth century undertook the first archaeological excavations at the site of Akrai and described his research in his book Antiquities of Acre published in 1819. The subsequent excavations of the ancient city unearthed the theater, small but in excellent condition. On the back there are two quarries, stone quarries, called Carved and Intagliatella the mid-fourth century BC On the plateau above the latomia Intagliata are the basic building blocks dell'Aphrodision, the Temple of Aphrodite built in the sixth century BC On the western side lies the Bouleuterion where the city council met. To the east of the hill there are the Ferali temples dedicated to the worship of the dead.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE  Apri
Loc. SIRACUSA - SICILIA  Navigatore
37 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Avola, Noto, Carrozziere
On the banks of the river for a few tens of meters you will be immersed in the cool of riparian forest, where pedicellati willows, poplars whites and blacks, tamarisk and common ash trees in the South are the natural companions of the magnificent oriental plane trees, whose specimens have antiquated diameter logs about a meter and a half. There are points of the river in which this type of vegetation is to form a real gallery. On the banks, the oleanders by the blooms stand out with bright green foliage on the whiteness of the limestone rock.

POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP

POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP  Apri
Loc. PACHINO SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from ISOLA DEI PORRI
  Area Portopalo di capo Passero, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica
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The famous Pachino cherry tomato has many beneficial properties. And 'refreshing, thirst-quenching, has diuretic, rich in lycopene and carotenoids, substances that facilitate the proper functioning of the body and defend against free radicals. It contains a good dose of vitamin C, for repairing and regenerating action on all body cells. It 'also rich in minerals, with a balancing function and detoxification. The Cherry is also a PGI. NOT ONLY AND 'GOOD, BUT IS ALSO OK Several studies and surveys have shown the importance in the diet, the consumption of fruit and vegetables in order to protect human health and the physical well-being, preventing the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and some cancers. In recent years, great attention 'was paid to the tomato and its derivatives as the major sources of lycopene. Some authors have reported that an abundant consumption of tomato and its derivatives, and 'inversely correlated with the risk of cancer of the digestive tract and prostate. In addition, other investigations have been carried out regarding the health benefits of lycopene is in the context of infectious diseases, both in dermatological disorders.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO Ispica Portopalo di capo Passero Pachino: 'ELORO'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA OASI FAUNISTICA DI VENDICARI'   'RAGUSANO DOP'   'CALAFORNO'   'DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO'   'ISPICA-SANTA MARIA DEL FOCALLO'   'CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.'   'ISOLA DELLE CORRENTI'   'PALAZZO NICOLACI DI VILLADORATA'   'LA CASA DI MONTALBANO'   'ANTICA TONNARA DI AVOLA'   'FORNACE PENNA'   'MODICA'   'RAGUSA'   'CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO'   'AKRAI'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA CAVAGRANDE DEL CASSIBILE'   'POMODORO DI PACHINO IGP'  

SICILIA


Sicily is the largest Italian Island, separated from the continent by the Strait of Messina and lapped by the Ionian, the Tyrrhenian and the Mediterranean Seas. It is one of the pearls of Southern Italy and can be discovered, understood and experienced through a series of itineraries dedicated to all tastes ranging from nature to history and tradition. Nature seems to have endowed all of its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the Mediterranean Sea, with its incredible colours, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily, offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavours of an uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, are the great volcanoes, symbols of the irresistible exuberance of this incredibly charming region. The fascination of this region grows with the precious archeological vestiges that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily). The provinces of the region are: Palermo (regional capital), Agrigento, Catania, Caltanissetta, Enna, Messina, Ragusa, Siracusa and Trapani.