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 AGRITOURISM FARMHOUSE LA MADDALENA

AGRITOURISM FARMHOUSE
LA MADDALENA

Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to ACATE Mazzarrone Niscemi Ragusa

UVA DA TAVOLA DI MAZZARRONE IGP

UVA DA TAVOLA DI MAZZARRONE IGP  Apri
Loc. MAZZARRONE CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
11 Km from LA MADDALENA
Altitude: 278 mt. a.s.l.  Area Niscemi, Caltagirone, Giarratana
  Brochure PDF
Mazzarrone is a horticultural product in Italian Protected Geographical Indication. It means the grapes produced in the area between the municipalities of Mazzarrone, Caltagirone, Licodia Euboea (in the province of Catania) and Achates, Chiaramonte Gulfi and Comiso (in the province of Ragusa). The grapes produced in the types white, red and black, and for each, the production regulations shall determine the quality requirements must possess: bunch, berry, color, maturity, amount per hectare. The Consortium is based in Mazzarrone. The Mazzarrone PGI berries spherical-ellipsoidal peel black, red or white, from the firm flesh of sweet and tasty. The size of the cluster must be a minimum of 350-400 grams depending on the variety. The production area of the relevant geographic area includes several municipalities between the provinces of Catania and Ragusa. You have the first traces of vineyards nell'areale Mazzarrone between late 1800 and early 1900, thanks to the discovery of some public acts of sale entered into at that time. Another testimony of us is from the book The civilization of the vine in Sicily by Bruno Pastena, which shows that at the end of the nineteenth century the production of table grapes represent 5% of the wine production of District of Caltagirone. Today, the Mazzarrone plays a leading role in the local agricultural economy, being able to cross national borders to reach not only the most important markets in Europe, but also those of some countries outside Europe. In addition to the eye-catching, the bunches of these are also particularly resistant: Uva di Mazzarrone may in fact be stored for more than a month in the environment at very low temperature and with a high rate of humidity. In addition to fresh consumption, enters as an ingredient in desserts, jams and juices. Off the table, is used in cosmetics: its juice has power to soften and lighten the skin. Disinfectant and antiviral, diuretic and laxative, grapes fully expresses its beneficial properties for the body if consumed in the morning on an empty stomach.

CALAFORNO

CALAFORNO  Apri
Loc. STRADA COMUNALE DI CALAFORNO, GIARRATANA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
25 Km from LA MADDALENA
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

CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO

CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO  Apri
Loc. ZAPPULLA - SICILIA  Navigatore
34 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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 ) .

VILLA DEL CASALE

VILLA DEL CASALE  Apri
Loc. PIAZZA ARMERINA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from LA MADDALENA
Altitude: 573 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Aidone, Pietraperzia
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The Villa del Casale is a rural estate of the late Roman ruins of which are situated on the outskirts of Piazza Armerina (EN) , in Sicily. Since 1997 is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site . In the famous mosaics of the villa worked African craftsmen (and possibly Roman , as evidenced by some reasons derivation definitely urban) for a set of about 3500 mē . Each of the four cores of the villa is arranged according to its own axis directional . However all axes converge at the center of the basin of the quadrangular peristyle . Despite the apparent asymmetry planimetric , the villa is therefore the result of a project and organic unit that builds on the current models of the time in private villa (villa with peristyle with apsidal hall and dining tricora ) , we introduced a series of changes that can to confer originality and extraordinary monumentality whole complex. The unit of the building is also evidenced by the functionality of the inside and the division between public and private parties . The timing of construction, were initially evaluated in a period of fifty to eighty years, and then reduced to about five to ten years. Today we tend to believe in a short duration of the work. The function of the salt is almost always suggested by allusions in the floor mosaics . The division into three distinct nuclei , also from the point of view of the axes , and materially divided permitted uses separated , without the risk of confusion or rumors . The great feature of the research was linked to an exaggerated perspective effects and floor plans with curved lines (especially in the spa and in the triclinium south). The succession vestibulo- court - narthex - apse , already in use during the Late Roman Empire courtly architecture ( such as the Basilica of Constantine in Trier ) , with a significant interchangeability of the tem will be resumed as Christian basilicas (ancient basilica of St. Peter in Vatican ) and, later , the Arab mosques . The villa pavilions or core is not an isolated type in Piazza Armerina , but as well as being documented in another Sicilian villa in Noto, has precise correspondences villas in African and owes its original model to the Villa Adriana Tivoli .

LA CASA DI MONTALBANO

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

FORNACE PENNA

FORNACE PENNA  Apri
Loc. SCICLI - SICILIA  Navigatore
38 Km from LA MADDALENA
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 .

AKRAI

AKRAI  Apri
Loc. PALAZZOLO ACREIDE SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
36 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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 PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE, SR, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
45 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Palazzolo Acreide, Buccheri, Augusta
The site is diversified and offers diverse ecological environments that allow the expression of a very significant biodiversity. In addition to the aquatic biotope, we can distinguish the riparian environment, one of the walls of the valley, the plains and caves. In the crystal clear waters of the river, thanks to the torrential nature, are ideal dwelling trout and brown trout in Sicily. On the bottom is around tench. You can also find eels and crayfish.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.

CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.  Apri
Loc. ISPICA - SICILIA  Navigatore
42 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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.

CALTAGIRONE

CALTAGIRONE  Apri
Loc. CALTAGIRONE CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
28 Km from LA MADDALENA
Altitude: 553 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Niscemi, Mazzarrone
rich clay earth, Caltagirone is known worldwide for its handmade pottery that still employs hundreds of artisans. The art of tiles has very ancient origins: the first ovens date back, in fact, the Muslim period and the Normans and testify of an activity which has never been extinguished over the centuries. Over time, the craftsmen, such cannatari, have perfected the techniques and decorative showing great originality, preserving, however, the Moorish motifs and colors of the tradition (blue, copper green, yellow gold, manganese). A myriad of shops soul the narrow streets of the city by exposing typical of this ancient art products: tiles, chandeliers, whistles, plates, jars, vases. The production of the latter was particularly thriving because it used for storage of honey, a typical product of the area. The jars were rather traditionally used by apothecaries for their pharmacies. Among the ocher-colored buildings rising churches, baroque bell towers and the beautiful Town Park, public garden among the finest in Italy, built in 800 by Giovanni Battista Filippo Basile (Ernesto's father, master of the Sicilian Liberty). The historic center of Caltagirone extends along two main arteries: Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Roma. The first overlook beautiful baroque palaces, among which Palazzo Gravina, and the Norman church of San Giacomo that houses precious works of art inside. At the beginning of Via Roma, which leads from the old town to the new town, it lies the 'Tondo Vecchio', scenic shaped building portico, designed by Francesco Battaglia to celebrate the opening of the road. Along the way they meet various churches and polychrome ceramic balcony of Palazzo Ventimiglia. The Town Hall Square is the point of intersection of two main roads and on it faces, in addition to the Municipality Palace, the Senate Palace, the current seat of the Municipal Theatre and Don Sturzo Gallery. In nearby Piazza Umberto I stands the Cathedral of San Giuliano, construction of beginning of the eighteenth century (although the facade of the early twentieth century). Next to the Duomo is the Court Capitaniale, the most original building in the city, built on one floor and refined by a series of windows and portals built in the XVI - XVII century by Domenico and Antonuzzo Gagini. Traditionally the element of tourist attraction for the city is the impressive staircase: hundred and forty steps linking the upper town to the lower town. The staircase was built by Giuseppe Giacalone at the beginning of '600 and in 1954 the risers for each step were coated with majolica tiles, in a riot of geometric motifs, anthropomorphic and phytomorphic. From the square the nineteenth-century Town Hall is therefore arrives at the Santa Maria del Monte church, founded in 1100 and redesigned by Francesco Battaglia in the eighteenth century, it has a basilica plan and houses inside the precious Madonna of Condominiums, interesting work of the thirteenth century Byzantine.

MODICA

MODICA  Apri
Loc. MODICA - SICILIA  Navigatore
27 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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 .

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA  Apri
Loc. VIA PALAZZI, 1, GELA CL, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
24 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Niscemi, Licata, San Cono
According to Thucydides, the foundation of Gela (ancient Lindioi) was the work of Rhodium-Cretans led by Antifemo and Entimo we are in the year 689 BC The first inhabitants, after fierce battles with pre-existing populations, began to penetrate into the interior. Going across the river Gela began the process of Hellenization who later involved other nearby villages (Ariaiton, Maktorion and Omphake, the current Butera). Gela reached its peak between the sixth and fifth centuries BC emerged as a dominant center greek. Under the tyrants Cleander, Hippocrates and Gelon assuming an important political and military, in opposition to block the Carthaginian who ruled western Sicily. With the revolt of 450 BC for autonomy from Greece, Gela began to take the road of decline. After a period of stagnation, was finally destroyed by the Carthaginians and the Agrigentini around 280 BC Gela in the neighborhood are many archaeological sites, evidence of a long period of time from the Age of the copper comes to the Middle Ages. The Hill Molino a Vento is a Neolithic necropolis with graves round. Of particular interest is the acropolis of the Greek city, with its sacred buildings, the walls of the sixth century BC, the dwellings. Return Sopranos you can see the walls of the fort, built by Timoleon in the fourth century BC To the outside world, outside the city walls, shrines dedicated to the gods Demeter and Kore and the Hellenistic quarter of the fourth century BC with public toilets. Bitalemi and Piano Notaro buildings are tombs and the ruins of suburban sanctuaries. Finally, we must mention Manfria, presenting evidence of the Bronze Age, stages of rhodium-Cretans and the Middle Ages (the same name is famous lookout tower). The specimens collected during this century in the various archaeological sites mentioned above, are kept in the Archaeological Museum of Molino a Vento. Very well known are the Corinthian vases of the seventh and sixth centuries BC, the antefixes mask sileniche and Gorgon, the sacred statues depicting Demeter and Kore, the fragments of Attic pottery. Very interesting is the Horsehead fifth century BC, forming a decorative acroterial. Several are also objects of gold and silver, as a fan earrings and other jewelry found in large quantities in various buildings tomb.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI, CONTRADA PISCIOTTO, NISCEMI CL, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Mazzarrone, Gela, Caltagirone
In the cork Niscemi, along with holm oaks, are represented evergreen shrubs typically Mediterranean scrub-forest. The magnificent forest is now a thing of the past, but are still interesting environments where there are mastic trees, carob, wild olive, myrtle, arbutus, phillyrea and the dwarf palm. The undergrowth is rich and bright populated by a diverse fauna that includes wild cats and foxes; mice and dormice dormouse. Small warblers nest in the woods, the great spotted woodpecker and the hoopoe.

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO

RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO  Apri
Loc. RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
16 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Mazzarrone, Niscemi, San Cono
The Natural Reserve of Bosco di Santo Pietro, about 20 km from Caltagirone, is one of the most lush and extensive green areas Calatino. The vegetation of the Bosco di Santo Pietro is extremely diverse, thanks to the vast expanse of the reserve, which includes landscapes and environments very different from each other. The fauna of the Bosco di Santo Pietro is rich in species belonging to both invertebrates to vertebrates.

FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.

FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.  Apri
Loc. SAN CONO CT, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
35 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Aidone
Among the distinctive features of the 'Ficodindia di San Cono' remember the large size of the fruit, the peel from the intense and deep colors, a very delicate scent and taste very sweet. The sweetness and size of the fruit, compared to other production areas of Sicily, appear to be distinctive because of the important parameters related to the peculiarity of the geographical area. The production area of 'Ficodindia di San Cono' includes the territory located at an altitude of between 200 and 600 meters above sea level, in the municipalities of San Cono (CT), San Michele di Ganzaria (CT), Piazza Armerina (EN and Mazzarino (CL ). The particular characteristics of 'Ficodindia di San Cono' develop thanks to the perfect combination of environmental and human factors that characterize the area of production. In fact, the area is equipped with special features, such as altitude and orographic that are essential elements in determining the particular conditions of intensity and quality of light radiation, of alternating cycles of wetting-drying epicarp fruit and the daily temperature, especially during fruit ripening.

RAGUSANO DOP

RAGUSANO DOP  Apri
Loc. RAGUSA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
21 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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%

MONTI IBLEI DOP

MONTI IBLEI DOP  Apri
Loc. BUCCHERI - SICILIA  Navigatore
31 Km from LA MADDALENA
Altitude: 982 mt. a.s.l.  Area Giarratana, Palazzolo Acreide, Sortino
  Brochure PDF
The Consortium D.O.P. Monti Iblei was created to protect and disseminate quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced in the Monti Iblei, limited to the provinces of Ragusa, Siracusa and Catania, or in the eastern part of Sicily, the southernmost known as Val di Noto: from this ancient land come oils characteristic for their harmonious taste fruity medium-intense, the green-gold color, fruity with hints of herbs, green tomato and artichoke, with notes of bitter and spicy harmoniously balanced between them. The PDO MONTI IBLEI, is the official recognition of the valuable characteristics of the oil obtained in the homogeneous area of the Iblei Mountains. The initials PDO, protected designation of origin, in fact means that the quality and characteristics of these precious oils are derived essentially from the geographical environment in which they are grown and processed olives. The Consortium has established itself immediately as an operational tool essential for the enhancement of extra virgin olive oil. It is a living organism for the oil sector, which operates in the service of olive eastern Sicily, and in particular the three provinces with strong rural, Ragusa, Siracusa and Catania. The Consortium is the primary interface to the consumer of olive oil. It is the body that protects the quality and genuineness of the product, and therefore, protect the health of consumers, ensuring ongoing compliance by the producers, the rules laid down in the product specification, quality requirements and parameters of organoleptic and qualitative covered in the production standards. The Consortium represents and protects producers that adhere to the specification, promoting and enhancing the product, making it recognizable and distinguishable territory of origin through operations targeted promotion and sponsoring the marketing of the product in new domestic and international markets.

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI KAMARINA

SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI KAMARINA  Apri
Loc. MUSEO DI KAMARINA, CAMMARANA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
14 Km from LA MADDALENA
  Area Punta Secca, Mazzarrone, Niscemi
Kamarina, in greek , (also known by some in the shape of Italianate Camarina), according to Strabo, whose name means Inhabited after much effort, was an important colony of Syracuse, founded and built by the Syracusans at the mouth of the river Ippari in the south of Sicily. Today it not only ruins remain and important archaeological finds, mainly Cammarana on the hill in the municipality of Ragusa. Kamarina was founded in the early sixth century BC (598 BC - 597 BC) by the ancient Greek Doric Syracuse, on the fertile promontory bordered by the rivers Ippari Oanis north and south. The purpose of the new settlement was to create a garrison along the African route and curb the southward expansion of Gela, who just eighteen years after merge to the north-west Akragas (580 BC). Quickly became an important agricultural center and reference for the flourishing commercial trade of the hinterland ibleo even the Sicilians, the colony soon came into conflict with the city-madre.Kamarina was later defeated by the Syracusans and their allies in 552 BC Sources say that the population camarinense was exiled; However, the excavation of the settlement totaled an unbroken continuity of life throughout the entire sixth century BC During the advance of Hannibal in 403-401 B.C. Kamarina was again sacked and destroyed by his army. He went back into the orbit of Syracuse during the reign of Dionysius I the great and took part in the simmachia of Dion of Syracuse in 357 BC when he and his army marched to the conquest of Syracuse. The actual remains are of great archaeological interest, and testify to the vastness of the ancient site. Remain archaic tombs (VII century BC) and insignificant ruins of a temple dedicated to Minerva. Along the Ippari you can recognize the layout of the ancient port channel. The city is still recognizable in its original area by the remains of houses and pavements. The area surrounding the Passo Marinaro are still the graves of a cemetery in the V - IV century BC Excavations conducted by Paolo Orsi Kamarina 1896-1911, have provided abundant archaeological material that is located at the Museum of Syracuse.

SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE

SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE  Apri
Loc. SAINT MARIA OF MONTE, SCALA S. MARIA DEL MONTE, CALTAGIRONE CATANIA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
28 Km from LA MADDALENA
Altitude: 603 mt. a.s.l.  Area San Cono, Niscemi, Mazzarrone
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The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1606 to connect the old part of Caltagirone , a town in the province of Catania, the new city built on the top . The staircase , over 130 meters long , is lined with buildings balconati and has become the emblem of the city and one of its meraviglie.Era was originally built to changes that interrupted the slope by workers coordinated by the gigantic royal master builder Joseph Giacalone . In 1844 it amalgamated the various ramps, designed by the architect Salvatore Marino. Thus were born the hundred and forty steps of the steps of Santa Maria del Monte, who since 1954 is entirely decorated in the risers of the steps, with ceramic tile polychrome majolica produced by Artisan Caltagirone . In a show of every step we applied a coating of polychrome majolica , of the same type as that over the centuries has made the city famous . The tiles are decorated with island ranging from the tenth to the twentieth century, collected and adapted - is written at the bottom of the scale - by Antonino Ragona . The effect is marvelous and spectacular glance . The scale of the hundred and forty steps is lit annually on 24 and 25 July ( for the feast of St. James, patron saint of the city) , from thousands of candles to flame alive. Because on this occasion is interrupted every form of electric lighting, the visual result that comes out is a kind of lava flow, a river of fire that in his throbbing brightness draws elegant decorative figures , the result of the ability of a master builder , under the orders of which employs dozens of workers to the arrangement of the lamps . To form the singular tapestry of fire is a set of four thousand lanterns called lumere . The scale illumination has an ancient history . The first to have thought , towards the end of 1700, a bright design , was the architect Bonaiuto . But it must be a monk, Benedetto Papale , the phantasmagoric scene of the illuminated staircase . For forty years the Monaco designed motifs , mainly flowers, to great effect . The accommodation at predetermined pattern of illumination requires a month of preparation. The employees if they handed down the art from father to son .

DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO

DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO  Apri
Loc. CORSO SAN GIORGIO, MODICA RG, ITALIA - SICILIA  Navigatore
27 Km from LA MADDALENA
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.

RAGUSA

RAGUSA  Apri
Loc. RAGUSA, ITALY - SICILIA  Navigatore
21 Km from LA MADDALENA
  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.

Excursions and attractions in SICILIA close to ACATE Mazzarrone Niscemi Ragusa: 'UVA DA TAVOLA DI MAZZARRONE IGP'   'CALAFORNO'   'CHIESA DI SAN MATTEO'   'VILLA DEL CASALE'   'LA CASA DI MONTALBANO'   'FORNACE PENNA'   'AKRAI'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA PANTALICA, VALLE DELL'ANAPO, TORRENTE CAVA GRANDE'   'CAROTA NOVELLA DI ISPICA I.G.P.'   'CALTAGIRONE'   'MODICA'   'SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI GELA'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA SUGHERETA DI NISCEMI'   'RISERVA NATURALE ORIENTATA BOSCO DI SANTO PIETRO'   'FICODINDIA DI SAN CONO D.O.P.'   'RAGUSANO DOP'   'MONTI IBLEI DOP'   'SITO ARCHEOLOGICO DI KAMARINA'   'SCALA DI S. MARIA DEL MONTE'   'DUOMO DI SAN GIORGIO'   'RAGUSA'  

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.