Day 6 - 7
After breakfast visit Ragusa which is set on a limestone hill between two valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica. It is so stunning that is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In order to fully understand its structure, you have to know that the city is divided into two distinct areas, the lower and the oldest town of Ragusa Ibla, and Ragusa Superiore (upper town). The upper town features the San Giovanni Battista Cathedral, which underwent many structural changes. The current building has a façade in aq typical southern Sicilian Baroque style. Also interesting is the bell tower in Baroque style. Ragusa Ibla is the most stunning part with its Chathedral of San Giorgio of which only a Catalan Gothyic style portal can still be seen, while the rest of the church is topped by a Neoclassical Dome.
Then drive to Modica located in the Hyblaean Mountains and, along with Val di Noto. The city was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica.
Overnight: in Ragusa
Alternative on request activities & experiences in Ragusa area
Ispica Gorges Tour
Take a walk along the Cave d’Ispica and discover the famous gorge. Enjoy a typical Sicilian wine tasting accompanied by Sicilian delicacies. This tour will start from the Archaeological Park of Cava Ispica where you will have the chance to admire the Catacomb of Larderia, rocky complexes that were inhabited from the Middle Ages to the last century, and Saint Nicholas’ rocky Church in which Byzantine frescoes are still visible. A pleasant natural walk in the valley will bring us to see the rocky settlements of Pernamazzone and so called "Sicanian Castle", and prehistoric necropolis of Calicantone.
Experience the excellence of the Sicilian wine at COS and Valle dell’Acate wineries. Enjoy a walk along the COS winery and be enchanted by the story of the amphoras, clay jars that were used by the ancient Greek. Taste the so called Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a red wine that is specific to the province of Ragusa. The Denomination of Origin was granted in 1974 and guaranteed in 2005, making it the only D.O.C.G. in Sicily. Walk then amid a bucolic atmosphere in Valle Dell’ACate, the suggestive stone architecture harks back to the land’s longstanding farming culture, reminding visitors of the way wine was once made. Inside the large building people can see the Dal Negro presses that have substituted the antique cianca once used to press the grapes. Large, luminous openings served to allow harvesters to send freshly-gathered grapes “down the course” and into the palmento press. In years past, men, women crushed the grapes, singing and dancing, together at harvest time. Visitors can still see the two carven channels through which fresh grape must once flowed, running downhill to the storeroom.
The wine tasting takes place in the “dispensa” where you’ll taste up to 5 different wines: the famous DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria, DOC wines like Il Frappato, Insolia and Zagra, IGT wines like Il Moro, Bidis, Rusciano and Tané accompanied by a light lunch made by Sicilian organic and regional products.
Experience the excellence of the Sicilian oil inside a typical Sicilian “frantoio”. For generations the family has been dedicating to the cultivation of olive trees and olive oil production, a profession carried on for decades with the passion and the love that binds this family to its land. The company's origins date back more than a century ago. Records show that in 1906, the family was dedicated to the cultivation and care of olive trees in Chiaramonte Gulfi, a small town in the south-eastern area of Sicily. Be guided on an interesting tour of the factory and be enchanted by the notions and techniques used for the oil bottling and warehousing. Taste different types of olive oil and enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch made up of Sicilian delicacies, Nero d’Avola wine and a delicious dessert.
A sensorial path
Experience the sensorial pathway at Gli Aromi and be enchanted by the explanation of the owner as you walk along the garden. Be embraced by the colours and the aromas, touch, smell and taste the fragrance of the aromatic plants all around you. This multi-sensorial experience is preferred also by famous chefs, gourmet and food lovers. The path is made by more than 200 different plants: from sage to pineapple, lemon, geranium, orange, mint, bergamot and many others. The owner is able to catch your attention during the entire walk with stories and scientific notions. The tour ends in the Kitchen Garden where you can enjoy a typical Sicilian aperitivo with Sicilian delicacies and participate in an interesting cooking show.