Southeastern Sicily - A stay in the Val di Noto
Often overlooked for the more ritzier areas of Taormina or Siracusa, The Val di Noto offers an authentic Sicilian experience and sits within arms-reach of the Baroque towns of Modica, Ragusa, Ispica, and Siracusa.
Admittedly, the Sicilian infrastructure in this southeastern quarter needs a bit of work. The two-lane “autostrada”, or highway, links Messina to Noto on the eastern coast and is in good shape. However, after Noto, travelers driving clockwise around the island need to be prepared for the overly used two-lane road with limited passing lanes that are filled with erratic drivers dangerously passing the slower vehicles. It is for this reason we at the Italian Concierge suggest hiring a private driver when budget permits. Your customized itinerary will only be enhanced with the local knowledge and insider anecdotes of a private driver.
Upon reaching the back roads near the Val di Noto, visitors are rewarded with a view of the simplicity of the Sicilian countryside. It is easy to see how it lured the ancient Greeks to call this area home and to create the settlement of Eloro here.
Everyone heading to Sicily should stay a few days in a “baglio” at least once. A baglio is a fortified farm, constructed in stone, built as a mini fortress to protect a farmer and his family from the onslaught of invaders and raiders that plagued the island for millenea. Many of these structures are now converted into hotels, agriturismi, luxury, simple and authentic.
For those interested in staying in this area of Sicily, we recommend the Masseria Della Volpe, a small but luxurious inn. Opened in 2015, the hotel boats contemporary décor, a swimming pool, and is well positioned for daily excursions within the provinces of Ragusa and Siracusa nearby
The masseria has a “ristorante” on site but for you fellow foodies out there, you may consider taking advantage of the authentic eateries in turn. Visitors can take a short drive to the nearby fishing village of Marzamemi, a wonderful lively town with many ristoranti serving signature fish dishes made with DOP “pomodori”, or tomatoes, from Pachino and an active night life.
Sicily has many wonderful areas to explore and the area of Val d'Noto can be combined with visits to Palermo, Taormina, Messina, or anywhere else on your Sicilian bucket list. Contact the Italian Concierge today to start planning your Sicilian adventure.