With its old and restored baroque architecture, Southern Sicilian food – a unique blend of ancient Greek and Arabic cuisine – and legendary Sicilian culture steeped in over 2,700 years of art and history, it’s no surprise Ortigia is one of Sicily’s most popular destinations. From its tight-knit medieval lanes pleasant for strolling, the abandoned palazzi, seafront churches and picturesque alleys, here I share where to go, what to see, and how to most enjoy the colorful and vibrant destination.
Dine on traditional Southern Sicilian cuisine, savor a cold coffee granita alongside a sweet ricotta brioche, and uncover the best chocolate in Modica at these restaurants, caffés, and dolcerias.
Stepping into the cave dwelling is like going back three centuries. The breath-taking abode is made of local stones, antique floors, black stone called “Pietra Pece” – a speciality of the Ragusa and Modica area – and decorated with 18th Century Majolica pottery from Caltagirone.It is this preservation of 18th century remains and charm that make this ancient city a UNESCO heritage site.
An evening out in Modica, Sicily, the birth place and inspiration of Dolce & Gabbana. On our way to the renowned restaurant Osteria Dei Sapori Perduti, frequented by all the locals of Modica, we stopped by a picturesque balcony to take pictures of the scenic town at dusk while wearing my Dolce & Gabbana dress, well-suited for the occasion.
Enjoy an intimate luxury stay with epicurean delights, limited-edition wines, breath-taking views at Barone di Villagrande. One of the oldest wineries in Sicily nestled among forests and historic vineyards, 700 metres above sea level on Etna’s slopes. The vineyards, that make up over 95% of the estate, slope down towards the sea into a natural amphitheatre.