I think for many it is starting to be the time when you plan the upcoming summer holidays. Well at least here in Finland we have to let the companies know quit early when we want to have our holidays (me by this Sunday), which is actually quit nice as then you can start planning your trips also early. So as I know many would love to travel to the amazing Italy and mysterious Sicily in their holidays, in the upcoming weeks I will be doing TBT posts about our road trip in Sicily last summer. It was three day trip with a car and we ended up visiting five amazing places. I will go trough all the five places and in the end give you a clear map to understand better what we did. And actually one of the places we visited you saw already earlier in the Dream came true -post where I was telling about our mount Etna experience. But now, let the trip begin!
We started our trip from Menfi (about 1 hour from Palermo) early Saturday morning last August and had quit a long ride (3-4 hours) to our first destination in the other side of Sicily. There are not too many roads from one side of the island to the other, and sometimes you have to make quit a round to get where you are going. It is not like in many other places, straight and perfect streets all the way. But there is history and nature to see, so I did not mind to spend little extra in the car to get where we were going. And trust me when I say, there are some crazy road in the way, so drive slowly!
We had a hotel reservation in Catania, as the next day we were planning to hick in mount Etna, so we had planned to visit three places in the first day as they were nicely on the road to Catania. But as you know, sometimes you end up spending more time on one place and don`t want to hurry once you are in a holiday, in the end we did visit only two cities before Catania.
The first one was Ragusa, a small baroque styled city which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sicily. It is nice place to make a small brake during your drive, you can go walking for few hours in the small streets of the “new city”, eat good food in local trattoria and then go to see the “old city” Ragusa Ibla.
During our walk in the city we stopped by in the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista where at that day were a lot sisters apparently giving their vows. I am not totally sure about the purpose of the ceremony that time in the church, but for sure it was funny when something I feel old and traditional was complemented with numerous photos taken with their smartphones and pads. But anyway, the cathedral is amazing as most of them in Sicily are.
And then from the new city, which was build in the 18th century, you should definitely go to see the “old city” Ragusa Ibla which was rebuild after the original city was destroyed in 1697 earthquake. The landscape is breath taking and you cannot really understand from photos how amazing the place is. As we had to go on with our trip we did not have time go to walk around the old city, but I recommend it to you if you just have the extra few hours to spend. And next time I will for sure go to see the old city more close as I want to see it all from the top.
From Ragusa we continued our trip to the baroque city Noto, which I will be showing you next week. So stay tuned,