Scicli by a flowered balcony
This last definition for the Sicilians, almost by antonomasia, is referred to the province of Ragusa. Perhaps because, at a certain moment in its history, it was the province almost by chance or on a whim. But the ragusano doesn’t get offended, has the long eye of the farmer and then the farmer of that nobility, seemingly sleepy, who realized that the title should not be content and either the things that you have to exploit , and that’s what made history of its territory. Here history is told by the stones, if you stop a moment to learn their language, the Duomo di San Giorgio, lace and Ibla living room, a bastion and symbol of rebirth, all the baroque of the “two” Ragusa.
They tell about the tremendous effort of the people, the pride and the victory on the disaster of the 1693 earthquake, with their yellow stone, bold and seductive, which is golden in the blinding sun of Sicily, silhouetted in the blue cobalt sky.
This city seduces and enchants, preserves an ancient candor and beauty springs from white sheets, still warm from meats that have been wrapped in, overlooking the golden hills that surround the city, now interrupted here and there by the green patches of carob trees, from deep valleys furrowed by the streams that in the fresh nights in summer, scented by Mediterranean plants, recall the chatter of the waters with the croaking of frogs that resonate up to the salons of the great sandstone palaces.
If in a spring day a traveler asked me to visit this wonderful part of the Val di Noto,
I would bring along the old road that crosses the high Iblei, the last strip of the province of Catania Vizzini, state town of ancient foundation, the home of the illustrious realist writer Giovanni Verga, perched and scenic, that traditions, architecture and culture, is similar to the territory of Ragusa, then take the old road that connected the center of Etna with the Ragusa area. Road through valleys and turns, ascending on Iblee hills and meets beautiful green forests, rich in streams and farms, cliffs and caves with suggestive names, like the hollow of Volaci, ancient rock tombs, like the Saints caves and Coins, source of ancient legends of rich trusses.