Riding in the southeastern region of Sicily affords you the luxury of visiting some of the villages best known for Baroque architecture. This architecture evolved in the 17th and 18th centuries as part of the Spanish Empire. The abundance of this style of architecture surged due to the rebuilding following a massive earthquake in 1693. Villages you will visit that were a beneficiary of this rebirth are Catania (our arrival city), Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, Modica and Scicli. In addition, all of these villages were named UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002. The only village you will not visit named in the 2002 designation is Caltigirone which is just out of our reach by bike on this trip. However, a tour to this village, known for its ceramics, can be arranged during your stay.
We will ride from our first hotel near Noto, very close to the southeastern coastline of Sicily, inland to the capital of the province of Ragusa named appropriately Ragusa. However, we will be staying in the old town of Ragusa named Ragusa Ibla which is situated below modern Ragusa. Ibla is home to many stunning palaces and churches with Baroque architecture to include the Cathedral of San Giorgio which is the most prominent. The village itself is a wondrous maze of winding narrow streets which beg to be explored. During your exploration you will find numerous shops, quaint coffee and pastry bars, clothing stores and of course wonderful authentic Sicilian restaurants. Ibla is the perfect ending to a wonderful Sicilian journey.