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Marzamemi Fuoriporta

Marzamemi and the lands of the two Mari to be visited by bicycle

It is one of the most fascinating places in Sicily, in the southernmost tip of the whole island, where a lovely landscape seems to accompany visitors slowly to Africa. It is Marzamemi, where around the central square the fishermen’s lodges have turned into characteristic holiday homes or renowned trattorias; Here you can admire the summer residence of the Principe di Villadorata, which, beside Tonnara, dominates much of the little piazzetta, where you can admire the lush and blue sea from the fishy peaks. A magical place that can be discovered in so many ways, even on two wheels: the Lands of the Two Marines, in fact, can be cycled throughout their reach.

The itinerary extends to the southern part of these lands, between Portopalo of Capo Passero and Porto Ulysses, with a largely flat territory: 24 km of highway, the highest point on the sea level is 37 meters. The starting point can only be the Terrace of the Two Mari, a panoramic spot in the town of Portopalo di Capo Passero. Crossing the small town of Portopalo, head first to the harbor by the harbor, then cross between the vineyards and the cultivations of the renowned cherry tomato. The second stage is on the extreme point of the territory: from here the look stops at the Insolence of the Currents: the stop takes place on the square that precedes the beach, parking area during the summer. Then continue along the longest stretch of the itinerary, which is 21 kilometers.

The coast goes up northwest through cultivated fields, vineyards and protected plants in greenhouses with thousands of cherry variety tomatoes. Afterwards, the route turns east and returns pedaling along the coast, through the village of Granelli, leaving the province of Syracuse and entering the territory of Ragusa. This is the incredible stretch of the Pantanon Longarin waters, where at several times of the year it is possible to observe the pink flamingos passing through these brackish waters. The last 3 kilometers of the route are developed along the coast, heading towards one of the most renowned destinations in the whole area, Porto Ulisse: from these cliffs you can see the Cirica Faraglioni to the west, close to the “Circe Dry” of so many shipwrecks of Roman and Byzantine ships.

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The beautiful Sicilian beaches between Avola and Pozzallo

The beautiful Sicilian beaches between Avola and Pozzallo

Some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy are located right in the southernmost part of the Peninsula. Or so-called “Terre dei due Mari” in the province of Ragusa and Siracusa, overlooking the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. A trip to the discovery these naturalistic paradises can start from the north-east of Avola, along the SS 115 from Avola to Cassibile; From here we reach Contrada Gallina, from which the beach takes its name, a large expanse made of white pebbles and crystalline sea: 500 meters of sandy coast characterized by a cordon of dunes protected by white rocks on the sea.

Passing on the seafront of Avola, you arrive at Pantanello beach, also called “Ferro di Cavallo” for its particular arched shape, so a forced stop is in the beach of Mare Vecchio, near the village of Marina di Avola. From Avola to Noto, the northernmost beach of the area is Lido di Noto, with a fine and amber sandy beach and crystalline water. Walking along the provincial road to the south, you arrive at the Vendicari Fauna Oasis: here you can visit Calamosche beach, defined in 2005 by the Blue Guide of Legambiente “the most beautiful beach in Italy”.

However, coming down to the last flap of Europe, the southernmost beach of Sicily and Italy, is the one that joins through a flap of land at the Isle of the Currents, in the commune of Portopalo of Capo Passero. In the Pachino Territory must visit the beach of Carratois: an amazing, limpid and quite sea flap, protected to the left by “Isola delle Correnti” and to the right by “Punta delle Formiche”. From the west to the territory of Ragusa, there is a very long ivory-colored beach: Santa Maria del Focallo, in the town of Ispica. A few miles further northwest there is Pozzallo: under one of the oldest forts in the whole area, Torre Cabrera, stands one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, “Pietre Nere’s beach”. Just a few hundred meters west of this one there is another incredible beach, the Raganzino beach, accessible directly from the road that leads from the city to the harbor areas.

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Favara Fuoriporta

Favara, un piccolo gioiello a due passi dalla Valle dei Templi

La provincia di Agrigento è nota soprattutto per la Valle dei Templi. Ma a pochi passi da questa meraviglia nota in ogni angolo del Pianeta, sorge un’altra cittadina antica e affascinante le cui origini risalgono all’età del rame: Favara. Il centro è fra i più suggestivi di questo splendido angolo di Sicilia – un’oasi di pace a poca distanza dal capoluogo di provincia – e attraverso il suo notevole patrimonio artistico e culturale racconta la sua storia plurisecolare, tra bellezze architettoniche e paesaggistiche, mentre a fare da contorno sono la cordialità degli abitanti e un clima mite in ogni periodo dell’anno.

Un viaggio alla scoperta di Favara non può che iniziare dal Castello di Chiaramonte, eredità della dominazione normanna. L’imponente costruzione dalla forma quadrilatera e con un grande portale ogivale risalente al 1270 colpisce per la sontuosità degli spazi interni, dove dominano soffitti con volte a botte: location di numerosi eventi, il castello – con la sua corte interna e una suggestiva cappella – rappresenta il monumento simbolo della città.

Ma le bellezze di Favara non finiscono certo qui. Tra le tappe d’obbligo non possono mancare il Duomo in stile gotico, con la facciata in pietra bianca di Siracusa e la cupola che tocca l’altezza di 56 metri, oltre all’antica Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Istria e alla Biblioteca-Museo Mendola, le cui sale in stile neoclassico ospitano oltre ventimila volumi.

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