Sicily Driving Tours

Fascination for this island grows with treasured archaeological sites that tell the story of the ancient origins of Trinacria (ancient name for Sicily).  Sicily is an ideal destination for those who want to spend a full immersion holiday made of art, history, culture and great food. Let’s design together the perfect tour to discover the  beautiful cities and small towns of this fascinating land!

Discover Erice, Segesta and Selinunte

The Province of Trapani juts out into the sea from Sicily’s west. This enchanting land is composed of marvelous coasts that alternate with steep cliffs and endless beaches. The archaeological remains and the small villages where the most authentic traditions are still part of daily life make the Province a very attractive tourist destination. Trapani Province is particularly renowned for the extraordinary cultural heritage spread all over its territory, from the archaeological area of Segesta, located in the coastal hinterland, to SelinunteErice and the Island of MothiaView ancient Italian cities on a full-day tour of the Sicilian cities of Erice and Segesta. You will drive to western Sicily to arrive in Erice, a Medieval town perched on a mountain, offers an incredible panorama and boasts a millenary history, evident in its still-extant section of Punic walls. You will travel on to Segesta. Once in Segesta, dominated from above by a majestic Doric temple (5th century B.C.) it has an impressive view of the surrounding area. Besides traces of fortified doors and perimeter walls, you can admire the magnificent Greek theatre and the remains of a sanctuary. Selinunte is one of the most representative sites of Classical Civilization, located in a very charming spot within the reserve of the River Belice Nature ReserveHere you will see the ruins of the colossal Greek temples looming over the territory, the acropolis and the remains of houses and of a perimeter wall. The archaeological park at Selinunte is huge, incorporating Greek temples, ancient town walls, and the ruins of residential and commercial buildings, countryside paths and zones not yet excavated.

Discover Ragusa

Ragusa, one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily, a Unesco World Heritage Site, opens the most refined “living rooms” of its homes, embellished in pure Sicilian Baroque style, the style that speaks of the 18th-Century Restoration and reconstruction, a historical moment of great artistic highlights. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. The town was originally built on a small steep-sided hill with deep valleys on three sides separating it from the high plateau. After the earthquake of 1693, which destroyed many of south-eastern Sicily’s buildings, it was decided to rebuild Ragusa on higher, more level ground nearby. This new planned town was built, with straight streets and a rational layout, but local aristocrats didn’t want to move, and instead built themselves new palazzi on the ruins of the old town. So nowadays Ragusa has two parts: Ibla (or Ragusa Ibla), the older nucleus on its hilltop, and Ragusa Superiore, the more modern upper town which spreads from the post-earthquake streets into more recent developments. The Duomo of San Giorgio is the symbol of the city’s rebirth, the work of Rosario Gagliardi, whose signature appears on many masterpieces within the Noto Valley. The church’s columns, friezes and statues render the façade with that typical Baroque ostentation. Its three naves are delineated by stone pillars, topped by finely decorated capitals. 

Discover Modica

Refined and richly decorated buildings grace the streets of the city of Modica. Atop a great stairway floats the imposing façade of the Church of San Giorgio, patron of the city, a symbol of this beautiful city further inland from Ragusa. The town opens out at the foot of the cliff that hugs the ancient part of the town; picturesque alleys, roads and small stairways lend it its character. The Cathedral of San Giovanni is a must. 
A look upwards reveals the impressive, elaborate adornments, and the flowing and sprightly perspective of its façade. Of rare beauty, Modica and its old Castle center is located high on one of the hills running in the Iblei Mountains, while the other, newly-constructed one lies down in the valley. Among the spectacular urban monuments, the Cathedral of San Giorgio and the Church of St. Peter (the “Duomo” of the lower city) certainly merit a visit. 

Discover Noto

As you stroll through the streets of Noto, observe the prestigious architecture and feel the golden warmth of the sun; blessed is the man who can enjoy this rare emotional experience.  Noto is another pearl of the Sicilian Baroque style. Entirely rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, the city located on an incline, provides a spectacular composition of streets and buildings in the Baroque, from nobile palaces with their delightful facades and twisted iron railings flank the main Corso Vittorio Emanuele, such as Palazzo Ducezio to religious complexes – the Cathedral of San Nicolò, for example.

Discover Scicli

Finally, the last pearl on the string of the Noto Valley’s cities is represented by magnificent Scicli, where churches and patrician villas make for a visibly-striking urban panorama. Specifically, Palazzo Beneventano (especially its glorious facade) is an architectonic and artistic masterpiece. Sicli is one of the central highlights of the Sicilian baroque and of the Ragusa coast. Finely-decorated balconies display their ironmongery and flower decorations, while portals are carved with elegant moldings. Frames and friezes complete the design, mainly characterized by refined city buildings – of which Palazzo Beneventano is one of the best examples. Three structures assembled together in a pyramidal form compose the exterior of the monumental Church of San Bartolomeo, the “queen” of Sicli. 

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