My Sicilian Diaries: Landing in Comiso and Exploring Ragusa
I love Sicily, and even if I come from a small town of this beautiful island, I love to travel there and explore different areas I have never been to before or show my foreign girlfriend the land of my roots.
But let’s start with the South-East of Sicily, a land of UNESCO World Heritage cities, breath-taking landscapes, natural reserves, long beaches with crystal-clear water and, as everywhere in Sicily, delicious food. And for TV fans, this is also the land of the “Inspector Montalbano” series.
After landing in the brand new Comiso airport, we booked a room in the Villa Orchidea resort, just outside the airport where my girlfriend could enjoy its wellness centre while I was enjoying the sun beside the swimming pool.
On the first day we took our rented car and drove straight to Ragusa to visit its old town called Ragusa Ibla, a baroque city built on the top of a canyon. Everything looks like a movie set here, from the breath-taking view of the canyon,to the shining sun that enhances the white/ yellowish colours of the monuments. When we were at the square in front of the cathedral we couldn’t resist an ice cream by “Gelati DiVini”, a shop selling artisanal ice creams with the most bizarre tastes, from olive oil to sweet wine, from carob to wild fennel, an absolute must when in Ibla. Also just beside the square, we discovered the “Teatro Donnafugata”, the smallest theatre in Italy and definitely a hidden gem!
Next was Modica, the city of chocolate. Yes, the city is famous for the artisanal production of chocolate made by an Aztec recipe brought by the Spanish directly from Central American in the 16th century and still unchanged. Stop at “Antica Cioccolateria Bonajuto” and try the chili pepper chocolate and the ‘Mpanatigghi, biscuits filled with a mix of almonds, chocolate and beef meat, sounds weird but they are actually delicious! We couldn’t think about a better way to finish the day than some sun and some swim in Marina di Ragusa and so we did just that.
When in this part of Sicily hit the road and go from one beach to another, Punta Secca (where the “house of Montalbano” is), Scoglitti, Scicli, Porto Palo di Capo Passero and then on the way to Noto stop in Marzamemi, a picturesque fishing village where you can enjoy romantic meals on the rocks by the sea.
Giuseppe is a sales executive in Ryanair’s marketing department