Continuing on from Trapani, we made our way down to Sciacca, a fishing port perfect for our pit stop for a refreshing taste of gelato before we explore the rest of the south coast of Sicily. This town was a rather sleepy one but I loved the sweeping views of the sea from Piazza Scandaliato.
Not only is this a fishing port town, it has a huge ceramic making history and you definitely won't be hard pressed to find many stairs like this that are too good to pass up for a photo! We unfortunately didn't get a chance to visit the spas of Sciacca (largest spa town in Sicily) so that's definitely something else to occupy your time!
Our next stop on our road trip for the day was to Agrigento to get to the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO world heritage listed site. In it's heyday it was one of the biggest Mediterranean cities in the region and it's pretty obvious with the amount of excavated buildings standing to this date. The excavated ruins are Doric style buildings and were built around the 5th century BC. It's always worth grabbing the audio guide and listening in on the facts that are contained within! I always marvel when visiting ruins regardless of how well kept they have been, it's always a pretty amazing thought to think these were built thousands of years ago!
As with all archeological sites the Valley of the Temples is largely uncovered so if you're visiting in the summer time (and even in the shoulder season as we did) it can get scorching hot so remember to bring some cover & refreshments for some reprieve!
Ragusa, a gorgeous baroque town sits on its own hilltop and is just as impressive as how it looks in all shots was our last stop for the day and where we were staying overnight.
We stayed just outside the old town (Ragusa Ibla) in Ragusa Superior so we had somewhere easy to park and it was an easy stroll into Ragusa Ibla via the stairs that connect the two towns. You can also get gorgeous views of the town while enroute on these stairs!
Ragusa Ibla is where all the sights are though, so be sure to spend your time within this gorgeous and quaint old town. It was largely built in the 18th century and looks like everything you'd imagine a town built around that era to look like. I must say I loved exploring the small alleys and streets and getting lost within it all! We went for a wander before the town completely woke up and I always find this is a great time to do this as you can get to know the streets you love the most without having to navigate past crowds at the same time.
Make sure you venture into Gelati Divini in the Piazza Duomo, so refreshing and so many flavours to choose from!
Our next stop was Modica, a city we heard was famous for its chocolate production and once we heard that knew it definitely had to be our next stop!
The most famous chocolatier in Modica is Antica Dolceria Bonajuto and sells all the chocolate you could imagine in a huge variety of flavours. When you do taste it, it isn't necessarily how you would imagine chocolate to taste as it doesn't quite melt in your mouth straight away but still so delicious. We still highly recommend visiting this place for a taste & a peek of how the chocolate is made! The chocolate made in Modica is made the Aztec way and 400 years in the making with the chocolate processed and ground in a traditional stone bowl.
If you can't tell from the photos already you can see that the town is super hilly and as it was an extremely hot day in the middle of summer we were cheeky and drove through the town and made our way up the hill to the Church of San Giorgio and admired the view and grandeur of this church!
Our last stop that day on our journey of our Sicilian holiday was Syracuse. We enjoyed the beautiful little town and made our way into Ortigia. We not only wandered around inside the beautiful streets but also around the island and admired the view from the inside out and around!
While in Syracuse, drop by Trattoria la Tavernetta Da PIero for a relaxed local lunch and the freshest of seafood available!