THE 8 MOST ROMANTIC SPOTS IN SOUTH-EASTERN SICILY
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South-eastern Sicily is a land full of warmth, flavors and intense colors, and also thanks to this almost heavenly natural habitat, it lends itself to incredible love stories, romantic adventures and legends that sink their history into the mists of time.
STORIES OF LOVE IN SICILY
We see one of these love stories in Sicilian iconography and in particular in the so-called TESTE DI MORO (moorish heads), ceramic vases depicting the head of a mustachioed Moor and a beautiful Sicilian woman.
It is said that around the year 1100 D.C., during the domination of the Muslims in Sicily, a beautiful young girl from Palermo lived locked up in the house taking care of the plants on her balcony.
One day, she was seen by a young Moor who fell madly in love with her and he declared his love to her.
The two boys indulged in passion but the Moor had a family in the East. When he revealed this news, the girl was seized with anger and decided to take revenge by cutting off his head, which she used as a pot for her basil plant.
In doing so, taking care of the plants on her balcony, the girl continued to take care of her lover. Every day she watered that plant with her tears and making it beautiful.
This thing aroused the envy of the neighbors, who wanted terracotta vases similar to the poor Moor's head.
After so many centuries, the Moor's heads have become elegant pieces of furniture.
In this warm land, theater of passions and love stories, we absolutely recommend some romantic spots in south-eastern Sicily to see with your partner.
THE CATHEDRAL OF SAN GIORGIO IN MODICA
First of all we recommend starting this mini itinerary in Modica Bassa, in one of the many small bars that dot the two main streets (Corso Umberto I and Via Marchesa Tedeschi). Here you can enjoy an excellent pistachio granita, possibly accompanied by the traditional brioche with "tuppo".
Once you have finished your breakfast, you can walk towards via Giuseppe Garibaldi which leads to a beautiful staircase surrounded by Bougainville. From here, climb up to get to the majestic Cathedral of San Giorgio which overlooks the swarming side of the typical houses lit up like a nativity scene.
The view is spectacular and a romantic selfie is a must.
Romantic tip: perfect itinerary in the morning or after sunset
ROMANTIC RAGUSA IBLA
Even the ancient city of Ragusa (Ibla) offers romantic views, alleys and churches to explore, small shops to discover and restaurants to try.
Ragusa ibla is also perfect for couples traveling by motorbike
Romantic tip: stroll inside the Ibleo garden
ROMANTIC VILLAGE MARZAMEMI
Marzamemi is a small fishing village that has always fascinated with its colors from morning to evening.
Its main square is a riot of excellent typical restaurants offering good wine and fish dishes.
Romantic tip: you can enjoy the crystal clear sea of Marzamemi in the afternoon, while in the evening we recommend an aperitif based on paranza (fried fish) in the square, a candlelit dinner and an after dinner drink on one of the many boats that lend itself to cocktail bar.
SUNSET ON THE DUNES IN MARINA DI MODICA
If you are in Modica and its surroundings, do not miss the natural spectacle that extends from Punta Regilione to the entire bay of Marina di Modica, which also offers beautiful sand dunes to admire the sunset.
Romantic tip: from here you can then move to Sampieri, a fishing village, or to Pozzallo. Pozzallo has a very beautiful promenade which in summer is full of excellent restaurants with live music. The wooden walkway will make you fall in love and the sea view will accompany a good glass of wine.
A GLASS OF WINE IN ORTIGIA
If you are in the Syracuse area, we recommend that you visit the island of Ortigia, which has now become a chic destination for many tourists. Women always fall in love with it, together with a good rosé!
AN ICE-CREAM IN DONNALUCATA
In our opinion, Donnafugata is a delightful seaside village.
Excellent restaurants, artisan pottery shops and a tranquility vibe that manu couples just adore.
Romantic tip: after a day tour of Scicli you can reach Donnalucata for a nice dinner and, if you like ice cream, here you can even find the almost unobtainable walnut flavor.
CULTURE AND ART IN NOTO
Noto also offers delicious romantic moments, strolling among the majestic Baroque treasures and at the same time enjoying those simple local traditions that make Sicily a place of authentic flavors. Noto is also renowned for excellent gourmet restaurants.
Romantic tip: every summer season the Val di Noto association offers well-curated events, galleries and art exhibitions
SCICLI MON AMOUR
Last but not least, we highly recommend the town of Scicli, beautiful by day, but even more romantic and lively in the evening.
For an aperitif, a dinner or an ice cream wandering through the alleys, Scicli is a real gem that offers really delicious little shops and cafes for all tastes.
Romantic tip: a drink in Scicli is a veiled declaration of love;)