Riserva di Venidcari
Where you say? So did I, until I did my homework. There is patch of paradise waiting to be discovered. Go to the very southeast corner of Sicily and you will find Vendicari. Not only is the area beautiful but there are several interesting day trips/excursions from the area. Riserva di Vendicari is just that, a nature reserve on with an abandoned tonnara (tuna factory), faro (lighthouse), marshland filled with exotic birds and kilometers of open, empty beach.
Our base was Terre di Vendicari a new, very peaceful and very chic “agriturismo” with over 70 hectares of olive trees and panoramic views. The property dates back to the 14th century and has been restored with the utmost detail and taste.
From our accommodations we were able to make visits to:
Marzamemi, an old tonnara turned fabulous “dining village”. It a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a seafood meal in the main piazza (we had a wonderful lunch at Taverna La Ciocloma). I imagine it’s quite lively in the summertime and on weekends.
The gorgeous baroque town of Noto and it’s impressive cathedral and not to mention some of the best cannoli and granite on the island at Caffe Sicilia.
It is also easy to visit Ragusa, Siracusa, Caltagirone, the deserted beaches of Capo Passero.
Vendicari is located only a 75 minute drive from the Catania Airport. Put it on your list of places to visit in Sicily!