Scicli is an ancient town located in the south of Sicily and belonging to the UNESCO Heritage Site of “Val di Noto”; of course, it shares the same history with the other renowned cities of the district, such as Noto, Modica and Ragusa: the earthquake of 1693 and the subsequent rebuilding in magnificent Sicilian baroque style.

The town is brimming with superb palaces and churches built with local white stone; let’s mention, among others, the churches of Sant’Ignazio, San Matteo, San Bartolomeo and Santa Maria la Nova; the most striking palace is undoubtedly Palazzo Beneventano, decorated with leering faces, characterful gargoyles and decorative fancies.

The charming Via Penna, a pedestrianised lane lined with fancy palaces, is strongly recommended for an enjoyable stroll along the baroque heart of the city and a drink in one of its cafés.

Furthermore, via Penna will seem familiar to the fans of the Commissario Montalbano, the detective Sicilian drama renowned in numerous countries; in fact, here you’ll find the fictional police station (actually the town hall of Scicli).

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