We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nice village to stay?

Houston, Texas
12 posts
Save Topic
Nice village to stay?

Looking for a nice old village or small town in the south of the island to stay in. Any recommendations welcome please!

Here & There
Destination Expert
for Sicily, Taormina
Level Contributor
103,724 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Nice village to stay?

Welcome to Sicily DunksinScotland!

Will you hire a car?

Will you arrive in Catania or Palermo?

Vagabonda

modica
Level Contributor
1,974 posts
20 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Nice village to stay?

Sicilians dont 'do' villages as the Brits expect - you have small towns, or the odd hamlet, but historically everybody lived in town for defence reasons, or everyone packed into a masseria in the countryside that could be defended. So-- pretty little villages are few and far between. However, depending where you are looking, in the south east Id receommend Scicli - little Baroque town of 20.000 5km from the sea, 5km from larger Modica. Ugly new bit but lovely centro storico. On the sea you can find little fishing villages like Donnalucata, Sampieri etc - but you need to want to be on the sea, and they all have alot of new build.

Do you know where you want to be more or less?

Houston, Texas
12 posts
Save Reply
3. Re: Nice village to stay?

Thanks for the quick replies. We will fly to Catania and a small town, a little inland from the sea sounds good so I will check out those suggestions. Visit will be in March by the way!!!

Houston, Texas
12 posts
Save Reply
4. Re: Nice village to stay?

Sorry, meant to add - yes, we will have a car and the south part of the island looks like the best bet climate wise, given that it will be March?

Here & There
Destination Expert
for Sicily, Taormina
Level Contributor
103,724 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Nice village to stay?

Yes, Donnalucata and Sampieri are pretty coastal villages, but in March? You will not want a coastal town in March – March 2009 and March 2008 didn’t bring the nicest weather with rain and wind, and March is prior to beach or swim season.

But will you have a car?????? - Some towns are easier reached by public transport than others.

Scicli's historic centre is lovely, but you might want a larger town (Modica, Ragusa) with a little more activity in March. You might even enjoy staying on Ortigia in Siracusa - Though Siracusa is larger, Ortigia has a small town feel.

Vagabonda

Edited: 30 January 2010, 17:21
Here & There
Destination Expert
for Sicily, Taormina
Level Contributor
103,724 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Nice village to stay?

Sorry, our posts crossed!

Wonderful that you will have a car to explore the towns of Ragusa and Siracusa provinces - It's a lovely local area.

http://www.ragusa-sicilia.it/english/

http://www.siracusa-sicilia.it/english/

Vagabonda

Manchester, UK
Level Contributor
983 posts
11 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Nice village to stay?

Hi Dunks, climate wise there are no huge differences between the north and the south of the island, but further away from the coast you are and cooler it gets.

All the above suggestions are great but I would like to suggest the lovely baroque town of Noto.

- Easy to get to, just over an hour drive from Catania airport, 88km of motorways.

- Decent size, not a hamlet and not a city (Noto has 24.000 inhabitants).

- Lots of monuments to see (churches, palaces) and a town centre with tons of caracter.

-Great location to explore nearby towns/sites.

"West": Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli.

"South": Vendicari natural reserve, Marzamemi fishing village, Roman villa of Tellaro.

"North East": Syracuse, Ortigia, Pantalica....Etna Taormina.

Have fun

Salvo

Houston, Texas
12 posts
Save Reply
8. Re: Nice village to stay?

Many thanks for your posts everyone - i'll investigate them all today. Once i've got an idea of where, i'll be back for some hotel recommendations!

Here & There
Destination Expert
for Sicily, Taormina
Level Contributor
103,724 posts
Save Reply
9. Re: Nice village to stay?

As Salvo has said, Noto is truly a beautiful town, one of Sicily's prettiest - Noto's architecture is stunning and it's especially pretty at sunset. Noto is famous for its gelati and dolce, but not particularly known for good eating, and though it has accommodations, less than some other towns - Many day trip to Noto from Siracusa.

www.comune.noto.sr.it/index.php…

Vagabonda

Houston, Texas
12 posts
Save Reply
10. Re: Nice village to stay?

This hotel seems to get good reviews; any thoughts?

Kallikoros Hotel Spa Resort