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Via Francesco Mormino Penna 2, Scicli, Ragusa, Italy

The Basics

Located in Sicily’s scenic Val di Noto, the historical city of Scicli (pronounced “sheekly”) is celebrated for its beauty and its rich heritage—its origins date all the way back to the third millennium BC. Like other nearby cities, including Ragusa, Noto, and Modica, Scicli suffered devastating damage during an earthquake in 1693. As a result, however, it was rebuilt according to 17th-century baroque tastes and later earned a UNESCO designation for its beauty. Scicli is smaller and attracts fewer visitors than its compatriots, which lends it a tucked-away and tranquil allure.

Scicli is included on various Sicilian tour itineraries, and numerous walking tours are available, should you wish to discover its sights up close. Given its proximity to other UNESCO-listed baroque cities, Scicli can also be visited during an independent sightseeing tour of the Val di Noto.

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Meet Montalbano! Tour FD from Syracuse to Ragusa, Modica and Scicli
Meet Montalbano! Tour FD from Syracuse to Ragusa, Modica and Scicli
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$62.09 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Exploring thebfuctional and real life Syracuse area
The Town Hall/Police station in Scicli. Fun tour with Catarella taking us round. Impromptu Street food Lunch in Modica. A great guide
Jane_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Ragusa

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Enjoyable visit to historic towns
Nancy_B, May 2022
Meet Montalbano! Tour FD from Syracuse to Ragusa, Modica and Scicli
We enjoyed this tour. Our driver Damiano was excellent with a comfortable and clean minivan. In Ragusa, Marco gave a very thorough and knowledgeable tour. There is a two hour break for lunch, and Marco recommended a restaurant that we really enjoyed. In Modica, Eleonora was a delightful tour guide. We had no idea the history of Modica was so fascinating. The chocolate tasting was very good, and the shop is a good place to buy gifts. We toured the police office in Scicli where Montalbano was filmed, and that was a highlight. Throughout the tour there were references to Montalbano TV shows.
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Beautiful baroque cities
Alice R, Oct 2019
Ragusa, Modica & Scicli Tour
Ragusa, Modica and Scicli are beautiful historic cities, well worth visiting. Our driver, Armando, was charming and accommodating. If you have the time, this is a very enjoyable day trip.
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Great tour
Venture102670, Oct 2019
Meet Montalbano! Tour FD from Syracuse to Ragusa, Modica and Scicli
This was an easy way to view three incredibly gorgeous towns. Guide Giuliana and driver Salvo kept a nice leisurely pace while showing off the highlights of all of them. The included light lunch was actually huge and delicious. In October the group was only 6 people - lovely experience.
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Inspector Montalbano (Il Commissario Montalbano)*, a popular Italian detective show, is filmed in Scicli, and the city attracts numerous fans of the television series.

  • One of Scicli’s culinary highlights is Nivera, a gelato parlor. Drop by to sample flavors ranging from pistachio to sea-salt caramel, which are all made with local ingredients.

  • While the San Matteo Church is now closed to visitors, it’s worth trekking up the hill to admire its facade (and the impressive views overlooking the city).

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How to Get There

Scicli is located in the province of Ragusa in southeastern Sicily, and it is within easy day-trip distance of cities like Catania and Syracuse. Travel by car via the E45; alternatively, guided tours provide a stress-free way to access the inland city.

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When to Get There

Scicli is beautiful throughout the year, though it is at is most bustling and vibrant during the summer high season (restaurants and bars tend to close in the winter months). The city is also known for its many religious parades, which include traditional processionals—visit during Christmas and Easter to take in the spectacle.

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Other Val di Noto Attractions

Many other UNESCO-listed cities are within a quick drive of Scicli. Head to Modica to taste the local chocolate, venture to Ragusa to see its immense Cathedral of San Giorgio, and go to Noto to explore its fantastically opulent city center.

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