Siracusa (Syracuse) is a typically Mediterranean town, which stretches into the sea with the island of Ortigia (Ortygia). In Ortigia time really seems to stand still on the edge between the Greek ruins, medieval alleys and Baroque palaces. Connected to the mainland by three bridges, the island of Ortigia is the oldest settlement of Syracuse. Walking the streets of Ortigia was like doing an amazing journey through time.
Matera, in the Basilicata region, is not a well-known town outside of Italy. Although, perhaps, many have already seen some glimpses of the town in a few international movies of religious character. The most famous is probably “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson.
The town of Noto is a baroque jewel perched on a plateau overlooking a valley covered with citrus groves. It is easy to visit. All the monuments are on the main road. Its beauty comes from the tragic earthquake of 1693, after which the city was rebuilt in limestone, which over the years has taken a golden tint and a beautiful rose. The Baroque towns of Noto Valley has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.