What to see near Syracuse: 7 unmissable places - Baroque Apartments

Which places to visit near Syracuse?
The city is full of historical monuments, palaces and museums, but also in the surroundings there are destinations not to be missed.
Less than an hour’s drive from Syracuse there is much to discover: nature reserves, baroque cities, archaeological sites and much, much more.
We have compiled the best 7 for you below.


Driving distance from Syracuse: 40 minutes
City rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 in late Sicilian Baroque style and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We recommend a walk in the historic center to discover its richly decorated palaces and balconies, and a visit to the Cathedral of San Nicolò.
If you are here in May, do not miss the famous Infiorata, when the streets of the city are covered with flowers.


Driving distance from Syracuse: 1 hour
Modica is often considered, with good reason, the most classic example of Sicilian Baroque. Among the many monuments, pay a visit to the Castle of the Counts of Modica with the clock tower. Ah, don’t forget to taste the very famous Modica chocolate!

Riserva di Vendicari

Driving distance from Syracuse: 45 minutes
Migratory birds stop in this wonderful naturalistic oasis to rest and nest. Here you can have a close encounter with flamingos and stroll along the Calamosche and Vendicari beach.


Driving distance from Syracuse: 50 minutes
This splendid seaside village became a port equipped with the famous tonnara for the processing of fish. Today it has been restored and brought back to its old splendor.


Driving distance from Syracuse: 50 minutes
The museum-village of Buscemi is much more than a historic village: walking through its narrow streets you will realize that the houses and shops have been furnished as if time had stopped at the end of the nineteenth century. Buscemi is an unmissable gem for lovers of Sicilian history.

Cava d’Ispica

Driving distance from Syracuse: 50 minutes
With its catacombs, prehistoric caves, rock churches, the Greek gymnasium and the medieval settlement carved into the rock, the archaeological area of Cava d’Ispica is a must for lovers of ancient times.

Palazzolo Acreide

Driving distance from Syracuse: 40 minutes
Palazzolo Acreide is another unmissable place if you love art and history. This small town contains in a small space historical beauties of the most disparate eras: prehistory, Roman times, the Middle Ages and the Baroque period.

Do you want to spend a few days of vacation in one of these places?

Baroque Apartments has apartments in Syracuse, Modica and Palazzolo Acreide

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