is a town of nearly 15,000, nestled atop a hill at some 300m asl,
in the Siracusa province. The Canale Creek, offering fine naturalistic
spots, flows nearby.
held that the ancient Greek city of Hydra was once located in this
area. A hamlet developed in the 14th century around the Castle of
the Chiaramontes. Over the centuries, the town was ruled by several
lords: Berengario Cruyllas, Ferdinando Moncada and the Gravinas,
last ruling as far as the feudalism abolishment in 1812.
a period of economic and demographic decline that would culminate
in the devastating 1693 quake, the town enjoyed a new prosperity
most related to the thriving citrus trade, today still producing
a major income.
main attractions include the Palazzo Palagonia – former Marchese’s
– now used as the Town Hall. It was built in the 18th century
by Ferdinando Francesco Gravina using a wing of the castle; largely
ravaged by the quake, it would be rebuilt and its interior finely
ornamented with a balustrade and baroque masks. The Chiesa Madre,
also rebuilt after the quake, has a fine monstrance created by Messina’s
craftsmen in the 18th century and a Novelli-style painting depicting
the Madonna del Rosario.
Porto Palo di Capo Passero
Eremo San Corrado
Laghetti Di Avola
Marina Di Avola
Marina Di Noto
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