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In this article you will find out what to see in Scicli. As soon as you arrive, you feel like you’re going back in time a little bit. A very small and quaint village, a real concentration of beauty.

Even Scicli, like other Sicilian Baroque cities, is not located at sea level. In fact, the aristocracy of the time preferred to stay in the hills, enjoy the landscape and find some refreshment from the torrid Sicilian summers.

Tip from Topsecretsicily: If you wish, you can book a convenient guided tour that includes visits to Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli, the 3 pearls of Sicilian Baroque, or a tour of Commissario Montalbano. You will be picked up directly from your vacation home or hotel if you are in the Catania, Syracuse or Taormina areas.

1. Historic center

What to see in Scicli

Begin your journey by exploring the Baroque heart of Scicli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city is famous for its well-preserved Baroque churches and buildings, including the Church of St. Matthew and the Church of St. Bartholomew. Walking the cobblestone streets of Scicli will simply do your soul good.

2. Beneventano Palace

It is one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces on the island, and what is particularly striking is the flamboyance of the balconies. The latter are in fact supported by very expressive animals and anthropomorphic figures, who seem to want to tell something. Probably you want to postpone the raids of the Saracens and pirates of the Mediterranean and the fear of those moments.

3. Spadaro Palace

The palace belonged to the Spadaro family of Modican origin who moved to Scicli in the 17th century. The rooms that can be visited are not many, but still fascinating, especially the one with the floor still decorated with majolica.

Spadaro Palace, Scicli
Spadaro Palace
Spadaro Palace, Scicli

4. Bonelli Palace – Patanè

It is probably the most beautiful palace in Scicli, built in the late 19th century at the behest of Ignazio Bonelli. In 2013 it was bought by the entrepreneur Patanè who restored it and opened it to the public.

Kiafura , CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

5. Mother Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Mother Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, Scicli
Mother Church of Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, Scicli

6. Scicli City Hall – On the trail of Commissioner Montalbano

The town hall was made famous by the TV series “Il Commissario Montalbano.” It was in fact used as the headquarters of the Vigata police station. For a few Euros you can buy the ticket and visit both the Palace and the premises where the TV series was filmed.

Town Hall, Scicli
View from the Town Hall, Scicli
View from the Town Hall
Office of Commissioner Montalbano - Municipality of Scicli
Office of Commissioner Montalbano – Municipality of Scicli
Office of the commissioner of Montelusa in the series of Commissioner Montalbano
Representative office of the mayor – Office of the commissioner of Montelusa in the series of Commissioner Montalbano

7. Church of St. Theresa

Also in the area, you will also find the Church of Santa Teresa and here too you pay a ticket. The church is small but very special, once you enter you have a feeling of purity. In fact, the predominant color is white, interrupted here and there by the intense yellow of gold. The church is no longer in operation and has been used as an exhibition hall.

Church of Santa Teresa, Scicli

8. St. Michael’s Church

The church is very beautiful both inside and out and is very rich in decorations. It is one of the oldest churches in Scicli and was one of the few buildings that survived the earthquake of 1693, although it was still entirely rebuilt. Admission is free.

Church of San Michele, Scicli
Church of San Michele - Scicli
Church of San Michele
Church of San Michele, Scicli

9. Along the Spanish canal and the convent

The canal is located in via Aleardi not far from the street where the Town Hall overlooks. This work was built by the Spanish so as to channel rainwater. Just think that it was done so well that it still works today after so many centuries. Walking along this street you can admire some beautiful views of Scicli, until you reach the beautiful church and convent of the Carmine.

Church of the Carmine, Scicli
Church of the Carmine
Convent of Carmine, Scicli
Convent of the Carmine
Inside the convent of Carmine, Scicli
Inside the convent of the Carmine

10. Panoramic Church of St. Mary of the Cross

The Church of St. Mary of the Cross and the adjacent convent (Built around the 16th century) are located on St. Matthew’s Hill and can be reached on foot in about 20 minutes from the historic center. The Convent is charming and has been restored in the past, the church is small but very nice and is no longer used as a place of worship. Surely what makes this place special is the spectacular view of Scicli from above, especially at sunset. Admission is subject to a fee, around 2 Euros per person.

View from the church of Santa Maria della Croce, Scicli
Church of Santa Maria della Croce, Scicli
Duniasikuzote , CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

11. St. Matthew’s Church

The Church of St. Matthew, like that of St. Mary of the Cross, is located on the hill. The climb is a bit challenging and tiring, so if you are not very fit, better leave it alone. The stone path is still very nice, even if a little abandoned. Also abandoned is the church, which has structural problems and is therefore closed to the public. In fact, in the 90s, during the restorations, a reinforced concrete roof was built which compromised its stability.

Although not open to visitors, the church is very fascinating from the outside and the view of Scicli and the sea is incomparable.

Church of San Matteo - Scicli
Church of San Matteo – Source: Von trolvag, CC BY-SA 3.0
Scicli, Church of San Matteo above

12. Church of St. Bartholomew and the caves

Church of San Bartolomeo Scicli
Church of San Bartolomeo – Source: Unesco Scicli Club – Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Church of San Bartolomeo is set in a beautiful context, made of rocks, caves and houses, with their typical color, a soft white-yellow-gold. The church dates back to the 15th century and despite having withstood the earthquake of 1693 it was modified over the following years. Inside the church you will also find an 18th century nativity scene, a sort of photograph of the daily life of the time.


13. Chiafura – The houses in the rock

Chiafura, Scicli
Veronidae , CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Just near the Church of St. Bartholomew, among the rocks of St. Matthew’s Hill, is a very special place, Chiafura (Name probably coming from fura=outside, indicating that it was outside the city). The site is unfortunately currently closed to the public, but restoration work is expected to begin.

From the fifth century AD this place was used for a long time as a necropolis, or cemetery. Around the 8th century, however, a real urban district began to emerge.. This phenomenon was fueled by the fear of repeated coastal attacks of the period, people preferred to take refuge and live inland.

This place continued to be inhabited over the centuries, even up to the second half of the 20th century. However in the eighteenth with the expansion of the urban center of Scicli, this place was gradually abandoned.

14. A rutta ri Ron Carmelo

Ron Carmelo’s cave is an ancient house carved out of the cave like those not far away in Chiafura, which, however, unlike this one, are not accessible. It has been inhabited over the centuries and the last owners were the grandparents of Signor Carmelo. He will be the one to tell you in a very nice way the story of the cave and his family. Everything has been recreated to perfection, and you will also have a chance to try out old-fashioned games and tools.

A rut re Ron Carmelo, Scicli
A rut re Ron Carmelo, Scicli
A rut re Ron Carmelo, Scicli
A rut re Ron Carmelo, Scicli
A rut re Ron Carmelo, Scicli

Typical products of Scicli

Scicli’s original typical products are cuccidatu and Turkish head.

The first is a donut of about 250 grams prepared with lard, flour, pepper and sausage (There is also the variant filled with ricotta). You can find it in the rotisseries of Scicli.

Head of a Turk, Scicli

The Turk’s head is instead a dessert. Its history is very fascinating and also nice. It is a large puff filled with cream or ricotta, which celebrates the defeat of the Turks by the Normans in the battle of 1091. The shape of the cake in fact recalls the turban of the Turks! You can find it in the pastry shops of Scicli.

These are the 2 typical products of Scicli only. Here you find the typical dishes of Ragusa and its province (Of which Scicli is part) and here i typical Sicilian dishes and products in general.

Where to eat in Scicli

After seeing what to see in Scicli, let’s now think about good food. In this regard the restaurant is recommended My name is Tanino . The restaurant itself is small but very nice, you find seating both inside and outside. The tables outside are located next to a beautiful stone channel for rainwater, still fully functional, built by the Spaniards during their domination. What to try? The vastiduzza! A sort of Sicilian tapas, based on flour and different ingredients and toppings

Vastidduzza - My Name is Tanino - Scicli
Vastidduzza with cheese and prawns
My Name is Tanino Restaurant - Scicli
Ricotta pie and cannoli
My Name is Tanino Restaurant - Scicli
The restaurant
My Name is Tanino Restaurant - Scicli
Romantic dinner

Another very particular and original restaurant is the La Grotta restaurant . It is entirely excavated in the cave and the food is very good, as the reviews on Google testify.

Interactive map of Scicli – Points of interest in purple?

Find out what to see in Scicli To locate yourself once in the area, click on the enlarge symbol at the top right of the map.

What to see around Scicli

Here find a list of all the places to see in the Ragusa area, of which Scicli is part.


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