Brucoli is a small seaside village in the province of Syracuse. If you feel like looking at the castle overlooking the sea, breathing in some clean air or maybe taking a few boat rides in the area, then a visit is well worth it. It is right to point out that the Aragonese castle is unfortunately currently closed for restoration. Even from the outside it is still very beautiful and turning around it, you can enjoy the beautiful views, with the sea and the ‘Etna (Weather permitting) in the background, which, seen from here, seems to arise from the sea.

Also worth visiting is the bay, an inlet between the rocks, where there are still caves used since prehistoric times. In the small marina on Sunday morning you can also buy freshly caught fish and even rent a boat for a few hours.

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Brucoli Castle
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Brucoli Castle
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Brucoli
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Brucoli
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The sanctuary

Very nice too the Sanctuary of Adonai, overlooking the sea, a few km from the center of Brucoli. The monastery was created in the 16th century, but the actual place of worship is located in a cave, where the painting of the Madonna dating back to the third century AD is located. The painting was created by a Christian who escaped from Roman persecution and later became a sacred place. The church after the edict of Constantine, however, was abandoned and nothing more was heard of it. One theory has it that at the time of the Arab invasion it was hidden so that it would not be destroyed.

The sanctuary is open, except for changes in schedule, on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:30 and on Sundays from 15:00 to 18:30.

Sanctuary of Adonai, Brucoli
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Sanctuary of Adonai, Brucoli
Sanctuary of Adonai, Brucoli

Top Secret Tip – Brucoli Beach

Nearby there is a beach that is a bit difficult to reach, but with truly crystal clear water and surrounded by nature . To get there you have to take a dirt road and then continue on foot for a few minutes going towards Brucoli. Comes with the car up to here and then continue on foot towards Punta Tonnara. From here you can also admire Mount Etna in the distance, weather permitting of course.

Punta Tonnara - Brucoli

Where to eat in Brucoli

In Brucoli we recommend the Trattoria i Rizzari, a very nice place 2 steps from the sea, with a wooden terrace on the rocks. It was once a fisherman’s house and this makes the atmosphere even more charming. The dishes are based on fish.

Activities loved by tourists in the surrounding area or in Sicily in general

Interactive map Brucoli and surroundings – Points of interest in purple

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Typical dishes of Syracuse and its surroundings

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