One of the great things about Sicily is the fact that it is quite a small island, so before travelling very far at all, you’re in yet another gorgeous community. From rolling hills to sparkling seas, Sicily is brimming with quaint, naturally stunning towns. And very few of these towns have been touristified, so you really feel like you’re seeing the heart of this land, experiencing true culture as you hop from place to place.
Ben and I adored our road trips across Sicily on our honeymoon
this past July. We would pile into our car and drive, just drive, heading to a destination that sounded keen. The freedom of being able to pick up and just go
was bliss, and allowed us to create our own, truly unique journey.
Breakfast was often eaten in the car – yoghurt, pastries, fruit.
Espresso, always. Often chilled.
And then we’d hit the road! Today I have two towns to show you, one intentional, the other a welcome surprise.
The first town is Ragusa
, a stunning, historic city not too far from Ortigia (which was our base for five days of our two and a half week Sicilian adventure). Ragusa is an UNESCO World Heritage Site
, so it is naturally loaded with history. We spent a lovely couple of hours exploring Ragusa Ibla, the lower, older part of the city.
Ok so you know that I absolutely love history and exploring new towns, so Ragusa was just a real treat and I was in heaven…but let me be real here. The highlight of this Ragusa visit was our midday visit to Gelati DiVini.
We sampled a myriad of intoxicating flavours, from extra virgin olive oil and ricotta, to moscato and passito. This was fantastic gelato.
After our sweet scoops we piled into our car (not this adorable fiat below, but hey, a girl can dream) and headed back to Ortigia for a plate of pasta and more swimming by the rock. Road tripping in Sicily is a good deal.
The second town I’d like to show you is Leonforte. We stumbled across this hilltop town while journeying to Gangi, in central Sicily. It was quite the breathtaking lunch spot.
Ben and I grabbed a seat in a park, embracing whatever shade we could in the dry, July Sicilian heat, and devoured our packed lunch – we had purchased freshly-made sandwiches from Caseificio Borderi before departing our beloved Ortigia and heading inland.
This beauty was filled with a house-made mozzarella roll (mozzarella lined with ham, spinach, tomato and herbs, and rolled into a lovely loaf).
It was so delicious.
Oh Sicily, it was a pleasure to drive over your bountiful peaks and across your fruitful plains. You’re a rustic beauty.