Where to go on holiday in Italy in March: cities and weekend itineraries

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Martí Micolau

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March is the time of year in which the air becomes crisp and the temperatures rise significantly, becoming pleasant, giving away the perfect time to dedicate yourself to a wonderful and regenerating long weekend.
Take off the down jacket and put on a light coat, put on a pair of sunglasses and expect onion-shaped clothing and comfortable shoes: from north to south, we explore the infinite opportunities that the beautiful country offers us, between countryside and historic centers, dream coasts and enchanted villages, art sites and UNESCO sites.
Here are the most popular destinations in Italy for a weekend in March!


  1. Destinations and weekend proposals in the north
  2. Destinations and weekend proposals in the center
  3. Destinations and weekend proposals in the south
  4. User questions and comments

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

Destinations and weekend proposals in the north

1 - La Spezia, Liguria

The coasts of La Spezia contain one of the most beloved stretches of sea in Italy, the Gulf of Poets, a glimpse of timeless beauty.
This is the second largest city in Liguria and holds natural and cultural treasures, perfect to visit in the season when the air becomes warmer.

Points of interest range from imposing castles such as the Castle of San Giorgio, dating from the thirteenth century, a city ​​natural parks like the Public Gardens, the cradle of a great variety of botanicals, liberty architecture and sculptures.
To pass by picturesque streets such as via del Prione, the nerve center of relaxation and shopping, historic buildings and interesting museums such as the Maritime Museum or the Formentini Museum. Finally, the promenade of La Spezia is a real work of art halfway between nature and city.

Weekend proposal: Villages and delights of the Cinque Terre

The villages that make up the Cinque Terre are small jewels of limited size, ideal to visit in a weekend.
The villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The most fun way to move from one village to another is on foot with a day tour from La Spezia. However, you can reach the villages with a 1-day cruise or with the trains of the Cinque Terre Express line which from March connects La Spezia to Levanto.
Do not miss the food and wine aspect: let yourself be accompanied on a gastronomic tour and taste specialties such as farinata, pesto, whitebait in batter and Monterosso rice cake.

  • Info: the Cinque Terre MS Card allows you to access both the trekking routes and the trains that move between the villages without limitation of rides (cost of about € 23,00 for 2 days)
  • La Spezia - Hotels and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • guided trekking of the Cinque Terre

2 - Verona, Veneto

It is the capital of love par excellence, famous for being the scene of the story of Romeo and Juliet.

This romantic city, perfect for a weekend, it offers a wide choice of suggestive alleys, museums, restaurants and shopping streets. The majestic Arena di Verona, is the fulcrum of the schedule of shows that the city puts on stage starting from the summer, and the historic center of Verona has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its particular urban structure and the unique architecture.
Stroll through the magnificent Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra, through via Mazzini, stop at Juliet's house and finally climb to the top of the Torre dei Lamberti to have a privileged point of view over the rooftops of Verona. Or, go in search of Porta Borsari or Castelvecchio, custodian of the Civic Museum, and cross the numerous bridges over the Adige river, to fill your eyes and heart with fascinating and indelible memories.

Weekend proposal: romantic stay between Verona and Peschiera del Garda

Verona and Peschiera del Garda are only 30 kilometers away and represent a perfect solution to organize a long weekend between urban landscapes and lake atmospheres.
Keep Verona as a base and visit it well both in the daytime version and in its even more dreamy evening version.
Then enjoy an excursion to Peschiera del Garda, reachable in 14 min by train (about € 15,00). First turn it on foot, between the alleys and the ramparts of its Fortress or Rocca: an architectural gem hidden by a pentagonal wall, dating back to the sixteenth century. Then stop at the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Frassino before taking a look at the Historic Building and the Military Museum. Sports enthusiasts can dedicate themselves to a bike ride on the banks of the Mincio.

  • Info: if you go on the last weekend of March you can also take a trip to Gardaland, right on the shores of the lake.
  • Verona - Hotels and b & b from € 55,00 per room -
  • Lake Garda: 1 day tour with ferry cruise The classic and the unknown: the original tour of Verona by bike

3 - Turin, Piedmont

Turin is a splendid and enigmatic city, amidst architectural wonders and mysteries linked to energies and spirituality and boasts a truly compelling cultural offer. The symbolic building of the city is the Mole Antonelliana, with its 167,50 meters high, and houses the famous National Cinema Museum. Among the famous museums of the city there is also the Egyptian Museum, a real temple for anyone who is passionate about this intriguing people, while among the attractions that most leave you speechless of the ancient capital of Italy are its immense and sumptuous squares, such as Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto or Piazza Castello. Do not miss the Cathedral, guardian of the Holy Shroud and the Valentino Park, the green lung of the city.

Weekend proposal: Turin and surroundings, visit to the Savoy residences

For a full immersion in the sumptuous historic houses of the Savoy dynasty begins with the majestic Palazzo Reale, the most important Savoy residence in Piedmont and Unesco Heritage, and for centuries the heart of the political and cultural life of Italy. Among the most spectacular is the Reggia di Venaria Reale, less than 13 km from Turin and also reachable by bus (line 9 + 11). The Valentino Castle it is located near the center of Turin: it was bought by Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia and is immersed in the huge park of the same name. There Apartment Hunting Residence it rises less than 15 km from the capital (by RV bus to Lingotto, then bus 41) and is a masterpiece of Juvarra. Attached to a natural park, it also houses the Castelvecchio di Stupinigi, once the residence of the Marquises Pallavicino.

  • Turin - Hotels and b & b from € 65,00 per room -
  • Torino Piemonte Card: 2 days Ticket and guided tour for the Royal Palace

4 - Barolo, Piedmont

It is a small town of just 702 inhabitants in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont. It is located in the heart of the Langhe area, a Piedmontese flagship, which makes hills planted with vines, castles and small dream villages its magical attraction.
The name of the town is said to derive from the Celtic "bas reul", or "low place", due to the geographical conformation of this village, located in a lower area than other neighboring countries. Its Faletti Castle dominates the hills cultivated with Nebbiolo from above and dates back to the year 1000. Today the Barolo Regional Enoteca is located inside, the place where it is selected the finest production of local wines.

Weekend proposal: Barolo and Piedmontese Langhe between villages, castles and flavors

A fascinating way to travel these lands between Cuneo and Asti is to cross the Romantic Road, a route in 11 stages of 130 km between the territories of Roero and Langhe.
Among the villages not to be missed are Alba, with its medieval air, Asti, known for its fine sparkling wines, and Barolo, famous for its castle overlooking the hills. Then there are Santo Stefano Belbo, with the birthplace of Cesare Pavese, Bergolo, the stone village, Neive, Dogliani or Bossolasco. The medieval castles are one of the characterizing elements of the Langhe. Among the most beautiful are the Castle of Govone, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour, and those of Magliano Alfieri or Costigliole d'Asti. Also not to be missed are those of Monesiglio, Pralormo or Monticello d'Alba.

  • Barolo - Hotels and b & b from € 60,00 per room -
  • Langhe: authentic culinary experience in a private house. Langhe: full-day tour of the region with wine tasting

5 - Alba (Canazei), Trentino-Alto Adige

Canazei is located in the autonomous province of Trento, immersed in the splendid setting of the Val di Fassa, one of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites.

It is one of the most popular winter destinations in Trentino, and is famous for its numerous sports facilities that allow you to practice outdoor sports both in the summer and winter months. In winter it is a paradise for lovers of skiing, mountaineering and winter sports. In the warmer season, on the other hand, the Canazei area is loved by mountain bike and hiking enthusiasts. From Canazei you can reach famous passes of the Dolomites, such as Pordoi or Sella, while the pretty historic center of the village allows you to breathe the best mountain air, including its tastiest aromas and flavors.

Weekend proposal: Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme, winter memories in the Dolomites

Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme are two of the best pearls of the Dolomites. They are less than 25 kilometers away from each other and are a winning combination for a weekend among the most beautiful peaks in Italy. They can be reached by bus 101 in 37 min, about € 3,30.
Val di Fassa is part of the Dolomiti Superski consortium, the largest in the world, and today it is the only Trentino valley where the Ladin language is widely spoken.
In March the days are warmer, but the snow is often still perfect. The ideal is to spend a night in each of them and enjoy a long weekend between mountain food, mulled wine and slopes warmed by the first spring sun.

  • Canazei - Hotels and b & b from € 80,00 per room -
  • Bolzano and the best of the Dolomites: 1 day private tour

6 - Como, Lombardy

Como is a town overlooking the lake of the same name, proud of its beauty. Its charm derives in part from the architectural structure of its elegant historic center, in part from its lakeside atmosphere and its relaxed and pleasant climate to visit in every season. The spring period is among the best times to dive into a walking tour, with the waves of the lake that shine with the first rays of the sun, the city that wakes up from winter and the first outdoor tables that appear among its squares and its alleys. Como can be visited in one day, but to fully appreciate every corner and glimpse it is obviously necessary a few more days to enjoy its surroundings.

Weekend proposal: Pearls and Villages of Lake Como

To see as quickly as possible choose to move on board the ferries (about € 3,80 each way) which significantly shorten the distances between one village and another.
Start your sightseeing tour from Como by visiting the Palazzo del Broletto, the Tempio Voltiano or Villa Olmo. Move towards Menaggio to appreciate its noble villas and reach Bellagio to closely observe Villa Melzi and Villa Serbelloni, as well as the Orrido di Nesso, an impressive waterfall that tumbles into a gorge between the rocks. Then continue to Ossuccio and opt for a tour on the Comacina Island, the only island on the lake. Consider including in the itinerary also unique places such as Varenna, on the Lecco side.

  • Como - Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • Lake Como, Bellagio and Varenna: full-day tour from Milan From Milan: panoramic boat tour of Lake Como

Destinations and weekend proposals in the center

1 - Siena, Tuscany

Considered one of the jewels of Tuscany, it is easy to be bewitched by the unique charm of the city, walking in the center of its Piazza del Campo: famous buildings such as Palazzo Comunale and Torre del Mangia overlook the large space with an unmistakable shell shape and warm tones and the Palio di Siena is held every year, a Sienese event famous in the world.
The tour of the beauties of Siena can only continue towards the sumptuous Piazza del Duomo, with the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its marvelous polychrome marbles. Also not to be missed are the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and the Baptistery of Siena, and the nearby complex of Santa Maria della Scala.
Siena is also the cradle of one enviable gastronomic tradition and its sweet hills produce great wine labels, renowned internationally.

Weekend proposal: Siena, Montalcino and Val d'Orcia, the Orcia wine routes

The Val d'Orcia extends from the province of Siena in the north to that of Grosseto and takes its name from the Orcia river from which it is crossed.
Start the Val d'Orcia Tour from San Quirico d'Orcia, an ancient Etruscan site, and then continue to Bagno Vignoni, a spa town where ancient buildings surround a Renaissance thermal pool. From Castiglione d'Orcia to the center of the valley, make a stop in Pienza, to taste its famous pecorino. Aim at Montalcino, for a sip of Brunello, and stop in a cellar to taste the Rosso d'Orcia or a Nobile di Montepulciano, accompanied by Cinta Senese salami. For a break of pure relaxation, opt for Chianciano Terme, to regenerate yourself with its thermal waters.

  • Info: To explore this area you can take the nature train, which goes from Siena to Trequanda, crossing postcard landscapes (€ 32,00).
  • Chianciano - Hotels and b & b from € 57,00 per room -
  • Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano: lunch with wine in Chianti Siena: Brunello di Montalcino wine tour

2 - Assisi, Umbria

Assisi is a magical place, closely linked to the story of St. Francis, who spent his life here. A little medieval village still intact in its beauty, guarded by a wall and characterized by the profiles of the splendid Rocca Maggiore and its large Basilica of San Francesco, dedicated to the saint of the same name. Between narrow streets and alleys where time slows down, Assisi has a lot to offer to those who dedicate themselves to a relaxing weekend within its borders. An afternoon at the Eremo delle Carceri, where Francis loved to retire in prayer, is a moment of absolute peace, immersed in the woods of oaks and holm oaks. A visit to the Porziuncola Museum will allow you to admire important paintings dating back to the first Franciscan century, while walking through the streets of the town you can see both the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the Torre del Popolo, which stands in Piazza del Comune throughout the its elegance. The particular straight line of Via San Francesco connects Piazza del Comune and the Basilica. To isolate yourself from the world and breathe only silence, a trip to the wood of San Francesco is not to be missed, at the bottom of the valley, a place with a historical and sacred climate at the same time.

Weekend proposal: Assisi, Spello, Trevi, weekend among the Umbrian villages

Leave from Assisi and then head by train (in 8 min, € 1,90) to Spello, one of the most beautiful walled cities in Italy. Observe the medieval, Roman and Renaissance presences and the numerous access gates to the city, such as Porta Consolare and Porta Venere.
From Spello travel in 13 minutes by train (€ 1,90) to Trevi, a postcard village perched on a hill in the Umbrian Valley. Peculiarities are its original urban structure with concentric circles, its noble palaces, cobbled alleys, churches and flowered balconies overlooking small welcoming squares, such as Piazza Mazzini, the heart of the village. Enjoy a plate of typical cured meats, or strangozzi with truffles and end your weekend exploring the oil mills around.

  • Assisi - Hotel and b & b from € 59,00 per room -
  • Assisi: 3-hour walking tour Basilica of San Francesco Panoramic tour of Spello and Assisi

3 - Terni, Umbria

Terni is the second Umbrian city, located in the heart of the Valserra, in the confluence area between the Serra and the Nera rivers. The beautiful town is suspended between his fascinating past and its being projected to the future: the schedule of events, festivals and activities that can be practiced here is really rich. In the historic center of Terni the remains of the Roman Terni are still visible, and the patron saint of lovers, San Valentino, is buried right here, in the basilica of the city named after the saint. Terni is an excellent starting point for visiting its incredible surroundings, rich in nature, history and opportunities.

Weekend proposal: Trekking and rafting in the Marmore Falls

The Marmore Falls are only about ten kilometers from Terni, reachable by train in 15 min (€ 2,35). Alternatively, choose a day tour from Assisi with stops also in Cascia and Norcia.
In spring choose between a trekking or rafting excursion on the waters of the streams (prices start at around € 50,00 per person).
Then visit the villages in the area such as Piediluco, on the shores of the lake of the same name (with Busitalia, € 3,00), Narni (9 min by train, € 1,90) and the villages of Arrone and Stroncone, among the most picturesque in the region.
If you have time, go to Orvieto (1h and 30, € 6,00 by train), to discover its cathedral and its underground and mysterious side: the legendary Well of San Patrizio is located right here.

  • Terni - Hotels and b & b from € 64,00 per room -
  • Tour in Umbria: Cascia, Norcia and Cascata delle Marmore Terni: culinary experience at a local's home

4 - Termoli, Molise

Molise is a land rich in priceless cultural heritages, refined art, incredibly characteristic naturalistic views and a mouth-watering local cuisine. Termoli is one of the major towns in the region, located in the province of Campobasso in the coastal part of Molise: it is a real fortified city, which dominates the territory from the top of a promontory overlooking the waves of the Adriatic. Its picturesque Borgo Antico is the most characteristic point of the city, where among other peculiarities is the famous Rejecelle, the narrowest alley in Italy, only 41 cm wide. Termoli is also a town renowned for its splendid coasts and is the main port from which to reach the Tremiti Islands.

Weekend proposal: discovering the Costa dei Trabocchi

In an hour by train from Termoli (about € 6,70) you will find the Trabocchi coast, a fascinating stretch of coast characterized by the presence of the typical trabocchi, an ancient fishing structure on stilts.
The coast extends from Francavilla al Mare to San Salvo, passing through villages such as Ortona, Fossacesia, San Vito Chietino and Vasto. The coasts hide beaches set in rocky bays, as well as magnificent castles, such as the Aragonese Castle. Small treasures such as Rocca San Giovanni, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Punta Cavalluccio or the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve are located among these magical lands.

  • Termoli - Hotels and b & b from € 35,00 per room -

5 - Ferrara, Emilia Romagna

Ferrara is the classic city on a human scale perfect to discover on foot on a mid-season day, with the crisp air and the warm sun. It owes its atmosphere to the Dukes of Este who resided here between the th and th centuries. Start your weekend in the city from Estense Castle, the th century fortress that stands right in the historic center. Continue your visit with the Ferrara Cathedral and don't forget to pass by Palace of the Diamonds, a true architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Stick your nose in Piazza Municipio, to then admire Piazza Trento and Trieste and visit the Jewish ghetto of Ferrara, before enjoying a slow stroll around Via delle Volte, medieval town testimony that leaves you breathless for beauty and authenticity.

Weekend proposal: Ferrara and Comacchio, culture and nature on the Po delta

Ferrara is less than 45 minutes away by car from the Lidos of Comacchio, an area lying next to the Po delta. Head towards the Adriatic for a naturalistic excursion in these areas. The best way to enjoy relaxation and silence here is by bike among reeds and oases, between swamps, pine forests and brackish ponds. The flat terrain makes this up trekking on two wheels suitable for the whole family. The town of Comacchio is worth a visit, also called "the little Venice" because it arose on thirteen different strips of land on the mouth of the Po di Primaro. It is distinguished by a maze of channels and pretty little bridges, the perfect place for walks or to taste the freshest fish in a traditional restaurant.

  • Ferrara - Hotels and b & b from € 44,00 per room -
  • guided walking tour among the treasures of the city 2 hour walking tour in the city center

Destinations and weekend proposals in the south

1 - Naples, Campania

Naples is a land of fascinating contradictions and rare beauty.
Among his architectural wonders Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino, the symbol of the city, and Piazza Plebiscito, the scene of splendid buildings such as the Royal Palace and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, stand out. You can't say you've seen Naples if you don't explore the neighborhood Spaccanapoli, the heart of the city, in which old buildings and art treasures alternate and it is possible to savor the most authentic Naples. Do not miss the Sansevero Chapel Museum, guardian of the Veiled Christ of Sanmartino, the Monumental Complex of Santa Chiara, the National Museum of Capodimonte or the Cathedral dedicated to San Gennaro, protector of the city. For a touch of thrill and mystery, Naples has a truly suggestive underground side that can be covered with guided tours, for an original detour.

Weekend proposal: Naples, Caserta and Pompeii, weekend between pizza, palaces and ruins

Naples and Caserta are less than 35 kilometers away, and Pompeii about 25. After visiting Naples, reach Caserta by train (40min, € 3,40), for an immersion in the regal atmosphere of the majestic Royal Palace of Caserta, a royal residence of the th century. Do not miss the San Leucio viewpoint, the cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo, and the village of Casertavecchia in the surroundings of the city.
From Caserta, by train (1h30 min, € 3,90) go towards Pompeii to see with your own eyes its majestic archaeological excavations: walk between the amphitheater and the house of the Faun, and peek among the remains of the so-called house of Sallust. Reserve some time for an excursion to Vesuvius.

  • Naples - Hotels and b & b from € 54,00 per room -
  • Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Ticket Amalfi Coast Tour All Inclusive from Naples

2 - Sorrento, Campania

The city since lemon scent it stands perched on a hill at the entrance to the Sorrento Peninsula. Spring is the best time to enjoy it calmly and to go trekking in its surroundings. From its famous municipal villa it is possible to admire an unforgettable view over the entire gulf of the same name, while the nearby cloister of San Francesco offers shelter and quiet at any time of the year. After walking between Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia, look for the original Vallone dei Mulini to have the opportunity to closely observe the ruins of an urban settlement set in vegetation. Do not forget to enter the cathedral of Sorrento, before relaxing by the sea in the natural scenery of the beautiful Punta Campanella, and conclude with a dip in the Bagni della Regina Giovanna.

Weekend proposal: Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula

The Amalfi Coast stretches from Positano to Vietri sul Mare and faces south on the Gulf of Salerno. The Sorrento Peninsula is a few kilometers north of the coast: it is impossible not to think of visiting them together.
Start from the "Due Fratelli" of Positano, the spikes of rock immersed in the blue symbol of the city. Enjoy Minori, Ravello and Atrani and then land in the heart of Amalfi. Pass the fjord of Furore and the wonders of the Praiano coast, to finally reach the beautiful one Positano, a little paradise lying on the back of a hill. The Sorrento Peninsula is a few kilometers away with pearls such as Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, Massa Lubrense and the queen of the Gulf, Sorrento.

  • Sorrento - Hotels and b & b from € 36,00 per room -
  • Amalfi Coast: Sorrento Coast Small Group Tour from Sorrento

3 - Palermo, Sicily

Palermo is able to make you live infinite emotions in a few hours. An eclectic city full of history, cultural influences and a past to be told. To fall in love with it, just wander around its picturesque views, leaving space for a slow discovery. The cathedral will be noticed spontaneously, as well as the Martorana church and the magnificent Norman Palace. For a moment of thrill between the macabre and the fascinating, take a trip to the Catacombs of the Capuchins, the underground cemetery that preserves the mummified remains of monks, rich local characters and common people. After having set your eyes on the beauties of the center, stop for a street food stop in the markets before strolling along the coast of Mondello, the beach of Palermo.

Weekend proposal: Palermo, Monreale and Bagheria, weekend between art and street food

Monreale is about 10 kilometers away and Bagheria just over twenty.
Move with the AMAT bus (line 389, € 1,50) or with a guided tour in Monreale to have the opportunity to visit its cathedral, with its golden mosaics, rightfully included in the list of world heritage sites Unesco.
From Palermo take the train that in 10 minutes (€ 2,80) will bring you to Bagheria: the City of Villas. Discover its imaginative villas, such as Villa Palagonia (known as the Villa dei Mostri), symbol of the city, Villa Cattolica or Villa Valguarnera and imprint the views of Sicily forever in your heart.

  • Palermo - Hotels and b & b from € 42,00 per room -
  • 3-hour walking tour between street food and history Palermo by tourist bus with 24-hour ticket Monreale: guided tour of the cathedral, monastery and mosaics

4 - Ostuni, Puglia

The white city par excellence, Ostuni is characterized by the presence of white-colored houses, whose plaster reflects the warm light of the south. Jewel of the Salento peninsula, among the streets of the center there are beautiful churches and lively squares, while at a short distance the Mediterranean displays its most beautiful creations on the Apulian coasts. The Aragonese Walls and the Cathedral of Ostuni are worth a visit. And you cannot leave the city without having breathed the atmosphere of its Piazza della Libertà: the palace of San Francesco, the church of San Francesco, the obelisk of Sant'Oronzo and the church of the Holy Spirit overlook it. There are numerous museums, such as the civic and diocesan museums, and it is unthinkable to leave here without an excursion to the Coastal Dunes Park, a fabulous natural area between the municipalities of Ostuni and Fasano.

Weekend proposal: From Alberobello to Ostuni, weekend among the Apulian villages

The stretch of Puglia that leads from Ostuni and Alberobello also meets gems such as Cisternino and Locorotondo along the way.
Cisternino is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Puglia, overlooking the Itria valley, with white houses and a landscape where olive trees, trulli, countryside and a spectacular sea coexist (35 min by bus, € 1,50).
locorotondo, with a circular plan, it is known for the "cummerse", houses with a sloping roof. Visit it on foot, gliding among its many churches, such as the church of San Rocco, patron saint of Locorotondo, and its historic buildings (bus 390 in 35 min, € 3,00).
If you have more time, reach by train (€ 4,30) Alberobello, the capital of the trulli, whose architectural uniqueness has obviously been registered among the Unesco World Heritage Sites.

  • Ostuni - Hotels and b & b from € 52,00 per room -
  • Ostuni: walking tour Cisternino: tour of an authentic Apulian village

5 - Ragusa, Sicily

Located in the heart of Val Di Noto, Ragusa is considered a true open-air museum. Refined expression of Sicilian Baroque, the city presents itself today divided into two distinct areas: Ragusa Superiore, the modern side, and Ragusa Ibla, the ancient part, which follows the original medieval layout. The narrow Ragusan alleys almost labyrinthine they capture anyone who decides to spend a few days here. Admire Ragusa Ibla and the valley that opens up around the city from the viewpoint of the church of Santa Lucia, and get ready to an exciting urban trekking among the immense Ragusan stairways. Enjoy the magic of the Baroque that envelops the churches and the elegant buildings of the city, and do not spare yourself a tour along the Ibleo coast, one of the most popular coastal stretches of Sicily.

Weekend proposal: The places of Montalbano and the Baroque of Val di Noto

The genuinely Sicilian angles of Ragusa bring to mind the fascinating events of Inspector Montalbano: start a tour of Inspector Montalbano's places between Modica, Punta Secca and Scicli right from Ragusa.
There are eight late Baroque towns in the Val di Noto, Unesco World Heritage Site. In addition to Ragusa, these are Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Palazzolo Acreide, Scicli and Noto: do not miss the opportunity to visit them all and to melt in front of their indefinable beauty. The only way to enjoy a full weekend is to rent a car or take a guided tour of the Baroque, food and wine of Sicily.

  • Ragusa - Hotels and b & b from € 46,00 per room -
  • From Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Baroque Tour Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto Day Tour from Catania

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