In 2002, UNESCO included the baroque cities of Val di Noto in the list of the World Heritage sites. It is not just one place but a set of cities whose reconstruction in the late baroque era, created an impressive and unprecendented monumental valley, enriched with noble palaces of particular interest as well as of unique beauty.
The next morning I drove along the recently completed highway from Aci Sant'Antonio to Siracusa, the capital of the greek culture in Southern Italy.
I choose to overnight in Taormina as I had planned an excursion to the summit crater of the Etna Volcano the next morning. Taormina is a perfect gate to the Etna, although you may also start from Aci Reale or Catania as distance is pretty much the same.
I drove approximately 30 minutes on the highway following the signs for Catania. Taormina is halfway between Massina and Catania, located on a rock overlooking the Ionian Sea, the Etna Volcano and the plain of Naxos, which is well known for its citrus cultivation (lemons and oranges).
On my way to Sicily I planned just one stop in the city of Caserta. You might have never heard of it because the city is so close to Naples (just 30 km) that its fame is engulfed by that: the city of the Vesuvius is so attractive for many, that several do not turn their back to the mainland to vist one of the most imposing building in the world: the Reggia di Caserta.
Marsala is not just a fine that is perfect for desserts bit also a city in Sicily where the largest and most colorful salt pans of the mediterranea sea are found
Sicily is home to some of the most amazing Baroque architectures. Here is a quick sample over the Duomo of Modica