Scicli is about sixteen kilometres from Marina di Ragusa, an ancient Sicilian city that flourished during the Arab period and the Middle Ages, but was destroyed by the terrible earthquake that struck all of eastern Sicily in 1693. The city was then rebuilt at the foot of the hill where remains of the ancient city still stand, part of which is the ancient medieval castle. The result of the reconstruction was nothing short of remarkable and even today you can admire the historic centre in Baroque style declared "Unesco Heritage".
In addition to the narrow limestone streets, the characteristic views and the elegant palaces of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the central square, Piazza Italia, you will find the Church of Sant'Ignazio, built by the Jesuits. Another important church is that of San Bartolomeo, with a bastion in the background that makes it truly spectacular. Inside there are numerous works of art including a sixteenth-century Neapolitan crib and a Deposition by Mattia Preti. Elsewhere in the historic centre, you can admire other eighteenth-century churches: San Giovanni, San Michele, del Carmine and Santa Maria la Nova (all with remarkable works of art inside).
Among the many noble palaces, it is worth mentioning Palazzo Beneventano, for its decoration with sculptures of monsters and the many grotesque figures that adorn the façade and the family crest. Finally, the beautiful piazza Mormina Penna was the backdrop to the stories of the Inspector Montalbano, while the town hall, in the same square, is used as the headquarters of the police station.
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The narrow streets and houses that crowd around large square, are among the elements that characterize Scicli and more generally the Sicilian Bbaroque. Beautiful churches and noble buildings are extremely decorated with masks and gargoyles with furious and grinning faces.