Another little gem of the Sicilian Baroque, Scicli was considered a World Heritage Site in 2002, along with the Val di Noto (the valley of the Sicilian Baroque). Sicily is a land rich in traditions, of handed down tales and written stories and, why not, also broadcasted ones. The territory of Ragusa, in fact, from Ragusa Alba to Scicli, was the set for the fiction TV seried based on the character, Inspector Montalbano, written by Camilleri. A natural set for this very popular Italian television drama. Its scenes were shot on the streets, along the coast, in the squares, and among the majestic late Baroque buildings of this city.
Scicli is also the essence of the authenticity of Sicily, with its pink-colored houses, which are used as holiday homes to accommodate tourists, and with its typical Mediterranean cuisine. One of the main characteristics of the city are its “irrevent” masks above which is positioned the crowned coat of arms of the Benevento, which became symbol of the city. There are also numerous churches that are worth visiting. Among the most important are certainly the Church of St. Matthew (San Matteo) and the Church of Santa Maria la Nova, which has been home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Piety (Maria SS. Della Pietà) since 1994. Its most important square is Piazza Italia, surrounded by magnificent buildings, such as Palazzo della Fava, Palazzo Iacono, and Palazzo Mormina Penna. What, instead, finally wins over those who visit Scicli is the beauty of its coast, with its long sandy beaches and crystal clear water.