Scicli, Sicily, Italy

Scicli is a city in the Province of Ragusa in the south east of Sicily, Italy. It is 25 kilometers from Ragusa, and 308 kilometers from Palermo. Scicli is well worth a visit if you’re ever in south-eastern Sicily. It sits in a gorge just a few miles from the long sandy beaches of Sampieri and Donnalucata and is overlooked by a towering rocky mass on Which the Church of St. Matthew sits. The town shares much of its history with the other UNESCO Heritage Site towns of the Val di Noto, most Specifically the fateful earthquake of 1693, During Which over 3,000 of the town’s population died. Scicli, like the towns in the area, was totally rebuilt in pure Sicilian Baroque style. It is thought to have taken its name from its founders, the Sicels, one of the three main tribes That inhabited Sicily before the arrival of the Greek colonists. Like the rest of the island, it was passed from one to another invading conqueror, reaching its economic and cultural peak During the Arab and Norman dominations.

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