Ispica - the holy city

Updated: Apr 20

The beautiful Baroque city of Ispica sits in the hills of the southern tip of Sicily. It is one of several towns in this area that was rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1693, restyled in a unique version of Sicilian Baroque. There are nature parks in the hills and an undeveloped coastline on the sea. A special park to see is the Archeological area called Parco Forza at Cava d'Ispica, reached by 100 steps hewn into the rocks. In this ancient place you'll encounter the so-called "city of caverns" that were used by prehistoric people, Greeks, Byzantines and early Christians, with a network of caves, necropoli, and catacombs. It is a must see if you love culture and breaktaking views!

Ispica is also known for its elaborate Holy Week observations and processions that draw people from all over Italy! They stage a special Living Nativity at Christmas time in the caves and rocks of Parco Forza. In contrast, summer brings food festivals and musical events. In general , the Noto Valley is primarily agricultural, with the cultivation of carrots, tomatoes, almonds, olives, carob and wine being important still. You can sample the local vintages made with Moscato and Nero d'Avola grapes and never want to leave! A trip to Ispica will surely leave you starstruck and very holy!