Choosing which places to visit was challenging as of course I wanted to go everywhere. I can fortunately say I choose well as 9/10 places were fabulous. Sadly we left Ortigia, Siracusa and headed for Modica; famous for chocolate. OMG it was such a beautiful town, inland set on a hill. That day our car thermometer hit 40 degrees!Modica was a small, medieval town with a trendy vibe. The churches were gorgeous and we walked up the hill to take some pics from the top. Magic. We didn’t stop long as I wanted to check Ragusa and then it was another 2 hrs drive to Agrigento. We pack in so much on our days, I just love it.
Ragusa was very quiet and I don’t really think we got to the main area but we had a wee walk around, ate a nice lunch and decided to move on. I’m so glad that we did as we had more time to spend at Agrigento.
We stayed at a very unusual but funky hotel with a seaview and we were right opposite the train station. Generally that’s not a great location but this was great. The owner was super lovely and gifted us a fruit platter on arrival. Wasting no time we headed off the Valley of the Temples. I wasn’t really in the mood to go as it was super hot. Entrance was 17E (about $34) each but OMG it was so worth it. What you see from the entrance is nothing. We had such a great walk exploring the ruins and then saw a beautiful historic villa. It is illuminated at night and they hold many events/weddings there. Unlike Wellington, you’d hardly be concerned about the weather as it’s so consistently beautiful.
We then headed straight into town and our hotel owner had recommended three places for dinner. We walked through the town and it felt super wealthy and everyone had dressed up. The boutiques were stunning. I purchased a pair of camel wedges there on sale. Nice momento. We took some stunning pics of the town and the churches and alleys and then headed for dinner to Ptitto.
This restaurant was on the main street (not in the village) and the setting was superb. We ate outside of course and this is where we tried the best octopus ever as an entrée. My swordfish was delish too and hubby really enjoyed his veal marsala. Service as fantastic.
When we returned our hotel owner was so funny. She organised hot water for me for my chamomile tea bag and I got to stand on our wee balcony and see the Valley of the Temples all lit up. It was such a gorgeous evening. Our hotel owner then spent so long trying to get Sky working for Marcus. She and Marcus laughed and laughed and we said she could hang on the bed with us watching tv if she wanted. She finally fixed it, left and hubby fell asleep within 5 minutes of watching it. Good one.
Anyhoo just loved Modica and Agrigento. See you next week for more of Sicily.