Our voyage of discovery of the Eloro area begins in Avola, land of the almonds,where the individual houses in Art- nouveau style blend harmoniously with the hexogonal baroque plan of the town. In Avola, it is also possible to visit Avola Antica and the beautiful “Cava Grande” on the Cassibile river, a deep canyon surrounded by a rich vegetation. For further information, go to www.siciliavacanza.it
Then we proceed to Noto, a UNESCO heritage site, along a road completely surrounded by almond trees carob trees, olive trees and citrus trees. The glorious countryside gives way to the “Stone Garden”: Noto, the ideal town, sublimely built using the gentle slopes of the Meti hills to obtain a theatrical effect. Once inside the town, we have, in fact, the sensation of being in a theatre at the middle of a veritable baroque show.
Our itinerary now takes us to Pachino, a town of feudal origins. Count Starrabba designed a town with a large square at its centre and a great church around which private buildings have been erected. The square is the vibrant heart of the town where, at the end of the working day, everybody gathers.
Portopalo di C.P.
Leaving Pachino behind us, we now go to discover nearby Portopalo, travelling through countryside where the dominant features are farms and rural, residential and agricultural settlements. Portopalo is another town of feudal origin, founded by Baron Deodato Moncada, which grew up around its tuna fishery and its sixteenth century castle which is situated on Portopalo island. Portopalo’s economy is based on the fishing industry and the ancient fishermen’s cottages can also be seen.
Il territorio di Eloro
Il nostro itinerario si conlude con Rosolini, borgo medievale sorto attorno al castello dei Platamone, i signori che riusciranno a trasformare il borgo in “Università”.
La città fu pensata e disegnata da frate Angelo Italia intorno alla Piazza principale con la chiesa madre, e da cui partono le vie principali ornate da bei palazzi di fine ottocento (palazzo Savarino, Sipione, Crescione) e da pregevoli abitazioni in stile Liberty che anche a Rosolini danno alla struttura urbana un fascino particolare.