Ragusa and South coast of Sicily

This is the part of Sicily where the television series Inspector Montalbano was filmed. It is a beautiful region of dramatic limestone gorges, flower-filled meadows and long sandy beaches, peppered with evocative Baroque towns, all built after the region was devastated by an earthquake in 1693. At the time Sicily was under the rule of the Spanish Bourbons, and the architecture favoured was flamboyant, bold and extremely extravagant. Now designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO, Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli are the most famous of Sicily’s Baroque towns, but there are wonderful small towns to discover as well, many little known, such as Chiaramonte Gulfi and Ispica.