A bit more about fun places

(see also Places to go, people to see and places to eat in Modica)

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Places to visit: 37.250000, 14.350000

Comiso Airport

A small airport no more than 30-35 minutes from Casa Alveston.
RyanAir flies there on a regular basis to/from Stansted Airport (see RyanAir to/from Stansted) and Ciampino (see RyanAir to/from Ciampino)

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Hertz Comiso

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Hertz Comiso 36.947481, 14.603634 Hertz Comiso is the nearest Hertz car hire firm.  Booking a flight through RyanAir allows you to book a car from Hertz with a discount (or see booking a car for Comiso from Hertz website). They pick you up from the airport and take you to the office to get the car, then when you return the car they bus you to the airport.Note: Don\'t forget your driving licence and (from the UK) the code that is allocated online to replace the paper version of your licence. The code only lasts for a short period so if you are making a connection ensure you get the code in time.Hertz Noleggio Auto Comiso Aeroporto, Comiso, Italy (Directions)

The recommended car rental is Hertz – though there are others such as EuropeCar.  Click here for the route to Casa Alveston

Catania Airport

A large airport to the East of Sicily around 2 hours from Casa Alveston.

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Catania Airport

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Catania Airport 37.467305, 15.065775 The bigger airport - Catania - has car rental facilities and has a mini-bus that drives to Hertz where you get good rates (especially if flying with Ryanair) for, say, a Fiat 500 (Cinqa Cento) L (see Hertz at Comiso booking).Catania Fontanarossa Airport, Via Fontanarossa, Catania, Italy (Directions)

Modica

Modica (Wikipedia)

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Cava D’Ispica

An amazing valley that at first glance looks like a pretty valley with carved caves in the rocks turns out to be several thousands of years old tombs that were later used (and abused by some) as caves to live in right up until the 1960’s.
Walking round the site there are some signs that may well have been laid down but on one side is Italian/Sicilan on the other is English.

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Cava D'Ispica

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Cava D\'Ispica 36.852943, 14.837283 Cava D\'IspicaCava D\'Ispica, Modica, Ragusa, Italy (Directions)

Pantalica

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Necropolis of Pantalica

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Necropolis of Pantalica 37.130231, 15.022452 [caption id=\"\" align=\"aligncenter\" width=\"1024\"] Grotto of Pantalia[/caption]Necropolis of Pantalica, Sortino, Province of Syracuse, Italy (Directions)

Noto

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Noto Cathedral

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Noto Cathedral 36.891452, 15.070811 A superb structure made from Soapstone that has recently had renovations completed to reveal a magnificent example of the building. There is a webcam mounted on the municipal building opposite as seen Noto cathedral webcam. The original town of Noto was shaken apart during an earthquake and a local dignitary was given a budget to rebuild it further around the coast. As part of the re-building, in 1776 the cathedral was re-build out of soapstone as it was more easily carved and shaped.  However soapstone is much weaker than sandstone and as a result, in 1996 the dome collapsed due to the structural weakness of the soapstone and was re-opened in 2007 after the whole cathedral was treated to strengthen the stone. There are reasonably priced cafe\'s along high street and behind the municipal building is an ice-cream factory.  They best place to try it is at the cafe (Google maps) on the corner of the piazza opposite the cathedral on the corner of the Corso Vitorio Emanuele (the same one as the \"Christmas Cake\" building on Rome). If you carry on walking down the Corso Vitorio Emanuele (Google Earth image - also shows the nearest car-park by Cava Cardinale), a little further on is a small, but spectacular on the inside, church where you can get access to the roof overlooking the cathedral. Further down the street there is an arch dedicated to the builders and beyond that (and across the road) is a benched area where you can take in the vista of the valley beyond. The best place to park is on the Via Tommaso Fazello (Google map) and to walk in (about 5-10 minutes).Cathedral, Noto, Province of Syracuse, Italy (Directions)

Agrigento

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Temples of Agrigento

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Temples of Agrigento 37.297126, 13.589080 Agrigento is the home of the largest collection of Greek temples outside Greece.Museo Archeologico Regionale Agrigento, Agrigento, Italy (Directions)

Siracusa

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Syracusa

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Syracusa 37.075474, 15.286586 A lovely old town of Sicily - a major province of old. On the way you will pass through/around Riserva Naturale Orientata Cavagrande del Cassibile - well worth a visit on the way back to stretch legs and a simple life.Capital:SyracusePopulation:404,847 (2013)Area:2,109 km²Surrounded to the East by  Ortigia island (temples, restaurants, swimming, \'angry ducks\', etc.) on one side and the Archaeological park (Archaeological Park Neapolis) on the other.Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy (Directions)

The island of Ortigia

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Ortigia

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Ortigia 37.060898, 15.294094 You have to see it to understand it - full of culture, history, art, eateries, places to sit, watch, paddle, swim, shop...Island of Ortigia, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy (Directions)

Vendicari

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Vendicari

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Vendicari 36.800969, 15.094700 Spiaggia /"Vendicari/", Province of Syracuse, Italy (Directions)

Etna

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Etna

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Etna 37.751005, 14.993435 It\'s impressive when you see it on Google Earth but it\'s beautiful up close.Mount Etna, Adrano, Province of Catania, Italy (Directions)

The incredible Volcano. It belches now and again but acts as a perfect backdrop while enjoying the Greek Amphitheatre at Taormina and well worth visiting (remember it gets quite cool up there at > 1000m).

Taormina

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Taormina

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Taormina 37.851950, 15.291939 Taormina, Province of Messina, Italy (Directions)

A lovely journey until you negotiate the winding roads after the motorway toll gate (around 1.5euros) but when you park in the car park and walk through the gate and into the city … you will see why it is such a worthwhile journey. Keep walking through the shops and round the corner at the end through the market and you get to the Amphitheatre which, with it’s broken back wall, has a priceless view of Etna and the coast.
As you are walking the high-street, be prepared to take a turn to the right around 50m in to get to the lovely restaurants overlooking the bay where you can watch liners to ocean sail-boats like toys in a blue bath.

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