Augusta

Augusta Sicily Holidays and Beach Holidays

Augusta is located in the Province of Siracusa and looks out over the Ionian Sea. Augusta is the ideal place for your holidays in Sicily and above all for your beach holidays in Sicily.

The historical centre of Augusta is actually an island, composed of a XVI century isthmus connected to land by two bridges. The Agnone Bagni area, located on the eponymous bay, has a wide beach with great views of the coastline all the way to the steep slopes of Mt. Aetna.

When it comes to nature, the maritime suburb of Brucoli is probably the best example the city has to offer. This bay, home to many hotels and restaurants, is not far from Augusta and beautifully connects the natural beauty of the port-canal created by the estuary of the Porcaria river to the historical beauty of the XVII century fortification built to defend the port and the ‘castle’, a square XV century tower. You can still see a number of caves, typical dwellings from the Neolithic, along the walls of the Brucoli canal. To the west of the canal is a vast area known as Gisira, a large flat calcareous table that slants downwards to the sea, at the northern end of which traces of a Neolithic settlement were discovered.

The Augusta area also encompasses the archaeological settlement of Megara Hyblaea, founded in 728 B.C.E., located in a strategic spot inside the town’s gulf.

The main monuments of Augusta include the Swabia Castle, one of the city’s symbols, which, it seems, once boasted four square towers and two polygonal ones. Only one of the polygonal towers remains to be seen today. Other defensive structures of the city are the Avalos Fort, the Garcia Fort and the Vittoria Fort built during the 1500s. Among the interesting landmarks to visit are the baroque church devoted to Holy Souls and the XVII century Mother Church dedicated to Maria Annunziata.

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