Vittoria

Vittoria is in the Province of Ragusa. It’s a young town with plenty of history, natural beauty and fine architecture, not to mention amazing food! The wonderful mild climate lets you enjoy the long stretches of open beaches and the crystal clear water of the sea at any time of year. Vittoria faces the Canal of Sicily and is bordered by two rivers, the Ippari and the Dirillo. It is along the Ippari that you’ll find the Pino d’Aleppo natural reserve, which reaches all the way down to the delta, where you can admire the remains of Kamarina, a Greek settlement dating to the VI century B.C.E..

It was here that green house crops were born, and it is from Vittoria that the finest fruit and vegetables are sent out to stores all over. This is where they make the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wine, one of Italy’s – and the world’s – most famous red wines. Not only, but it is also the birthplace of sports champions, of great artists and talented musicians.

The city is a modern one, so its most famous landmarks and monuments tend to be Art Nouveau (known in Italy as Liberty) and Art Deco, in the footsteps of the school of the great architect from Palermo, Ernesto Basile. Its many Art Nouveau buildings stand out for their understated elegance, with richly decorated balustrades and doors under lovely floral motif embellishments.

Among the other artistically and historically interesting buildings is the castle, built in the early XVII century and modified several times. Not far away is the ancient portal, all that remains of the Church of San Giovanni, heavily damaged in the 1693 earthquake. On Piazza del Popolo, in the heart of the city, is the lovely Neoclassical theatre.

Like so many other towns in the Province of Ragusa, Vittoria also served as the setting for many scenes in the popular Italian TV series Montalbano.