Lat: 36° 47' 32.85124" N - Long: 14° 42' 19.78285" E
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Since ancient times the particular conformation of the territory of Scicli, full of caves and karst caves, has favored the presence of human activity with the birth of numerous rock settlements; the ancient town had contacts both with the Greeks and with the Phoenicians.
It was with the Arab dominion that Scicli experienced a period of considerable agricultural and commercial development.
Ever since then Scicli has maintained its character as a fortified town, and already in the middle of the 14th century it had two Castles in its territory: the Castellaccio, of which few remains remain on the top of the hill of San Matteo, and the Castle "dei tre cantoni".
Scicli suffered the damages caused by the terrible earthquake of January 1693, and from its rubble it reborn in a Baroque style and today it boasts a lot of architecturally refined buildings, and a lot of noble villas.
Its center is one of the most beautiful in Sicily, so much that it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002.
Among the buildings stands Palazzo Beneventano, considered the most beautiful Baroque palace in Sicily.
Also worth mentioning is Palazzo Fava, Palazzo Spadaro and the Palazzo di Città, seat of the Municipality.
Numerous churches to visit, among which we remember that of San Matteo, symbol of Scicli, which is also the oldest in the town; the church of Santa Teresa, whose late Baroque interior is one of the richest in the province for stuccos, canvases, sculptures and flooring.
The church of San Bartolomeo dates back to the early fifteenth century, the church of Maria Santissima della Consolazione has a remarkable eighteenth-century organ.
In addition to the Capuchin Convent we also remember the Complex of the Cross, of late medieval origins.
Elio Vittorini wrote of Scicli: "It is the most beautiful town we have ever seen.
More than Piazza Armerina.
More than Caltagirone.
More than Ragusa, and more than Nicosia, and more than Enna ...
Perhaps it is the most beautiful of all the towns in the world.
And people are happy in the towns that are beautiful ...
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