Eastern Sicily: surprise and discovery

Donna Coraly is only a ten minute drive from Syracuse, less than an hour from the airport of Catania.

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Surrounded by nature and a few steps from the overwhelming beauties of Sicily.

The Donna Coraly Country Boutique Hotel is just steps away from the best that Eastern Sicily can offer and tell: Syracuse, Noto, the Plemmirio and Vendicari nature reserves, Ragusa and the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Catania and Mount Etna.

This Relais - situated within a historic estate, witness of a history that has left its mark - is just a few minutes’ drive from the beauties of the island.

Syracuse is only a ten minute drive away. Ortigia, the historic centre of this seaside town, with its elegant maze of streets and ancient Greek ruins, enchants every visitor.

From Donna Coraly Country Boutique Hotel you can explore the Plemmirio marine reserve and the Vendicari wildlife reserve, two corners of unspoiled nature that can be reached in 15-30 minutes. Here nature, sea and sky merge, giving moments of peace, vivid and shimmering colours and Mediterranean fragrances difficult to experience elsewhere.

Noto, cradle of Sicilian Baroque, can be reached in half an hour: a city with an ancient face, reborn from its ashes more than once, a jewel for those who want to experience the most authentic Sicilian: Baroque architecture, Sicilian cuisine, events and shows

These are just some of the wonders offered by this small town.

Donna Coraly is also the ideal starting point for discovering the sea of Sicily and the beautiful beaches of fine white sand of Syracuse or, for the more adventurous, the fascinating lava rock coast overlooking the sea, near Catania. The small fishing villages, such as Marzamemi and Portopalo, can be reached in 45 minutes: villages where you can enjoy fresh fish for lunch in a good seaside restaurant, stroll through the narrow lanes, feel the scent of the sea and breathe the old Sicily. In fact, in these places, time seems to have stopped!

Around the Relais, about an hour's drive, we reach Modica, Scicli and Ragusa: villages declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, examples of a precious Baroque that Sicily jealously guards. Cities known to be the film set of Commissioner Montalbano, protagonist of the famous novels by Andrea Camilleri.

Further north is Mount Etna, a wild area, a place full of beauty and contrasts, perfect for a guided excursion to discover the colours, scents and natural wonders of this land.

Donna Coraly is at the centre of everything. In a privileged position, lucky, wonderful!

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