Historical Background of Scicli
The first settlements near Scicli date back to the third millennium BC.
Inhabited by Greeks and Romans, it is possible that for a short time even the Carthaginians had subdued the city. After the Arab conquest, Scicli experienced an exciting period of economic growth that lasted into the Norman period.
In the Middle Ages the urban structure was turned upside down: the fortress was preferred, and because of the scarcity of water, the structure was built in the valley. As with so many other cities in eastern Sicily, Scicli binds its historical evolution to the 1693 earthquake and its reconstruction, thanks to which today it presents a beautiful baroque style. During the war of Independence, the city was known for the strong patriotism of its people: in 1860 it was proclaimed, by plebiscite, the annexation to Piedmont.
Today Scicli has become famous thanks to the hit television series of Inspector Montalbano, based on the tales of Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri: The city was chosen as the main backdrop to create the imaginary city of Vigata.
Scicli by Night
Although a small sized center of the southern Sicily, Scicli can be a good starting point for a stay in the province of Ragusa. Practically next to Modica and not far from Ragusa, both in winter and in summer the city may be the place to spend a nice evening.
Scicli in fact, is developing an excellent touristic touch: the high quality of its bars and restaurants, where you can eat a delicious dinner in one of the most important baroque scenes of Sicily. In addition, for the summer, Scicli is very close to beautiful coasts, where sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are transformed into breathtaking venues for parties and events that go on until the early hours of dawn.