Syracuse, besides being the richest in history and probably the most beautiful, cozy and safe among the Sicilian cities, is also the perfect base for day trips to explore the beautiful cities and archaeological and natural sites of south Eastern Sicily, all easily reached by car, bus or train.
Modica is a unique baroque town south of Syracuse, a relaxed city where it is possible to spend a day among the wonders of the Sicilian Baroque, tasting the marvellous local specialities and in particular the superb chocolate.
Ragusa, and particularly its old town, called Ragusa Ibla, is another delightful Baroque town south of Syracuse, ideal place to spend a day among the wonders of the Sicilian Baroque and gastronomic delights.
Catania is the capital of a big shopping district. The chaotic everyday life contrasts with the beauty of the main sights of the historic center and of the nice coastal villages of San Giovanni Li Cuti, Aci Castello and Aci Trezza.