In 1960 , was shoot the famous film “Divorzio all’italiana” by Pietro Germi and this was the first of a long list of films and Tv series with extremely important and notable actors like Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Richards Burton and so on. In Ispica are still surviving old traditions, in particular religious festival are really relevant because there are many religious brotherhood.
"Le serenate del Sud... le calde, dolci, snervanti notti di Sicilia... durante tutto il tempo che ne ero stato lontano, il ricordo di quelle notti, o meglio di una notte, aveva popolato le mie ore di rimpianti di nostalgia."
Ferdinando. Tratto da Divorzio all’Italiana 1961
What to see in Ispica
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was erected after the terrible earthquake of 1693. Its aim was to keep in safe the Simulacrum of Santissimo Cristo all Colonna, object to which the population has a great worship during celebrations of the Holy Week. The structure is in late-Baroque and it represents the stylistic tendency which characterizes the area of Val di Noto. Inside the church are many paintings and frescoes of high value, enough to be considered inherent part of the History of Sicilian painting.
The Loggiato del Sinatra is the square in front of the Basilica and was designed by the architect Vincezo Sinatra, who takes inspiration from the “Colonnato del Bernini” and Piazza San Pietro in Rome. The building was completed in 1749, and immediately used as location of many religious events concerning the Parish of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Church of Santissima Annunziata impressive stands out at the end of a tree-lined road.
The church was built in the XVIII century, the main structure is subdivided in three aisles and on the right side is flanked by an imposing bell tower, visible from different point of the city. Inside is decorated with high value frescoes and Stucchi, presenting many famous oil on canvas including The Annunciation and The Adoration of the Magi.
Outside of the residential-area you will be able to admire The Ispica cave, an archaeological site of high importance. Furthermore, inside the cave you will be able to observe a wide range of archaeological finds, such as many amphoras, vases and other ancient objects. Very suggestive is also the underground staircase composed by 280 steps which served as escape way in case of siege from enemies.
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The city is crossed by the Strada Statale 115 (SS115), for whom come from Catania is reachable from the highway A18 Siracusa-Gela.
The nearest airports are: the airport of Catania- Fontanarossa and the airport of Comiso.
At few kilometres of distance there is the marina of Pozzallo where you can take the boat to Malta.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica della Santissima Annunziata
Chiesa Madre di San Bartolomeo
Chiesa Madonna del Monte Carmelo
Chiesa Madonna delle Grazie
Palazzo Bruno di Belmonte
Ex-sede comunale ed ex-casa Statella in corso Garibaldi
Ex-mercato in corso Umberto
Parco archeologico della Forza
Catacombe di San Marco
I pantani Bruno e Longarini
Festa della “patena” (martedì che precede l’inizio della Quaresima)
Settimana Santa (Giovedì Santo, Venerdì Santo, Domenica di Pasqua)
San Giuseppe (domenica successiva al 19 marzo)
Sant’Antonio da Padova (13 giugno)
Beata Vergine Maria del Monte Carmelo (domenica successiva al 16 luglio)
Madonna delle Grazie (prima domenica di luglio)
Assunta (15 agosto)
Santa Lucia (13th of December)