Santa Maria del Focallo

Santa Maria del Focallo

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Santa Maria del Focallo

 

In the South Eastern Sicily, in Ispica town (Ragusa province),  is located the district called “Santa Maria del Focallo“.

It is 5 km from the capital and it’s a seaside resort that stretches for about 8 km of golden beach, with fine sand, soft and paradisiac.

Without a doubt it is one of the places where to make seaside tourism and it has few rivals in the world.

In the international context, in 2011, Santa Maria del Focallo has found confirmation of its environmental quality with the recognition of the Blue Flag, awarded by the FEE (which indicate the excellent state of health of the sea waters, and the overall environmental quality of the area and its complete livability) and from 2015 the Green Flag (which indicates, child-friendly beach).

Santa Maria del Focallo is full of tourists mainly in summer, thanks to the extensive beach and crystal clear water. It is also characterized by a strip of protected natural vegetation, mainly composed of acacias, suitable for picnics.

In the sea in front of the beach of Santa Maria del Focallo you can see the” Isola dei Porri” small island a few kilometers from the beach.

The coastline is equipped with several chalets, beaches, market, rotisserie, bars, clubs and many restaurants where you can eat every type of Sicilian and Ragusa specialties as well as enjoy good fish.

 

Municipality of Ispica

Ispica is a few kilometers from Santa Maria del Focallo, a town of about 16,000 inhabitants.

A town rich in history, tradition, culture, which boasts fantastic natural landscapes such as the “Cava Ispica” (a river valley that affects the territory for 13 kilometers from Ispica to Modica).

 

Art and Culture

Surrounded by churches, basilicas, museums, palaces, castles and buildings in Art Nouveau style, Ispica stands out as one of the most beautiful and richest towns in the area.

A great place to experience the Sicilian experience between popular and religious festivals where you can learn about the folklore and tradition that characterizes Ispica.

 

How to get to Santa Maria del Focallo

It can be reached by plane, landing at Catania “Fontanarossa” airport which is 100 kilometers from the village or landing at the Comiso “Pio la Torre” airport which is 57 kilometers from the town.

 

It can also be reached by ship arriving in the ports of Catania or Palermo. The nearest station is in Ispica just 4 km away.

By car, instead, take the Siracusa-Gela motorway to the Rosolini exit and after take the SP19 road. Pass the town of Ispica and reach Santa Maria del Focallo ( 6 miles away ).

 

 

Country Santa Maria Del Focallo
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Sports & nature

Obviously there is no lack of opportunity to practice many sports in Ispica or Santa Maria del Focallo

 

Sea sports

  • Swimming
  • Kitesurfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Water-ski

General sports

  •  Jogging
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Beach volley
  • Street soccer

 

Motor sports on the circuit:

  • Kart
  • Supermotard
  • Motorbike - Minimoto and Pitbike
  • Car

 

 

 

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Nightlife info

Santa Maria del Focallo and Ispica offer an active night life

 

  • Nightclubs along the coast
  • Pub and Disco-Pub
  • Shows and events
  • Theme nights
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Culture and history info

The presence of inhabitants in this area is already witnessed in the Greek period (VIII-III century) thanks to the discovery of finds of the time.

The name derives from an old church on the coast, which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1963 and dedicated to the Madonna del Focallo, but the term derives from Ficallo which probably means "place full of algae"

Many historical events have characterized the area, such as the First Punic War and the Allied landing in Sicily on 10 July 1943.

 

Ispica

Ispica, the ancient Hispicaefundus, called, until 1935, Spaccaforno, is located on a hill about 170 meters from the sea level which is 6 km away.

Its name derives from a flume, Hyspa. For some people the name derives from the Latin name Speca (caves), referring to Spaccaforno (Spacca, phonetic derivation of Ispica, and oven, latin word used to signify the oven-shaped tombs that are located near the inhabited area) (the oven word could derive from the latin fundus).

After the earthquake of 1963, some neighborhoods were rebuilt around the churches remained (even if damaged) of S. Antonio, del Carmine, the Minori Osservanti, the others were built anew on the Calandra hill with wide and straight streets.

While the archaeological findings testify an uninterrupted presence of the site from the Bronze Age, the oldest news reported to the city is in a bull of Pope Alexander III in 1168. At the end of the century. XIII the land of Spaccaforno was aggregated to the County of Modica.

In 1393 the Castle of Ispica is included among the possessions of Bernardo Cabrera. The city, in 1453, was ceded by the Cabrera to Antonio Caruso di Noto, Rational Master of the Kingdom. In 1493 Isabella Caruso married Francesco II Statella, descendant of the Counts of the County of Statel in Flanders. As a result of this marriage the successors of Francis, in 1537, assumed the possession and the government of the city.

 

 

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