Within five to 12 miles of central Noto are some of the most secluded sandy beaches not just in Sicily but in all of Italy. The ones closest to town, Eloro-Pizzuta and Eloro, run right into the ruins of the seventh-century b.c. Greek city Eloro. One great option is to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas at the Agua Beach Resort, in San Lorenzo Noto, for just $12 a day; stay for a light lunch, like a plate of flavorful Pachino tomatoes with mozzarella.
Scala dei Turchi (Turkish Steps), Sicily. If you find yourself at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, be sure to travel just 15 minutes to this spectacular Southern coastal sea line at Realmonte. A haven for private, but public, beach-goers and irresistible for photographers, Scala dei Turchi is another prized jewel of this dynamic and unique island.