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.
I remembered that a friend had mentioned a newish hotel called Seven Rooms Villadorata in the heart of Noto, a UNESCO-protected, eighteenth-century Baroque masterpiece of town planning just 30 minutes southwest of Syracuse. “I have a feeling about this place,” I told my husband, so we drove on.