Ferla

Ferla (Siracusa) is a stunning architectural style with a great history and landscape. This can be seen in the yellow/golden stones and the baroque architecture characteristic of Val di Noto.

A picturesque promenade will be visible between architecture and baroque scenes within inner Sicilia. Also, around the Sicilian Hyblaean area is the largest necropolis in Europe, Pantalica. is a UNESCO heritage, along with Siracuse.

Ferla is a medieval city built on the remains of a Hellenistic Necropolis. It was destroyed in the devastating earthquake of Val di Noto in 1693. The new urban plan, which focuses heavily on classical designs and was strongly influenced by the current reconstruction of Noto, saw it completely redesigned.

The elegant Via Sacra is home to beautiful buildings as well as five of the eight city’s religious buildings. Our first stop is the Church del Carmine, which combines Doric with Ionic orders in perfect harmony. Then we have the magnificent and impressive Church of San Sebastiano with several sculptures on its facade. This is an architect-sculptor collaboration by Michelangelo di Giacomo. Behind the altar, the statue of San Sebastiano Martire is preserved in an orange wood shrine. The saint is the patron of Hyblaean villages and was miraculously saved during the 1693 earthquake.

Carceri Vecchie is a neighborhood that dates back to medieval times. Here you can experience the authentic village atmosphere through small streets, alleys, and caves. These streets feature traditional houses with a hole in their doors – the Iattaruala, which is the cat’s entry; there may also be a small window – the Giustieddu to see what you are not seeing – these are old Sicilian details that ancient neighborhoods such as Calanconi and Castelverde still have.

It is based on the Mother Church. This preserves the portal. The portal is the oldest example of the municipal shield of arms.

Continue our walk along Via Sacra. Our next stop is the Church of Sant’Antonio. This protector Ferulae has an original Baroque fa├žade with Rococo signs. It is today the heart of historic Iblea. Because it was built on a specific Greek cross, the interior of this church is unique in south-eastern Sicily.

While the Church of Santa Maria is now incorporated in the town but was originally located at “500 steps away from the village”, as the rule of monasteries said, it is now annexed by the Minor Friars. One of the 33 wooden Crucifixes of Friar Umile da Petralia (1633), is preserved in the apse above the central altar. An anecdote suggests that the face of Christ may hint at a cry or smile depending on which angle it is seen.

Here you can find some of the most popular products from the Iblean region: olive oil and black and green olives as well as cheese, mushrooms, and sausage.

Also dried tomatoes, vegetables, preserves, and legumes.

The cassatelle is a dessert made with ricotta and cinnamon. The cavagnedde is a horse-shaped cake, or doll, that’s filled with toasted pastry dough, and topped with boiled eggs.