In the surroundings
Donnalucata is the largest of the four coastal villages of the municipality of Scicli, UNESCO World Heritage site since 2002, far from here is about 7 km.
The history of this fishing village has ancient origins: his name could derive from "Ainlu Kat", that is the source of the hours, which would refer to a source that, according to one observer Arabic, emitted the water intermittently and only during the hours of Muslim prayer.
Some historians trace it back to a miraculous apparition of the Madonna in 1091 when the Arabs, the emir Belcane, landed along the coasts in order to reconquer Sicily now in the hands of the Normans, on that occasion asked the sciclitani the help of the Virgin Mary which appeared clothed in light, "Donna Lucata ", hence the name of the city.
The historical importance of the city is mainly due to the ease of its landing, it was, in fact, the largest natural harbor in Scicli, so that in the Arab period was called Marsa Sikla, port of Scicli.
This source, called "Ugghie" is located on the shore of Micenci, the beginning of a long beach characterized by golden sand.
Currently Donnalucata is a major summer destinations of the province of Ragusa coast. The village provides many services for the entertainment of vacationers, however, accompanied by tranquility, which is crucial for a relaxing holiday.
The particularity of this township are the crystal clear water of a deep blue, and the beaches, completely free, gold, typical of the coast of Ragusa. The charming harbor, with its finely decorated wooden boats and the small fish market, are popular with tourists intrigued.
Donnalucata was, and still is, Rai film set of the television series "Il Commissario Montalbano", comes from the stories of the writer Andrea Camilleri: it is the "Marinella" the narrator of the stories Sicily.
The township is from the other coastal villages of the province of Ragusa coast a few miles to Marina di Ragusa 9 km, Cava d' Aliga 8 km, 11 km Sampieri, Pozzallo 24 km away.
|Micenci Beach||West Beach|
Nature and Baroque
Donnalucata is located in the province of Ragusa, land of nature, history and culture, which is part of the Val di Noto, in south-eastern Sicily.
The Val di Noto is a geographic district that includes the provinces of Siracusa, Ragusa and Catania in part. In 1693 an earthquake completely destroyed the area, causing the deaths of thousands of citizens.
The subsequent reconstruction of the entire area of the first decades of the eighteenth century saw the city devastated by the earthquake adopt architectural and artistic solutions which characterize the whole Vallo.
This veritable flowering of taste "Baroque" was recognized in 2002 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO supranational organization.
There are eight towns who received this award: Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Catania, Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania. In the province of Ragusa, a few kilometers from Donnalucata, we find precisely Ragusa, Scicli and Modica.
Only 7 km from our village, is a monumental Baroque city. .
As he wrote the writer Elio Vittorini, in his unfinished novel "Cities of the World" (1969):
«The city of Scicli is located at the intersection of three valleys, with houses on all sides of the cliffs, a large square near the bottom of a torrent, and ancient ecclesiastical buildings that crown in several places, such as baroque acropolis, the semicircle altitudes... »
«It's the most beautiful city we have ever seen. More of Piazza Armerina. More than Caltagirone. More of Ragusa, and most of Nicosia, and most of Enna... is perhaps the most beautiful of all cities in the world. And people are happy in cities that are beautiful... »
|Beneventano palace||St Matthew's Church|
|Penna street||St Bartholomew's Church|