Province of Siracusa

Melilli is well known for its summer food festivals. 

Melilli has very ancient origins, in fact archaeologists consider this amazing village the old town of Hybla, settled in seventh century BC. After the Middle ages it was governed by the Moncada family and completely destroyed by the two earthquakes in 1542 and 1693.
The Mother Church of San Nicolò it the most ancient sacred place of Melilli dating back to the Norman period. After the earthquakes it was rebuilt and redesigned by the Sicilian architect Michele Trigilio who adorned the church with the local Baroque style. In addition the village holds an interesting overview of the rare minerals, fossils and findings which describe the ancient story of this land in the Natural History Museum.
The village has an astonishing environment characterised by incredible natural caves and only 50 of them has been explored by speleologists; the most famous being the Pirrera Cave, close to the centre of the village, it is a huge cavern at 26m high. Historically this cave was used to extract precious limestone to built the main buildings and church of the old town centre.

People live here:


It is famous for:

the archaeologists Giulio Emanuele Rizzo and Rosario Carta;

the poet Giuseppe Aurelio Costanzo;


La Sagra del “Cudduruni a miliddisa”, it is a festival that was born to promote one of the most important local baked product of the village, a focaccia with anchovies, onions, oregano, dried tomatoes and olive oil. 

Rassegna Enogastronomica “Pititti, Pititteddi e Luccumarei” this festival offers a large variety of typical local food cooked with traditional recipes.

Festival delle Due Sicilie: it is a festival that was born with the aim to promote the folk traditions of the South Italy.

How to get there:

From Messina and Catania 

Take A 18 Catania – Siracusa – Gela exit “Melilli”, then follow S.P. Priolo Gargallo – Melilli – Villasmundo and then take S.P. Melilli – Sortino

From Palermo, Caltanissetta, Enna, Agrigento and Trapani

Take A19 Palermo – Catania exit “A 18 Tangenziale di Catania – Ragusa – Siracusa” and then A 18 Catania – Siracusa – Gela exit “Melilli”, take S.P. Priolo Gargallo – Melilli – Villasmundo and follow S.P. Melilli – Sortino

From Gela and Ragusa

take SS 115 exit Rosolini, then continue on A 18 Siracusa – Gela exit “Melilli”, then follow S.P. Priolo Gargallo – Melilli – Villasmundo and take S.P. Melilli – Sortino


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