Priolo Gargallo

Province of Siracusa

Priolo Gargallo has ancient origins probably dating back to the eigth century. 

Priolo Gargallo is considered a very ancient village, in fact recent archaeological digs have uncovered incredible findings of the first settlement named Trogulos, dating back to the eigth century. Today it is possible to visit the “modern” village founded in 1809 by the marquess Tommaso Gargallo.

The most important sacred building of the village is the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata, built in 1860 it was notably damaged by World War II bombing and then redesigned with impressive sculptures created by the artist Antonio Leone. The Church of Angelo Custode is the most ancient building of the village, built to host the rising aristocratic class of Priolo Gargallo in 1814.

The Basilica of San Focà is one of the most impressive paleo-Christian churches in Italy. It is considered the main attraction of Pirolo Gargallo, built in 343 AC by a Bishop of Syracuse named Germano. In 1700 the cathedral was completely renovated after the violent 1693 earthquake.

This charming tiny village includes a spectacular naturalistic environment, the Nature Reserve of Saline di Priolo. This green area has been created to preserve the salt pans and the avifauna of this area. It was awarded with an acknowledgement of “The most beautiful Oasis of Italy” in 2008.

People live here:

12.193

Attractions:

Motorcycle Rally of Pirolo Gargallo

Friendship festival, it is the main cultural event organized in Summer, there are music contests, sports competitions, cabaret and theatrical performances, and many stands where it is possible to taste the local products.

“Sagra della Zeppola”, this is a food festival about a fried sweet called Zeppola.

How to get there:

From Messina and Catania 

Take A 18 Catania – Siracusa – Gela, exit “Priolo Gargallo”

From Palermo, Caltanissetta, Enna, Agrigento and Trapani 

Take A 19 Palermo – Catania exit “A 18 Tangenziale di Catania – Ragusa – Siracusa” then follow A 18 Catania – Siracusa – Gela exit “Priolo Gargallo”

From Gela and Ragusa

take SS 115 exit Rosolini, follow A 18 Siracusa – Gela exit “Priolo Gargallo”.

Accommodations:

Masseria Scrivilleri

www.agriturismo-siracusa-masseriascrivilleri.com

Hotel Del Sole

Via Trogilo 11

Ph. +39 0931 767 777

Hotel Royal

Via Edison 5

Ph. +39 0931 771 885

Hotel Ristorante La Bussola

www.labussolahotel.com

Restaurants:

Hotel Ristorante Le Palme

www.lepalmehotel.it

Hotel Ristorante Residence Sport

Contrada Mostrigiano

Ph. +39 0931 760 961

Beaches:

Marina di Priolo

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