Completed the visit of Dutch travel bloggers hosted by the unique destination Enjoy Barocco
BAROQUE CONQUERS THE HOLLAND. DUTCH TRAVEL BLOGGERS VISITING RAGUSA, MODICA, SCICLI, ISPICA AND SANTA CROCE CAMERINA THANKS TO THE “ENJOY BAROQUE” PROJECT TO EXPERIENCE THE EASTER HOLIDAYS AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF THE BAROQUE LAND.
The Baroque Land is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and evocative tourist destinations in Sicily. No doubt the three Dutch travel bloggers who were guests of the first phase of the “Social Trip” promoted by Dmo Enjoy Barocco. Tim Vermeer (of ciatotutti.nl), Shauna Mols (of expeditieaardbol.nl) and Anne Claessens (of reisjevrij.nl), had an extraordinary five-day experience in the Baroque Land, discovering the wonders of the unique tourist destination right during Holy Week. Rites, functions, people’s festivals that, together with Baroque monuments, excellent food and wine products and an extraordinary hospitality, have won the interest of foreign travel bloggers. Over several days they visited the territories of the municipalities of Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Ispica and Santa Croce Camerina that are part of the Terra Barocca LAG, discovering centuries-old traditions, famous religious celebrations and gastronomic delicacies. Enjoy Barocco invited Dutch travel bloggers to discover the beauty of Baroque monuments, history and culture of this land, but also to taste the typical culinary specialties of the area.
During the “Social Trip,” participants got to witness the Madonna Vasa Vasa in Modica, the exciting celebration in which the statue of the Madonna leaves her black mourning mantle as soon as she sees the Risen Christ and then kisses him three times thanks to a special hand-operated mechanism. They then participated in the Gioia festival in Scicli, one of the most beautiful festivals in Sicily, in which the statue of the Risen Christ is carried in a procession in a frenetic rhythm, amidst continuous and evocative turns observed from one of the balconies of Scicli Albergo Diffuso.
But Dutch travel bloggers also got to discover Baroque churches and monuments that have become World Heritage Sites. They were also able to discover the local gastronomy, another of the main attractions of this land, tasting the typical culinary specialties of the area, such as “scacce,” meat “pastizzi” and ricotta cassatelle, making Modica chocolate in the museum of the same name, tasting the hot ricotta cheese of the Massari company just after the visit to the Donnafugata Castle or the tour among the noble palaces of the Ibla 1860 circuit. A real journey among the flavors and aromas of Sicilian tradition that travel bloggers were able to discover also thanks to partners, such as Palazzo degli Antoci in Ragusa, with its rich breakfasts inside the sumptuous Art Nouveau halls, or again the revisited cuisine of tradition promoted by the Cozzo di Papaleo farmhouse in Ragusa, with an extraordinary view of the sea at sunset, and then enjoy the reflections of the moon on the Mediterranean, observed from the exclusive Varo a mare beach at Punta Braccetto after a ride on Rasi Rent’s electric bikes at the Marina di Ragusa marina or ebike motion through the alleys of Ibla. They also stimulated their sense of smell by getting lost among the green and fragrant paths of the Valentine’s Nurseries where they also participated in a workshop on bread, with ancient flours and grains, in the connected mansions.
From Baroque churches to golden beach shores, from the Convent of Santa Maria del Gesù in Modica to the Fornace Penna in Scicli, from Cava Ispica to historic noble palaces. Dutch travel bloggers have already partly recounted these experiences on their social channels but will soon write their own articles giving further visibility to the unique tourist destination. The Terra Barocca is a real hidden treasure of Sicily, just waiting to be discovered. And thanks to the Enjoy Barocco Dmo, which can be reached through www.enjoybarocco.com, and the first “Social Trip,” there are those who have practically fallen in love with it in just a few days.