Sampieri and surroundings
At 25 meters from the sea, a house, once inhabited by fishermen, totally renovated.
Starting point to visit the Valley of Baroque. The owner, a Sicilian watercolorist, has restored it respecting the historic features and using the local stone of Comiso, Sicilian terracotta and ancient ceramics of Caltagirone.
The house is located in the center of Sampieri, a few meters from the sea (accessible and suitable for swimming), in a street parallel to the waterfront. A pine forest, the typical Mediterranean flora, an impressive cliff and a beautiful bay with a beach (about 2 km long) of fine sand and rare dunes dominated by the furnace of Pisciotto, set of film and television productions such as “Il Commissario Montalbano”.
Casa d'artista is composed of three independent apartments: Casazzurra (2 to 5 beds), Casa del pescatore (2 to 5 beds) and Casa di pietra (2 to 4 beds). Guests are welcomed in rooms furnished with care and equipped with every comfort. To those who ask if there is a sea view, we answer: "The sea cannot be seen, but can be heard."
A short distance from the house there are shops, bars, restaurants, supermarket, bookstall, hairdresser, barber, bathing, disco, sports courts and marina, just a few meters, you can, in the morning, buy freshly caught fish. A few kilometers far from the towns of Modica, Scicli, Ragusa, Ispica, Noto that are on the Heritage of Unesco. During the day you can reach and visit the archaeological site of Kamarina, the cities of Syracuse, Palazzolo Acreide, Militello in Val di Catania, Caltagirone, Catania, Taormina, Agrigento and Piazza Armerina, making excursions in the quarries of Ispica and Irminio’s and Vendicari’s reserves, climb the volcano Etna and take the catamaran that leaves from nearby Pozzallo to go to Malta.
In Marina di Ragusa you can find the brand new harbor and nightlife.
Sampieri is a little village in the municipality of Scicli, in the province of Ragusa. Famous seaside resort, charming old fishing village, is situated along a spur of limestone, between two beaches of fine golden sand. The economy of the village is nowadays mainly linked to agricultural activities and tourism. At the eastern end of the beach more of the township, at the top of a cliff of about 5 meters high, dominates the landscape of the coastal the Fornace Penna, which the locals call "o’ Pisciuotto". " The plant has remained a ruin because of an arson fire occurred in 1924. It was a thriving mill in which bricks were produced, exported throughout the Mediterranean basin.
Today it is a tourist attraction, thanks to the use as a location for several episodes of the television series Il Commissario Montalbano, a character created by the writer Andrea Camilleri. A hundred meters from the building, in the direction of the beach and near a cave, now obscured by vegetation, there was an uncontaminated source of water that flowed until a few decades ago, now you can see the remains of an ancient well, maybe previous the greek period. Carved into the limestone rock, it is a remembrance of what was to be the real reason of the location of this landing. Sampieri, in fact, in the past it was probably a coastal point of supply of drinking water for the sailors.
Today Sampieri has its most intense moments during summer filling up with vacationers and tourists that populate the beaches and nightlife. Its winter with its slow rhythms rediscovers the magic of time travel.
In Sampieri and around the traces of human presence dating back to very ancient times. In the resort called “Costa ‘ri carro”, adjacent to the minor beach, are still visible the remains of calcareous rock excavations, plausible evidence of a settlement from the Neolithic period.
Prehistoric remains are also evident in the so-called "Cava do Ràbbuso", a valley located in the hinterland of the Fornace Penna. In the area where it is currently located Sampieri, according to some, there was a Greek colony called Apolline, name derived from Apollo, as in the sixth century b.C. in the area called “o’ Puzziddu” apparently there was a temple, now lost, in honor of Apollo. The Arab geographers mention the name of Sampieri as Marsa Siklah , a port where ships that came from North Africa and the Near East could berth until the thirteenth century. The etymology of the name of Sampieri seems to be related, according to some, at St. Peter the Apostle, who landed here in 40 AD, on his way to Rome.