Portopalo di Capo Passero: the southernmost village in Italy
Nestled between the wonders of Noto and the beauty of the Hyblean Baroque, lies the ancient fishing village of Portopalo di Capopassero. A corner of peace that fascinates due to its position: the southernmost village of Sicily bathed by two seas simultaneously, the Mediterranean and the Ionian, to which belong two small and delightful island destinations for boat trips (Correnti Island and that of Capo Passero).
Wonderful beaches, crystal clear sea and unspoilt nature
Here the Quattrocuori hotel is located in a central area, a few steps from the centre of the village and the sea, which you can easily reach on foot. And it is precisely the sea in a place like this that offers so many possibilities: a coastline with two sides, the Ionian and the Mediterranean, gives the chance to choose the most beautiful beach each day, the one with the calmest sea or the coolest breeze. Moreover, just a few kilometres from Quattrocuori, there are some of the most beautiful beaches and nature reserves in Sicily: around the corner the wonderful beach of Carratois and the small island of Correnti; a few minutes drive away the nature reserve of Vendicari and the beach of Calamosche but also other wonderful Sicilian beaches, such as Punta delle Formiche and the bay of Porto Ulisse.
Just ask the hotel staff to find out about the corners of paradise within easy reach of the hotel. Along with the sea, there are surprising stretches of natural water unknown to most people to visit; among them the nature reserve of Cavagrande di Cassibile that many people know as "Laghetti d'Avola".
Marzamemi and the glitter of the sea
Just five minutes away by car, the sea becomes a real seafaring village that has remained intact over the centuries and is enriched by quality bars and restaurants: Marzamemi, with its tuna plant and the square, which enchants every visitor. Fish restaurants, festivals and small artisan shops dot the surroundings of the square, the beating heart of the village.
For lovers of culture and art, Portopalo and the Quattrocuori are a privileged starting point: to the West the wonders of the Hyblean Baroque, pearls recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and to the East Noto and Syracuse, with the surprising island of Ortigia.
The wonders of the Hyblean baroque
Ragusa, Scicli and Modica will enchant you with their maze of narrow streets and the majesty of their numerous churches. It is here that you can relive the scenes of Montalbano and discover the real Vigata di Camilleri.
Twenty minutes by car from the hotel, Noto is waiting for you, an undisputed destination for every tourist: a village where you can breathe the Sicily of the past, surrounded by beautiful palaces and the majestic Cathedral, theatre of important exhibitions and cultural events renowned throughout Sicily.
Ancient history, art and legends: Syracuse and the island of Ortigia
For those who love to breathe history to the full, it is worth reaching Syracuse and Ortigia: the ancient Greek ruins, such as the Greek theatre and the ear of Dionysus, blend with the sea in a spectacular landscape. A small village, that of Ortigia, totally pedestrianised, which encloses the most authentic heart of Syracuse: a splendid square, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, houses the Cathedral and the Church of the Badia with the burial of Santa Lucia by Caravaggio. A few steps from the square, the protective walls of the "Marina" and the curious Arethusa fountain, famous for its legend.
All it takes is a walk or a few minutes by car to have the most authentic, most characteristic and truest Sicily at your fingertips.