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Useful things to know about Comiso

  • Comiso is a small village twelve miles from Ragusa.
  • It’s renowned for its cabinet making and marble work.
  • Originally it was a Byzantine town.
  • The earthquake of 1693 totally destroyed the village.
  • The US deployed Cruise missiles there in Comiso air base during the Cold War.

Comiso Mini Guide

Tell me About Comiso
Comiso is a town in the Ragusa region of Sicily. It is an ancient town on the slopes of Monti Iblei.

How Would I get There?
AST has bus services all over the island, should you be close by or you can take a long distance train with Trenitalia from the mainland. If you are travelling from further afield, you would probably arrive at Catania Airport and take a bus or train from there. Of course, car hire is also a good option for your transfer and to explore all of Sicily.

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Take a Tour
Start at the Fountain of Diana in the Town Hall Square and then see the ruins of the Roman Baths and hot springs the town was famous for. See the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in the 15th century, inside it is richly decorated and you can see the marble statue of ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmelo’ and frescoes from the 17th century. The Basilica of Santissima Annunziata is worth visiting too, there you can see the 16th century wooden statue of St Nicholas and paintings by Salvatore Fiume.

Inside the old fish market you will find the Municipal Museum, who have a large collection of fossils and shells found locally. Castello Naselli is the city’s fortress, it is octagonal in shape and dates from the 14th century. Inside you can find the remains of the 11th century Baptistery and its frescoes and mosaics. Finally, visit the Peace Pagoda near to the NATO base, it is the only one in the Mediterranean and part of a Buddhist project to promote world peace.

Where can I Stay?
El Homs Palace is a 4 star hotel with modern yet elegant style and comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. You can have a drink in the hotel bar and sample Sicilian cuisine at the restaurant. The hotel is located in central Comiso, so is ideal for seeing the town’s attractions.

What’s the Food Like?
Try the local cavati pasta or seafood specialities of spaghetti with squid ink or seafood omelette. Visit a pasticceria and try caddureddi (ring shaped fritters with honey) or Mustata (a cake with herbs, fruit and nuts). Stop by at the forno and buy some of the hand made bread topped with cheese, anchovies and oregano.

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Out and About
If you want to see more of the area, the nearby town of Vittoria is worth a visit. There you can see the ancient city of Camarina and the Temple of Athena.

Latest Update from Comiso:

31/05/12 - The Casmeneo Orchestra Festival has just begun with performances throughout June by local and national orchestras. Concerts are free or for a minimal ticket price to cover services and are a great way to spend the evening in Comiso.

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Comiso is a charming village on Sicily’s south coast. It has existed since before Byzantine times and there are ruins of the Roman baths linked to the hot sulphur springs near the village. The city was destroyed in the earthquake of 1693 but some buildings remain showing evidence of the terrible destruction wreaked on that day.

One of these is the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie which has a beautiful interior still bearing signs of damage. If you have a hire car, another sight worth your time is the Castello Naselli, a Byzantine fortress strengthened in the 14th century.

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