Commenda di San Calogero
The Italian garden is a parterre that combines English flower meadows with Mediterranean plants and ancient roses. The rest of the garden has a more informal layout but with everything coming from species, though not necessarily indigenous, traditionally present in Sicily. Berries and oranges grow among roses and officinalis; laurels and myrtle trees, together with fountains, bringing freshness and refreshment on summer days.
Museums and historical sites
Outside the estate boundaries a large selection of museums can be found. The Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino is home to the foundation that is committed to promoting both ancient and contemporary art through exhibitions. The Museo Bellomo Siracusa houses a collection of Sicilian art (paintings, sculpture and decorative arts) from Syracuse and the local region from several centuries. Arguably the most noteworthy item in the collection is an Annunciation by Antonello da Messina.
Castello Ursino ('Bear Castle'), also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built in the 13th century as a royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily, and is mostly known for its role in the Sicilian Vespers, when it became the seat of the Sicilian Parliament.
The Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi in Syracuse, is one of the principal archaeological museums of Europe. The museum contains artefacts from the prehistoric, Greek and Roman periods found in archaeological excavations in the city and other sites in Sicily. Syracuse is also known for the Orchio di Dioniso with its Greek theatre, and Ortigia which is an island closed to traffic.
The Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina is famous for its Roman mosaics. Catania, in general is a must for culture vultures. Palaces, monasteries, churches, Greek and Roman theatres are found here. Catania overflows with historical sites and is beautifully located on the shores of the Ionian Sea.