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On the way to Noto, bordering the province of Syracuse, is Ispica. This is another town completely destroyed by the earthquake and rebuilt in the immediate vicinity. The square of Santa Maria Maggiore is home to a large portico with twenty-three arches that was used for fairs and for the protection of pilgrims. The church is beautifully decorated with stuccos and frescoes by Olivio Sozzi. The Church of the Annunciation is in the square of the same name which is also worth a visit. Make sure you visit the archaeological Park Forza immersed in Mediterranean vegetation and rich in Sicilian, Byzantine and Christian necropolis. Ispica is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Of great cultural interest that definitely deserves a visit is the "Parco Forza", more commonly called "Cava D'ispica". Inside the park are visible prehistoric necropolis, Christian catacombs, rock oratories, monastic hermitages and housing units of various types that have been continuously followed by the Prehistory (Early Bronze Age) until at least the fourteenth century.