At the southern end of Sicily, the Pachino promontory is washed by both the Ionian and Mediterranean Seas. It sits slightly inland, and neighbors with Marzamemi and Capo Passero. There are eight kilometers of beach stretching along the Ionian coast of Pachino, offering plenty of crystal-clear water and sandy space.
The town is a tight grid of narrow one-way streets but centers on a wide piazza outlined by greenery. This is the gathering place and hub of activity. The main church is here, the SS Crocefisso, built in Baroque style in 1790. There are plenty of shops to wander, cafes to enjoy a gelato or granita, and restaurants where you can taste the local specialties. Pachino has a strong agricultural economy, especially centering on wine and tomatoes. The sweet sun-kissed cherry tomatoes that grow here take the town's name.
Dating back to the ancient Greeks, Pachino has archeological sites in vicinity that include a Greek temple, a Roman village, ancient necropoli, and rock-hewn cisterns. The town saw a unique period of history when it was a Maltese colony, inhabited by 30 families who came here from the island of Malta.
There are beaches on both sides of the promontory, allowing you to swim in both seas, and see both the sunrise and sunset from here.
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