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Nice views, worth the hike up the steps

At first, the walk up the hill and many steps seem daunting. But it's not as bad as it looks, and... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Niklas L
A great empty church to visit

San Matteo is located at the top of a hill in Scicli that is worth the hike up to it. Having said... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2018
East Hampton, Connecticut
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Colle di San Matteo, 97018, Scicli, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

At first, the walk up the hill and many steps seem daunting. But it's not as bad as it looks, and once you get to the top, the views are worth it. You are not able to walk inside the abandoned church, but can look...More

Thank Niklas L
Reviewed 15 June 2018

There are a couple of ways to get up to the scenic overlook of San Martino (Sunflower hike book has a good suggestion) - for us it was an enjoyable and not too long climb with many wildflowers, up into the quiet above the town....More

1  Thank roudland
Reviewed 13 January 2018

San Matteo is located at the top of a hill in Scicli that is worth the hike up to it. Having said that it is a hike, make sure you are wearing suitable footware. The trail/steps to San Matteo is not maintain well. The interior...More

Thank DaveL300
Reviewed 2 January 2018

This was a little hard to find as the main path was closed but if you look, you'll find other stairs to take. We really enjoyed both the walk and the views.

1  Thank RoseTravels
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This church is visible from the downtown plaza, and after a steep climb you have a fabulous view of the town and the surrounding. Why was it abandoned?

Thank simivalley1699
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Sitting on a bench in piazza Italia you can admire San Matteo's church set on the hill above Scicli, and that would be enough pastime. It sits there like a crown over a rock whose foot is covered by hundreds of houses seemingly sitting on...More

Thank art2heart
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Well worth the climb. Although derelict the church is still amazing and the location has great views of Scicli

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This abandoned church is set someway above the town and on a hot day can seem a challenge but its worth it. Broken and lonely it broods over the city and we found it so mysterious almost haunting imagining worshippers making the long climb to...More

Thank CllrJohn
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The path follows the steps up to the church. Most of the way up there is a left fork which, if you're feeling fit you can take to the higher Santa Lucia. Up at San Matteo you get marvellous views over the town & beyond....More

Thank jims86
Reviewed 25 August 2016

the path and stirs are difficult to find and to climb but the view is beautiful. Unfortunately the church is closed and abandoned, run down and dirty, broken glasses and no description or history. what a shame ! and the municipality, where are they? a...More

2  Thank abmSydney
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