Among the municipal areas of Ragusa and Scicli near the coast, there is one of the rare examples in Sicily of Marine Protected Nature Reserve, where the flora and fauna are preserved and safeguarded in their integrity. I’m talking about the Macchia Foresta Reserve of the Irminio River, an area of about 130 hectares not far from Marina di Ragusa and Donnalucata.
Cava dei Servi is a spectacular river valley excavated by the Tellesimo stream, in an area between Modica and Ragusa, more precisely in San Giacomo.
It is thought that the name Cava dei Servi is linked to the theory that the Servants of God were here. Other sources, however, claim that the name “Servi” is to be associated with the fact that the less wealthy families, belonging to the lower social ranks, lived here.