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Ragusa


Baroque splendor in scenic surroundings and the sea only a few kilometers off - Ragusa offers whatever a vacationer's heart desires. 

Simply drift along, past gorgeous Baroque façades and monuments. Ragusa-Ibla is one of southern Sicily's treasures you must have seen.

 

Ragusa


Baroque splendor in scenic surroundings and the sea only a few kilometers off - Ragusa offers whatever a vacationer's heart desires. 

Simply drift along, past gorgeous Baroque façades and monuments. Ragusa-Ibla is one of southern Sicily's treasures you must have seen.

Ragusa

Ragusa is a town in southern Sicily, whose name is derived from the Greek word "rogos", which translates as "granary". The town carries its name rightly so, as the golden-yellow fields of grain characterize the landscape around Ragusa and as far as the sea.

Ragusa is found in fantastic location in Monte Iblei, at an altitude of 520 m above sea level. The town center is divided in two by a gorge. Ragusa-Ibla, the Old Town of Ragusa, is located to the east, in the lower town. 

Centro storico Ragusa-Ibla

Visitors are interested mainly in Ragusa-Ibla, the old part. The latter and all its medieval elements were completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake in 1693. The centro storico was, however, then rebuilt in splendor in the style of the Sicilian Baroque. It has meanwhile been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The grandest building at Ragusa-Ibla is cathedral San Giorgio, which is dedicated to the patron saint of Ragusa. It was built by architect Rosario Gagliardi. From the cathedral square an impressive flight of stairs leads up to the cathedral's entrance. 

At Giardino Ibleo, the urban park, stop for a break and enjoy the breathtaking view of the valley of the Irminio river and of the gorges from there. At the edge of the park lie the remains of the Norman church San Giorgio Vecchio with its beautiful Gothic portal.

Two other churches lie hidden in the park: Chiesa San Domenico with its majolica-clad bell tower and Chiesa Cappuccini Vecchi with paintings by Pietro Novelli.

Ragusa-Ibla bustles with activity, cafés invite you to linger and shops invite you in to take a look around. 

Ragusa Superiore

At "Ragusa Superiore", the upper part of town, there are more Baroque churches, which were rebuilt after the earthquake and worth a closer look, e.g. Chiesa Santa Maria delle Scale, Chiesa Maria del'Itria and the cathedral in Piazza San Giovanni with its valuable marble ornaments and stuccoworks. 

Museo Archeologico Ibleo, where you can admire the 2600-year-old tombstone of warrior Pirrino of Camarina, is also worth stopping by.

Bathing resort Marina di Ragusa

It is half an hour by car to the small harbor of Marina di Ragusa, where wonderful, gently sloping sandy beaches await you. Stroll along the seaside promenade while savoring some delicious Italian ice cream, then go for a swim in the crystal clear sea - at Marina di Ragusa holiday pleasure is guaranteed. 

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