Destination: Ragusa

Walk the stepped alleyways and gorgeous piazze of Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla in the company of a local licensed guide and specialist. The dominant architectural style is late Sicilian baroque. Carved masks decorate the balconies of numerous noble palaces, and the imposing churches house richly decorated chapels, and invaluable works of art. Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla count many palazzi and churches that are now world heritage sites. The construction of these architectural treasures followed the devastating earthquake of 1693, which razed Ragusa to the ground. After this tragedy, a group of wealthy aristocrats decided to rebuild Ragusa Ibla where it originally was, around their new St. George church. Another group, largely made up of middle class people, chose another area to rebuild their city, Ragusa Superiore. This town is built around San Giovanni Battista (St. John’s cathedral), which is the visit’s departing point.  If you wish to explore further the Val di Noto, please contact us. You could easily combine this half day guided walk of Ragusa Ibla with another destination, such as Noto, Modica or Scicli.

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Ragusa Ibla

From St. John’s cathedral, we descend towards the edge of the hill that overlooks Ragusa Ibla, passing the elegant Palazzi Bertini, Cosentini and…