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Why Visit Ragusa, Italy

Divided into two parts after the destructive earthquake of 1693, the beautifully rebuilt Sicilian city of Ragusa is like no other on the island. Both parts of this glorious Italian Val di Noto town are perched high up on charming adjacent hills, separated by a valley (Valle dei Ponti), and offer many attractions worth discovering.

The old town, called Ibla or Inferiore, makes a great starting point for your exploration. Here you can find numerous architectural examples of the UNESCO-listed Baroque that Ragusa is renowned for. Without a doubt, the San Giorgio Duomo (also referred to as the Cathedral San Giovanni Battista), along with Piazza Duomo, Palazzo Cosentini, the church of Santa Maria delle Scale, and the church of Santa Maria del Itria are major attractions to add on your Ragusa itinerary. To spice up your Ragusa sightseeing, consider going to the Giardino Ibleo park which opens scenic panoramas of the city.

What is more, the 4 bridges, connecting the two sections of the city, offer great photo opportunities and could also be part of your Ragusa tour. The second "upper" half of Ragusa, called Superiore or Alta, represents a more contemporary side of the city.

As for popular day trips from Ragusa, the neighboring city of Modica is among the top choices. The town is best known for producing its traditional chocolate called Cioccolato, therefore, if you're a sweet tooth, prepare for tasting some high-quality treats. Apart from gastronomic pleasures, Modica offers many historic sights to enjoy, including the Baroque Duomo di San Giorgio church, interestingly, the city is home to more than 9 dozen churches!

Best Things to Do in Ragusa, Sicily

  • Enjoy the Baroque style of this Val di Noto town, including the Cathedral San Giovanni Battista
  • Spend relaxing time in Ragusa's Giardino Ibleo Park
  • Consider going on a day trip to nearby Modica
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