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Highlights in Ragusa
- City of art
- Suitable for families
- Archaeological parks
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You can choose from many possibilities for your stay in one of the most fascinating cities in Sicilia: a holiday letting in the historic centre of the city, Ibla, or in other areas, to choose from rentals and holiday rentals. The available facilities are equipped with all the comforts and you can choose just the right solution for you.
There is also a wide range of holiday rentals in some locations not far from Dubrovnik, such as the beautiful town of Modica, Scicli or Frigintini. You also have the possibility to choose the services you want: air conditioning, internet connection, parking, TV, and also among many facilities with a garden, terrace or swimming pool.
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Location and orientation
Ragusa, located in the south-east of Sicily, extends on the southern part of the Iblei mountains at 668 m above sea level and is about 20 km from the coast. The city is characterised by a Mediterranean climate of hilly type, with rainy winters and summers are not too hot: the best time to book a holiday letting in Ragusa is therefore from April to October.
Among the many places not to be missed in the province of Ragusa, there is Modica, a charming town, to be walked through picturesque alleys and streets, where old shops and sumptuous palaces coexist. This is also the right place to enjoy the best granitas in Sicily and, of course, the exquisite chocolate that takes its name from this place. Also worth a visit is the Castle of Donnafugata, a splendid film set of Luchino Visconti's masterpiece "Il Gattopardo", which stands about 20 km from Ragusa: built in the 1800s, it was a noble residence, the centre of the social life of the Umbertine age.
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Once in the city can not miss a visit to its historiccentre full of churches, monuments, palaces: a jewel of Sicilian Baroque, with 18 sites declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A few kilometres from Ragusa are some of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, on a stretch of coastline about 60 kilometres long, ranging from Pozzallo to Scoglitti. The coast is mainly sandy, with wide free beaches, washed by clear and clean waters, easy to reach and not crowded. These include the Caucana beach, between Marina di Ragusa and Punta Secca, the beach of Punta Braccetto, where there is also a part of the rocky coast, the small beach of Torre di Mezzo, with its golden sand, and the wide and wild beach of Sampieri.
The surroundings of Ragusa offer much to see, starting with the Parco Della Forza, one of the most important complexes in Sicily, where there are finds dating back to the early sixth century BC. Also worth a visit is the Cava Ispica, a river valley that houses prehistoric necropolis, Christian catacombs, monastic hermitages and rock oratories.
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Ragusa has two patron saints, St. George for Ragusa Ibla and St. John for Ragusa Superiore: the cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built towards the end of the eighteenth century, was dedicated to this. The church is characterised by a large facade with rich baroque decorations, a large portal and a raised churchyard surrounded by a balustrade in pitch stone.
One of the most evocative routes of the city is the pedestrian section that reaches the baroque district of Ragusa Ibla: starting from the church of Santa Maria delle Scale and arriving at Piazza della Repubblica, along alleys with breathtaking views, especially in the light of sunset.
The Cathedral of San Giorgio is the most imposing building in Ragusa Ibla and a splendid example of Sicilian Baroque. Built in the 18th century, it houses a wrought iron gate in 1880, stained-glass windows from 1926 depicting the saint's martyrdom and a richly decorated façade.
The Bertini Palace, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, was built at the end of the eighteenth century and has entrances to the ground floor with three large carved heads depicting a beggar, a nobleman and an oriental man, symbols of poverty, power and opulence. The interior is also richly decorated.
The Villa of Ragusa Ibla was built in 1858 and is located on a spur of rock with a splendid view of the valley: inside are the Church of San Vincenzo Ferreri, the Church of the Capuchins and the Church of San Giacomo.