Baroque soul

Ragusa, the southernmost city in Italy, has recently rediscovered a remarkable tourist vocation. Thanks to the charm of the baroque monuments kept in the historic part of Ragusa Ibla, the beautiful beaches along the coast and the picturesque views of the surrounding countryside.

These unique landscapes have been immortalized several times on the set of a famous television series. “Il Commissario Montalbano”, based on the novels of the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri.

After the devastating earthquake of 1693, the city was rebuilt in two large neighborhoods. Ragusa Superiore, the new part located on the Ibleo plateau, and Ragusa Inferiore or Ibla, source on the ruins of the ancient city, accessible through three bridges or a staircase with hundreds of steps.

Considered the capital of the Baroque, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Ragusa exerts an irresistible charm on visitors through the magnificent architectural masterpieces erected after the terrible earthquake. The grandeur of the sumptuous noble palaces and the sacred aura of the churches such as the Cathedral of San Giorgio and the Church of Santa Maria dell’Itria, reveal a distinctive style. This is manifested in the wise use of local white stone. This carefully chosen material helps to create a luminous and captivating effect, typical of Baroque art.