Baroque open-air museum
Elegant, refined and rich in history. Ragusa, in southern Sicily, captivates visitors with its artistic and architectural treasures and breathtaking views. The city is considered the highest expression of Sicilian Baroque, with elegantly carved churches and palaces, such as the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Cathedral of St George and Palazzo Zacco.
Wear comfortable shoes and walk up the stairs that connect Ragusa Superiore, on the plateau, and Ragusa Ibla, the historical centre that winds along steep and winding alleys. Treat yourself to a relaxing moment in the shade of the palm trees of the Ibleo Garden, located on a rocky outcrop with panoramic views of the Iblei Mountains and the Irminio River valley.
Just 16 kilometres from Ragusa lies Modica, famous for its chocolate. Visit St Peter's Cathedral, with its imposing staircase and Baroque façade, and the Birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo. Lose yourself in the alleyways of Scicli, a small village surrounded by cliffs where time seems to stand still. For a plunge into the past, discover the Castello di Donnafugata, a noble 19th-century residence surrounded by a park with a labyrinth.
Sun and sea lovers can relax on the beaches of Marina di Ragusa, Sampieri, Scoglitti and at the Foce dell'Irminio Reserve.