The town of Ragusa enchants countless visitors every year, casting a spell with its breath-taking architecture, quaint city streets and glorious views of Sicily. Situated in the south-east of the island, a region renowned as the home of a group of stunning towns designed in the Baroque style and reminiscent of a long lost era, Ragusa is set in a landscape of deep ravines and rolling hills. For anyone keen to feast their eyes on all the beauty of Sicily, Ragusa holidays deliver the goods.
Ragusa is unique in that it actually comprises of two distinct sections of town, two separate entities that merged together as one in the 1920s. This division occurred after the great earthquake of 1693 which decimated much of the region and killed over 5,000 inhabitants residing within Ragusa at the time.
When the town was rebuilt, using all the skill of the best architects of the time, it was divided into two – one part, the new home of the noble classes with their elegant palazzis, was dubbed Ragusa Superiore, whilst the everyday folk lived in Ragusa Ibla, a maze of winding, medieval streets and ornate architecture straight out of a fairytale.
Why stay in the area of Ragusa?
An atmospheric spot, set on a hill-top plateau that provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, Ragusa is the place to absorb unparalleled Baroque charm, indulge in authentic Sicilian
cuisine and relax into the laidback pursuits of Sicilian life.
Browse our collection of Ragusa villas and apartments to find accommodation that suits a variety of needs. Making your base in Ragusa will provide you with the perfect blend of beautiful architecture, breath-taking views and fascinating cultural insights – a blend which epitomises the island of Sicily.
Staying in self-catered accommodation is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Sicilian life as you can choose your own food from local markets, enjoy your own space and relax in your own home-away-from-home.
Feel free to contact us for assistance or advice in booking your dream Sicilian accommodation – we are confident we can find your perfect match.
Setting up home in your very own Ragusa villa is a dream not so very far away from reality here at Sicily4U. Our experienced team has hand-picked some of the best holiday homes in the region, all with unique features that appeal to a variety of tastes.
Unwind beside the luxurious private pool at Baglio Campofranco, a villa built in the style of historical,
feudal Sicily where you can live life as lord or lady of the manor in a 15-acre estate filled with olive trees, palms and carob tree.
Alternatively, a large group might enjoy the tasteful, individual apartments that together make up Villa Camilleri, a charming, traditional white stone farmhouse with furnished outdoor spaces, ideal for socialising and dining alfresco.
A visit to Ragusa is focused on the charm of the old town streets and the historical sights you can discover as you wander through the labyrinthine alleyways unfolding before you. Quirky shops, cafes and mouth-watering places to eat and drink will catch your eye as you explore – allow yourself plenty of
time to uncover the treasures of this picturesque town as you tick off the key sights.
Although Ragusa Superiore, now the modern part of town, is also worth a visit, with its 18th century Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista and its incredible views over Ibla as you descend the attractive Corso Italia, there is no doubt that it is Ibla itself which is the more captivating of the two destinations.
The Duomo di San Giorgio glitters with grandeur and presides over a shady square, ideal for a cool drink as you watch the world unfurl around you. It is an experience not to be missed to simply get lost in these winding streets with their elaborately carved buildings, intricate balconies and sculpted surprises hidden around every corner. Explorers will be rewarded with scenes worthy of a postcard as well as shops, cafes and the Giardino Ibleo, the local park with its hubbub of life and wonderful views.
Fans of Sicilian cuisine will enjoy discovering the culinary delights of Ragusa. You will find authentic eateries hidden around every corner, offering everything from no-fuss cucina provera, pizzas and freshly made sandwiches to more sophisticated fare.
Visit the Gelato Divini, located near to the Piazza Duomo – it is considered by many to be one of the best gelaterias in Sicily, with wine flavoured ice-cream amongst other creative options. Alternatively, simply explore the shops which specialise in many of Sicily’s finest gastronomical offerings.
A popular excursion in the Ragusa region is the Castello do Donnafugata, a country villa, predominantly designed in the Venetian-Gothic style. This impressive abode, with its picturesque gardens set in an attractive, countryside landscape, presents an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes of a home belonging to the Sicilian upper classes.
After experiencing the charming town of Ragusa, take a trip to the seaside and visit the fishing villages of Marina di Ragusa and Punta Secca, located just a short drive away. However, if you haven’t yet had your fill of Baroque beauty, allow yourself to be tempted to nearby Modica with its creamy, specialty chocolate or take in some history at the tombs of Cava d’Ispica.
Buses frequently run between Modica, Noto, Scicli and Syracuse whilst a slow train links Ragusa with the other Baroque towns of the region.