Ragusa Ibla

Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, Ragusa is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ragusa has two distinct areas: The lower and older town is called Ragusa Ibla; the upper town is called Ragusa Superiore. The two halves are separated by the a deep ravine (Valle dei Ponti). Ragusa contains nine major churches and seven major palazzi, all Baroque.

 

Balcony on Palazzo la Rocca in Ragusa

Decoration under a balcony on Palazzo la Rocca in Ragusa: Man with glasses and facial nerve paralysis.

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Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla seen from Ragusa Superiore (close to the church Santa Maria delle Scale).

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The Dormition of the Virgin (1538, the Gagini school). Coloured terracotta. The church of Santa Maria delle Scale

The Dormition of the Virgin (1538, the Gagini school). Coloured terracotta. The church of Santa Maria delle Scale.

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Detail of the Dormition of the Virgin (1538, the Gagini school). Coloured terracotta. The church of Santa Maria delle Scale

The Dormition of the Virgin (1538, the Gagini school). Coloured terracotta. The church of Santa Maria delle Scale..

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

Ragusa Ibla as you walk down from Ragusa Superiore.

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Ragusa Ibla: Grotesque head under the balcony of Palazzo Cosentini

Grotesque head under the balcony of Palazzo Cosentini (18th century).

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Cat in Ragusa Ibla

Cat resting in Ragusa Ibla.

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Fiat 500 outside De Stefano Palace - Luxury Hotel, Ragusa Superiore

Fiat 500: This beauty was spotted outside De Stefano Palace - Luxury Hotel in Ragusa Superiore.

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Old women in Ragusa Ibla

Moving scene in Ragusa Ibla: One old woman giving food to another by pushing the food on a plank.

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Sicily: Ragusa Ibla

WTF - a Norwegian photographer here???

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Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Itria campanile, Ragusa Ibla

Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Itria with its restored campanile.

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Duomo di San Giorgio, designed by Rosario Gagliardi

Duomo di San Giorgio (the cathedral), designed by Rosario Gagliardi. Built 1744-1775

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The piazza in front of the cathedral.

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Ragusa Ibla: Portal of the church of San Georgio Vecchio

Portal of the church of San Georgio Vecchio (15th century). The relief shows St. George killing the dragon. The rest of the church was completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1693.

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Church of the Purgatory, Ragusa Ibla

Church of the Purgatory, Ragusa Ibla.
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Church of the Purgatory, Ragusa Ibla

Church of the Purgatory, Ragusa Ibla
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Chiesa della Maddalena (church of Santa Maria Maddalena), Ragusa

Memento mori. Decoration over the window over the entrance. Chiesa della Maddalena (church of Santa Maria Maddalena), first built in the seventeenth century and later re-built (18th century).

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Ragusa, Sicilia

Ragusa.

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Ragusa Ibla by night

Ragusa Ibla by night.

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Sicily: Ragusa Ibla

Chiesa di San Giuseppe (1590 and redesigned in the second half of the 18th century by the Carmelite monk Alberto Maria, according to the Blue Guide Sicily).

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Sicilia: Ragusa Ibla

Chiesa di San Giacomo Apostolo (1563) in the Public Gardens.

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Ragusa Superiore

Ragusa Ibla

Detail of the cathedral of San Giovanni Battista on Piazza San Giovanni, Ragusa Superiore (upper town). The cathedral was built after 1694 by Mario Spada and Rosario Boscarino.

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Fascist architecture. The post office in Ragusa Superiore (1930)

Fascist architecture in Sicily: The post office in Ragusa Superiore (1930).

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To gain control of the South, especially Sicily, Benito Mussolini appointed Cesare Mori as a Prefect of the city of Palermo, with the charge of eradicating the Mafia at any price. In the telegram, Mussolini wrote to Mori: "Your Excellency has carte blanche; the authority of the State must absolutely, I repeat absolutely, be re-established in Sicily. If the laws still in force hinder you, this will be no problem, as we will draw up new laws." Mori did not hesitate to lay siege to towns, using torture, and holding women and children as hostages to oblige suspects to give themselves up. These harsh methods earned him the nickname of "Iron Prefect". (Wikipedia)

 

 

De Stefano Palace Luxury Hotel, Ragusa

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De Stefano Palace Luxury Hotel is situated a few hundred metres from the spectacular path that leads down to Ragusa Ibla.

DE STEFANO PALACE LUXURY HOTEL
VIA CAV. F. DE STEFANO, 15 - 97100 - RAGUSA
TEL (+39) 0932 682872
Email: info@destefanopalacehotel.com

 

 

 

Parking in Sicily

The tips below are just suggestions. Many find it better to have a specific place to go to, but if you're comfortable with driving around and just see where you end up, please do. You may find better parking than these recommendations, or you may get trapped in a one-way labyrith. If you really want to prepare for your arrival in a Sicilian town, we found it very helpful to use Google Maps and choose Street View.

  • Agrigento: There are several parking lots close to the Valley of the Temples.
  • Bagheria: Very close to Villa Palagonia, you'll probably find parking. Start looking at Via Don Luigi Sturzo, 7
  • Caccamo: Parking in the street when you arrive, just before the castle. Or in the Piazza Duomo.
  • Castelbuono: Parking near the castle is the most obvious choice but it can be full.
  • Castelmola: In Via Cuculunazzo there is a small parking garage. It is not possible to park in the village itself.
  • Catania: There is a large (and cheap) parking lot in front of Hotel Mercure Catania Excelsior, Piazza Giovanni Verga 39
  • Cefalù: The street along the beach (Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina) has lots of parking spaces, but you'll have to pay. There's also parking near the railway station. If you really want to park for free, and you don't mind walking for 10-15 minutes, you could try the cemetary.
  • Gibilmanna: Usually no problems parking near the church.
  • Linguaglossa: Park in the street near the 18th century Church Chiesa Madre.
  • Modica: We found lots of parking spaces in Viale Medaglie D'Oro, but you'll (probably) have to pay at a nearby bar(!). We paid, but no one else seemed to bother …
  • Monreale: Make it easy and use the parking garage in Via Palermo 102. 150 m to the cathedral. You can even stay here and take a taxi down to Palermo centre if you want to choose the easiest solution.
  • Noto: If you don't mind walking 5-7 minutes, we recommend going for the free parking in Via Napoli as you approach the centre. Look for parking after you have passes the petrol station on the right. Close to the city gate, you can park (and pay) in Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Unemployed, criminal looking men may want to protect the car for you.
  • Palermo: Avoid car if you can. It is easier to park during the riposo (siesta). See under Monreale.
  • Ragusa superiore: Parking opposite the Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo Palace (aka Mediterraneo Palace) in Via Roma 185 (Montalbano location!). Parking marked with blue lines, meaning you have to pay. Also: At Piazza Matteotti (by the Post office from the Mussolini period), there is an underground parking house. Entrance via Corso Italia, next to number 53.
    Ragusa Ibla: There are parking lots in Via Avvocato Giovanni Ottaviano, near the Q8 petrol station. Here is a link to the place in Google Street View.
  • Segesta: Big parking lot near the entrance.
  • Selinunte: Big parking lot near the entrance of the archeological site.
  • Termini Imerese: Parking near the cathedral.

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