A walk through Ragusa

MircoMannino/ June 9, 2019/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Province of Ragusa, Ragusa/ 0 comments

Beautiful friends, today I bring you to Ragusa, capital of the homonymous province, as well as the southernmost province of Italy! Let’s find out what’s really interesting in this beautiful town 🙂

1: history

Town originally built by the Sicilians, Ragusa was originally called Hybla Heraia, of which very few ruins now remain near the Ibleo Garden, in Ragusa Ibla.

Remains of Hybla Heraia

Historically Ragusa was a city that has always maintained its independence from the Greeks. Moreover, it allied itself with the new Kamarina colony against the homeland Syracuse, giving rise to a conflict that however ended with the defeat of Kamarina and her allies.
Despite the tenacity demonstrated against the Greeks, Hybla Heraia could not however escape from Roman hegemony, becoming part of the homonymous province. From that period, the city, like many others in Sicily, was dominated by the Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Angevins and Aragonese.

GIardino Ibleo

2: The Earthquake of Val di Noto

Like several other cities in Eastern Sicily, Ragusa was razed to the ground by the devastating earthquake in the Val di Noto, which occurred in 1693.
The city was later rebuilt in two distinct places: Ragusa Superiore – on the plateau – and Ragusa Ibla – in the valley – on the remains of the ancient medieval city. The city was rebuilt following the current architectural style: the Baroque.

View to Ibla

Due to the high quality of architectural achievements, the city was included by UNESCO in the list of Late Baroque Cities of the Val di Noto.

Course in Ragusa Ibla

The patron saint of the city, as well as for Modica, is San Giorgio, in whose honor, on the last Sunday of May, an important festival is celebrated that involves the whole city.

San Giorgio – Dawn

3: The bridges

Ragusa is also called “The city of bridges” due to the fact that over the course of history three bridges have been built which connect Ragusa Superior with the other hills, once uninhabited, now almost entirely built.
Each of these bridges furrows the imposing valley below: the Vally of Santa Domenica.

The bridges

4: The Timpa Ro’ Nannu

There is a huge rocky spur, called A ‘Timpa Ro Nannu, that watches over Ibla (in part) and over Ragusa Superior, located on the San Leonardo valley.

View on the Timpa

Reaching it is rather challenging as convoluted, but the view enjoyed from above is something truly priceless.

Ciao!!


… To you

If you would like to know what is very really interesting to eat in Ragusa, click here!

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