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Holidays in
Ragusa

A picturesque Sicilian gem

Ragusa holidays give you the opportunity to stay in one of Sicily’s most delightful towns, with views over domes, spires and the bottle-green countryside of the Val di Noto area of the island. The town is divided into two parts, upper and lower – which are joined by three bridges. You’ll see historic buildings straddling a gorge and spilling over forested, cactus-dotted hilltops. The town features narrow lanes opening onto graceful piazzas, where locals gather to chat, while ice-cream parlours and small fine-dining restaurants dot the streets.

Ragusa was rebuilt in the early 18th century, following the destruction of the town in the 1693 earthquake. While the upper area was originally for the aristocracy, the most picturesque part is the lower old town, ‘Ragusa Ibla’, a Cubist patchwork of primrose and eggshell-painted houses. A Unesco-listed gem in southeast Sicily’s crown, holidays to Ragusa are all about discovering one of the island’s most characterful towns.

Your Ragusa questions, answered

The town is best navigated on foot, but if you want to explore the other towns of Val di Noto, coast and countryside, you should hire a car.

Yes – the town of Ragusa has a lively, vibrant feel, and is well located for exploring elsewhere in the south of Sicily. It’s also easy to reach the beach.

Ragusa has several excellent, innovative Sicilian restaurants that are renowned across the island, as well as local trattorias where you can eat traditional home-cooked pasta and seafood dishes.

Best things to do in Ragusa

Wander the old town

18th-century Ragusa Ibla (the lower town) is the most picturesque part, full of elaborate Baroque architecture, with grand buildings and labyrinthian lanes that are fun to explore.

Visit a church

Ragusa has numerous glorious churches, from the towering Church of San Giorgio to the Cathedral of San Giovanni and the beautiful Baroque Anime del Purgatorio.

Try some gelato

Sicily has some of the world’s best ice cream or gelato – there are some fantastic parlours in Ragusa, where you can try out seasonal flavours including orange and pistachio.