Nestled in the heart of the Val di Noto, Ragusa is a Sicilian jewel rich in natural and architectonical beauties, so that it has been declared UNESCO Heritage in 2002; we are talking, indeed, of a city rich in ancient churches, historical artworks and stunning palaces.
Once landed in Ragusa Airport, you can pick a rental car up, booked thanks to the service offered by Acarent and set off to discover the Sicilian city.
What to see in Ragusa
Ragusa is commonly called “the town of the bridges”, for the high percentage of this kind of structures, particularly typical of this area. These latter give the town a traditionally ancient and historic aspect, making it a city of great value.
The birth of Ragusa dates back to the Neolithic; the city has, indeed, always played a relevant role in the history of the island. There are many legends about the Sicilian king who found the first village, after having driven the Sicani out of the place.
The long and characteristic history of Ragusa is linked to different symbols, such as the lizard, the ancient crest of the Hyblaean civilization. Another symbol related to the history of Ragusa is the bee, representing the very famous Hyblaean honey; the bees, indeed, were represented around the head of a woman, that was the effigy symbol of the city.
When the Normans came to Ragusa, the symbol of the city became an eagle, which identifies the unchallenged power of these latter.
What to visit else
During a vacation in Ragusa you absolutely cannot miss some of the typical local beauties, which give the destination harmony and added value.
The old town, characterised by the baroque style and the ancient architecture, is surely included among the points of interest to be visited, so that it was declared UNESCO heritage. The city was hit by a destroying earthquake in 1963, after which it was entirely rebuilt.
Most of the beauties of Ragusa are in Baroque style, such as the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista and some XVIII century palaces. Another place you cannot miss during a vacation in Ragusa is the district of Hybla, famous for the architecture in late Baroque style that gives it a halo of antiquity and inimitable splendour.