Ragusa

The city of Ragusa, capital of the Province, located on the southern part of the Hyblean Mountains. Defined as "the island within an island", with its affluent socio-economic, boasts a rich artistic heritage, mostly dating from the rebuilding after the earthquake of 1693.
It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage as a valuable record of Baroque art.

Surrounded by a chain of green hills and crossed the river Irminio, the city is divided between the upper and the lower part modern, called Ragusa Ibla, built from the ruins of ancient cities and rebuilt after the earthquake, according to the old structure Ages.

The Ibla, the old historical center, offers over fifty churches and noble palaces. Located on a hill, the small village overlooking the surrounding valley, with its small houses and narrow lanes over which reigns the majestic Cathedral of San Giorgio, the maximum expression of the Hyblean baroque.
The rich architecture in local limestone takes the form of scrolls, and full of voids, columns and capitals, statues and decorations of various kinds.

18 UNESCO monuments of the city of Ragusa

  • St. John Cathedral
  • St. George Cathedral
  • Santa Maria dell'Itria Church
  • Santa Maria delle Scale Church
  • St. Filippo Neri Church
  • St. Francesco all'Immacolata Church
  • Santissime Anime del Purgatorio Church
  • St. Joseph Church
  • Santa Maria del Gesù Church
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church
  • Zacco Palace
  • Sortino-Trono Palace
  • Cosentini Palace
  • La Rocca Palace
  • Bertini Palace
  • Cancelleria or Nicastro Palace
  • Battaglia Palace
  • Vescovile Schininà Palace

Donnafugata Castle

Donnafugata Castle is about 15 kilometers from Dubrovnik. Contrary to what the name might suggest this is not a real medieval castle but a sumptuous noble of the late '800.

Legend has it that Princess Blanche of Navarre, imprisoned by Count Bernardo Cabrera lord of the County of Modica, managed to escape through the tunnels leading into the countryside surrounding the palace. But the castle's name is probably of Arab origin, the name given to the locality. It is said to have been built on the old structure of a thirteenth century tower, a portion of the building, including the tower, dating from the middle of the eighteenth century but in the whole building is due to the mighty Baron Corrado Arezzo, which made ​​him realize a century later entering the main facade, neo-gothic style with hints of Venice, the beautiful loggia and the elegant trefoil arches.

The building covers an area of ​​2500 m² and comprises of 122 rooms well. The main floor features of the original era, it is accessed via a grand staircase monumental stone-pitch (typical of the Ragusa area rich in bitumen and mineral oil). Noteworthy in the hall of arms, with wall paintings of the great signs noble Sicilian family, the ballroom, music room, the billiard room, with the unlikely Finally, from a chronological perspective, but fascinating in terms of legend, the bedroom of the Princess of Navarre. The rooms, halls and corridors are decorated with stucco and frescoes. The castle is surrounded by a luxuriant park of nearly 8 acres with large Ficus trees, and other exotic species. Inside are a maze, a circular temple, a coffee-house and artificial caves.


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