Why Visit Ragusa?:
Ragusa Tourist Information:
Where to Stay in Ragusa and Ibla:
I recommend staying in Ibla to avoid the long, uphill walk back to Upper Town and it's more convenient to restaurants and monuments. The Hotel Il Barocco and Palazzo Degli Archi are 3-star hotels in the center of Ibla. San Giorgio Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel and Locanda Don Serafino is a small 4-star hotel that's a member of the Romantik hotels. There are several bed and breakfast inns in Ibla. The Bed & Breakfast L'Orto sul Tetto can be booked on Venere.
Where to Eat in Ragusa and Ibla:
Piazza Duomo in Ibla is a nice place to sit and enjoy a coffee or snack. If you want ice cream try Gelati Divini, selling good ice cream made from wines.
Ragusa Ibla Pictures:
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What to See in Ragusa and Ibla:
The spectacular Baroque Duomo di San Giorgio sits in the center of Ibla, behind a large piazza where there are several cafes, shops, and Gelati Divini, selling ice cream made from wines. Ibla has several UNESCO churches - Santa Maria dell'Idria, San Filippo Neri, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, san Giuseppe, Santa Maria del Gesu, San Francesco, and Chiesa Anime del Purgatorio. UNESCO Baroque buildings in Ibla are Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Cosentini, Palazzo Sortino Trono, Palazzo La Rocca, and Palazzo Battaglia.
At the far end of Ibla is a large, pretty park with picturesque views from the edge. Buses stop in front of the park and there's a small parking lot next to it.
Along the southeast cliffs of the Ibla are Bronze age necropoli. They can be seen from the road to Modica.
In the Upper Town is San Giovanni Cathedral dating from 1706, in a large piazza off Corso Italia. There are three Baroque buildings - Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo Zacco, and Palazzo Bertini. The small Church of Santa Maria delle Scale, dating originally from 1080, sits just at the top of the stairs leading down to Ibla.
The Ibleo Archaeological Museum, in the Upper Town, has finds from archaeological digs in the province. Materials cover prehistoric to late Roman settlements.
Via Roma, in the Upper Town, is a big shopping street. There are several bars and restaurants near Via Roma.