Ragusa is a town in northern Sicily. Its intriguing history, grand cathedrals and palaces, and divine food and drink provide visitors with endless opportunities for excitement. If you would like some ideas on how to start your Ragusa adventure, check out this list of the top ten things to do in the city.
History is alive in every road and piece of architecture in Ragusa Ibla or the Old Town. It is a wonderful place to stroll leisurely and examine the Baroque, Neoclassical, and Gothic buildings, that were built centuries ago, with some dating as far back as the early 18th century. There are several restaurants, bakeries, and gelaterias, so you can take a break in your time traveling and have some delicious treats.
Address: 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Website: Ragusa Ibla (in Italian)
2. Cattedrale di San Giovanni
Cattedrale di San Giovanni, which translates to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, is a magnificent church, which dates back to the 17th century. It was destroyed by the terrible earthquake of 1693 and rebuilt. As you peruse through the church, take note of the all the different architectural styles present here, due to the continuous rebuilding and renovation of the cathedral.
Entering the cathedral requires climbing up a set of stairs that, depending on your fitness level, may seem to go on forever. However, you will soon realize the climb is well worth it. The ornate baroque style carvings and statues and the sheer enormity of the church are simply awe inspiring. Additionally, from the top of the stairs, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Ragusa Ibla.
Cattedrale di San Giovanni
Address: Piazza S. Giovanni, 41-45, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
3. Gelati DiVini
Authentic Italian gelato is refreshing, wonderful, and delicious. It is the perfect treat on a warm day after exploring all that the city of Ragusa has to offer. Gelati DiVini’s selection of both traditional and unique flavors take gelato to another level. It is especially famous for its wine flavored gelato. Flavors offered at Gelati DiVini include chocolate with chili, white wine, red wine, rosé, and Moscato. Whether you prefer the typical gelato flavors or you are an adventurous foodie, you are certain to find something that pleases your taste buds.
Address: Piazza Duomo, 20, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Opening Hours: 10am - 2am, daily.
Website: Gelati DiVini (in Italian)
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4. Museo Archeologico Ibleo Ragusa
This museum is ideal for history buffs and it has artifacts dating back to prehistoric times. Look at the art, pottery and other artifacts. Make your way from prehistoric to modern times and make some stops at the time periods that fascinate you the most, such as ancient Greece or the Roman Empire.
Museo Archeologico Ibleo Ragusa
Address: Via Natalelli, 11, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Opening Hours: 9am - 6.30am (Monday - Saturday). Closed on Sundays.
5. Duomo Ristorante
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Duomo Ristorante boasts two Michelin stars and serves traditional Italian food. Needless to say, the food is absolutely exquisite. It may seem pricey, however, considering that it is a gourmet restaurant and serves several courses per meal, it is well worth it. Savor the bread, sauces, and seafood and pair them with any of the incredible wines that the restaurant offers. Treat yourself - you will not regret it.
Address: Ibla, Via Capitano Bocchieri, 31, 97100 Ragusa RG
Phone Number: +39 093 2651265
Website: Duomo Ristorante
6. Giardini Iblei
Escape the midday heat and cool off under the shade of palm trees in Giardini Iblei, a botanical garden in the eastern part of the city. Take a rest from your busy itinerary to literally smell the roses. Walk through the garden and take in the bursts of color and delightful scents.
Address: Piazza G. B. Odierna, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
7. Wine tasting at Planeta Dorilli Winery
Italy is known for its wines. Head to a wine tasting to sample some of the best wines in Ragusa and possibly Sicily. Planeta Dorilli Winery is a popular vineyard for wine tasting. In addition to the tasting, they offer a scrumptious Italian lunch, consisting of bruschetta, various pasta dishes, and fresh tomato sauces, that are absolutely divine. Enjoy the view of the vineyard, which is framed by stately palm trees, learn about the history of wine, and sip quality wine.
Planeta Dorilli Winery
Address: Contrada Dorilli, 97011 Acate RG, Italy
Phone Numer: +39 0925 195 5465
Riserva Naturale del Fiume Irminio, referred to mainly as Irminio, is a small wildlife reserve, that includes a beach and river. It is home to several migratory birds, making it a wonderful place to bird watch. Listen to the rush of water flowing down the river, or to the waves crashing against the shore. It is a serene and quiet place to unwind, reflect and simply revel in nature.
Riserva Naturale del Fiume Irminio
Address: Marina di Ragusa, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
9. Duomo di San Giorgio
Duomo San Giorgio or the Dome of St. George is a statuesque Baroque cathedral in Ragusa Ibla. The inside of the cathedral is equally as impressive as the exterior. From the inside, you can truly appreciate the enormity of the dome. Walk through the church and admire the artfully crafted and vivid stained-glass windows.
Duomo di San Giorgio
Address: Piazza Duomo, 97100 Ragusa RG, Italy
Website: Duomo di San Giorgio (in Italian)
10. Palazzo Cosentini
Palazzo Cosentini is another architectural masterpiece in Ragusa Ibla. It is a Baroque palace that was built in the last half of the 18th century. What makes this particular palace unique is the art. As you approach the palace, you will be intrigued by the faces and figures on the exterior of the building. They are grotesque, misshapen and deformed, yet utterly captivating.
Address: Corso Mazzini Salita Commendatore, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Live it up in Ragusa
There is so much to see and do in Ragusa. Make the most of your time here and enjoy Ragusa to the fullest. Explore its popular attractions, savor mouthwatering dishes and even uncover some hidden gems.
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