Ragusa, Sicily

Ragusa is a city and comunie in southern Italy, on the island of Sicily. It is built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica. Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, it is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The city has two distinct areas, the lower and older town of Ragusa Ibla, and the higher Ragusa Superiore (Upper Town). The two halves are separated by the Valle dei Ponti, a deep ravine crossed by four bridges. The most noteworthy of them is the eighteenth-century Ponte dei Cappuccini. Ragusa Ibla hosts a wide array of Baroque architecture, including several stunning palaces and churches.

Things to see and do

* Explore Ragusa Ibla – Medieval town
* Giardini Iblei, Ragusa Ibla - Public Gardens
* Marina di Ragusa - Beach
* Cathedral of San Giorgio
* Archeological Zone, Via Giardino, Ragusa Ibla.

Cruise Season – Feb - Jan
Currency – Euro (EUR)
Language – Italian
Population – 75,000 approx
Land Area – 442.6 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 39

Port Location – The port of Marina di Ragusa is located 24km from the town.

Transport Links – The Ragusa/Comiso Airport is at 18km from town. The next nearest airport is in Catania, 97km from Ragusa.

It is possible to reach Ragusa by train, the central train station is in the new part of town in Piazza Gramsci. The old stations of Ragusa Ibla and Ragusa Genisi have been closed, and the station of Ragusa Donnafugata gets used to visit the Castle. On the train from Siracusa to Ragusa takes about 2 hours.

There are buses from Syracuse, Catania, Modica, Vittoria, Marina di Ragusa, Noto, Palermo (4h) Rome (SAIS Trasporti).

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