Ragusa, sitting in the rocky peaks of the Modica region of Sicily, vividly contrasts the old and the new. Ragusa was destroyed by earthquake in the late 17th century and rebuilt higher in the hills. The aristocracy, however, didn't want to leave their old city, so recreated Ragusa. Visitors in Ragusa accommodation can enjoy the bustling liveliness of Ragusa Superiore and then head down hill to stroll around the narrow alleys and explore the wonderful baroque buildings of the old town. Booking holiday apartments in Ragusa will give visitors an ideal base for exploring the towns and countryside, giving a real taste of Italian living. Ragusa has good road links with Siracusa and Catania, site of the nearest international airport.
From their holiday apartments in Ragusa visitors should head first to Ibia, the old town. Here they will find an interesting archaeological zone with ruins from the Hellenic Greek period and ancient Rome. The Museo Archaeological Ibleo gives excellent interpretations of these different eras. The elegant Ponte Vecchio links two parts of the old town with a beautiful series of arches. To get a taste of 17th century aristocratic life, the Palazzo Bertini in the town and the Castello di Donnafugata, a short drive away, are both worth a visit.
Leaving their Ragusa accommodation and heading away from the Italian town, visitors can either enjoy the fine sand and clear blue waters of the Marina di Ragusa beach or explore the mountainous countryside. In October the town comes alive with its Ibia Festival of Buskers, when street artists from all over the world gather. Music lovers can enjoy outdoor concerts in June and July, when musicians gather for the Ibia Grand Prize piano competition.