Ragusa is devided into the newer Ragusa Superior and the older Ragusa Ibla. Ibla is a spectacular mix of nar
row streets, steep winding steps, old churches, and fantastic views.
In 1693 Ragusa was hit by a terrible earthquake that destroyed most of the town. When the ragusan had to decide where to rebuild their town they split into two groups. The San Giorgians (the nobels) that stayed in Ibla rebuilt the old town and the magnificent Duomo di San Giorgio, and the working class that moved onto the new site of Ragusa and built the Cathedral of San Giovanni and the new city. The old church of San Giorgio (XIV) was badly damaged and most of its stones were used to build the new Duomo (XVIII), only the Portal of the ancient church was spared by the earthquake and recostruction.
Ragusa is the capital of its province and today is an active city with over 72.000 inhabitants. Since 2002 it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage with 18 buildings in Ragusa on the list.
There is a project to convert the old railway-line running north past Chiaramonte Gulfi and to Vizzini (the track is already gone) into a bicycle-track.
From Catania take SS114 and turn for Lentini SS194. From there follow sign to Ragusa on the SS514.
From Siracusa take the motorway A18 and then the SS115.
From Agrigento/Gela follow the SS.115
There are busses from Syracuse, Catania, Modica, Vittoria, Marina di Ragusa, Noto, Palermo (4h, €12), Rome (SAIS Trasporti).
The bus terminal is in the new part of Ragusa in Via Zama. Bus companies operating 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.
Take bus no 1 or 3 to the Ibla. The last bus leaves the tourist office at 8.40pm. If you go there on foot do not follow the directions for cars but take the step streets down from Via Roma.
In Ragusa there are 15 lines of local bus, mainly circular lines, run by AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti). You can buy bus tickets at Tobacco shops and News Agents.
There is a taxi station/office at the beginning of Ragusa Ibla in Piazza della Repubblica and there are taxis at the train station in the new Ragusa.
There is a plan to build a light metropolitan train system using the railway-line that runs in Ragusa. There will be 15 stops for 18 kilometers of Metropolitan line, running from the high-part of Ragusa through the citycentre and down to Ibla and to the University.
U Saracinu Ristorante, Via Convento, 9 Ragusa Ibla. Excellent restaurant
Most pubs are in Ragusa Ibla (old town) or in Marina di Ragusa (sea-town).
The Jester Pub, Viale Europa, Ragusa. Great pub and live music. Open Sept - June
Puglesi, Via Dante 94, +39 0932 686046. Bar at the bus stop, open late.
In Ragusa there are several hotels and many B&Bs. Out of town also a good selection of Agriturismo.
Jonio Risorgimento 49, 50 m down from the station and bus stop. Old-fashioned but well-kept. E50 for a double room with bathroom and AC. Breakfast is a croissant and a coffee at the bar.
Locanda Don Serafino Via XI Febbrao, 15, +39 0932 220065, mailto:email@example.com, . 10 rooms with AC, bathroom, TV, safe ,in-room internet connections in mansion in Ibla. E130 for a standard room. Also have restaurant.
IL B&B IL GIARDINO DEI SOSPIRI si trova nel centro dell'antico centro storico Ibleo:
a 20 m dalla Chiesa di SAN FRANCESCO ALL'IMMACOLATA e S.Teresa Università di Lingue
a m 100 dagli affascinanti GIARDINI IBLEI all’interno dei quali sono ubicate ben 3 chiese: San Giacomo, S. Vincenzo ferreri dei PP. Domenicani e S.Agata dei PP.Cappuccini.via Dei Sospiri 24 - ang. Discesa Peschiera, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 0932651418, cell: 3332174485, fax: 0932651418 B&B IL GIARDINO DEI SOSPIRi
There is tourist information one block from the Duomo. They will give you a map of Ibla. It is not very accu
rate but necessary if you want to go outside the major roads.
Modica 15km ....................(Unesco World Heritage)
Scicli 25km .....................(Unesco World Heritage)
Noto 55km ......................(Unesco World Heritage)
Caltagirone 59km .............(Unesco World Heritage)