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Ragusa

Sicily, Italy
Ragusa travel packages
A shining city on a hill, if ever there was one.
There are two Ragusas (three if you count Dubrovnik, once also known by that name). Ragusa Ibla and Ragusa Superiore. Ragusa Ibla is the one you've seen in pictures and maybe the Montalbano serial. Before the 1693 Sicily earthquake the town of Ragusa was located on the site of the current Ragusa Superiore. After that was destroyed, a new town was built on the slightly lower neighboring hill, in the late Baroque style fashionable at the time. This is the town known as Ragusa Ibla. It is one of eight towns that make up the "Late Baroque Towns of the Noto Valley" UNESCO World Heritage listing.
Fast forward to modern day, when a new town was built on the ruins of the original: Ragusa Superiore, where most locals live. The rabbit warren of narrow streets and alleyways of Ibla stand in stark contrast to those of Superiore. The latter is a great place to avail yourself of all the conveniences of a modern town, as well as some excellent restaurants where you'll be the only foreigner, it doesn't have the same magic that Ragusa Ibla enjoys.

Where to stay in Ragusa

As mentioned, there are two Ragusas and with Ibla being the atmospheric Baroque old town naturally this is where we have selected all the hotels and B&Bs we offer our guests. Some of the highlights include a former monastery and a boutique cliffside hotel. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Luxury hotel
Charming, stylish and cozy, with friendly service and a lovely garden.
Boutique Hotel
A historic building that's part of the UNESCO World Heritage List for Sicily.
Authentic Sicilian Albergo Diffuso
A beautiful garden, a swimming pool and a view of Ragusa!

Things to do in Ragusa

We've got a broad range of city tours, day trips and excursions to keep you busy in and around Ragusa. Hit the ground running with one of a number of walking tours, or use the place as a base for exploring neighboring towns and cities such as Modica, Noto, and Siracusa. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.

Siracusa Private Tour
Trekking from Upper Ragusa to Ibla Private Tour
Ancient, Baroque, and Fascist Architecture Private Tour
Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto Private Day Trip

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Ragusa

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Ragusa

What are Ragusa's prices like?

In the center, a quick lunch with a drink costs around 15-20 euros. Museums and landmarks generally cost 5-20 euros. For a full dinner, budget at least 25-30 euros. 

How can I get around Ragusa?

Ragusa Ibla itself is quite a small town and you can walk everywhere. If you want to go from here to Marina di Ragusa (the sea area) or the main cities and villages of this part of Sicily (Noto, Modica, Taormina, Catania, etc) you can check routes and schedules of the area's buses here: http://www.tuminobus.it/home

Is Ragusa safe?

Ragusa is safe, but keep a eye out for pickpockets in touristy areas.

What options does Ragusa have for people with dietary restrictions?

As a small town, Ragusa doesn't have many vegan or gluten-free eateries, but Sicilian cuisine is tremendously diverse, so you can find many great vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free dishes, and waiters are happy to explain what's in various menu items.

How long should I stay in Ragusa?

We recommend spending two nights in Ragusa, to give you plenty of time to explore the city, on your own or on a tour (and potentially get some hiking in).
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