Usually you expect to see the historic old part of towns occupying the highest ground, but in the case of Ragusa it’s the other way around; the slopes of the hills are where you’ll find the magnificent Baroque palaces and palazzos, with their winding streets and cobblestones and the top of the hill is where the modern town sits. If you’re here for classic Sicilian peace and beauty then the best places to stay in Ragusa are the historic alleyways.
The reason Ragusa’s high ground has been modernised is that the original buildings were all destroyed in an earthquake in 1693, but some of the buildings on the slopes survived. Ragusa Ibla, on the slopes, is also where you’ll find the majority of Ragusa’s churches, including the Duomo, as well as the 18 local buildings on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Ragusa also has a notable Archaeological Museum, a number of beautiful gardens and some wonderfully winding passageways made of stairs and narrow archways.
Ragusa is a great place to come if you like a good rifle through a market, there’s one on every day here, almost, the largest being the Wednesday market, which is held next to the football stadium.
There’s also a beautiful beach nearby at Marina di Ragusa.
The best places to stay in Ragusa include a number of very reasonable, very family friendly options, so it’s a great place to bring your kids.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Ragusa for you?
Utterly charming B&B full of Sicilian character in Ragusa. Simple elegant rooms with parquet floors, comfy beds and white linens. Delightful breakfast roof garden surrounded by lemon trees. Understated, family friendly, and the best value spot in Sicily.
Classic elegance in this beautiful old hotel. Frescoed ceilings, large arched windows, Baroque furniture, and oil paintings adorn the rooms and suites. Excellent restaurant and spa. A sophisticated choice for local explorers and romantics.