Fabrizio Fiorenzano
Fabrizio Fiorenzano

Ragusa Ibla

“In the bowels of Ragusa Ibla”

Sicily will never cease to amaze us, both for its great charm and exerts on those who visit it, both for the heterogeneity of its extraordinary
natural and historical beauties. 
Among the eight localities of the Val di Noto, in the south-eastern area of region, and counted among the sites protected by Unesco, there is also the extraordinary Ragusa Ibla.

It is a huge neighborhood that is located in the new Ragusa but that represents the old part of the city. A city within a city.


Its origins date back to the early Sicilian period and most likely it is the heir of Hybla Haerea, an ancient community of Sicilian villages that came in contact with the Greeks and Romans.
According to recent studies, the name Ragusa derives from rogous of rogoV, a term which in Sicily and Magna Graecia indicated the granary, the places of wheat. It is fascinating to stroll through the small streets of Ragusa Ibla. There are still small houses that have a chicken coop for the production of eggs cool and small courtyards where the few remaining children play.
In the tranquility of the place it is easy to see dogs or cats sleeping undisturbed in the warmth of the sun while the typical Sicilian vegetation flaunts nettles, prickly pears and capers that climb along the walls of the old houses built in local stone and at the same time corroded by the years.
Wherever you walk, you can breathe an air of times that are now over and that you know very well that they will never come back.

Giardini Iblei

The place seems to invite the tourist to make a carefree visit without having a precise goal because even so the surprises appear to every street corner such as for example, a small shop called “Flea market” where items are sold, bought and exchanged antiques, furniture etc. or an old and elegant baroque door from the 1800s, magnificent balconies, an old sacred shrine that is still visited today, and much more The baroque style and the narrow stairways and alleys wedged between the houses are the main feature of this place.

But if you want to visit it with a certain criterion, it is right that they are listed some singular attractions of the place. The center of city life is in Piazza Duomo where the immense one stands church of San Giorgio, patron saint of Ragusa, in pure Baroque style that dominates in an impressive way the entire area.

Photos and text by Fabrizio Fiorenzano

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