Ragusa Things to Do
Anytime is a good time to visit Ragusa. With great weather, incredible local cuisine, lively bars and impressive historic architecture, you are sure to have a meaningful experience.
If you decide to travel to Ragusa in the summer, you will enjoy a variety of cabarets, theater, concerts and classical music and ballet. During the first two weeks of September, there is a festival that the whole city enjoys called “Addio all’estate” which means farewell to summer. Events, festivals and parades abound and it takes place in Marina di Ragusa.
If you wait until October to visit, you can enjoy the “Ibla Buskers” Festival. Started in 1994, the festival turns the streets into a big party every night for one week. There are street artists from all over the world, including jugglers, acrobats, fire-breathing clowns, musicians and actors who gather in the old town of Ragusa Ibla to amuse the public.
monuments and museums
duomo di san giorgio
Located in the heart of the old Ragusa Ibla, construction of the imposing cathedral begun in 1738, when the first foundation stone was laid. The project was commissioned to the architect Rosario Gagliardi. Glagilardi was one of the great masters of the Baroque movement with the Duomo of S. Giorgio being one of the best representations. Inside, some of the artist’s most valued pieces of art are housed.
cathedral of san Giovanni battista
Formerly located in the old Ragusa, on the location where the church of St. Agnese sits today, the old cathedral received much damage from the earthquake of 1693. A new cathedral was immediately built in the new Ragusa; however, it was too small for the population and yet another was built. The latest and current construction took off in 1718 and took 60 years to be completed; it has a beautiful and elaborate façade rich with carvings and sculptures typical of the Sicilian Baroque. Its interior is richly decorated in Rococo style and is truly worth a visit.
archaeological museum ibleo
Ragusa’s archaeological museum houses an important collection of ancient sculptures, pottery and other artifacts which document the existence of the early settlements in the region dating back to the Bronze Age.
A beautiful public garden built on a rock at the edge of the old Ragusa. It is filled with lush greenery, palm trees, columns, fountains and benches carved in stone. The park is favored by locals and tourists alike, and a terrace at one of its ends offers magnificent views of the surrounding valleys.