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On the southern tip of Sicily, sitting on top of a limestone hill between two valleys you will find the city of Ragusa. The city is the capital of the province of Ragusa and one look at the incredible baroque architecture and narrow winding paths and you will know immediately that it has a rich history dating back to 2000 BC.

In 1693 a great earthquake devastated the region, including Ragusa. Although the ancient city of Ragusa Inferiore (Lower Ragusa) was rebuilt by the local aristocracy, a newer part of the city was built on a plateau above it called Ragusa Superiore (Upper Ragusa). The cities merged together in 1926 and became the capital in 1927. Today, between the historic architecture of the original section, Ragusa Ibla and the elegant palazzos of the upper part, Ragusa Superiore, this fascinating city is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Any time of year is the perfect time to visit Ragusa, as the weather is always mild. The manicured and leafy gardens throughout are as charming as the people who live there and it is the perfect place to discover Sicily’s historic past while enjoying charming local restaurants and nightlife.

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