Ragusa and the Sicilian baroque

In 2002 UNESCO has included numerous architectural, artistic and monumental masterpieces of the city of Ragusa in the list of World Heritage properties. Following the earthquake of 1693 that completely destroyed it, Ragusa was rebuilt together with churches, palaces and monuments in Baroque and late Baroque style.

Due to its territorial conformation, it was decided to build the current upper Ragusa on the plain ground and the historical center of Ragusa Ibla on a hill.

Since then, together with the towns of the Val di Noto, Ragusa is considered one of the most incredible symbols in the Sicilian baroque world.

We offer you a tour of the Sicilian baroque starting from Ragusa to discover, as you walk, the "pearls" of Ragusa Ibla.

In Piazza San Giovanni in Ragusa, in the early eighteenth century, the Cathedral of San Giovanni was built, a historical example of late Baroque. 

Already from the outside you will be struck by the sumptuous façade that stands before you. Admiring the details you can see six columns with Corinthian capitals that delimit three large portals and five windows; at the top the clock and the bell tower. After passing the square, descending from Corso Vittorio Veneto and looking up, you will find Palazzo Zacco, home of the Peasant Museum and the Civic Collection of C. Cappello. Continuing the walk towards Corso Italia in late Baroque style, built at the end of the 18th century, we find Palazzo Bertini characterized by three masks that decorate the main balcony.

Continuing the tour to discover the Sicilian baroque we suggest you walk for 250 steps that will make you feel the historical essence of the city. At the end of this long but satisfying walk we reach Ragusa Ibla where we can admire Palazzo della Cancelleria, built in the first half of the eighteenth century. A few steps, founded by the Knights of Malta in 1600, we find the Church of Madonna dell'Itria, characterized by an original bell tower covered with ceramic tiles of Caltagirone. Again a whole series of Baroque palaces will stand in front of you: Palazzo Cosentini, Church of Souls in Purgatory, Palazzo Sortino Trono. In Sicilian and neoclassical Baroque style is the most majestic monument of Ragusa Ibla. We are talking about the Duomo of San Giorgio built by the architect Rosario Gagliardi in the 18th century. What will leave you speechless is the wide staircase of 54 steps on which the church stands, the huge wrought iron gate and the 43 m high dome. Continuing, in Piazza Pola, we find the Church of San Giuseppe, one of the jewels of the Sicilian baroque.

The list of palaces and monuments built in Sicilian Baroque style is long and this is a proposal for places not to be missed.

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