Lat: 36° 55' 36.56654" N - Long: 14° 43' 31.91282" E
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Ragusa is a dynamic and affluent town.
Its economy is developing towards the rapidly growing industrial sector.
The town is the most affluent of the south of Italy; it is called the "town of the three bridges" because of the presence of three bridges, structures very scenical, but it was also defined by writers, artists and economists as the "island within an island" or "the other Sicily" thanks to its history and its socio-economic context very different from the rest of the island.
It is one of the most important art towns in Italy thanks to various artistic and archaeological treasures, heritage of its thousand-year-old history.
The origins of Ragusa date back to the Neolithic period exactly to the culture of Castelluccio, the first settlements date back to the 20th century BC.
Legend tells that the Sicilian king Hyblon founded a first settlement, driving away the ancient Sicans less evolved than the Sicilians.
During the Hellenic period it assumed the name of Hybla Heraia.
The Byzantines provided it with a large wall around 700 AD.
In 1693 a devastating earthquake caused the almost total destruction of the entire town; this determined its reconstruction and gave rise to the splendid baroque that characterizes the entire Val di Noto.
The reconstruction was divided into two main areas: the top Ragusa, situated on the plateau, and Ragusa Ibla, risen from the ruins of the ancient town, rebuilt according to the ancient medieval structure.
The architectural masterpieces built after the earthquake, along with all those in the Val di Noto, have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2002.
What happened in Sicily: 24 June
Today we discover...
Dionigian walls of Syracuse
The most extensive boundary walls of the classical world
Mura Dionigiane di Siracusa
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Last Inserted Points
One of the most representative sites of Sambuca di Sicilia comes-back from the waters
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