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What to do and see in Ragusa

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Declared a World Heritage Site in 2002 by UNESCO with Scicli and Modica, the city of Raguse, is known as the “City of Bridges” for the presence of three structures very picturesque (the Old Bridge, the New Bridge and the Bridge of San Vito). Following a devastating earthquake in 1693 that destroyed almost all the city, now Raguse is divided into two large districts: Ragusa top, located on the plateau, and Ragusa Ibla, born on the ruins of the medieval city. A dense network of staircases and bridges link the two parts of the city and lead to the Cathedral of St. George, symbol of the city in typically Baroque style, full of columns, friezes, statues and surmounted by a large dome of the neoclassical style. Worthy of note are the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, divided into five parts by big pillars and embellished with three splendid portals, and S. Maria delle Scale with the portal of the fourteenth century, only structure survived the earthquake and consists of a century pointed arch in calcareous stone of pink decorated with carvings depicting St. George on horseback intent to kill the dragon. The Baroque style is also evident in civic buildings such as Palazzo Cosentini eighteenth century with elegant balconies decorated, Bertini Palace, Palazzo Zacco, Schininà Palazzo Sant’Elia and the Palazzo Rocca. As a seaside resort, it is recommended Ragusa Marina, one of the best equipped and most famous seaside resorts in southern Sicily. As for Modica, it is a small inland town and birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo, where you can see the St. George Cathedral and the Palace of Culture. While, in Scicli do not miss strolling among balconies decorated with beautiful floral decorations and portals with carved cornices and friezes, characteristic of the main palaces.

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