Szicíliai körutazás – 2019 – 3.

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Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla - Sicily

Ragusa was devastated by an earthquake in 1693. The subsequent reconstruction of its oldest part, Ibla, meant the city had two distinct areas: Ragusa itself and Ibla, where the focus was on rebuilding the palazzi and churches and showcasing the sumptuous Duomo, raised to the highest point. Thus, Ragusa Ibla has retained a hybrid, half-medieval, half-Baroque feel, which is what makes it so appealing, so surprising and so unique.


Cosentini palace (Palazzo Cosentini)

  • Piazza Repubblica, 97100 Ragusa

The superb balconies of this palace rest on consoles comprising people and caricature masks. It is at the entrance to a maze of alleys and which cross and criss-cross making a proper labyrinth!
Cosentini palace (Palazzo Cosentini)

Duomo di San Giorgio

  • Piazza del Duomo, 97100 Ragusa
  • +39 0932 220085
  • daily except Tue morning 10am-noon, 4pm-6.30pm

With its large neo-Classical dome lit by blue stained-glass windows and surrounded by Corinthian columns, the church can be distinguished from afar. Close up, it is the superb flight of stairs which attracts the visitor’s eye to the elegant and harmonious pink façade. Pretty sculpted motifs decorate the doorway and enhance the depiction of St George slaying the dragon with his lance. Inside the building by Rosario Gagliardi there is a frieze which matches the one on the façade.

Duomo di San Giorgio

Ibleo garden Giardino Ibleo

  • Piazza G.-B.-Odierna, 97100 Ragusa

This garden at the furthest point of Ragusa Ibla is home to a number of churches: San Giorgio Vecchio with its rich Catalan Gothic portal, San Giacomo with a historiated ceiling dating from 1754 (the false dome in a trompe-l’oeil style is quite beautiful) and finally the Chiesa dei Cappuccini which has an attractive triptych by Pietro Novelli.

Donnafugata Castle

  • Donnafugata, 97013 Comiso
  • +39 0932 619333
  • Official website
  • 6 €
  • Tue, Thu and Sun 9am-1pm, 2.45pm-5.30pm (4.30pm end Oct-end Mar); Wed, Fri-Sat 9am-1pm

The origins of the castle go back to the mid-17C, but it was reworked until the early 20C. On the façade, you will notice the elegant, Venetian Gothic-style loggia and the trefoil arches of its gemel windows. Inside, the great hall of coats of arms is worth visiting to see the nobiliary insignia of some of Sicily’s foremost families painted on the walls. The trompe-l’oeil ceilings in the Hall of Mirrors, the Music Room and Billiard Room are fabulous.

Donnafugata Castle - Sicily



Caltagirone - Sicily


Caltagirone, famous for its pottery, is a fascinating town with bridges, stairways, narrow streets and a patchwork of gardens… An elegant town, the homogenous architecture of which is predominantly Baroque… A pretty town that paints its bridges and balconies blue and yellow. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002, Caltagirone has managed to preserve an undisputable charm and its own unique personality in the face of the passing centuries.

Caltagirone Regional Ceramics Museum

  • Via Roma, 160/Via Giardino Pubblico, 95041 Caltagirone
  • +39 0933 58418
  • 4 €
  • 9am-6.30pm

This museum is established in the Teatrino del Bonaiuto, a curious 18C building decorated with majolica. Here, you are given a comprehensive history lesson on Caltagirone. Amongst the collections of objects which testify to the changes in shape and design, you will notice a beautiful crater from the 5C BC, depicting a potter and his young apprentice.

Stairway of Saint Mary of the Mount

  • Piazza Umberto-I, 95041 Caltagirone

This monumental staircase was built to link the ancient town centre, the seat of religious power, with the modern town, lower down where the civil buildings were. It has 142 steps covered with individual ceramic tiles in a blend of Arab, Norman, Spanish, Baroque and contemporary influences. The Chiesa Madre Santa Maria del Monte stands at the top.

Stairway of Saint Mary of the Mount


Casale Roman Villa

Villa Romana del Casale - Sicily

  • Strada Provinciale 15, Piazza Armerina, 94015 Piazza-Armerina
  • +39 0935 680036
  • Official website
  • 10 €
  • Jul-Aug: 9am-11pm; Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct: 9am-6pm; Nov-Mar: 9am-4pm (last admission 1hr before closing

Villa Romana del Casale

The magnificent villa of Casale owes its renown to an amazing pavement almost entirely covered in mosaics. This unique work, attributed to African craftsmen, reveals an incredibly diverse choice of colour and subjects and is amazingly well preserved. Anyone visiting Sicily must absolutely pay a trip to the villa, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Casale Roman Villa


Piazza Armerina - Sicily

Piazza Armerina

The town owes its fame to the magnificent Villa Romana del Casale nearby. It is however well worth exploring its historic centre, dominated by a huge Baroque cathedral. From 12-14 August, Piazza Armerina is the scene of a delightful medieval festival, during which the local inhabitants don period costumes to commemorate the arrival of the troops of Roger of Hauteville.



Enna is nicknamed – not unreasonably – the “navel” and “Sicily’s belvedere”. The highest provincial capital in Italy, the city boasts a superb location on a 948m-high plateau in the centre of the island and surrounded by pale hills dotted with the odd olive tree. Right at the top, sticking out above the tawny-coloured rooftops, is Sicily’s largest fortress, a reminder of Enna’s former strategic importance.

Cathedral of Enna – Duomo

  • Piazza Mazzini, 94100 Enna
  • 9.30am-1pm, 4pm-7pm

The cathedral was rebuilt in the 16th and 17th century. It has only kept its Gothic style apses. The interior has three naves separated by columns in black basalt with lavishly decorated bases and sculpted capitals. In addition, the cathedral contains several works of art including a moving wooden crucifix from the 15C, some low-reliefs by Gian Domenico Gagini, and a beautiful coffered ceiling, each beam decorated with strange winged figures.

Cathedral of Enna - Sicily

Sperlinga Castle

Sperlinga Castle

Sperlinga Castle - Sicily

Lombardia Castle

Lombardia Castle

Lombardia Castle - Sicily

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