Sea and nature
Excursion from Syracuse to the house of Montalbano, Ragusa Ibla and Modica. The tour will start at 08:00.
We will visit the splendid Ragusa Ibla, the oldest part of the city of Ragusa, where most of the Baroque churches and buildings are concentrated. We will visit the Portal of San Giorgio, the Ibleo Garden, the Church of San Giuseppe, Palazzo Arezzo, the Circle of Conversation and the splendid Cathedral of San Giorgio.
At the end of the visit to Ragusa Ibla, we will continue to Modica, the ancient capital of the homonymous county. We will visit the Cathedral of San Giorgio in the highest part of Modica and, through picturesque alleys and steps, we will reach Modica Bassa to visit the Baroque church of San Pietro, the Palazzo Tedeschi and the Garibaldi Theater.
We will end with the tasting of the famous Modica chocolate in various flavors.
End of the excursion scheduled for 13:00.
Ragusa, called the "city of bridges", due to the presence of three very picturesque and historic buildings, suffered a devastating earthquake in 1693. The reconstruction, which took place in the eighteenth century, divided it into two large districts: on one side upper Ragusa, located on the plateau, on the other Ragusa Ibla, built from the ruins of the ancient city and rebuilt according to the ancient medieval layout.
The architectural masterpieces built after the earthquake, together with all those present in the Val di Noto, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
Modica has Neolithic origins. Until the nineteenth century it was the capital of a county that exercised a vast political, economic and cultural influence, so much so that it was counted among the most powerful fiefdoms of the south.
Its historic center, rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1693, is one of the most significant examples of late Baroque architecture and for its masterpieces the city was included in 2002, together with some centers of the Val di Noto, in the list of Heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site.