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Ragusa Ibla: Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. Ragusa Ibla: Walking Tour with Local Guide

The guided tour of Ragusa in the historic center of Ibla following the style of the late Baroque with religious buildings and characteristic palaces that have made this place a real jewel. Let's start from the Portal of San Giorgio, the only architectural element that survived the earthquake that destroyed the entire town and also the ancient Cathedral of San Giorgio which was later rebuilt in another part of Ibla and which we will visit later. The beautiful portal, symbol of Ragusa, is made with light pink stones in the Gothic-Catalan style and in its central part the fight between St. George and the dragon is depicted. A few steps away we find the entrance to the Ibleo Garden, the oldest garden in Ragusa, built in the nineteenth century and overlooking the Irminio Valley and the Iblei Mountains, where you are welcomed at the main entrance by an avenue of 50 palm trees and an elegant balcony that borders the garden. Inside this oasis of peace and relaxation in the shade of ancient trees and exotic plants there are some fountains including one with the shape of Sicily, the monument to the fallen of the Great War and some churches. We will visit the Church of San Giacomo which stands on an ancient temple whose interior will amaze you with its wooden ceiling, Corinthian columns, statues and precious paintings. The tour continues walking through the historic center where we will visit elegant palaces from the outside with balconies supported by typical Baroque-style masks, Sicilian ceramics shops, artisan shops where the famous Sicilian carts are still made up to the famous Conversation Circle, called also Caffè dei Cavalieri, an elegant neoclassical building wanted in the nineteenth century by the nobles of Ragusa as an exclusive meeting point. From the outside you can see precious frescoes and chandeliers on the ceiling and mirrors that bring us back to a nineteenth-century atmosphere. On the main street leading to the Cathedral we also find the beautiful Church of S. Giuseppe with a facade similar to the cathedral, in Baroque style and with a beautiful floor of colored majolica inside. The guided tour ends with the symbolic monument of Ragusa, the Cathedral of San Giorgio, preceded by an imposing staircase. Visiting the church inside, we can admire the beautiful paintings of the eighteenth-century Sicilian masters, the large pipe organ and the statue of St. George on horseback with his reliquary.

Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

2. Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

Discover the two sides of Modica on a guided walking tour. Learn about their distinctive baroque architecture, suggestive views. Try typical Sicilian food from this historical Sicilian city such as ravioli alla ricotta, cannoli alla ricotta, or tasty variations of local chocolates. Begin in the upper part of the town at the Cathedral of San Giorgio, one of the most important symbols of Sicilian Baroque style and of Modica itself. See the cathedral in its splendor in front of an extravagant staircase of 254 steps, enriched by hanging gardens with bougainvillea and jasmine. Gaze at this church that was built in the 700s from the facade at sunset when it takes on a distinctly amber color. Discover the historical relics inside the cathedral like its sundial, Holy Ark, the relics of San Giorgio, and its embellished surroundings with stuccos and valuable works of art. Next, walk through the alleys and capture the breathtaking views of the lower part of the town that look like a nativity scene and reflect the island’s ancient history. Continue strolling down the narrow streets and stairways and observe the remains of the Castle of the Counts, a medieval castle perched on top of a rock with a beautiful clock tower that was built on the remains of a watchtower. After visiting the castle, the tour goes on to Modica Bassa and the birthplace of the Sicilian Nobel Prize winning writer Salvatore Quasimodo, which has been transformed into a museum. Discover the Cathedral of San Pietro in lower part of Modica. San Pietro Cathedral is another late Baroque style monument made even more impressive by a staircase accompanied by statues of the twelve apostles. Visiting the interior and be amazed by the aisles decorated in white and polychrome marble and the frescoes of the Old and New Testament. Finally, wrap up by walking along Corso Umberto I, the main street of Modica Bassa where the Cathedral of San Pietro is located and the local shops sell typical food and souvenirs. Experience many flavors of chocolate, which has made Modica famous all over the world.

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