Visiting a territory this ancient and unique like the Ragusa Shire means that it is necessary to understand its history, its numerous and different inhabitants and conquerors, who strongly influenced every aspect of it.
If you really like to understand the essence of our land, you will also need to focus on the most important 5 (at least) cultural sites of the area from our humble point of view:
- Museo Archeologico Ibleo (Via Natalelli, Ragusa): located in the city center of the new part of Ragusa (Ragusa Superiore), the museum was built in the late ’50s and host the ancient archeology of the city. Must see: the “Guerriero di Castiglione”, found in a necropolis in the area of Kamarina – Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm;
- Museo Archeologico Regionale di Kamarina (between Santa Croce Camerina and Scoglitti): Kamarina was founded in 599 BC by the Greek colony of Syracuse (the Greek presence in Sicily is very important as you may recall). Thus we can say that this place may be called the most beautiful museum in the Ragusa Shire: the site is divided into different areas, each with a unique theme, such as the room of Athena, dedicated to the rests of an ancient temple built for the goddess and much more – Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm and from 3:00pm to 6:30pm;
- Castello di Donnafugata (Donnafugata): it is a “living” proof of the historical roots of the area and the prestigious families that lived there. Find more about the Castle here;
- Museo del Duomo (Duomo di San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla): dedicated to the religious history of Ragusa, the Museo del Duomo is located in the beautiful baroque Cathedral in Ragusa Ibla and preserves several sacred and religious objects from different historical periods – Open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 6:00pm during the winter season and every day, same opening times, during the summer season;
- Cava d’Ispica (between Modica and Ispica): is a particular wide valley, that goes for 13 km from the city of Modica to the city of Ispica. The valley shields prehistorical necropolis, Christian catacombs, religious hermitages and several very antique and prehistorical shelters. We recommend to visit Cava d’Ispica from May to October, given the fact that there are several guided tours interesting to better understand the history of this beautiful place.
Special recommendation for kids: Museo del Cioccolato (Corso Umberto I, Modica): everybody loves chocolate and kids even more! This is one of the reasons why you should not miss to visit the Chocolate Museum in Modica and to try the Cioccolato di Modica, famous all over the world – Open everyday from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
A little culture never killed nobody, right 😉 ?