Is the most important centre of the UNESCO World Heritage in the Noto valley and the oldest part of the city of Ragusa (political capital of Ragusa Province). In facts, currently Ragusa is divided into the old centre (Ibla) and the upper town (Ragusa).
You have to know that the last big earthquake in 1693 destroyed pretty much the entire city of Ibla, that was totally rebuilt during the baroque period. That is why walking through the tiny streets of this town, you can count more than 100 Catholic churches, which demonstrate the opulence of their inhabitants.
Ibla has become pretty famous because of its presence in numerous backstages of a lot of Italian movies such as Divorzio all’Italiana (directed by Pietro Germi), L’uomo delle stelle (directed by Giuseppe Tornatore) but also, more recently for the famous TV show Il Commissario Montalbano.
The summer season is the best time of the year to enjoy the Sicilian atmosphere. Ibla is beautifully crowded every night because of the tourists coming from all over the world. They enjoy the 1858 garden overlooking the beautiful valley created by the Irminio river as well as the 100 churches, some of which are opened until midnight to the visitors. But most of all, people like and enjoy the several pubs and restaurants with outside tables offering a deep taste into the Sicilian cuisine (fish, but also great vegetables recipes coming from the old food tradition), such as the outstanding I Banchi.
A must that you should not miss for any reason when coming to Ragusa Ibla is the visit at the traditional Sicilian carts workshop of Rosso Cinabro, a special place where you will be able to observe some original Sicilian art.
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