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Sicilian Baroque

Modica, Ragusa and Scicli


An elegant and simple at the same time, full of baroque palaces and whipped by a salty wind, smelling of Mediterranean and full of lively atmosphere. This is Modica, a beautiful Sicilian town of 55,000 inhabitants in the province of Ragusa, with its historical centre declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Just the coastal part of the city is an irresistible focus of tourism packages, and many visitors come to town to relax on the beach and enjoy some swim in the Mediterranean, basking in the sun before it is worth exploring carefully the heart of the city, the discovery of squares, historic streets, lovely views and sumptuous palaces, or characteristic. All started in the 1693 when a violent earthquake destroyed the city. Modisa as is admired today, is not Modica in its most ancient, but it is mostly a consequence of the remakes of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Baroque Modica is what makes it valuable. Through alleys packed with beautiful cottages and elegant buildings, like the monumental baroque church of San Giorgio, built after the earthquake by the famous architect Rosario Gagliardi Syracuse.

Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa is the richest town in Sicily and between the more prosperous towns of southern Italy. A turning point in his story is set in 1693, when a terrible earthquake almost completely destroyed Ragusa, razing its buildings and houses and claiming thousands of victims. With the gradual revival, which took place in the eighteenth century, the city was divided into two distinct areas: on the one hand, the so-called Ragusa higher to the top of the plateau, and on the other, Ragusa Ibla, built on the ruins of the old city according to the 'old medieval system. Were actually the work of reconstruction to generate a new wealth of monuments, palaces and picturesque, and who have made the beautiful city Dubrovnik it is today. Not surprisingly, in 2002, the beautiful Mediterranean resort has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old town is a constellation of wonders, full of sumptuous buildings in baroque style. Among the religious buildings that deserve the attention of visitors is the Church of Santa Maria delle Scale, renovated after the earthquake, which keeps inside interesting works by local artists. Do not miss the St. John's Cathedral, built between 1706 and 1760, with a fine Baroque facade and a soaring bell tower that rises above the rooftops of Dubrovnik. Finally, the Basilica of San Giorgio is a jewel in 1775, surmounted by a dome which exceeds 40 feet high and stands on 16 columns. Among the civic buildings we find the most beautiful palace and the Palazzo Cosentini Bertini, both made in the late eighteenth century in perfect Baroque style, while enthusiasts will appreciate the history and culture Ibleo Archaeological Museum, full of ancient artifacts illuminating the troubled past the city. More informal but very striking is the appointment with the Ibla Buskers, which for 14 years brightens up the first week of October with performances by street artists of all kinds: singers, jugglers, magicians, trapeze artists and musicians come together for four Ragusa Ibla days, attracting a large crowd of visitors.

The cultural richness and vibrancy of Ragusa were set in a particular climate, with temperatures cooler than the coast of Sicily, due to higher altitude: Mediterranean climate here takes on the hilly sections, or even higher mountain in the area, where are so rare snowfalls and rains pour abundant especially from October to March. Average temperatures in January, the coldest month, range from a minimum of 8 ° C to a maximum of 14 ° C, while in July and August increased from 23 ° C to 31 ° C.


Scicli is the harmonious synthesis of a mixture of elements (history, urban planning, water and environment) that natural and man have been carefully put together to form one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as defined by Elio Vittorini. Scicli is consistently ranked as one of the jewels of the Baroque place outside the usual tourist routes of South-East along Amodio and Ragusa Ibla. When visiting Scicli here you will find that the squares are lounges and even a single stock can have a dignity of its architecture. Even the sunlight reflecting on the blond stone creates a unique and indescribable. Just 5 km. from the coast and just over 100 meters. sea level, the city, completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, is located in a highly scenic location in the middle of three valleys and is dominated by the church of S. Matthew placed on the hill where once stood the ancient city. Immediately struck by the high number of churches and eighteenth century buildings that make up a substantial wealth of Baroque art that has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Particularly fascinating is the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, restored and opened to the public recently. Scicli not only offers the most diverse examples of the many peoples and their cultures that have passed through these places over the centuries, but also the opportunity to visit and get lost in the fantastic beaches, lapped by the beautiful sea with depths of dreams and almost tropics.