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Ragusa is a southern Italian city and the capital of Ragusa Province of Sicily Island. It has a population of more than 70,000 inhabitants and is situated on a wide limestone hill located between two deep valleys, Cava Santa Domenica and Cava San Leonardo. To explore Ragusa and its beautiful surroundings car hire is advisable. Search and compare prices online and book a car before travelling here. There are many attractions near and around Ragusa so you wont regret hiring a car to help you get around.
Ragusa was hit by a huge earthquake in 1693 that killed about 5,000 people and led to the rebuilding of the city, wherein the district of Ragusa was divided into two cities; High Ragusa and Low Ragusa. These two cities remained separated till 1926 where they were fused into one because of a fascist gerarca. However these two halves are separated by a ravine of four bridges, Valle dei Ponti.
There are many places to see and visit in Ragusa. The Upper town boasts of the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, which was first located in the west part of ancient Ragusa. Its ornate Boraque interior has a Latin cross plan with two aisles and nave separated by three gold embellished colonnades. Each column has charts of Bible verses. Its dome was built in 1783 and covered with copper sheets in the 20th century.
Tourists should also visit the Hyblean Archaeological Museum where you will find six sections solely on Prehistoric to Late Roman findings. The Lower Ragusa boasts of Baroque architecture, including stunning churches and palaces. An example is the Cathedral of San Giorgio, which was built in 1748 to substitute the temple that was destroyed in the 1693 earthquake.
It has façade of 250 steps, massive ornate columns, decorated portals and statues of saints. The church Santa Maria delle Scale connects the Upper Ragusa with the Lower Ragusa. This is an interesting church, as after the 1693 earthquake, half the church was built in Baroque style and the other stayed in the original Gothic style.
Catania Airport, also known as Fontanarossa Airport, is the closest international airport to Ragusa, only 1hour 30 minutes drive north. Car rentals are available from the terminal arrivals area from internationally renowned suppliers Avis, Budget, Sixt, EuropCar and Hertz. Other suppliers include Maggiore, Sicily by Car, Cargo Rent, Easy Car and Targarent.
Buses and taxis operate in and around Ragusa, as well as to and from Catania airport. Shuttle services are cheaper to get from the airport to Ragusa, however public services are not always reliable. Opting for car hire as a form of transport for you holiday will give you the freedom to do, and go as you please.