The route twists and turns through the main late Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily such as Scicli, Modica, Ragusa, Ispica, Noto and Comiso, which were hit and severely damaged by the 1693 disastrous earthquake. However, the whole area rose again in the eighteenth century in an even more rich and sumptuous way. It is exactly this sumptuousness that we will show you in this path: something that makes special and unique this angle of Sicily, because it was skilfully and masterfully adopted on to a lively area rich of culture and traditions. Among the different churches you will visit, you will appreciate some of the features of the late Baroque: gargoyles and cherubs; rounded wrought iron railings; tower-shaped façades with complex geometries and incorporated bell; mixed up and polychrome marble; free columns.
The route is divided into 6 sub routes, as follows:
I04 Sub-route 4 – The Baroque churches of Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla
Route description: The post-earthquake reconstruction of Ragusa, considered a UNESCO world heritage city, took place on the same site where the ancient city (Ragusa) was born and partly on the Patro hill (Upper Ragusa), where the current cathedral of San Giovanni Battista was built. The itinerary includes a visit to the most important Baroque churches of the city, mainly located in Ragusa Ibla. The tour will start with a visit to the church of San Giacomo, placed inside the picturesque ibleo garden. Then, it continues with a visit to the churches of San Vincenzo Ferreri and the nearby church of San Tommaso, both located in Ragusa Ibla. After that we will head towards the church of San Giuseppe and later to the Cathedral of San Giorgio. After lunch break, the visit will resume from the church of Anime Sante del Purgatorio, and continues at the nearby church of Madonna dell’Itria. The tour ends in Ragusa Superiore (Upper Ragusa) with the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista.