Best of Ragusa

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Ragusa
Set on a rocky hilltop in Sicily’s southeast, Ragusa is one of eight historic Unesco-listed towns of the Val di Noto (Noto Valley), which are famed for their baroque architecture. If you have time to visit just one, make it Ragusa, with its mazelike lanes leading past grand palazzi, sunlit stone houses, and photogenic squares. Among the town’s many treasures is the Arezzo di Trifiletti palace, with its opulent interiors and grand views over the superb Piazza Duomo.

In the past, kimkim travelers have taken guided tours through the center, discovering the secrets behind its hidden laneways and glorious building facades. Like other towns in the Val di Noto, Ragusa was completely rebuilt in the decades after the devastating 1693 earthquake, and its beautifully preserved buildings provide a fascinating architectural record from the early 18th century. Outside of Ragusa, the Castello di Donnafugata, set in a lavish neo-Gothic palace, provides insight into how the nobles lived in centuries past.
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The slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily
Map of Sicily Road Trip & Relaxing Sardinia - 21 Days
Sicily Road Trip & Relaxing Sardinia - 21 Days

Experience Sicily and Sardinia—Italy's two largest islands—during this immersive three-week trip, which offers a nice mix of guided tours and free time to explore on your own. Your self-driving tour highlights include Palermo, a cultural melting pot, and Taormina, the elegant village famous for its Greek theatre. You'll also visit Syracuse and Agrigento, with their archaeological treasures, and  Mount Etna—Europe's most active volcano. Finally, combine a city stay with beach trips in Sardinia for the last four days of your trip.

The Village of Ragusa
History and Architecture of Malta and Sicily - 9 Days

Combining the two islands of Malta and Sicily, this tour starts with ancient history and ruins in Valletta, where you'll visit prehistoric and medieval cities, a deep sea cave, and megalithic temples. Sail to Sicily on a catamaran to explore the island's impeccable baroque architecture in Ragusa, Noto, and Syracuse, then enjoy the history, views, and wine of Mount Etna. End your trip with a visit to ancient Greek and Roman ruins in Taormina, plus a Sicilian dinner in the city of Catania.

Positano views
Explore the Amalfi Coast and Sicily - 18 Days

This tour starts along the Amalfi Coast, exploring picturesque hillside villages, the famous Path of the Gods hiking trail, the lively city of Naples, and the islands of Ischia and Capri. You'll then fly to the island of Sicily, where you'll discover the famous Sicilian-Baroque architecture in towns like Ragusa, Syracuse, Noto, and more, plus ancient ruins in Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. End the trip on the top of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and along the historic streets of Taormina and Catania.

Views from Taormina's Belvedere
History and Architecture of Malta and Sicily - 10 Days

Starting in Valletta, Malta, this tour explores the island's ancient ruins and historical cities, with visits to Mdina, Marsaxlokk, and the "Three Cities", plus the Blue Grotto sea cave, the megalithic temples, and Gozo Island. Sail to Sicily to discover its beloved baroque architecture in Ragusa, Noto, and Syracuse, followed by a day atop Mount Etna for impeccable views of the island, lessons on past eruptions, and a wine tasting. End your tour with a visit to Taormina's Greco-Roman theater and a farewell dinner amongst Catania's historical streets.

Colorful boats in Marsaxlokk
History and Architecture of Malta and Sicily - 11 Days

Explore the highlights of Malta and Sicily, starting in Valletta with day trips to prehistoric cities and sites, ancient temple ruins, and the natural beauty of the Blue Grotto and Gozo Island. Sail to Sicily to admire its famed baroque architecture, its ancient temples and Greek ruins, and the views atop Mount Etna. Explore cities like Syracuse, Catania, and Palermo, plus enjoy a wine tasting and some of the region's best cuisine.