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Boutique hotels in Ragusa (4)

One day in 1693, an earthquake hit this hilly town in south-eastern Sicily. While many headed down to build a new town, Ragusa Superiore, many of the local nobles opted to stay and rebuild Ragusa Ibla among the ruins. This has given the town an amazing baroque atmosphere - mansions and houses piled higgledy-piggledy atop the (secured) rubble. A very, unique and special place.

Where to go

Explore the maze of lanes and alleyways. Enjoy the baroque masterpiece that is the town’s Duomo, and the neighbouring museum with stunning works of art. Picnic in the ridge top Giardino Ibleo with spectacular views across the countryside. Take gorgeous photos on the steps leading to the new town. See some of the best archaeological remains in Sicily at the new town’s museum. Visit between July and September for vibrant, fun summer festivals.

Food & Drink

Unlike much of Sicily, seafood isn’t a staple here. Instead, expect a lot of corn, beans, cheese and red meat. Like most of Sicily, however, there is astounding food. Our choice for dinner in Ragusa, hands down, is Locanda Don Serafino (Via Avvocato Giovanni Ottaviano 13), a Michelin-starred restaurant owned and operated by the owners of our favourite Ragusa hotel (see below). Elsewhere, Il Banchi (Via Orfanotrofio 39) is another restaurant, from Michelin-starred chef Ciccio Sultano, serving up delicious foodie snacks.

Nightlife

Like the rest of Sicily, festivities in Ragusa kick on late into the night. Cafe Italia (Piazza san Giovanni) is a centrally located bar surrounded by the town’s gorgeous baroque architecture - a local favourite. A short walk from the Duomo, Caffetteria Donnafugata (Corso Venticinque Aprile 29) is a lovely, intimate place for a couple of glasses of wine.

Where to stay

Our undisputed pick for Ragusa is the boutique hotel Locanda Don Serafino - where else can you sleep in luxurious rooms carved into the rock centuries ago? Just a short walk away is the restaurant owned by the hotel’s owners, the La Rosa brothers, who have been awarded a Michelin star for their delicious, traditional food.

How to get there

The nearest airport is at Catania, a ninety-minute drive from Ragusa. Easyjet flies from London to Catania daily.

 

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LOCANDA DON SERAFINO

sicily, italy

Centuries of Sicilian history combines with stunning boutique accommodation at this unique hotel in Ragusa, Sicily. The 10 rooms at Locanda Don Serafino are a masterpiece of design, with many carved out of the rock centuries ago. The Locanda Don Serafino restaurant has 2 Michelin stars, and provides authentic Sicilian cuisine.

CASA TALIA

sicily, italy

Sleep, eat and relax at this magical Chic Retreat in the heart of Modica, South East Sicily. Casa Talia has just 6 rooms and has been beautifully restored using traditional local materials. As we always say at Chic Retreats...Small is beautiful.

CASA KIMIYA'

sicily, italy

This two bedroom, 20th-century Chic Retreat is located in the historical heart of Modica, south eastern Sicily and is a charming romantic hideaway for those looking for a self-catering alternative to a boutique hotel. 

HORTUS

sicily, italy

Hortus is a stylish boutique hotel alternative in the ancient town of Modica, Sicily. This Chic Retreat can be found in a 16th-century building next to the cathedral of San Giorgio and is ideal for couples, friends or families looking for a luxury self-catering base from which to explore Sicily and this UNESCO World Hertage site.

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