DEP MLA 07:30
DEP POZ 19:30
ARR POZ 09:15
ARR MLA 21:15
April – September
This excursion is only held with a minimum of 15 passengers
Modica Bassa is the historic city centre, with the main street Corso Umberto I, lined with baroque churches and monasteries, little wonder the city is referred to as La citta delle cento chiese. Expensive brand shops and fine cafes intermingle with the churches to give an affluent air to the city centre. Modica is now best known for the Cioccolato di Modica or Cioccolata Modicana. The Spanish introduced the receipt which they got from the ancient Aztecs of Mexico. Chocolate shops welcome visitors; the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is one well known chocolate factory shop.
Ibla is a quaint leisurely place, a coffee or a Campari at the Cafe at the foot of the Duomo is a nice way to start. A walk down the slightly slopping Piazza and onto the main winding street takes you to the Giardino Ibleo. On the way a short stop to admire yet another of Gagliardi’s work, the small but elegant church of San Giuseppe. The Giardino Ibleo is a haven of peace and quite with an exquisite view of the valley below and beyond. Just outside the entrance to the garden is the gothic Portale San Giorgio, it is all that remains of the original church of San Giorgio, early XIII century, which was demolished in the 1693 earthquake.
Ragusa, Modica and Scicli have three things in common, they are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they were devastated by the 1693 earthquake and rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style immediately after.
Marina di Ragusa is a different thing altogether. A modern seaside resort, with a sprawling beach lined with very good restaurants and a delightful promenade. Across the road from the beach are some lovely villas, many of them holiday homes of wealthy northern Italians.