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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Ragusa


Discover Ragusa: A Tale of Two Cities

An Introductory Tour of Ragusa with Your Own Italy offers an enchanting exploration of one of Sicily’s most picturesque and historically rich cities. Split into two distinct areas, Ragusa Superiore and Ragusa Ibla, this UNESCO World Heritage site captivates visitors with its stunning baroque architecture, labyrinthine streets, and breathtaking views over the Hyblaean Mountains. Designed to immerse you in the city’s unique charm and beauty, this personalized tour guides you through ancient churches, majestic palaces, and vibrant public gardens, revealing the soul of Ragusa and its storied past.

Ragusa Ibla: The Heart of Baroque Sicily
Your journey begins in Ragusa Ibla, the older part of the city that rose from the ruins of a devastating earthquake in 1693. Here, the streets are a showcase of Sicilian baroque architecture, with the Duomo di San Giorgio standing as a magnificent example of the style’s elegance and grandeur. Stroll through the Giardino Ibleo, the oldest of the city’s public gardens, offering peaceful walks and stunning views of the surrounding valley.

Ragusa Superiore: A City Reborn
From Ibla, ascend to Ragusa Superiore, the newer part of the city, which was built following the earthquake. This area offers a different perspective on Ragusa’s resilience and beauty, with wide streets and impressive buildings like the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista. The juxtaposition of the two districts highlights Ragusa’s unique history and the remarkable efforts to rebuild and preserve its cultural heritage.

The Hyblaean Culinary Tradition
No tour of Ragusa would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine, known for its rich flavors and traditional recipes. Enjoy a tasting of typical dishes such as “cavati al ragù” or “scacce ragusane”, accompanied by the excellent wines of the Hyblaean region. The city’s numerous trattorias and cafes provide the perfect setting to savor these culinary delights while soaking in the local atmosphere.

Your Own Italy: Unveiling Sicily’s Hidden Gems
Choosing Your Own Italy for your introductory tour of Ragusa means experiencing the city with those who know it best. Tailored to your interests, whether they lean towards architectural marvels, historical insights, or gastronomic experiences, we ensure your visit to Ragusa is as enriching as it is unforgettable.

Embark on Your Ragusa Adventure
Are you ready to explore the baroque splendor and culinary richness of Ragusa? Contact Your Own Italy to begin planning your personalized tour of this captivating Sicilian city. Discover the dual charm of Ragusa Ibla and Superiore, and let the beauty of Sicily’s baroque jewel unfold before you, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

What's Included

Discover the heart of Ragusa Ibla on a private guided walking tour, an experience that weaves through the historic center’s Baroque splendor, revealing its architectural marvels and intimate alleyways. Your journey begins in the comfort of your hotel lobby, where your personal guide eagerly awaits to introduce you to the charms of Ibla.

Personal Guide: An expert local guide to lead you through Ibla’s historic streets, unveiling stories and secrets of the area.
Duomo di San Giorgio: Marvel at the grandeur of Ibla’s crowning jewel, the cathedral, renowned for its exquisite Baroque architecture and intricate details.
Baroque Architecture: Explore the rebuilt splendor of Ragusa Ibla, with its elegant palaces and churches adorned in florid Baroque style, a testament to its resilience and artistic spirit following the devastating earthquake of 1693.
Scenic Walks: Meander through the narrow, winding streets of Ibla, where every corner offers a photo opportunity — from elaborately sculpted balconies to breathtaking views over the valleys.
Giardino Ibleo: Visit the town’s beloved public garden, a serene oasis offering panoramic views over the countryside, and a favorite spot for a leisurely promenade among locals.
Exclusive Lunch Recommendations: Conclude your tour with a meal at a handpicked local restaurant (cost not included), selected for its authentic flavors and inviting ambiance.

This tailored walking tour of Ragusa Ibla promises not just a journey through its streets but an immersive experience into the soul of the town. From the architectural masterpieces that define its skyline to the tranquil beauty of its gardens and the vibrant life of its narrow lanes, you’re invited to discover the essence of Ibla in the company of someone who knows it best. Enjoy the intimate experience of a private tour, where your interests and pace set the rhythm of the day, ensuring a visit that’s as enriching as it is unforgettable.


Tips for Your Ragusa Tour

Comfortable Footwear: Be prepared for walking on cobblestone streets and navigating steps between Ragusa Ibla and Superiore.
Sun Protection: The Sicilian sun can be intense, especially during summer months; hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses are essential.
Photography: Ragusa’s baroque architecture and panoramic views are incredibly photogenic; ensure your camera is ready to capture the city’s beauty.
Cultural Respect: When visiting churches and religious sites, please dress modestly and be mindful of ongoing services.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.