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Si conclude il Carnevale di Acireale 2011

Posted on March 9th, 2011, by angelofichera
"Non aprite quella Porta"
“Non aprite quella Porta” – vincitore ed. 2011

In Italia ci piace divertirci, lo dimostrano il Carnevale di Venezia conosciuto per le sue splendide maschere e il Carnevale di Viareggio con i suoi maestosi carri.
Ma in Sicilia non sia da meno. E’ vero che spesso capita di non potere realizzare delle edizioni di carnevali minori come quelli di Adrano o Misterbianco per mancanza di fondi, ma per fortuna alcuni restano “immortali”.

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Ragusa, Sicily

Posted on June 10th, 2010, by mizzica

Probably not among the most famous Sicilian cities, Ragusa is one the destination we would suggest not to miss to everyone that wants to come to spent holidays in Sicily and see the real island.

Ragusa is indeed a beautiful city, still full of a sincere, real Sicilian lifestyle, and it is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located in the south corner of the island, it has a very ancient history;  the first inhabitants of the area that today is called Ragusa, the Sicels, established their settlements around the 2nd millennium BC.  Many different people lived in the area, making Ragusa a rich place in history and culture: Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans all conquered the city in different historical periods, influencing its architecture and culture.

Nowadays Ragusa is divided in two parts: Ragusa Superiore (Upper Ragusa) and Ragusa Ibla. The upper part has some interesting architecture to show, like the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista.

Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla

But, in our opinion, is Ragusa Ibla the one every visitor should not missi. This baroque jewel, surrounded by sweet hills covered with olives trees, can really make you feel blessed and willing not to live. If you get there, enjoy a walk in the streets and magnificent squares of the city, and make sure not to miss these places:

  • the Cathedral of San Giorgio; the facade is characterized by a flight of 250 steps and by massive ornate columns
  • the Church of Santa Maria delle Scale, which was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1693; half of thiechurch was rebuilt in Baroque style, while the surviving half was kept in the original Gothic style
  • the church of Sant’Antonino, a very nice example of Norman architecture
  • the Hiblea Garden

Once in Ragusa, you can also enjoy very nice sandy beaches like Sampieri, Marina di Ragusa, Marina di Modica.

If you are planning your holidays in Sicily and want to reach Ragusa, you can fly to Catania Airport and then take a bus, train, or drive south – the trip normally takes around 2 hours.

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