«You have to be intelligent to come to Ibla, you must have a certain depth to your soul, a taste for silent and burned tuffs, blind alleys, useless turns, closed blinds on a dark eye spying. »
These are the words Gesualdo Bufalino used to describe the magic of this Sicilian hamlet. Those who live here call it Iuso meaning “what is below”. In fact the city of Ragusa Superiore (Upper Ragusa) was born from the ashes of its ancient version. This new city was build upon request of the middle class after the devastating earthquake of Val di Noto in 1963
After the earthquake very little was left of old Ibla, the magnificent portal of San Giorgio’s Cathedral, which is now the city’s symbol and welcomes the visitors as a warning from the past
When the city was rebuild it was mainly used the late baroque style, with its curved and sinuous shapes, the frightening mascarons to support balconies and galleries and allegorical decorations. Magic and excess are the main architectural elements of the city as you can see from the 50 churches, the monuments and the grand and magnificent palazzi.14 of the 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the district of Ragusa can be found walking the streets of Ragusa.
Here time seems to have stopped, you can still find senior centers where men play cards and woman chat and embroider. There’s a little convenience store, a bar on the main sunny square, where San Giorgio’s Cathedral stands tall as the perfect example of Sicilian baroque. You can take a walk through Ibla’s Gardens where the whole place smells like orange blossom and carob, in your hand a ricotta and cinnamon gelato or an almond granita.
The city became known thanks to the TV show “Inspector Montalbano” but it was also the set of many movies such as “Divorce Italian Style” starring Marcello Mastroianni and Stefania Sandrelli, “The Flower In His Mouth” with Franco Nero and “Kaos” by the Taviano brothers.
A unique place where you can lose yourself to find yourself. An unforgettable journey inside history.