Ragusa has very ancient origins and its original centre Ibla is located at an altitude of 500 m. The newer part of the city was built between the 18th and the 19th centuries, is called Patro and is located at an altitude of 600 m. Ragusa and Ibla are the names given to two centres facing each other which were united after some historical events and then were separated again. But in 1926, when Ragusa became a regional capital, were finally united.
Ragusa’s historical district, despite the passing of time, is still fascinating and its current beauty is paradoxically due to the 1693 heart quake.
Ibla was able to rise again after the terrible quake that destroyed the Val di Noto area. Its late baroque and rococo buildings were built again with particular care and wisdom. Rosario Gagliardi was one of the leading figure in the reconstruction works and also designed the structure of the St George Dome. A part from its baroque pieces of art, Ibla has much more to offer: its quiet lanes, its splendid gardens in the lush valley of the Irmino River, the marvelous courtyards and the majestic palaces owned by an ancient nobility.