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Naturalistic and archaeological paths

Below are the naturalistic and archaeological paths of Ragusa. Follow the coordinates to reach the places: on site you will find sings and information panels for a pleasant walk.

Riparo sotto roccia

Shelter of fontana nuova

Long considered one of the oldest prehistoric human settlements in all of Sicily, it is part of a naturalistic context of great value. It was used between the end of the Upper Paleolithic and the Mesolithic. The shelter was also inhabited in the Copper Age and in the Early Middle Ages and was visited occasionally from at least the 16th century until the beginning of the last century.


hypogeum of cisternazzi

The south-western periphery of Ragusa is affected by the dense presence of funerary testimonies (4th-6th century AD), which testify to the network of rustic farms or groups of hovels that must have characterized the Hyblean landscape in late antiquity. The hypogeum of Cisternazzi represents one of these evidences, miraculously spared.

Gli Ipogei

hypogeum of trabacche

The Trabacche cave represents the most famous hypogeum as it is protagonist of one of the episodes of the fiction “Il Commissario Montalbano” (“The Terracotta Dog”). Anyway, this hypogeum has been known since the time of Houel (late 18th century). The presence inside of two teguria (canopied tombs) allows us to date it in the middle of the 4th century AD.


madonna delle grazie path

This path, where you can still see the wide “mule-steps”, was one of those that allowed mules loaded with grain to pass from the plateau to the San Leonardo valley. Along the route, that reaches the cemetery of upper Ragusa, you can see the church of S. Maria delle Grazie, the municipal aqueduct and the cholera pit of 1837.

Le Cave

S. domenica valley

Currently accessible only from the entrances “Dalla Chiesa” (B) and “Carmine” (C) due to work in progress, it represents a pleasant walk to move from Ragusa Superiore to Ragusa Ibla. Once full of activities, today a green path enriched by precious and ancient testimonies linked to the oldest sepulchral traces of the city (cave tombs).


stairs carmine-S. paolo and belvedere paths

A pleasant alternative to the more famous “S.Maria-Archi” stairs to reach Ragusa Ibla in a few minutes. A pleasant detour along the descent is the so-called “Belvedere” path, a short route without too many jumps in altitude that surrounds the convent of the Carmine from east to west, offering a splendid view of Ragusa Ibla.


catacombs of cElone

Cava Celone holds the only evidence that can be called “catacombs” in the Ragusa area. The three main ones (A, B and C) are flanked by various other minor hypogea on the neighboring rocky cliffs. From the few archaeological finds found during the excavation and cleaning works, the place dates back to between the 4th and 5th centuries. A.D.