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The cultural city of Ragusa

The settlement of the region around Regusa can be traced back to the 3rd century B.C. In the year 868 the town was conquered by the Arabs after which Ragusa was conquered by the Normans, then the House of Hohenstaufen, followed by the Aragonese. At the end of the 17th century the town was levelled by an earthquake and all traces of life up until then were destroyed before the town was ultimately completely rebuilt. Since 1927 Ragusa has been the capital of the province of the same name.  

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Tourism in Ragusa

The rebuilding of Ragusa gave way to two different areas of town that are separated from one another by a gorge, which can be crossed by way of three large bridges. The bridge Ponte Vecchio was built in the 19th century and is over 100 metres long. If you decide to stay in Ragusa, a visit to the Castello di Donanfugata, about 20km away from Ragusa, should by all means be on your agenda. This enormous castle complex was erected in the 19th century and has an exclusive wine cellar on offer that enjoys an excellent international reputation. Those who like to go swimming should head to Marina di Ragusa, a township about 25km away from its namesake, where they will find clean, fine sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and where fun in the sun is pretty much guaranteed.  

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