Villa del Lauro

Sicily, Italy

Junior suite

Ragusa

Superior room

Ragusa beach

Ragusa

Sicily

Sicily

Ragusa

A historic Baroque villa and landscaped gardens in sun-kissed southern Sicily – with breakfast, a bottle of prosecco and a chocolate tasting

Highlights

Like many of Sicily’s Baroque towns, Ragusa is a beautifully atmospheric place to explore. Split into two parts – the old town in Ragusa Ibla which clings to the cliffs, and the modern town of Ragusa Superiore – there are grand churches with stained-glass windows, sweeping views from the vertiginous streets and beautiful parks that froth with fountains. Nearby towns are within easy reach, such as equally fascinating Modica which is famous for its chocolate.

The coast is an easy drive, where you take a plunge into the waters of the Mediterranean, and there are a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites for the history buffs. Start at the Valley of the Temples, the world’s largest archaeological site, and then head to Romana de Casale to view its Roman mosaics.

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