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Ragusa-Ibla is one of the most picturesque cities in Sicily. The view from the upper town on Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hill is quite impressive. It is one of the UNESCO baroque cities of southeastern Sicily.

Ragusa is located in Monti Iblei, a large area of elevated land, divided by dry stone walls and incised with ravines. The city was originally built on a small hill with steep slopes with deep valleys on three sides that separate it from the high plateau.

After the earthquake of 1693, which destroyed many of the buildings in southeastern Sicily, it was decided to rebuild Ragusa on a higher and flatter terrain nearby. This new planned city was built, with straight streets and a rational design, but the local aristocrats did not want to move, and in their place new palaces were built on the ruins of the old city.

So today, Ragusa has two parts: Ibla (or Ragusa Ibla), the oldest nucleus on its summit, and Ragusa Superiore, the most modern high city that stretches from the streets after the earthquake to more recent developments.

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Ragusa-Ibla es una de las ciudades m嫳 pintorescas de Sicilia. La vista desde la ciudad alta sobre Ragusa Ibla en su propia colina separada es bastante impresionante. Es una de las ciudades barrocas de la UNESCO del sudeste de Sicilia.

Ragusa se encuentra en Monti Iblei, una gran 嫫ea de terreno elevado, dividida por muros de piedra seca e incisa con barrancos. La ciudad se construy originalmente en una peque鎙 colina con pendientes pronunciadas con profundos valles en tres lados que la separan de la meseta alta.

Despu廥 del terremoto de 1693, que destruy muchos de los edificios del sureste de Sicilia, se decidi reconstruir Ragusa en un terreno m嫳 alto y m嫳 plano cerca. Esta nueva ciudad planificada fue construida, con calles rectas y un dise隳 racional, pero los arist鏂ratas locales no quer燰n moverse, y en su lugar se construyeron nuevos palacios sobre las ruinas de la ciudad vieja.

As que hoy en d燰, Ragusa tiene dos partes: Ibla (o Ragusa Ibla), el ncleo m嫳 antiguo en su cima, y Ragusa Superiore, la ciudad alta m嫳 moderna que se extiende desde las calles posteriores al terremoto hacia desarrollos m嫳 recientes.

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