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Ispica: photo description (Ispica)

Ispica is a beautiful town 33 km from Ragusa, located in the Eastern part of the province of Ragusa, on the border with Syracuse. The city grew on the site of ancient settlement Spaccaforno, as evidenced by the finds made in the caves of the world-famous archaeological area of cava d Ispica. It is believed that these places were inhabited by tribes Shilov, one of the first inhabitants of Sicily who have chosen this territory, well protected and rich in water resources. Then there were the ancient Greeks and Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, all of them left traces of their stay.

The first mention of Ispica meet in the epoch of the Normans when count Roger gave the town of Berengaria of Monte Rubra, and that, in turn, bequeathed all his possessions to Queen Eleanor. In the 14th century the city was ruled by the family Chiaramonte and Cabrera, count of Modica. Due to financial difficulties Bernardo Cabrera sold Ispica Antonio Caruso, an aristocrat from Noto, and since then the city has lived separate from the County of Modica life. After the earthquake of 1693, the year, particularly devastating in this part of Sicily, Ispica was rebuilt in a more plain and comfortable place. Cava d Ispica was abandoned, although until recently, some caves were used as warehouses or hermitages.

Ispica economy is based mainly on agriculture, there grows fruit, tomatoes, vegetables and carob (Ceratonia Siliqua). Ispica, by the way, is the largest Italian producer and exporter of carob.

Among the attractions of Ispica can be called the Chiesa Madre, 18th-century, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, which dominates the Piazza Regina Margherita. The Church is notable for its elegant façade with three portals, the Central of which is seen the family coat of arms family Statella selected symbol of the city. On the same square stands the Palazzo Alfieri, built in the Renaissance style. Another beautiful Palace is the Palazzo Bruno di Belmonte, built in the early 20th century, near via Duca degli Abruzzi. Today within its walls is located the municipality of Ispica. The building itself, built by the Sicilian architect Basile, is considered the most beautiful and rich building in liberty style in the province of Ragusa. Finally, tourists can explore the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, recognized as a national monument and holds numerous works of art (e.g. fresco cycle, Olivia, Sozzi, one of the most important Sicilian artists of the 18th century) and the Church of the Annunziata on Corso Garibaldi.