Depart to Ragusa and have a panorami visit to one of the most emblematic cities in Sicily. We will visit Ragusa Ibla, the historical center of the city famous for its beautiful baroque buildings. We will then continue our trip to Modica, the other baroque city which has been declared Unesco’s
World Heritage. We will also have a chocolate tasting in one of the pastry-shops of the city. The tradition of chocolate has been brought to Sicily by Spaniards during their domination of the island. Besides the chocolate we will be able to taste a special pastry filled with some meat and chocolate. Back to Catania.
The city is the most wealthy of southern Italy, it is called the “City of Bridges” for the presence of three structures very picturesque, but it was also defined by writers, artists and economists as the “island within an island” or “the other Sicily”, thanks to its history and a socio-economic context is very different from the rest of the island. In 1693 a devastating earthquake caused almost total destruction of the entire city, claim- ing more than five victims. The reconstruction, which took place in the eighteenth century, divided into two broad areas: on one side than Dubrovnik, located on the plateau, on the other Ragusa, built and rebuilt from the ruins of ancient cities in the ancient medieval structure.
The architectural masterpieces built after the earthquake, together with all those present in the Val di Noto, have been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Dubrovnik is one of the most important ever for the presence of valuable evidence of Baroque art.
Some sources report that during the Spanish domination of Sicily in the sixteenth century this process was introduced in the County of Modica, at that time the most important feu- dal state of southern Italy, with administrative autonomy. The Spaniards, in turn, would have borrowed from the Aztecs. Currently there are no more traces of this type of work either in Spain or in America, while only L. Sciascia recalls how this process would remain in his time also in the city of Alicante, an indication that there were originally the only two versions with the addition of vanilla and cinnamon. Historically it has been handed down like a typical cake of the noble families during the holidays and important occasions, they prepared at home. In this way it retains to this day, and only later became an international- ly acclaimed confectionery product.