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Unlocking Doors

Corso XXV Aprile/Via Pietro Novelli, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
+39 366 319 4177
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A different view of this beautiful barroco Ragusa, in the hands of their inhabitants. Highly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Arnaud M
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We had a guided tour of this wonderful place via our group tour “VJV secret Sicily” and we weren’t... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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"Unlocking Doors" is an exclusive guided tour in Ragusa Ibla through the places of leisure of the late 19th century aristocratic Ragusa Ibla. The places included in the tour are: - the "Circolo di Conversazione" - the "Donnafugata Theatre" - the private garden of "Palazzo Arezzo - Bertini" These monuments, considered to be among the best attractions in Ragusa Ibla beside the baroque monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage list, have been inaccessible so far, since they are private estates. Therefore, thanks to the availability of the owners and the present members of the Circolo, the "Iblazon Association" have managed a brand new tour that opens the doors of these palaces to the visitors who want to learn more about how the members of Sicilian aristocracy lived, where they met and spent their free time together and, especially, about how they have contributed to the untouched beauty and astonishing scenario of Piazza Duomo and Corso XXV Aprile in Ragusa Ibla. The tour is led by qualified tour guides filled with genuine passion for their hometown. Through the magnificent rooms of the Circolo, the vivid splendour of the Arezzo of Donnafugata private theatre, and the charming scent of a "secret garden" hidden in the centre of the old town, they will be glad to reveal the secrets behind each site and the life of the protagonists of a glorious Ragusa Ibla, in a climate that resembles very closely the world described in "The Leopard" by G. Tomasi di Lampedusa. A pure travel in the past in the search of the true spirit of a lost Sicily. The tour guides are: - Clorinda Arezzo: B.A. in Cultural Heritage Management, M.A. student in Medieval Archaeology, Licensed Tour Guide - Damiano Bracchitta: B.A. in Classics & Archaeology, PhD student in Archaeology, Licensed Tour Guide
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Corso XXV Aprile/Via Pietro Novelli, 97100, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A different view of this beautiful barroco Ragusa, in the hands of their inhabitants. Highly recommended!

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks on the behalf of the entire staff! We are very pleased to read your beautiful comment!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a guided tour of this wonderful place via our group tour “VJV secret Sicily” and we weren’t disappointed our guide was a French professor and was a joy to listen to, from the small Siciliani garden to the private theatre and the conversation...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your gentle words. Our team really appreciate!

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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This was a brilliant tour of the conversation club, theatre and private garden. There was so much insight into the settings from the charming guide and the places themselves were hidden gems that we would never have seen otherwise. One of our group even got...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

I still remember the guest singing on the stage: that's what the theatres are for! Thank you for your comment. Best regards.

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Reviewed 19 November 2016

Do not miss this great tour of grand buildings in Ibla not open to the public. The tours are in both English and Italian and the guides are both informative and extremely pleasant. They even arranged a separate tour of another palazzo for us when...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you very much for your comment. Best regards.

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Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Whilst staying in Ragusa Ibla my friends and I came across this tour quite by accident. I can only agree with what the other reviews say in that the tour is really interesting, excellent value for money and Damiano the guide is charming and extremely...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you very much for your nice comment! Best regards

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Reviewed 16 June 2015

A good value for money tour with a difference in Ragusa. We took this tour which had three very different topical parts. The first was in the "Teatre Donnafugata", formally privately owned and the smallest Theatre in Europe with an Aristocratic history. Then a must...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

I still remember with pleasure the tour with you in Ibla! Best regards

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Reviewed 2 June 2015

Very good tour guide with excellent command of English. I was on a Jules Verne "Secrets of Sicily" holiday and this tour was part of the itinery. I am a Montalbano fan and so the conversation club was of interest. The guide gave a very...More

1  Thank Jeremy H
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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for your nice comment!

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Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

It felt like such a privilege to see these wonderful gems. What would usually be kept behind closed doors as it were came to life for our little group and it was wonderful!

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Damiano B, Tour Guide at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2015

Thank you very much for reviewing our tour! It is always a pleasure to guide someone who is really interested in discovering something new! Best regards

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Reviewed 26 April 2015

Three of us took this tour recently during a brief day's visit to Ragusa Ibla -- and the three places, aptly described by the prior two reviewers, were shown to us. It is indeed a glimpse of a different lifestyle of the days past and...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

We would like to thank you for your accurate description and for having marked the accessibility of the places for disable people. Best regards

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Reviewed 26 March 2015

If you enjoy a short walking tour that takes you where others cannot go and in the company of an expert and informative guide, this will be for you. There’s three places to explore, the micro-theatre in the Palazzo Arezzo, the private ‘men’s’ club (that...More

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Damiano B, Responsabile offerta culturale e visite guidate at Unlocking Doors, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you very much for your nice comment!

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