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Ispica the city of caves

Ispica is situated on a hill ("Hill Calandra") at an altitude of 170 meters above sea level. Ispica is part of the province of Ragusa famous for its quarries, a deep valley carved by erosion about 13 km long that extends to the town of Modica. The tourism sector is growing thanks to a series of initiatives, including the application for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as "Late Baroque Towns of the Noto Valley."

This seaside area received a blue sail in the Legambiente guide in 2010. In 2011, the Ispica beach of Santa Maria del Focallo also received international recognition.

Among other things to see there is the Forza Archaeological Park;

the Catacombs of San Marco, 2 km from the town, are a testimony of the Christian presence in the area in the late Roman era; the necropolis Contrada Crocefia that also dates back to the late Roman period has about 20 burial niches, all facing east; the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore; the mother church of San Bartolomeo; and Palazzo Bruno of Belmonte, built in the liberty style is the most important of the province.

In 1960, the film Divorce Italian Style by Pietro Germi was shot in Ispica. This was followed by other films and TV series including the television series Inspector Montalbano in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, in the portico of Sinatra, in front of Santa Maria Maggiore, in the Palazzo Modica and on the Corso Garibaldi.

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