Immersed among the carob trees and surrounded by an immense park, bought in 1982 by the Provincial Administration of Ragusa, the castle of Donnafugata represents one of the most interesting and spectacular destinations among the tourist itineraries of the province.
The name which is Arabic in origin, is misleading. It does not, in fact, refer, as first appearances might suggest, to a woman fleeing some tyrannical husband or father, nor to one of the legends lingering in some popular memory, but is a free interpretation and transcription of Ayn as Jafat (meaning Fountain of Health) which in Sicilian dialect became “Ronnafuata” and then the present day “Donnafugata”.
The castle's origins date back to the mid-
The castle, which incorporates other previous construction, boasts some 122 rooms. On the piano nobile, at the top of the great stairway embellished with neoclassical statues, are the Hall of Coats of Arms, which gets its name from the heraldic symbols of the great Sicilian families painted on the walls, the Hall of Mirrors, decorated with stuccowork, the Billiard and Music Room, with trompe-
The luxuriant park, with its little temple, fountains, and "coffee-
Opening hours: Monday closed;
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 & from 14:45 to 17:30;
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00
Info: 0932 619333
Ticket: Castle + Parking € 8,00; Castle € 6,00; Parking € 3,00
HOW TO REACH
By car: from Catania arrive to Ragusa (more here) and take the second exit for Santa Croce Camerina (SP60), after follow indications for the castle.
By train: the only public transport that leads to the small station of Donnafugata is a regional train. The train leaves from the station of Ragusa and takes about 20 min to reach destination.