Ragusa Ibla: UNESCO World Heritage site and the small town over the hill from my husband’s grandmother’s apartment. Composing the “old town” of Ragusa, which has long since expanded into a mid-sized modern city, Ibla is a tourist spot in many ways. Yet it retains a residential vibe, and is as much of a dinner date destination for locals as it is a day trip for foreign visitors scoping out the Late Baroque architecture this corner of Sicily is famous for.
With year-round stunning weather, there is only one way to avoid the modest but persistent crowds: Go on Christmas Day. The shops will be closed, but the streets will be empty. You’ll have a limestone city on a hill to yourself.