In the middle of the Mediterranean the coasts of Sicily and Marina di Ragusa were already the landing places of travellers and merchants in ancient times.
Greek hospitality: an ancient tradition
Already in the 6th century B.C. the area of Ragusa was a safe port for the Greek ships of Syracuse that founded an important colony at Kamarina (about 18km form the current port).
In this way the colony became so powerful that it revolted against Syracuse and was destroyed a number of times during the ages until it was totally depopulated during the imperial Roman period. On a number of occasions this large port welcomes the warships of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, Aemilius Paulus, Pompey the Great, Caesar and Octavian.
Marina di Ragusa: a safe landing place since the times of the Arabs
The ancient name of Marina di Ragusa was Mazzarelli that derived from the Arab Marsa A'Rillah that means exactly “small landing place”. The landing was further protected in the 16th century when the Cabrera Tower was built to defence against Turkish incursions.
The tower, equipped with 6 canons that are still visible today at the small beach at Via Marco Polo (the ex-customs house), is partially visible today in the esplanade in front of Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi.
Marina di Ragusa Tourist Port
Thanks to a project finance operation partially funded by POR funds from the European Union the current Marina di Ragusa Tourist Port was completed in 2006.
The port occupies a surface area of 238,0000 sq.m. that is made up of two areas of different use. One area to the east with services for travellers and one to the west for the supply of services for vessels.
The port is equipped with floating piers for a total of 700 places for boats up to 60 metres. In addition, the port’s flagship is the shipyard. This is equipped with a covered surface area of 2,000 sq.m. and an external work area of 15,000 sq.m. The Shipyard provides all the services needed for the maintenance and repair of boats, also thanks to the use of the most modern shipbuilding technology.