In ancient times, sicilian coasts and Marina di Ragusa were already a well known port for travellers and merchants crossing the Med.
Greek hospitality: an ancient tradition
In the 6th century B.C. the area of Ragusa was already a safe port for the Greek ships of Syracuse that founded an important colony in Kamarina (about 18km form the current port).
The colony became so powerful that it revolted against Syracuse and was, in the meantime, destroyed a number of times during the ages until it was totally depopulated during the Roman Empire period. On several occasions this bigport welcomed the warships of Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, Aemilius Paulus, Pompey the Great, Caesar and Octavian.
Marina di Ragusa: a safe port since the Arabs time
“Mazzarelli” which derives from the Arab “Marsa A'Rillah” meaning exactly “small landing place” was the ancient name for Marina di Ragusa. In the 16th century, the Port was additionally protected when it was built the Cabrera Tower, as a protection from the Turkish incursions.
The tower that is partially visible in the yard in front of Piazza Duca degli Abruzzi, was equipped with 6 canons which are now visible at the small beach at Via Marco Polo. Marina di
Marina di Ragusa Harbour
Marina di Ragusa Harbour was completed in 2006, thanks to a project finance operation partially funded by POR funds from the European Union. The Marina occupies a surface area of 238,0000 sq.m. that is made up of two areas of different use: the east area where you can find services for travellers and the west area, destinated for the vessels services.
The port is equipped with floating pontoons for a total of 700 berths for boats up to 60 metres. Furthermore, the Marina strenght is the shipyard, whoch 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.