B&B Terrazza dei Sogni - Ragusa Ibla

Castle of Donnafugata

Castle of Donnafugata

What is actually called Donnafugata castle, is not a real castle but a magnificent construction made for vacation.
The name has Arabic origin and could be mislead (in Italian it means the escaped woman). This is not neccassarily the case, that a woman escaped from a husband or a possessive father, one of those legends that live in the minds of people. In fact, the interpretation of the original name in Arabic “ Ayn ad Jafat” means 'place of health', which in Sicilian dialect becomes Ronnafuata, which eventually was changed to 'Donnafugata'.
Legend says (there is no official evidence to confirm this) that the first construction of the building was done by the Chiaramonte family, count of Modica (14th century). The following century, the castle might have been residence of Bernardo Cabrera. Then following 1648, the castle was bought by Arezzo-La Rocca, using it as a countryside house. Most of the restoration and construction was done by his son, Corrado Arezzo, an eclectic man and politician.

The whole area covered 2500 m2 with a wide façade, adorned with two big towers on each side. In the principal prospect there is a splendid lodge in a gotic-venetian style, with eight balconies, and access to a huge terrace.

Although there is a total of 122 rooms, just 20 are opened to visitors. However, it is still possible to admire the original interior of that age. Each room is extraordinarily furnished with precise detail to represent it's purpose. Such as; The music room, the saloon of emblems, the mirror room and the Bishop's apartment.

Around the castle, there is an extended monumental park of eight hectares. In the past, it was possible to find approximately 1500 different types of vegetables. To entertain guests it was famous for its labyrinth, made with the typical stone of Ragusa, a small round temple and a coffee house.
During the recent years, the castle has been the perfect location for the following movies like “I Vicerè”, “Il Gattopardo” and “Inspector Montalbano”.