Ispica

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Ispica
Comune
Comune di Ispica
Ispica panorama.jpg
Ispica is located in Italy
Ispica
Ispica
Location of Ispica in Italy
Coordinates: 36°47′N 14°54′E / 36.783°N 14.900°E / 36.783; 14.900Coordinates: 36°47′N 14°54′E / 36.783°N 14.900°E / 36.783; 14.900
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Province Ragusa (RG)
Frazioni Santa Maria del Focallo
Area
 • Total 100 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation 170 m (560 ft)
Population
 • Total 15,000
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code I-97014
Dialing code +390932
Patron saint SS. Maria vergine del monte Carmelo

Ispica (Sicilian: Spaccafurnu, Latin: Hyspicae Fundus) is a city and comune in the south of Sicily, Italy. It is 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Ragusa, 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Syracuse, and 90 kilometres (56 mi) away from La Valletta, on the coast of Malta. The first mention in a document of Ispica occurred in 1093, in a list of churches and ecclesiastic departments for administrative purposes, but the territory has been colonized since the Bronze Age.

The city is located on a hill. The main economical activity consists of farming and organic products, especially carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, olives, vineyards.Ispica is the largest producer of organic carrot of southern Italy with about 18,000 tons of annual production. There is 10 kilometres (6 mi) of coastline, most of which is sand and dunes, and an island (Porri island) at 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the coast.

The town also hosts examples of Sicilian Baroque architecture such as the Vincenzo Sinatra's Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Annunziata Church, the Carmine monastery, and the St. Barthelemy cathedral.

Ispica was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and rebuilt on its present site.

The 16th century St. Francis monastery in Ispica precedes the Baroque architectural period.
Vincenzo Sinatra's Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Cava Ispica[edit]

The Cava Ispica (Cave of Ispica) consists of a series of housing units carved in rocky formations. Built prior to the Greek colonization, these houses were used until the end of the nineteenth century. This cave, the most important in Eastern Sicily, is 13 kilometres (8 mi) long and is divided among two other comunes, Modica and Rosolini.