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Comune di Ispica
Ispica panorama.jpg
Location of Ispica
Ispica is located in Italy
Location of Ispica in Italy
Ispica is located in Sicily
Ispica (Sicily)
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
ProvinceRagusa (RG)
FrazioniSanta Maria del Focallo, Marina Marza
 • MayorInnocenzo Leontini
 • Total100 km2 (40 sq mi)
170 m (560 ft)
 (31 August 2017)[2]
 • Total16,302
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code+390932
Patron saintSS. Maria vergine del monte Carmelo
WebsiteOfficial website

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 16th century St. Francis monastery in Ispica precedes the Baroque architectural period

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 the 1693 Sicily earthquake and rebuilt on its present site.

Tourist Information[edit]

Vincenzo Sinatra's Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Pro Loco Spaccaforno manages a tourist information point in the city center. Tourist information, also in English, is available on the website Visit Ispica.[3] There are a number of processions which take place on Holy Thursday.[4][circular reference] If traveling to Ispica, the bus station is in a much safer and more convenient location than the train station, which is located on the outskirts of town.

The Cava d'Ispica (Cave of Ispica) consists of a series of housing units.

Cava d'Ispica[edit]

The Cava d'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.



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Visit Ispica - things to do and events in Ispica
  4. ^ Archconfraternity of Santa Maria Maggiore of Ispica (in Italian)