New "Enjoy Barocco" infopoint, bistro and bookshop services at Donnafugata Castle inaugurated Oct. 28
Press Office - John Iacono

Inaugurated on Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., the tourist infopoint, bookshop and bistro that the Municipality of Ragusa has decided to build inside the Donnafugata Castle, thanks to funding provided by LAG Terra Barocca’s sub-measure 7.5 call for proposals “Support for public use investments in recreational infrastructure, tourist information and small-scale tourism infrastructure.”

These are major facilities, allocated in the lower levels of the Castle, activated to support the many visitors to what is the most visited cultural and tourist attraction in the province of Ragusa.
The Infopoint, branded as the “Enjoy Barocco” tourist destination, allows information and useful directions to be provided to all users through a front office consisting of multilingual operators.
Some services within the Castle have also been upgraded. A Bookshop where visitors to the Castle and the attached Costume Museum can purchase books and gadgets, and a Bistro service to refresh and relax in the enchanting atmosphere of Donnafugata.
Baby-sitting service and technological supports for the conference hall and some adjoining rooms are available.
Awarded through a public bidding process to the Social Promotion Association “Kairos,” the Infopoint, Bookshop and Bistro services are already open to the public.

“We felt it was strategic,” comments Deputy Mayor Giovanna Licitra, who together with Mayor Peppe Cassì has been following the project since its inception, “to enhance our tourist services by increasing the number of reception venues and information points. The infopont at the Donnafugata Castle is in addition to the active tourist centers of Upper Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla, while in the coming weeks, again thanks to this same call promoted by GAL Terra Barocca and intended only for municipalities, the one in Marina di Ragusa, located in a strategic position due to its proximity to the sea, the new bike path, the Doria Promenade, the upgraded services of Via Caboto and the large Rabito parking lot, will also be active.

The creation of the Enjoy Barocco infopoints, which will soon be networked together with those of the other municipalities that are members of the Local Action Group, will enable the development of new actions to benefit the Hyblean tourism sector. In fact, various projects are being worked on with the LAG, and we are already in the home stretch for both the implementation of the new signage and the sustainable mobility plan ready to enable better connections between municipalities from a green perspective. The synergy that has been created between the public and private sectors, intercepting the demands of the operators from below, has enabled public agencies to better direct their work, thus giving answers based on needs and requirements.”

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