눉Finding the hotel is tricky if your car doesn't have satnav ... but it's worth persevering. The trick is to turn into Ibla at Viale Margherita, double back on yourself down Via del Portale, turn first right into Via dei Normanni and then pause where the road widens at the top. On your right will be the gates at the entrance to the Giardino Ibleo (you won't be able to see much of this garden, so don't expect to see a big public square with trees). Immediately on your left will be the narrow entrance to the Corso XXV Aprile.
Drive very carefully up the Corso which will probably be full of people. If you've got a small car, try turning first right into the Via Montereo - and then first left into the Via Santa Maria la Nova. If that doesn't look do-able, carry on up the Corso and turn next right into the Via Orfanotrofio (don't go straight on, whatever you do) - and then first right into the Via Santa Maria la Nova.
Hotel Il Barocco has dedicated parking at the Via Montereo end of the street.
눇This is a family owned and run hotel with just 17 rooms created from connecting and refurbishing adjoining houses. The style is traditional rather than 'cool', but that feels appropriate in the setting of Ragusa Ibla.
The location is brilliant: just a minute's walk from Piazza Pola with its gelaterias, cafes, bars and restaurants, and only a short walk further to Piazza Duomo.
The best things about the hotel itself are the staff, who couldn't be nicer or more helpful - and the breakfasts, which are better than you will find in most business hotels: the choice of things to eat is huge and the quality of the ingredients is excellent.
The hotel also has good water pressure, effective air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
We thoroughly enjoyed a full week's stay and were quite sad when the time came to leave.