Three Hundred Steps, Ragusa, Sicily by John Vito Photography. "The medieval city of Ragusa was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. The citizens chose to rebuild the city on a high plateau above the original site and built the current Baroque-style city of Ragusa. Years later, the old aristocracy reclaimed, and rebuilt the old city down below. Today the two cities are one Ragusa, with the old and new parts connected by three hundred helter-skelter, zig-zagging steps."