That evening we strolled along the streets in the "new" part of town, watched local men chilling and talking in front of coffee shops while we soaked in the atmosphere.
We woke up to another warm and sunny day and started off in the "new" town. The new town was built after the 1693 earthquake (which destroyed the old town), while the old town was being restored.
Piazza S. Giovanni in new town.
Authentically Sicilian: tree-lined streets, mopeds, and small cars.
Sicily's famous exports: aubergines, peppers, lemons, pistachios, fennel, tomatoes, durum wheat.
The landscape of Ragusa is probably the most interesting if not drastic of all the places I have visited. The the old town rests on a very narrow "rock" and the new town on a high plateau. The two towns are connected by a very winding road. View of old town from plateau.
Another view of old town. Notice there is not much outside the old town perimeter.
Interior of Chiesa del Purgatorio. Note the painting "Anime in Purgatorio" by Francesco Manno.
The magnificent Cattedrale di San Giorgio(1744). We were not able to go inside because of a wedding. Imagine walking down that aisle!!
Piazza in front of the cathedral and wedding car Italian style.