2015-06-24 Marina Di Ragusa

This morning we set off for another day of sightseeing - our first stop is the town of Scicli 25 kms from Ragusa
This morning we set off for another day of sightseeing and our first stop is the town of Scicli 25 kms from Ragusa
The Church of St Bartholomew in Scicli
The Church of St Bartholomew is one of a hundred churches in Scicli 
Not a lot of lycra in this Dutch cycling group!!
Not a lot of lycra in this Dutch cycling group taking a breather while in Scicli !!
Chiesa Madre or the  Mother Church in Scicli
Chiesa Madre or the Mother Church in Scicli
The beautiful interior of the Chiesa Madre
The beautiful interior of the Chiesa Madre
Palazzo San Beneventano
The Baroque exterior of Palazzo San Beneventano
One of the amazing carved figures above one of the windows of the Baroque Palazzo
One of the amazing carved figures above one of the windows of the Baroque Palazzo
Time for a nice cappuccino and some tiramasu cake
Time for a nice cappuccino and some tiramisu cake
We also did some shopping at Silvia's new boutique called Scic.li in Scicli
We also did some shopping at
Silvia’s newly opened boutique called ‘Scic.li’ in Scicli – well worth a visit !!
The rain began when we arrived at Chiesa San Michele
The rain drops began when we arrived at Chiesa San Michele

 

Chiesa Di San Maria Della Croce and the convent sit high above the town of Scicli
Chiesa Di San Maria Della Croce and the convent sit high above the town of Scicli

 

The view over the old town is quite spectacular
The view over the old town is quite spectacular

 

Scicli is believed to have been inhabited for since the 3rd millenium BC
Scicli is believed to have been inhabited since the 3rd millenium BC

 

The ancient town of Scicli
The ancient town of Scicli

 

Time for Ric to have his chocolate icecream fix!!
Time for Ric to have his chocolate icecream fix before we depart Scicli!!

 

Our next stop is visiting the town of Modica which is close to Scicli
Our next stop is visiting the walled city of Modica which is situated  close to Scicli
Corso Umberto is the main street of Modica which in past centuries was where a river flowed through the valley
Corso Umberto is the main street of Modica which in past centuries was where a river flowed through the valley

 

 

Façade of the Baroque church of San Pietro.
Façade of the Baroque church of San Pietro in Modica
We visit he Garibaldi Theatre in the main street of Modica
We visit he Garibaldi Theatre in the main street of Modica

 

Ric on stage throwing his hat in the air!!!
Ric on stage !! Is that him throwing his hat in the air !!!
The Garibaldi Theatre reminded us of our beautiful old Theatre Royal in Hobart
The Garibaldi Theatre reminded us of the beautiful old intimate ‘Theatre Royal’ in Hobart
We climb many steps to the higher part of Modica to visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Giorgio
Leaving the car in the main street, we climb many steps to the higher part of Modica to visit the beautiful Cathedral of San Giorgio
The view from the road in front of the Cathedral is quite incredible
The view of the hillside from the road in front of the Cathedral
Same view as before but with us in it!!!
Same view as before but with us in it!!!
The magnificent San Giorgio Cathedral
The magnificent San Giorgio Cathedral
The exquisite chancel of the Cathedral
The exquisite chancel of the Cathedral
We have arrived to see florists delivering and setting up the Cathedral for a wedding
We have arrived to see florists delivering  a huge van load full of beautiful flowers for a wedding in the Cathedral due to start in less than an hour!!
We head back down to the lower part of the town to collect the car
We head back down to the lower part of the town to collect the car
With the help of some lovely local girls we manage to find the Pizzo Belvedere which has the most amazing view over Modica
By car we returned to the higher area of Modica and with the help of some lovely local girls we manage to find the Pizzo Belvedere which has the most amazing view over Modica
The amazing view from high above Modica
The panoramic view from high above Modica
The wedding is in progress at the Cathedral of San Giorgio
The wedding is in progress at the Cathedral of San Giorgio below
Visitors were welcome to observe the wedding
Visitors were welcome to come in briefly and observe the wedding in progress
The bride's dress looked exquisite!!
The bride’s dress looked exquisite!!
We wait patiently outside for the wedding to finish
We wait patiently outside for the wedding to finish

 

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Finally the bride and groom appeared
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Immediate toasts with Champagne are usually held as the bridal party come out of the church!! Good idea!!

 

A small train full of tourists are lucky enough to get a unique opportunity of photographing a Sicilian wedding party descending from the Cathedral!
A small train full of tourists are lucky enough to get a unique opportunity of photographing a Sicilian wedding party descending from the Cathedral!

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