Province o Ragusa

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Province o Ragusa
Map heichlichtin the location o the province o Ragusa in Italy
Map heichlichtin the location o the province o Ragusa in Italy
Kintra  Italy
Region Sicily
Caipital(s) Ragusa
Comuni 12
 • Preses Giovanni Francesco Antoci
 • Tot 1,614 km2 (623 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Tot 308,103
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 97100, 97010-97015, 97017-97019
Telephone prefix 0932
Vehicle registration RG

The Province o Ragusa (Italian: Provincia di Ragusa; Sicilian: Pruvincia 'i Rausa) is a province in the autonomous region o Sicily in Italy, locatit in the south-east o the island. Its caipital is the ceety o Ragusa, which is the maist sootherly provincial caipital in Italy.

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Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Frae Scoglitti tae Pozzallo, the Ragusan coastline is approximately 85 kilometres lang. Alang the Ragusan coast are mony fishin veelages such as Kaukana, Punta Secca, Marina di Ragusa an Marina di Modica. The Hyblaean Muntains are dominatin the north o the province an its heichest peaks are Monte Lauro, Monte Casale an Monte Arcibessi. The rivers o the province are the Irminio, Dirillo an Ippari an the anerlie lake in the province is the Lago di Santa Rosalia alang the course o the Irminio river. The skyline o Ragusa is punctuatit bi the touers, domes an cupolas o the mony exquisite kirks for which the province is kent. The aurie is maistly unspoilt, as durin the 19t century an early 20t century there wis lairge migration frae Ragusa tae the mair prosperous auries o Italy an abroad.

It haes an aurie o 1,614 km², an a total population o 295,264 (2001). There are 12 comunes (Italian: comuni) in the province [1], see Comunes o the Province o Ragusa. Bi population, they are:

Commune Population
Ragusa 72,483
Vittoria 60,918
Modica 53,448
Comiso 29,489
Scicli 25,855
Pozzallo 18,393
Ispica 14,823
Santa Croce Camerina 9,397
Acate 8,340
Chiaramonte Gulfi 8,085
Monterosso Almo 3,357
Giarratana 3,255

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Some of Ragusa province has changed dramatically over the last twenty years, largely due to tourism. However, many places in Ragusa remain untouched by the last two centuries, and the atmosphere of the 18th century still pervades them. Industries can be found in the towns of Ragusa and Pozzallo where are the two major industrial areas are located. The west and south of the province are mainly dedicated to the intensive farming in greenhouses and the local vegetables leave from the Market of Vittoria to be exported to all of Europe making the province of Ragusa one of the biggest producers of greenhouse produce. In the areas around Ragusa and Modica cattle farming is at the highest levels in the region for milk, dairy and meat production. Tourism seems to have now replaced the fishing industry as the principal source of employment along the coast.

Transports[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • There are no motorways in the province and the main roads are the National SS.115 that crosses from west (Gela) to east (Syracuse) and the SS.514 that running north connects Ragusa to Catania. The SP.25 (Provincial Road) runs south from Ragusa to Marina di Ragusa.
  • The 120 km of railway network of the province are entirely on single track and not electrified. Regional trains run regularly connecting the major cities.
  • Comiso Airport during the cold-war was the biggest NATO base in Europe and has recently been refurbished to be converted from military to civil airport.
  • The Port of Pozzallo is the only cargo and passengers port (service to Malta), and is located in the southern part of the province.
  • The other ports are either fishing ports like Scoglitti and Donnalucata or Marinas for touristic boats like Marina di Ragusa and Punta Secca.
Cathedral of San Giovanni, Ragusa.
Duomo of San Giorgio, Ragusa Ibla.
Duomo of San Giorgio, Modica.

Sichts[eedit | eedit soorce]

Baroque[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Sicilian Baroque

The ceeties o Ragusa, Modica an Scicli contain mony examples o baroque airchitectur an frae 2002 are pairt o the Warld Heritage. The main monuments are:

  • Cathedral o San Giovanni (Ragusa)
  • Portal o San Giorgio (Ragusa Ibla)
  • Duomo o San Giorgio (Ragusa Ibla)
  • Duomo o San Giorgio (Modica)
  • Duomo o San Pietro (Modica)
  • Kirk o San Bartolomeo (Scicli)
  • Palazzo Beneventano (Scicli)

Aircheology[eedit | eedit soorce]

Castles[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Castle o Donnafugata, near Ragusa, is a beautiful example of country residence o the Baron Corrado Arezzo that dominates the surroondin countryside.
  • Castle o the Coonts o Modica in Modica toun centre.
  • Castle o Naselli d’Aragona in Comiso datin tae 1576.
  • Ruins o the fortress o Parco Forza in Ispica.
  • Acate is hoosin the Castle o the Prince o Biscari constructit oreeginally in 1494, it is a commandin featur o the toun square. The construction o the castle wis ordered bi Baron Guglielmo Raimondo Paternò, its gowden coloured stane wirk haes been modifeed mony times durin its lang history, it nou appears mair as an 18t century palazzo than a castle, although some crenelations an touers remain.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]