Modica is the gem of the province of Ragusa displaying a studding well preserved Baroque old town centre.
A pearl of the famous Sicilian Baroque, Modica is located in south-east Sicily. It sits on a canyon and in order to get there from Ragusa you have to cross high and panoramic viaducts. The charming town offers an exquisite cuisine with great wines and a famous chocolate, besides beautiful sea and wonderful monuments. The Church of St. George, a fascinating place of worship, is Modica’s most representative monument, it is a Baroque masterpiece preceded by a majestic flight of stairs. This city also offers many interesting places like the Butterfly House, a tropical greenhouse, where you can walk and watch some of the most striking butterflies in the world inside their natural habitat. Some other interesting attractions are the “Cavallo d’Ispica” Watermill, a rural art jewel from the 17° century, the Modica Chocolate Museum which shows the various stages of artisanal chocolate production with several tastings and the Casa Museo Salvatore Quasimodo, where the Nobel laureate poet was born.
This village has lots of typical food as the Pastrizzi, small pastries with ground lamb, the Scacce, thin veggies-filled tarts, many tasty cheeses as caciocavallo, ricotta and provolone and at the end the famous Modica Chocolate which is processed with old Aztecs techniques. it is impossible to forget red wines, Cerasuolo di Vittoria and Nero d’Avola.
The city also provides many events during summer, the main ones are St. George celebration, Eurochocolate celebrating Modica’s chocolate and the Palio della Contea, an historical commemoration, where knights coming from different neighborhood show their abilities in a typical medieval atmosphere.
The nearest beach resort for locals is Marina di Modica, it is a small and very sought-after piece of paradise for surf and windsurf lovers, since its peculiar position make it exposed to wind.
People live here:
It is famous for:
The famous Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Festa del Patrono San Giorgio, the celebration of the Patron Saint of Modica Eurochocolate, this international event promotes the local production of Chocolate
Palio della Contea, a medieval festival that take place in August.
How to get there:
A19 Palermo- Catania, continue along SS 514 to Ragusa exit Modica
SS 514 to Ragusa exit Modica.
A18 Messina- Catania, continue along SS 514 to Ragusa exit Modica
There are several trains from Catania and Siracusa to Modica.
Hotel Bristol 3 *
Hotel Cabrera 4 *
Hotel Le Magnolie 3 *
Hotel Palazzo Failla 4 *
Hotel Pietre Nere Resort 4 *
Hotel Principe d’Aragona 4 *
Hotel Relais Modica 3 *
Hotel Modica Palace 4 * Superior
Hotel Torre del Sud 4 * Superior
Hotel De Mohàc 4 *
Hotel Ferro 4 *
Hotel Borgo Don Chisciotte 4 *
Hotel Gran Barocco 4 * Superior
B&B Habitat 4 *
B&B Modica 3 *
B&B La Terrazza di Modica
Residence Casa del Mar 3 *
Residence Blu Modica Mare 4 *
Country Hotel Torre don Virgilio 4 *
Country House Case Brizza
Country House Nacalino 3 *
Where to Eat:
Ristorante Le Magnolie
Ristorante Fattorie delle Torri
Hostaria della Musica
Ristorante don Virgilio
Ristorante La Locanda del Colonnello
Ristorante Il Girasole
Ristorante La bella Napoli
Ristorante Terrazze Campailla
Osteria Dei Sapori Perduti
Trattoria da Fabio
Ristorante Oste del Borgo
Ristorante A Putia ro vinu
Marina di Modica