The beautiful Baroque city of Modica is one of the hidden treasures of Sicily's south-east shore. Built on the steep slopes of the valleys, a romantic blanket of elegant buildings and magnificent churches covers the hills, giving the charming impression of rows upon rows of houses balanced on top of each other.
This historical city can trace its roots back to 1031 BC when it was inhabited by the Sicels. Nowadays, it has a population of around 55,000 and has become a popular travel destination for those who can't resist the allure of stunning Sicilian Baroque architecture.
The impressive Church of San Giorgio takes centre-stage with its huge, domed bell-tower peeping up out of the surrounding scenery, whilst the regal Castello dei Conti stands sentinel on its own rocky perch, presiding over the sprawl of the city. Modica holidays offer the chance to enjoy traditional Sicilian life against a breath-taking historical backdrop, whilst providing excellent access to some stunning beaches and the other historical towns that typify Sicily's south-east coast.
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If you decide to choose a Modica villa for your holiday home in Sicily, you will be spoiled for choice for location. Perhaps the charming countryside retreat of Villa Baglio Blu will appeal.
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Choosing a base for your holiday in Sicily is never going to be an easy task – there are far too many enticing options. However, Modica will appeal to anyone who wants to get lost amongst quaint, traditional streets; enjoy delicious Sicilian food and drink; or hire out bikes to explore the surrounds of this charming city and the picturesque beaches of the south-east coast.
Wandering the traditional streets of Modica is like stepping a couple of hundred years back in time. The bustling streets are separated into 'upper' Modica, Modica Alta, and the lower part of town, Modica Bassa. It is Modica Alta that contains the old medieval heart of the city, where winding lanes and uneven stairways invite you to explore to your heart's content.
As well as Modica's majestic cathedral, Duomo do San Giorgio, with its ornate and theatrical interior, be sure to climb the incline to the Belvedere Pizzo to soak up panoramic views of the city. Wandering back down to the lower part of town, take the balcony-lined Corso Regina Margherita, and experience
the collision of two worlds as you exit the peaceful medieval quarter and arrive firmly in 21st century Modica Bassa.
The Museo Civico, with its collection of antiquities, and the charming church, Chiesa del Carmine, with its Gothic inspired architecture and traditional confession booths, are both well worth a visit, too.
Visitors with a sweet tooth will take a great interest in the city's speciality product – the famous dark Modican chocolate. Devour this delicious treat as a rich liqueur or in a variety of flavours, from vanilla to chilli. If you drop by the Chocobarocco celebrations in autumn, you can even enjoy a chocolate massage, but at any other time of the year it is possible to watch the chocolatiers work their magic. Be sure to visit the numerous, tempting chocolate shops to pick up some souvenirs.
The easiest way of reaching Modica is to fly into either Comiso airport (39 km from Modica) or Catania-Fontanarossa airport (122 km from Modica). Both hubs serve domestic and international flights.
A budget-friendly option is to take a bus or train from Syracuse which takes 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours respectively.
You will find a tourist information office in Modica situated on Corso Umerto I. Expect this to close for a couple of hours’ siesta in the afternoon.
This region of Sicily is renowned for being a UNESCO heritage area and for its abundance of romantic Baroque towns. Try Noto or Ragusa as the next stop on your Sicily travels or simply visit as a day trip from your Modica base.
Additionally, the small seaside resort of Brucoli or the bustling historical centre of Syracuse – with its fascinating archaeological remains – are located within close proximity, should you choose an apartment or villa in Modica, Sicily. See our travel guide for additional information on destinations.