We love the south of Sicily and whilst nearby Ragusa is modestly known, Modica is a real hidden gem. Baroque in style, this charming city is only 15 km from Ragusa and and is divided in two areas: Modica Alta (upper Modica) and Modica Bassa (lower Modica), which are connected by hundreds of steps. The town, located between two valleys and on Pizzo’s hill, is a harmony of churches, palaces and buildings of the eighteenth century (all built according to the late baroque style). Think narrow, quaint streets, inspiring domes, squares, and fantastic architecture – its picture postcard perfect!
The most extraordinary example of the architecture is Saint George’s Cathedral, which is recognised by Unesco. Polara Palace (XVIII century) which overlooks Modica Bassa, is characterised by Saint Peter’s Cathedral that is embellished by its stairway with the statues of the twelve Apostles.
Modica is also famous for its chocolate that has been made since the eighteenth century – especially as it blends some interesting ingredients such as vanilla, cinnamon or hot pepper. It’s a chocoholic’s paradise!
In addition to its history, Modica really does have a lively heart. The Marina Di Modica, which is close by is considered a paradise for surfing and windsurfing. The lovely long beaches offer endless relaxing days and at night there are plenty of restaurants and nightly haunts to make the most of the the long hot summer evenings.
Getting to Modica, couldn’t be easier – Catania airport is a mere 90 min drive away and there are plenty of other Sicilian delights within easy reach such a Syracuse and Scicli.
In terms of accommodation, Holiday Homes in Italy offers some wonderful villas dotted around the Modica countryside, try:
Casa di Petra
Casa di Pietra is a small stone house of the kind characteristic of Ragusa with a fab swimming pool. Its only 10 km from Modica and the beautiful beaches of Sampieri and Donnalucata can be reached in just a few minutes by car.
This beautiful complex of apartments is just a stone's throw away from the beautiful, wide sandy beach of Marina di Modica. Its location is perfect to experience a wonderful holiday by the sea, and is also a great starting point for exploring the surrounding area.
This sunny five bedroom eighteenth-century country property is located at the heart of baroque Sicily, and recently expertly renovated. It is surrounded by the typical local carob plants, fields of grain, ancient olive, citrus and almond trees and wonderfully scented jasmine. It offers two swimming pools, both situated in the sheltered and stylishly furnished Mediterranean courtyard. This is a wonderful base to discover the City of Modica (8 km away).
This is the property to discover an authentic Sicilian way of being, a cosy 4 bedroom patrician dwelling tracing back to end of the nineteenth century. Situated in a quiet, sunny but not isolated location, the villa looks on to a well-maintained garden enriched by a collection of palm trees while at the back extends the large swimming pool and a panoramic small terrace with wonderful views on the countryside.
There’s no better way to take in the sights of Modica than staying in the centre and waking upp too its awe-inspiring view every day. Eleganza is a refined, exclusive 2 bed house in the historical centre, just a few metres from the beautiful cathedral of San Giorgio. Its cosy terraces offer wonderful, uncommon and suggestive views of the enchanting roofs and alleyways of the old this baroque town. Lovingly and carefully renovated, the property is a wonderful and traditional Sicilian holiday home.
A lovely old 3 bedroom country house located in the vicinity of Modica. This beautiful dwelling, which has been recently expertly renovated, belongs to an old, charming "baglio", a traditional, rural architecture which was built round an internal courtyard that includes the manor house itself and the close farmhouse, occasionally occupied by the owner. Beyond the courtyard is the large swimming pool with terrace-solarium surrounded by a luxuriant garden with citrus trees and Mediterranean plants.
Villa Modica Vista
A lovely 3 bedroom old farmhouse lying between Modica and Frigintini that dominates a wide stretch of olive trees and carobs, a peaceful place that a well-known sicilian artist has restored with love and with her own artistic style. The garden is enclosed on one side by a wall in local stone, and on the other it looks over the countryside, and is characterized by a long, 21 metre, irregular-shaped swimming-pool, with a large paved farmyard and green spaces with olive and palm trees, and is all perfectly blended in with its natural surroundings.