A unique combination is this magnificent town where baroque monuments mingle with sun faded houses painted in pastel shades that array downwards in a terrace-like shape. Two areas are defined High Modica and Low Modica. It is also unique in the sense that its extraordinary architectural beauty fuses with other attractions such as its renown palatable chocolate, excellent restaurants, hospitable people and some inviting beaches. Everything creates a milieu of self indulgence unlike that available anywhere else.
Modica, as well as other cities in the area such as Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa, and Scicli, were included on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2002, for they represent the Late Baroque that spread in Europe.
Modicans take pride in the beauty of their city as well as its historical background. The city was a source of influence for it belonged to the feud of the Chiramontes. Although as time went by Ragusa became more powerful than Modica, Modicans still assure that their city boasts much more beauty than Ragusa.
High Modica tumbles down in a terrace-like shape as far as it reaches a valley where about one century ago a river with a raging torrent. After a heavy flood, the river bed was turned into Corso Umberto I and Via Giarrantana, the main ways of town. From there on Low Modica spreads downwards. Strolling for a long time is recommendable as to aesthetic pleasure but not as to tiredness for walking up the hill is extremely exhausting.
Where to Eat
Antica Dolceria Bonajuto offers chocolate produced in the traditional way Aztecs made it.
Their recipe sticks to ways of preparing chocolate that have been forgotten because of mass production. Its special is the mpanatigghi, pastry stuffed with meat and chocolate.
I Baccanti serves extraordinary fresh pasta, dishes prepared with rabbit, seafood and fish. The sommelier at the restaurant can advise you on the best wine to accompany each dish.
Taverna Nicastro is a typical site chosen by families. It has been listed in the renowned and respected Slow Food guide for it serves good wine and food. The menu lists more meaty dishes than vegetarian ones. However there are some delights for vegetarians. The wine list is very recommendable, particularly the sweet wines.
Fattoria delle Torri is perfect for its mouth watering display of food, exquisite food and superb seafood in combination with their good wine.
Hemingway is a fashionable bar, lined with books and furnished with cushioned seating, which throws some DJ parties a month.
How to Get to/away and around
BY BUS: from Syracuse (services: 10 a day, Mon-Sat).
BY CAR: from Catania take SS114 and then the SS194. From there follow the sign to Ragusa on the SS514. From Siracusa drive along the motorway A18 and then the SS115. From Agrigento/Gela go along the SS.115.
BY TRAIN: Modica’s railway station is in the centre. For more information please refer to the following link: http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html