A Baroque fortress in the Province of Ragusa, in 2002 Modica became a UNESCO world heritage town due to the extraordinary value of the monuments in its historic centre. A place with a medieval atmosphere criss-crossed by narrow streets and alleys, picturesque houses – some even carved into ancient grottoes – stairways winding up the hill slopes, a forest of bell towers, and picturesque views in pastel shades of colour. Its many churches are impressive: they include the Cathedral of San Giorgio, that of San Pietro and the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù. Take a stroll through the rooms of the Palace of Culture, at one time a Benedictine Monastery, and don’t miss the view from the Castello dei Conti, perched on an impregnable rocky spur. Modica is the guardian of romantic stories and poetry, and in the early 20th century was home to Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo; it also offers great food experiences – it’s one of the world capitals of chocolate.
Not to be missed in Modica
The historic centre
The Cathedral of San Giorgio
The Cathedral of San Pietro
Castello dei Conti
The Museum of Chocolate
The Museum-House of poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Where to sleep in Modica
To dip into the magic atmosphere of Modica and experience its daily awakening, we suggest you opt for one of the selected oases of relaxation in the town centre. If you’re looking for a place immersed in nature and far from crowds, the lush green countryside of the hinterland offers a wide range of exclusive solutions.
When to visit Modica
Modica is beautiful year-round due to its mild climate and average temperature of 17°C, with some cold patches in January and February. The summer is hot and dry but with cooling breezes, with an average of 26°C – the choice is yours.
The town of Modica, in the province of Ragusa, is included in the UNESCO world heritage site since 2002. Visit the historic Baroque center during your stay in one of our hotels and villas, selected for you by CharmingSicily.com.