In typical late Baroque style, Modica is part of the district of Val di Noto. Apart from the numerous beautiful architectural structures, Modica is famous for the confections of chocolate made according to an ancient Aztec recipe. The association of this two most characteristic features of the town, led to the birth of the Chocobarocco, a cultural event that attracts an increasing number of visitors every year.
As in nearby Ragusa, Modica conserves little of theoriginal medieval settlement. The remains of the necropolis right at the centre of the town testify to the Byzantine rule, although the original settlement goes back to the ancient Sicilians. In the late 13th century the Contea di Modica (county of Modica) was established to ratify the wealth and political force conquered by the city.
Did you know?
Modica is the birthplace of the poet Salvatore Quasimodo, a famous hermit and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1959? Quasimodo’s house-museum is located in Via Posterla. On the initiative of the poet’s relatives, a literary park has also been created, which includesthe places in Sicily that were most significant to Quasimodo and his family.
Some places not to be missed
Duomo di San Giorgio: magnificent 5-naves church with precious paintings and a monumental organ;
Church of Santa Maria del Gesù: the most characteristic feature is the Catalan style of the architecture and decoration;
Castle of the Conti;
House-museum of Salvatore Quasimodo;
Archeological and natural sites around Modica
Cava Ispica è un vero e proprio museo all’aperto che include una gran varietà di reperti riconducili ad epoche diverse: grotte, affreschi e un’estesa catacomba. Da non perdere inoltre il Castello Sicano.Una giornata a Cava d’Ispica si rivela un’ottima occasione anche per conoscere la vegetazione tipica locale.
Modica’s traditional local products
Cava Ispica is a real outdoor museum that includes a great variety of remains from different eras: grottos, frescos and a large catacomb. Don’t miss the Castello Sicano. A day in Cava d’Ispica is a great opportunity to explore the local vegetation. Modica’s famous products. The confection of Modica chocolate was brought over during the Spanish domination- who had learnt the Aztec technique – and is today one of Sicily’s most characteristic products. One of its features is its “cold” manufacture. Modica chocolate is unique and is spiced in various ways … Try the chilli variant!
Events in Modica
Madonna Vasa Vasa: Easter Day in the morning
Palio della Contea: mid-August