"The town" Modica Favorite Tip by isolina_it

Modica General: 2 reviews and 3 photos


Favorite thing: The town of the 100 churches is among the favorite tourist destinations in Sicily after Taormina, fortified by its position over a huge rock on two gorges where two streams Ianni Mauro and Pozzo dei Pruni (which do not exist any more today) joined into the Moticano river on the slopes of the Monti Iblei, dominating the whole Val di Noto. For its southern position and superb Mediterranean climate, it is renowned for producing the first vegetables and fruit of the season.
In 1693 it was largely destroyed by an earthquake, and reconstructed almost completely in the Baroque style, which pervades all the palaces and monuments, while the oldest part is rich of small alleys and streets, sided by ancient artisans' shops.

The town consists of a lower part (Modica Bassa) and a higher, more ancient part, Modica Alta, connected through 130-m tall Ponte Guerrieri. Modica was also the native town of philosopher Tommaso Campanella, and of 20th e century poet Salvatore Quasimodo, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1959.

Also famous is the unforgettable Modican chocolate, still prepared with an ancient traditional technique.

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  • Written Aug 11, 2006
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