Our last installment of our Charming Summer series is here. The season comes to an end but if you are lucky enough, you still have time to enjoy the last rays of sunshine in one of the most beautiful towns of Sicily: Modica.
Get lost in the tiny streets and alleys of Modica’s old town. Earthquakes and floods have damage Modica throughout the years, but he city centre still exhibits proudly some of the most beautiful arquitectural examples of Baroque in Sicily.
For picture perfect views, climb up to the viewpoint called Belvedere Pizzo.
Shelter from the Sicilian sun in one of Modica’s stunning churches. Don’t miss the two cathedrals: Duomo di San Pietro and Duomo di San Giorgio.
Make a day trip to Cava Ispica, an archeological site where you can visit caves from the bronze age, Christian catacombs from the 4th and 5th centuries AD, the remains of the Byzantine Church of Saint Pancreas or the catacombs of Laderia, the second largest underground cemetery in Sicily. Don’t forget Sicano castle, a true fortress carved out of a steep rock face.
Buy one of the wonderful traditional baskets or coffia di paglia in Otavia Failla.
Modica is a gourmet town, specially for those who love sweet flavours: chocolate and turrone are the local specialities. But if you dare, try the more spiciy flavours of the arancine di riso, and the palummeda cu ll’ova. The best spot to enjoy Modica’s cuisine is the restaurant Torre d’Oriente, specially if you get a table on the terrace.
Why not staying in a historic residence built in 1600? Torre Don Virgilio is the perfect resort to discover nature, history and Sicilian hospitality. Rustic charm, discreet elegance and a wonderful garden with a bright blue pool. Find spirituality inside its little chapel , built in 1800, or hide in the Book Bar,placed in the higher part of the tower.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these series. We wanted to offer you a little tour around the most delightful towns in Europe and maybe discover some new destinations for you. In case you missed them, here you have our mini guides to Sirolo, Isle of Harris, Koufonisia and Arles.