Wandering through the narrow winding alleyways in the historic center of the city, brings you to this unique vacation home rental in Modica. Overlooking some of the charming decorated balconies, rooftops and secret hidden courtyards below, the townhouse is immersed in the tightly knit town among the jumble of ancient structures.
Completely renovated by a handful of skilled local artisans with Modica stone, pitchstone, natural materials and a soothing, minimalist palette, the effect is simple and elegant.
On the first floor there are two double en-suite bedrooms that sleep four and a well equipped kitchen with a luminous terrace for dining al fresco. There’s also a small studio lounge and media room with a library.
Interior design is kept simple and chic with family heirlooms and pieces sourced from travels through South and Central America.
On the ground floor guests have access to an interconnecting environment that includes a patio with an original well and the living room where a cave was unearthed during restoration, lending atmospheric charm to an already unique environment. Peaceful and sheltered, the spaces are ideal for an escape from the outside world to enjoy the scent of lemon blossom and jasmine.
Wifi throughout, satellite cable TV, kitchen and bath amenities, laundry facilities, free parking nearby.
Part of a staggering collection of UNESCO designated towns in the Val di Noto (including Ragusa and Scicli), Modica sneaks up on you. A startling and amazingly dense and intricate town nestled down into a deep gorge, it’s a jaw dropping site as you approach.
Leveled by the earthquake in 1693, Sicilians were serious about reestablishing this Baroque masterpiece. Duomo di San Giorgio is the centerpiece although there are multiple architectural treasures throughout the town.
Alto o Basso? Either way you need to be hearty and able bodied for the number of steps and twists and turns in this city. Corso Umberto (basso) is the main drag with shops and dining while the medieval quarter (alto) lies above. Do both.
Cacao imports during the Spanish reign created the happy accident of a uniquely Sicilian version of chocolate found only in Modica – a delicious local specialty. Check for dates (it varies) for the Wonka-esque Eurochocolate festival held here.
Cava D’Ispica is just outside of Modica and is odd and interesting archeological treasure. A series of neolithic burial sites and a former chapel, they were later middle ages dwellings.
With over 50 miles of coastline, the two best beaches nearby are Sampieri and Marina di Modica (avoid in August when you’ll battle for space).
Modica, Sicily, Italy. Nearest Airport: Catania Airport (45km)
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall but the island and the city are fascinating year round
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