The charming town of Modica is set between two valleys, amid beautiful scenery around 15 kilometres from Ragusa. Modica is characterised by its beautiful architecture including churches, palaces, and beautiful 18th century baroque style buildings. The narrow streets, squares and alleyways offer the perfect place for a leisurely stroll under the warm sunshine. Modica is also famous for its chocolate, which has been made in the town since the 18th century – why not try a few samples during your holiday? The nearby coastal area of Marina di Modica offers a great beach, as well as watersports, and a choice of bars, restaurants and discos.View villas in Modica
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Following the famous earthquake and floods of 1693 the town of Modica was split into two parts and remains today as Modica Alta (upper) and Modica Bassa (lower), which are connected by long flights of stairs. This unusual layout and the sight of the medieval buildings teetering on high above many others is worth a visit in itself.
The upper part of the town is dominated by the striking Church of San Giorgio which was rebuilt in 1720 following the damage of the earthquake. The church is accessed by 250 steps but the climb will be worth it once you see its architecture and interior artwork.
Ever since the very first Spanish imports from south America, Modica has been famous for its confectionary and products made from Cocoa. Today there are many chocolate shops within the town, some have been there for centuries, and if you are lucky you may catch a demonstration using some of the chocolatiers traditional techniques. Modica's chocolate is famous for being quite crunchy where the sugar they use does not completely dissolve and it is often flavoured with chili, cinnamon or vanilla.
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