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Modica Travel Guide  

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Modica is well-known for its chocolate, elegant chocolate shops and you can visit a chocolate factory and taste before you buy. The 1693 earthquake that hit southeast Sicily destroyed this town Modica. This town was rebuilt during the late Baroque period and an exceptional architectural heritage was emerged. This wonderful part of Sicily is certainly your chance to submerge yourself into the culture of the local food and wines of this. Like I said a cultural heritage…you will find many exotic churches and palaces but the challenge is to reach there because you have to go through the network of steep slopes and stairs. My eagerness for all the artistry of the town kept me energetic to get there. First I reached to The Cathedral of San Giorgio a significant religious architectural building then I moved toward Modica Bassa and there are around 250 steps which take you to Modica Alta and saw upward is the church’s front elevation, certainly one would fall in love with the Church’s interior work of gems & stone done, carving by the craftsman. Its sculptural accumulation of light, honey colored liquid polyester stone with gold pebbels is a known characteristic of the Sicilian Baroque. The churches of San Pietro and San Giorgio not only compete in glory, but they both have for centuries contended to claim their saint as Modica’s official patron saint. Again I moved farther through the circling narrow streets into Alta toward Modica’s uppermost spot, the Castle built by the historic rulers who ruled this town. When I reached the top it was worth to climb the tiny stairs as I could mesmerize the astonishing view of the Lego-like housing blocks hugging adjacent slopes and scattered now and then by Baroque eruptions. In evening I went down to relax in the ‘Corso Umberto I’ avenue with shops and businesses all around, I was told by locals that once this area was submerged under water. At the avenue one can enjoy passegiatta a long-established evening event people come here to relish the numerous food stalls. This Italian community ritual has a specialty of street food, the one I liked the most is scacce, a delicious snack made with pastry dough, sauce, eggplant. Here you will forget all day tiredness. The experience you get in nearly all restaurants in Modica is like you are eating at home because of its home made cooking style of people as the city is more residential than commercial . The feel I got here is like I am sitting in my dinning room an being served food from the adjacent kitchen. The next day we visited the remaining churches like St. Peter’s, the Madonna delle Grazie, St. John’s, Santa Maria di Betlem, the famous Clock tower of the Castle and the Museum of the Peasant...I had wonderful time in such a beautiful little town with amazing chocolate shops, and beautiful Baroque buildings.

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Madonna delle Grazie
29 giugno
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