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Modica is not only food:

MODICA, A GEM OF MEDITERRANEAN CULTURE

Modica is not only food, it would be over-simplifying and even unfair not to talk about the history you can breathe in every corner of this city, its natural beauties, its elegant perfection. Modica is perfect gem shaped by time.

Modica Cattedrale

Located in the south-eastern part of Sicily, just a few kilometers away from Ragusa, Modica lies on a plateau scattered with “caves”, real canyons, river valleys passing across the territory, rich in suggestive caves. The city is located at the foot of a rocky spur, right on two rivers (today underground), Pozzo dei Pruni and Janni Mauro. In the background a wonderful sea and a lush countryside (particularly olive and carob trees) with its typical dry-stone walls, ancient farmhouses and typical buildings of the Sicilian countryside.

Modica, Unesco World Heritage Site since 2002, is steeped in history and culture. It was a flourishing commercial center, nerve center of an ancient and powerful county, and between the fifteenth and the twentieth centuries it was the fourth numerically and politically most important city in Sicily. The Baroque style, following the terrible earthquake that struck the Val di Noto in 1693, characterizes the city: historical buildings, squares, imposing churches with beautiful decorations and sweeping staircases (Modica is also known as “the City of a hundred churches”). The most fascinating church is the Duomo di San Giorgio (St. George’s Cathedral), one of the best examples of the Sicilian Baroque. One of the aspects characterizing the spirit of Modica is the crafts sector, a real art form in all of its facets: carpenters, iron workers, embroiderers, as well as cartwrights (the craftsmen who make the typical carts).


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