First impressions were not the best!
We had gone around the roundabout five times and were still lost.
Finally, on the right road, we found our way to Casa Talia, our home in Modica for the next five nights.
After parking the car, there is a 200 metre walk to the entrance.
The door opens on to a terrace garden and Marco greets us.
Already we feel we are home.
Casa Talia is a small B & B of six rooms though renovations are under way to add another couple of rooms. The rooms all open on to a balcony or shared terrace.
A beautiful breakfast is served each morning in the adjoining garden.
Modica is built on two sides of a ravine where a river once flowed
We are facing Modica Alta. The view is stunning.
Below us, the main street, Corso Umberto divides the town.
We are perfectly situated.
The walk down to Corso Umberto is easy but coming home will be a different story.
We pass memories of locally born poet, Salvatore Quasimodo and emerge opposite the Duomo San Pietro, Modica Bassa’s patron saint.
Palazzo’s line the street, most now being used as public offices
We join the locals for lunch at Osteria dei Sapori Perduti.
The specialities include pasta with peas and ricotta and pasta con il macco, a dish made by cooking shelled broad beans and herbs slowly until they become a puree in which the pasta is then cooked.
You can drive to the other side to explore Modica Alta but it is more interesting to walk.
Behind the baroque masterpiece, the Church of San Giorgio, the steps lead you higher and higher.
Pass the well known Palazzo Failla with it’s Michelin star restaurant, Gazza Ladra before taking Vico Filarota which leads you through the small shoppping area to Piazza San Giovanni and the Church of Sal Giovanni Evangelista (closed for renovation). We are told there are over 100 churches in Modica
Follow Via Pizzo to Piazza Principe di Piedmonte where an amazing view over the town awaits.
Modica is famous for it’s chocolate.
You will find many chocolate shops on Corso Umberto
Antica Bonajuto and Don Puglesi are two of the most famous
All chocolate in Modica is made using the traditional Aztec method handed down by the Spanish. Still made without added fats, the cocoa, sugar and spice mixture is not tempered and the sugar crystals are preserved, giving Modican chocolate it’s unique taste.
Delicious pastries are also produced in Modica including the famous, mpanatigghie which are made from a mixture of meat and chocolate.
There is so much to do in this south eastern area of Sicily
Day trips to Noto, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone are planned.
Our five days here will pass very quickly.