Modica is a city situated in the hyblaean mountains in the Province of Ragusa in Sicily.
We noticed this city by the mountains as we were going past a bridge on the way to Ragusa. We had to come the next day to explore the city better.
The city is famous for chocolate and baroque architecture. The city consists of Modica Alta (upper Modica) & Modica bassa (lower Moscow). It looks like it is highly influenced by the Arab invasion and rule in the 9th century and later with the advent of christianity, it's now filled with a few beautiful cathedrals not to miss! The whole town is walkable and has beautiful views from everywhere.
The historical town of Modica is located in the south-eastern part of the island in about 20 km distance from Ragusa.
The elegancy of its buildings and streets richly decorated with baroque motives gave a significant boost to the town’s tourism. A further contribution was the annexation to the communities of the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO in 2002.
Modica is built at the foot of a rocky ridge where once two rivers flew which are underground today. In the past the town became an important centre of southern Sicily being the head of the homonymous county. Today the town is composed of two urban agglomerations: the Upper and the Lower Modica, both are fascinating in equal way for different reasons.
The Modica tourist may not miss, in no case, a culinary visit to one of the numerous shops where the delicious Modica chocolate is made and sold.
Rebuilt following the devastating earthquake of 1693, its architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe and, along with other towns in the Val di Noto, is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy.
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