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Nested in a dramatic gorge of the Val di Noto, Modica, like many other towns in the area, is a World Heritage Site. Its flamboyant baroque architecture delights its visitors as soon as they approach the town from the road. Yet Modica is a sharply divided town, and locals usually identify with the lower or the upper part of the town. The lower town mainly occupies two wide streets that came to replace two rivers after a tragic flood in 1902. The upper town, built on a steep hill, is a maze of alleyways, and retains the feel of an old Sicilian village. Both have many splendid baroque palaces and religious edifices.
Lower and upper Modica have their own opulent Chiesa Madre, which are the main points of focus of the itinerary. The church dedicated to San Giorgio, the patron saint of Modica (upper Modica) is of particular interest, notably for its remarkable grand façade and its elegant twin staircases leading to the church. In the church of San Pietro (lower Modica), its old rival, the largest chapel is decorated with a superb Madonna of Trapani by the school of Gagini. Next to San Pietro is the cave-church of San Nicolo Inferiore, the oldest church in Modica. Its earliest fresco, depicting a scene of the Ascension, date from late Byzantine (late 10th early 11th century).

Tour duration: up to 3h

For lunch, your guide will happily offer suggestions on the best options in Modica

Contact us to book this private tour of Modica; we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.

Note: If you wish to explore other towns in the Val di Noto, please contact us. You could easily combine this half day guided walk of Modica with another destination such as Noto, Ragusa Ibla or Scicli.


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Church of San Giorgio

Church of San Pietro

Cave-church of San Nicolo Inferiore

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Trip Includes: Guided tour, local taxes (if you are a Tour Operator, please contact us for a quote).

Trip Excludes: Admission tickets (€ 5)

Per private party of up to 8 people
price: € 300 /Group

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