Modica is a real “Island within the island” where you are captured by the warmth and courtesy of the people. The reality is immersed in a molded atmosphere of past and present, the visit to Modica is the experience of unforgettable emotions.
Once upon a time it was that the Earldom belonged to the powerful Chiaramontes, whose glory seemed to shine forever. In fact, the earldom enjoyed a special status similar to autonomy with the proper Secret Police, the Army, The Treasury, the Holy Inquisition. The Chiaramontes were generous enough to their people offering them land and liberty in the 14th century Europe! The last of the Chiaramontes, Andrew became the victim of a political royal intrigue and was beheaded in his castle. The Chiaramontes were immediately replaced by the Carberas and the Enriquezes.
The earthquake of 1693 modified the Medieval County in a dynamic part of Sicily. The people made a virtue of necessity, creating a new architectural style recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage worthy. The Sicilian baroque is a semi – independent style expressing the unique desire to rebuild, restore and reconstruct what had been admired before the dramatic event. The jesuit Rosario Gagliardi and his team of architects transformed medieval acute forms into soft sublime shadows of Barocco and rococo, ingeniously saving the antique treasures. The majestic facades of the noble constructions with enormous, well-molded pillars, nooks containing statues and beautiful baroque style decorations recall memories of the royal glory which once existed in the County.
We look forward to guiding you around Modica. Modica never leaves its visitors indifferent as it’s overwhelmed with exotic aromas of cacao and chocolate. Sicilian chocolate is baroque as well, as it acts as an appreciated aperitif, as a generous condiment to any local sauce and it has a granulated structure and lightly intense taste. The Sicilian chocolate flavor goes beyond the imagination of even the most sophisticated Italian gourmands. It was brought from America and prepared for centuries according to the secret Aztec recipe: grainy, spicy, seducing, involving; it offers uncountable flavor as vanilla, Marsala, red wine, pepper, salt, cinnamon, pistachios, almond, citrus….