Modica is a picturesque city. True icon of the Sicilian Baroque, it is also known as the “city of a hundred churches”.
Its two most important Baroque churches are the Church of St. Peter (San Pietro) and the Church of St. George (San Giorgio). In fact, the two Mother Churches have always been in competition in terms of opulence and embellishments.
The city is divided into two major areas, lower Modica (Modica bassa) and higher Modica (Modica alta), and the placement of many buildings, which almost dig into the rock, makes it look like a beautiful nativity scene. However, Modica owes its charm mainly to its Baroque appearance, which explodes in all its glory in the historical center. Another characteristic of Modica Alta is its twisting and turning streets, and of great interest is the one that leads to the Cathedral of St. John (San Giovanni). The Cathedral can be reached through a very elegant staircase. Instead, Corso Umberto is defined, the “elegant parlor” of Modica.
Sicily was also the land of famous poets, and following in the footsteps of some of these, we discover that Modica was the birthplace of Gesualdo Bufalino and Salvatore Quasimodo. Along with its Sicilian Baroque style, the city of Modica is also known for its passion in the production of chocolate, to add to the list of its traditional agricultural food production.
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