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Top Choice Modern Sicilian in Modica


While we love the modernist furniture and vintage Sicilian tiles, the real thrill at this fine-dining maverick is the food. Head chef Accursio Craparo honed his skills under the tutelage of heavyweights Pietro Leema…
Top Choice Gelateria in Modica

Caffè Adamo

There is great gelato and then there's gelato made by Antonio Adamo. The affable modinese makes all his confections from scratch; even the Agrigento pistachios are ground on-site. The result is ice cream packed with…
Food in Modica

Dolceria Bonajuto

Sicily's oldest chocolate factory is the perfect place to taste Modica's famous chocolate. Flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla, orange peel and even hot peppers, it's a legacy of the town's Spanish overlords who import…
Sicilian in Modica

Fattoria delle Torri

This is one of Modica's smartest restaurants. Housed in an elegant 18th-century palazzo, it has a beautiful dining area with tables set under stone arches and bay windows looking onto a small internal garden. The se…
Cathedral in Modica

Cattedrale di San Pietro

Modica's Cattedrale di San Pietro is an impressive church, atop a rippling staircase lined with life-sized statues of the Apostles.
Sicilian in Modica

Osteria dei Sapori Perduti

Nostalgia rules the roost at bustling, affable 'Osteria of the Forgotten Flavours', right on Modica's main drag. Decked out in a jumble of old telephones and cooking utensils, it's a good spot for traditional local …
Church in Modica

Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista

Attributed to Rosario Gagliardi and marking the top of Modica Alta is this grand baroque church. Prefaced by a sweeping staircase, the church underwent major restoration work in the 19th century, its current facade …
Church in Modica

Chiesa Santa Maria del Carmine

Also known as Santa Maria dell'Annunziata, this 15th-century church is a rare example of Gothic architecture in Modica, most of it destroyed in the earthquake of 1693. Notable features include the pointed portal and…
Church in Modica

Chiesa Rupestre di San Nicolò Inferiore

For a break from baroque, head off Corso Umberto I to Via Grimaldi and this 12th-century church. Waiting inside are rich Byzantine frescoes.
Museum in Modica

Museo Civico

The Museo Civico houses a modest collection of archaeological finds from Modica and Cava d'Ispica, dating back to the neolithic period. It also houses a collection of 20th-century paintings and sketches once owned b…