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Top Choice Gelato 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…
Top Choice Modern Sicilian in Modica

Accursio

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…
Church in Modica

Chiesa di San Giorgio

The high point of a trip to Modica – quite literally as it's up in Modica Alta – is the Chiesa di San Giorgio, one of Sicily's most extraordinary baroque churches. Considered Rosario Gagliardi's great masterpiece, i…
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 …
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…
Market in Modica

Mercatino delle Pulci

Modica's much-loved flea market is one of the best in the region. Held on the last Sunday of the month, its rows of stalls peddle everything from vintage jewellery, tea sets, records and postcards, to old Sicilian c…
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 …
Sicilian in Modica

La Locanda del Colonnello

Book ahead for a table at this Slow Food darling, hidden away in Modica Alta. Seasonality steers a menu that gives classic Sicilian flavours subtle, elegant twists. Here, succulent shrimps give earthy zuppetta di ce…
Trattoria in Modica

La Rusticana

A Slow Food trattoria close to the railway station, homely, no-frills La Rusticana lists its short menu of daily offerings on a blackboard. Influenced by the seasons, dishes are simple, honest and irrefutably tasty,…
Wine Bar in Modica

Rappa Enoteca

High ceilings, antique mouldings and vintage tiled floors create a delightful backdrop at this atmospheric enoteca in the upper town. Daily offerings, handwritten on butcher's paper, include thoughtfully chosen Sici…