One of the famed Val di Noto eight UNESCO listed towns of south-eastern Sicily, Modica's Medieval, Greek, Roman and Baroque treasures are more spread out than the other seven. Making this a wonderful place for explorers, with many of the best places to stay in Modica hidden amongst the labyrinthine streets.
It might take you a while to get the lay of the busy, lemon-scented streets with their steep staircases, but your discoveries will be all the more rewarding.
As well as its theatrical Baroque looks, Modica is also famous for its chocolate shops - made in the Aztec style - so that's another reward to look forward to.
Modica deserves more than a day trip visit. This is very much a living town, and there's a pride to the warm welcome you'll receive. It's likely that more than one local person will want to tell you the story of the 1693 earthquake, which lead Modica's townsfolk out of their cave dwellings and into building their town around the castle fortress which had always protected them.
Local people may also be quick to tell you their favourite church. There are many to choose from, but the two favourites tend to be the monumentally curly San Pietro in the lower town - also near the town's older chocolate shop, Antica Dolceria - and the fabulously opulent San Giorgio in the upper town. The zigzag of lanes taking you up to the church, and the Modica Alta, the town's highest point, may not bear any resemblance to your map, but that's part all part of Modica's charm.
One way to ensure you benefit from a local's insight is to stay at one of Modica's B&Bs. This town has plenty of restaurants to choose from, so you won't go wanting.
Famed for its chocolate, Modica does a lot more when it comes to cuisine, and it makes an excellent base for a foodie's Sicilian adventure.
The town is just a short distance from the sea and many of the best places to stay in Modica and its surrounds are located between the Alta and the coastline.
Modica has to be one of Sicily's most romantic towns - it's breathtakingly beautiful, with plenty of wondrous views, and its a place to explore together. There are also plenty of romantic stories from the town's history.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Modica, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively have a look through our full list of recommendations for Sicily.
Traditional villa renovated with contemporary minimalism between the sea and Modica. Rooms with attractive pastel washed walls, light wood furniture and private terraces. Lovely pool and sun deck, restaurants nearby. A great spot for a family holiday with access to beaches and sights around.
A great little B&B in the Baroque town of Scicli. Neat contemporary rooms and one suite with large bathrooms and frescoed ceilings. Great value, family friendly, and lots to do on the beach or exploring the nearby sights.
Elegant Baroque townhouse with a Michelin star restaurant. Aristocratic rooms have frescoed ceilings, rich fabrics, and walls of Toile du jouy. An excellent choice for the sophisticated cultural traveller with a sensitive palette.
A picturesque B&B on the slopes of Modica with a charming garden and lovely views over Baroque rooftops. Contemporary bedrooms all in white with splashes of colour. Great value, and ideal for families - children under 3 go free.
Wonderfully rustic sandstone farmhouse made into a collection of family suites and apartments. Rooms have traditional wooden beamed ceilings, white washed walls and beds with attractive throws. Swimming pool and plenty to do in the area - beaches and sights.
A lovely working farmhouse with its own wine barrels and an excellent restaurant. Rustic rooms with wooden beams, white washed walls, exposed stone and simple furniture. Lovely gardens and pool. A romantic and gourmet spot.
Wonderfully spacious and modern self-catering apartments and rooms in a pretty valley location. Each sleeps 2-7, has polished floors, lots of natural light, white washed walls, and huge bathrooms. On-site chef, sparkling pool, magnificent gardens. Ideal for families and groups.
Stone cottage renovations on a hillside in central Modica. Rustic chic creatively mixed with flamboyant interior design; white stone walls, cerulean tiles, glass panels. Each has a private terrace. Very peaceful, wonderful views, family friendly.
18th century country house which has been in this aristocratic family for generations, as has their good taste. Food is the star of the show: rustic Italian flavours paired with local wine. Rooms are filled with light and colour despite exposed stone ceilings. Enjoy the gardens and tennis courts!
Total relaxation in an aristocratic country house. Nature, peace and quiet, walks, serene valley views. Huge rooms and suites in traditional style with stone walls, fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and Sicilian furniture. A sophisticated country escape.
A very special maison de charme with boutique rooms near Marina di Ragusa’s golden beach. Sophisticated rooms and one family room combine antique furniture with modern lighting and decoration. Attractive breakfast terrace with scented flowers. A great choice for a romantic or family beach holiday.