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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.
Modica's brilliant B&Bs
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.
- Le Lumie is on the slopes of Modica, so you don't even need to leave the B&B's garden to appreciate this town's beauty, you've a view of the magnificent jumble of rooftops from your breakfast table.
- Neat, contemporary, and with six generously sized rooms Novecento makes a very comfortable base for exploring the whole region.
- Technically in nearby Ragusa, L'Orto Sul Tetto deserves a mention because of its wonderful Sicilian charms - think a breakfast roof terrace surrounded by lemon trees - and the fact that it's such great value.
Modica for foodies
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.
- Palazzo Failla's Michelin starred restaurant says it all: this is a sophisticated place to stay. But the Baroque twist to the decor makes it feel traditional as well.
- Eremo della Giubiliana is a sophisticated country escape where you can learn to cook the Sicilian way.
Close to the Sea
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.
- A traditional villa converted with with minimalist style, Cambiocavallo is just a few kilometres from the blue flag beaches of Pozzallo. This is also ideal if you're looking for great value in a perfect location.
- Originally a farmhouse, Masseria Ciancio's rustic stone walls and wood beamed ceilings lend charm to its five suites and three self catering apartments. Also a short drive from Pozzallo.
- Torre Marabino goes one better by being a working farmhouse! Serving its own wines in an excellent restaurant. So this is probably one of the best places to stay in Modica if you want the food, the views and the beach.
Modica for families
- Relais Parco Cavalonga is perfect for families who need a bit of space. These modern, self catering apartments sit in their own pretty valley, but there's also an onsite chef and plenty of activities on hand if you want to take things easy.
- Whereas Casa Talia is one of the best places to stay in Modica if you want to be right in the heart of town - this collection of stone cottages each has their own private terrace with incredible views.
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.
- The Antica Badia Relais deserves a special mention because of its elegance. And fabulous frescoed ceilings. It's also one of the best places to stay in Modica if you want to relax in a spa after your exploring.
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.
Best Hotels in Modica
Cambiocavallo 8 rooms from $72Modica
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.Birdwatching - Nature reserves of Fiume Irminio and Vendicari.Sights nearby - Unesco-listed Baroque towns.Four poster beds - For romantics.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - I Escape
Novecento 6 rooms from $77Modica
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.Value chicSights nearby - Ancient caves of Chiafura. Bang in the centre of Baroque Scicli.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape
Palazzo Failla 10 rooms from $118Modica
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.Foodies - Michelin star restaurant.Sights nearby - Located in the centre of ModicaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Private Hot Tub
Le Lumie 3 rooms from $104Modica
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.Views - Wonderful views over Modica's jumbled rooftops.Value chicSights nearby - Take in all the sights of Modica on footGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
Masseria Ciancio 8 rooms from $104Modica (Graffetta)
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.Value chicFamiliesSights nearby - Unesco-listed Baroque towns and minutes drive from the Cava IspicaCooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape
Torre Marabino 7 rooms from $115Modica
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.FoodiesSights nearby - Explore the Unesco Baroque towns of Noto and Modica, plus much moreSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Relais Parco Cavalonga 15 rooms from $136Modica
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.FoodiesFamiliesSights nearby - Donnafugata’s castle and all the stunning baroque architecture of the Iblea regionSwimming Pool - Two outdoor infinity pools carved in the rocksRecommended by - I Escape
Casa Talia 10 rooms from $157Modica
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.Views - All rooms have fabulous views down to the historic centre of ModicaFamiliesSights nearby - Discover historic Modica on footSailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Tenuta Cammarana 3 rooms from $172Modica (Sicily)
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!Sights nearby - The archaeological and UNESCO sites of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Agrigento, SiracusaGreat walks - The scenic walking routes of the Sicilian countryside are on your doorstep.Restrictions on children - Children above the age of twelve welcome.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays, Tablet
Eremo della Giubiliana 25 rooms from $215Modica
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.Views - Incredible seaviews. On a clear day you can make out Malta and TunisiaCountry EscapeSights nearby - The hotel has its own archaeological site part of which dates back to 5BC.Cooking classes - Learn the art of Sicilian cuisineRecommended by - Tablet
La Moresca 15 rooms from $292Modica
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.Beach Life - Nearby is Marina di Ragusa’s long, golden beach.Sights nearby - Ancient Greek colonies of Kamarina and Kaukana.Full of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape