Modica



Of ancient origins, the city of Modica was the capital of an ancient and powerful county whose territory in the Middle Ages, extending even to the gates of Palermo. The city was a thriving commercial and agricultural communities where Jews, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards lived together peacefully until 400.
Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, Modica was formerly crossed by canals and bridges that made it one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. The city was, in fact, the confluence of two rivers of Pozzo Mauro Pruni and Janni (now dry), which formed the bed Modicano, later to become today's Corso Umberto I. Thanks to the great source Fontana Grande, the most conspicuous that originated the Modica, 23 water mills were built well, now sadly no longer exist along the territory of Modica. From the '400 to the early 900 was the fourth largest city of Sicily by population and political importance, its cultural vitality can be attributed to the presence of educational institutions clergy and laity who have made it a prestigious center of learning.

Currently divided into three parts, the city has a historic center of Modica of undoubted beauty, characterized by many houses next to each other, often extending to ancient caves. Apparently they were 700, in fact, the caves inhabited since prehistoric times.
Of medieval, the Old Town (today Modica low) is a charming maze of small houses, narrow streets and long stairways, built around the hill of Pizzo. The prevailing style is baroque style, back to the catastrophic earthquake of 1693 that affected several towns of the Val di Noto. Thanks to its historical monuments, the town of Modica won the UNESCO award in 2002.

Famous for its spicy chocolate, produced according to the ancient Aztec recipe, Modica is much appreciated for its culinary excellence, including the oil Frigintini, one of the first in Italy for fruity scents. Even the ice cream Modica has found an important award: Modica is, in fact, one of the city's Italian Gelato.

Monuments of interest

  • St George Cathedral
  • St Peter Cathedral
  • Santa Maria del Gesù Church
  • St. John the Evangelist Church
  • Culture and Museum Palace
  • Carmine Church
  • San Domenico Church, ex convent and Crypt
  • Santa Maria di Betlem Church
  • Portal de Leva
  • Capuchin Monastery and St. Francis Church
  • Madonna delle Grazie Shrine
  • Polara Palace
  • Napolino-Tommasi Rosso Palace
  • Birthplace of the poet Quasimodo
  • Studies Palace
  • Garibaldi Theater
  • Grimaldi Palace
  • Conti Castle
  • Clock Tower

Archaeological Sites

  • San Nicolò Inferiore rock Church
  • Cava Ispica
  • Cava Lazzaro
  • Cava dei Servi

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