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FRESHLY RENOVATED 18TH CENTURY HOME WITH CAPTIVATING HISTORIC CHARM

Rosie

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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FRESHLY RENOVATED 18TH CENTURY HOME WITH CAPTIVATING HISTORIC CHARM

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Modica House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

An elegant and comfortable 18th century home in Modica’s historic centre, newly renovated by a Florentine architect. It combines brand new amenities, WI-FI, A/C, and contemporary style, with historic character. Nestled in a charming, residential neighbourhood, it's steps from Modica’s lively cafes, restaurants, and stunning Baroque architecture.

This 90 sq m palazetto features original stone floors, domed ceilings and sandstone archways, alongside air conditioning, all-new, contemporary furniture, and marble kitchen counters. Enjoy coffee on the balcony with a view of Modica’s historic castello, or relax with a glass of Sicilian wine in your private interior terrace. Ideal for five people, it can comfortably accommodate seven, thanks to a comfortable fold-out sofa.

Modica offers urban amenities and relaxed charm. It also makes a great base to explore southeastern Sicily, including UNESCO world heritage sites, Blue Flag beaches, hiking trails and nearby gorges, and Greek and Roman ruins.

About Modica: Modica is a UNESCO World Heritage site, in recognition of its 'Sicilian Baroque' architecture. It is also famous for its distinctive--and delicious--artisanal chocolate. The historic centre includes restaurants and cafes, as well as live music, theatre, and, during the summer months, you can enjoy movies and performances under the stars. The historic centre is compact, and easily managed on foot. We think it's a lively and entertaining place, but still relaxed, casual, and quiet.

About Southeastern Sicily: Convenient day trips (by car, train, or bus) include historic, cosmopolitan, and beautiful Siracusa, Caltagirone (famous for its ceramics) and UNESCO-protected Baroque splendour of cities such as Noto, Scicli, and Ragusa. Nature lovers will enjoy the delights of nearby beaches, (such as Pozallo, Sampieri, and Donnalucata) or hiking in scenic gorges.

Discover ruins of classical antiquity and early Christian history at nearby sites such as Akrai, or the Roman mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale.

Wine lovers will enjoy sampling the local Nero D'Avola, Frappato, Grillo, and Cerasuolo wines, or perhaps enjoying a tour of a nearby vineyard.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rosie (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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About Rosie

Our jobs (journalist and teacher) have allowed us to travel for long periods of time during the summer months and over 10 years ago we travelled to Sicily for the first time. During my last sabbatical year, we decided that travelling to Sicily wasn't enough and that we both wanted to 'put down roots' in a place that felt like home from our very first trip. I spent most of my sabbatical restoring our 18th century home in the historic centre of Modica. A daunting task, but made easier because of the wonderful and hardworking people I met along the way. The renovation was completed, as promised, by the end of June 2011 and we spend our first summer in our new house. We love it and we hope that you too enjoy your stay in Modica - it is a truly amazing town.

Rosie purchased this house in 2011

Why Rosie chose Modica

Modica is most definitely 'off the beaten track'! Sicily's southeast is, in our opinion, a particularly beautiful part of an already beautiful and interesting island. Its proximity to Siracusa, Noto and Catania makes it easy to get to and appealing in terms of places of interest for tourists. Although Modica is a popular tourist destination, with much to do and see, downtown businesses (restaurants, caffes, farmers' markets) continue to cater to both locals and visitors so that one can really feel what life and living in an southern Italian town is like.

What makes this house unique

Our property is located in the historic centre of town surrounded by cobblestone lanes and streets. We walk everywhere and take the bus or train to the beach and nearby towns. We rent a car when necessary, but if we have the time, I prefer to use public transit. Our favourite caffe, Caffe dell'Arte, is a 5 minute walk from our house as is our favourite pizzeria: La Contea and bar: Hemingway's. There are countless others, but it's nice to have such amazing services nearby. Our house was completely restored by our Florentine architect who was committed to using traditional materials and reusing/restoring whatever we could, it definitely has all of the modern conveniences and comforts of home. The best part is that the beach is 20 minutes away!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week in Sicily based at La Margherita was one of the best holidays we have had. We will come again.

The house is charming, practical, quiet and well located for the shops and restaurants of Modica.

The aim of our late November holiday was to get to know the baroque area of Sicily as a precursor to spending more holidays in Sicily. Using Modica as a base we were able to visit all the baroque towns and villages and as an amusing sideline look at the locations used in the Inspector Montalbano TV series ( sad really). Wherever we went we found the people friendly, honest and helpful.

The restaurants provided good quality food at reasonable prices. Despite being in Sicily for the one week of rain that occurred in November the climate was balmy (21C) and most of the rain occurred during the night. We realised that we would need to return to the area again if we were to do justice to the history, pre baroque, and countryside let alone looking at the Allied Invasion of 1943.

Modica and the Margherita will be our base for future trips.
Nov 2012
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Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

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Freshly Renovated 18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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5

Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5
Lorenzo, the agent, met us as planned and helped with our luggage. The apartment is well situated with reasonably easy street parking. 10 mins walk to Main Street and 10 mins to supermarket (though be prepared for steps or gradient). The lighting around the entrance and surrounding streets make returning at night a pleasure.
The apartment is extremely well equipped. And of a high standard, it's not often one finds quality china plates in a rental, we felt as if we were borrowing someone's home. The information package regarding restaurants , sights, day trips was most helpful. We also enjoyed the combination of architectural old/ comfortable modern interior and would not hesitate to recommend this well-looked-after apartment.
Rosanna, the owner, answered all enquires promptly --- even though I emailed several times.
  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Hi Mary! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed staying at La Margherita. Thanks for taking the time to write and for your kind review. It was no trouble at all answering emails - I quite enjoy helping with the planning/logistics!
Best,
Rosie
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Martinez, Ca., USA
5

Quiet, Charming and Well-equipped Modica Apartment

  • 5 of 5
We spent four nights here and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. The apartment was very quiet and had everything we needed including ready access to downtown Modica for great restaurants, gelato and conoli. Try La Contea close by for a wide selection of tasty pizzas, a very well priced wine list and other dishes. We had them do a half porcini half cinghiale pizza that was amazing. Osteria Sapori e Produti a ways further up the other main road was a delight, dined there twice and had wine and dinner for two for 27 euro. For gelato try dei Angeli. Modica Alta, accessible by local bus, has an overlook Pizzo Belvedere not far from the main church at the highest point in Alta that gives a sweeping view of Modica. The adjacent tourist info/cafe has huge chocolate arrancini. Modica was great and Rosie has prepared a charming apartment, only thing, 16 somewhat steep stairs to the second level where the kitchen, dining, outdoor patio, 1/2 bath, W&D, sitting area with fold out couch, and balcony are located. The two bedrooms and main bath with large walk-in shower are on the ground floor. Enjoy! Peter & Martha
  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Peter and Martha! Thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review of La Margherita and Modica! We're so glad that you liked our restaurant recommendations and you really can't beat those prices. You were wonderful guests and we do hope you come back soon.
Best,
Rosie
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Traveler's Dream Location!

Traveler's Dream Location!
  • 5 of 5
We just got back from an excellent holiday at Casa Margherita . What a lovely home base from which to explore Sicily! The place was amazing and the house perfectly located. The architecture, churches, food, wine, chocolate and views of Modica were awesome. The house is well appointed and loving cared for with attention to detail and consideration for traveler's needs that makes for a wonderful vacation experience.

It is a lovely home set amidst amazing scenery, shops and food and wine galore. We had a grand time - we saw all the sights of Modica as well as exploring Siracusa, the Island of Ortigia and Sampieri Beach and had a dip in the Mediterranean. We safely wandered the streets of Modica and soaked it all in and sat under the stars in the indoor courtyard in the evening - it was lovely! Rosanna's binder full of tips, times, and locations was invaluable - we visited the suggested areas and shops ( and found some spots on our travels too.) We had great restaurant meals and gelato, cannoli, cheese and chocolate visits to the local shops and made several awesome meals in the well appointed kitchen with fresh produce from the markets. It was a very relaxing holiday full of fond memories.

The entire process from booking, arrival, our stay and departure was handled with care and consideration for our comfort. The communication with Rosanna was great and having Giorgio on hand in Modica to meet us, explain the area and be available on site if we needed assistance made for a pleasureable and stress free holiday. We would certainly recommend this location as a home base for a lovely Sicilian vacation!
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi Larry and Susan; thanks for your wonderful review! I heard that you awoke to the sound of cannon fire announcing the Festival St. George, the morning of your arrival - quite a spectacle, isn't it! Glad you used and liked our recommendations and found the Sicily guide books helpful - we look forward to trying out some of your recommendations as well. Still lots to discover and we hope to welcome you back soon! Cheers, Rosie
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5

Great place, nice, cosy and warm welcome

  • 5 of 5
We arrived on Saturday April 19, just before Eastern Sunday and were welcomed by Giorgio who took the effort to pick us up from a place we were taken to by our tom tom system. Giorgio really is a warm and welcoming person who shows you the house but also makes you feel welcome in Modica, We arrived late but he took us to a pizzeria (three kids) " La Contea" just accross the street which served great pizza's. Also we liked Modica a lot, nice place and close to other attrractions like Noto. The house is very nice, clean and exactly what the pictures are promising. We defintely recommend the place.
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Geert! Thanks for your lovely review. Friends sent pictures of this year's Easter procession and it looked amazing (one day I'll manage to see it in person)! I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. I do hope that you and your family come back sometime soon - you were lovely guests.
Thanks, Rosie
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Strafford, VT, USA
5

We love Modica

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time staying in you home right from the start with the incredible welcome we received from Georgio when we arrived. The four of us fell in love with Modica. We bought bread every morning at the bakery on Via Tedeschi and croissants at Caffe Adamo, which were flaky crisp on the outside and spread with honey inside. We got fruit and veggies from the stand across from the stairs up to your street. The house was perfect. It was great having a fully equipped kitchen. My sister made a veal dish to die for with meat from the local butcher. We found a little restaurant called A Putia Ro Vinu and had an excellent meal there. Another night we ate at Taverna Nicastro up in Modica Alta, another good meal, and also ate at Osteria dei Sapari Perduti.

The bed rooms were ample, with their own heating units and ceiling fans and very comfortable beds, a nice change from what we have experienced with other rentals. The bathroom was modern and the water hot and ample! There are large glass doors on either side of the dining area one onto the balcony and the other opened onto a second floor courtyard. The neighbors were sweet and friendly. We made full use of the new washing machine and clothes drying rack. The only suggestion for improvement would be...hmm, let me think, maybe two more clothes pins and then our stay would have been perfect.

We were inspired to house hunt for ourselves, but then realized that you had the perfect house already. Thank you!
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Hi David;
Thanks for your kind words. I must say that you are not the first guests to contemplate house hunting/buying in Modica having discovered its charms - a lovely couple who were our guests last year, now have their own vacation home down the street!
We do hope that you come back soon - there are still plenty of food/restaurant discoveries to be made.
.....and I won't forget the clothespins - they will be the first thing on my 'to do' list.
Best,
Rosie
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5

La Margherita is a gem

  • 5 of 5
I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this vacation home is. It has been renovated and furnished with utmost care and attention to detail and comfort. From the fully outfitted kitchen with everything one could ever need to prepare meals, to the cozy sitting area with comfortable furniture. The bed was extremely comfortable, complete with fine linens, down pillows, down duvet and a comfy mattress.

The owners are lovely people who responded promptly, were communicative and the booking process was quick and easy. The property manager Giorgio, and Lorenzo, are wonderful people. Lorenzo showed us around the apartment and explained everything, Giorgio dropped by to make sure everything was okay.

The apartment was spotlessly clean and everything was in perfect condition. The location is unbeatable, close to parking, very quiet and near to shops and the lively central area of Modica. We loved the area and the friendly shop owners who give excellent customer service and provide such great produce, cheese, meat, etc.

I would recommend this vacation rental without hesitation, it was our favourite while on a month-long vacation to Italy. We fell in love with Sicily, beautiful people, a captivating land with an astounding architectural heritage.
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marsha;
Thanks for your kind words. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time in Sicily (despite the rain!) and that you found Modica to be as charming as we think it is. You were wonderful guests and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Map

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Comiso
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Bar Adamo
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Pozzallo (to Malta), Catania to Calabria (130km)
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Modica Centrale
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Gela-Siracusa (at Rossolini)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
La Contea/ Torre D'Oriente
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Mount Etna (Really!)
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Marina di Modica
Car: recommended

Our property is located in the historic centre of town on a quiet, residential laneway. The surrounding, cobblestone streets are very rustic and charming, but we are steps away from the lively shops, cafes and restaurants.

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Rates & Availability

From €80 Per night

Modica House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn
Aug 31 2014 - Dec 27 2014
3 night minimum stay
€80
€480
 
 
Winter
Dec 28 2014 - Mar 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
€80
€480
 
 
Spring
Mar 29 2015 - Jun 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
€90
€540
 
 
Summer
Jun 28 2015 - Sep 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
€100
€600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
€80
From
€80
Fri,Sat,Sun
€480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add €5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Deposit will be %100 refunded (minus Paypal or bank transfer fees) IF cancelled 30 days prior to arrival. Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

***********Guests booking a stay of one week or more between January 1st - February 28th receive one night ***FREE*** off the weekly rate*************

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Amenities

Modica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There is one bathroom on each floor. The ground floor bathroom has a sink, toilet and large walk-in tiled shower. The upstairs bathroom has a sink, bidet, toilet and Bosch washing machine.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A private chef can be arranged if you wish to sample local specialties and see how they are made. An excursion to a rustic farmhouse in the stunning Val Di Noto, where their specialty is homemade ricotta cheese, can be organized as well! A 4-course lunch including wine and a whole lotta fresh ricotta costs 20 euros per person!

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