|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Palazzetto Polara, the little palace, is the wing of the most famous aristocratic Palazzo in Modica, Palazzo Polara. To fully understand the importance of the Polara family one has to just look at its neighbor, San Giorgio Cathedral. Only the most important of families could claim such close proximity to a cathedral.
San Giorgio Cathedral is considered par excellence the most important Baroque church in Sicily. From the balcony and the terrace of Palazzetto Polara behold both the spectacular view of the city of Modica and the Cathedral itself.
In addition to the magnificent settings, Palazzetto Polara also offers concierge service as part of the weekly rental fee.*
To see reviews please follow this link: http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/modica/1431803
To reach Palazzetto Polara one takes the stairs to the left of San Giorgio Cathedral and from there steps into the wondrous charm of the private and enclosed spacious courtyard. The courtyard features an alfresco dining area with table and chairs shaded with a sun canopy for hot days with plants climbing the age old walls lending a cool air as one steps into the Palazzo.
The entry hall is majestic with a 4 meter ceiling looking up into the important staircase inlaid with hand carved stone, the steps themselves are in the local precious stone called pece, which contains tar giving it its dark hue and comes from the neighboring area of Ragusa. An 18th century wrought iron chandelier hangs proudly setting off the coral colored walls.
To the right of the entry hall is the generous kitchen fitted out with everything you could possibly need for when you decide to cook at home. Appliances are all of top quality with a large refrigerator, a 5 burner gas stove with an extra-large oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, and toaster. Marble counter top on the main working space and a lovely fresco detail of a lemon tree lends an authentic touch to the room.
Still on the ground floor is a fully equipped bathroom featuring local tiles in a colorful pattern, walk in shower, toilet, and large sink and space for your toiletries.
Upstairs are the 2 bedrooms, another bathroom and the frescoed living room. From upstairs one accesses the terrace and the balcony.
Bedroom number 1 has a king sized bed, plenty of drawer space and entrance to the terrace.
Bedroom number 2 has a king bed too but can be opened up into twin beds if required. This room has a spacious closet and drawer space and also opens onto the terrace. Both bedrooms have air conditioning.
The upstairs bathroom features colored tiles and has a walk in shower, bidet, toilet and sink. Plenty of space to lay out your toiletries too.
The terrace is a delight with views over San Giorgio Cathedral. Relaxing wicker armchairs and a large sun umbrella will provide a space in which to relax and breathe in the atmosphere of Palazzetto Polara
The living room is a grandiose room set off by the original frescoed ceiling that was restored during the renovations. The room has plenty of corners to sit and relax in together or on your own. The furnishings are a mix of traditional and antiques. Comfortable table lamps will provide fantastic lighting for atmosphere or reading.
From the living room’s french doors be prepared for a spellbinding view of Modica town.
Concierge Service will assist on arranging any pre arrival necessities such as car services, guides restaurant bookings or simply answering any questions you may have.
In order to meet our guests upon arrival we will need to know your arrival time, this will be part of the pre arrival information, once then on the ground a quick phone check in to update any potential changes in schedule.
Our concierge will meet you at the Palazzetto, present the keys and show you around the house and explain where things are. A booklet on the house will also be on hand for your reference.
Upon arrival you will be also be provided information on any upcoming local events, concerts, festivals, plus visiting hours of monuments and churches.
Once in Modica it is up to you to decide if you would like some guidance on things and places to do or local spots to have a drink or a meal at. If so simply call the Concierge.
What a wonderful apartment, it is a fantastic combination of old and new and perfect for a holiday in southern Sicily. Rosalie is lovely and makes sure before you go that everything is taken care of and if you need anything that it is provided. Also when you arrive Lorenzo is on hand to meet you and he even carried our suitcases up to the apartment which is a feat in itself (sorry mine was a bit heavy). He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable especially about all the lovely places to eat out in Modica and was on call if you needed anything. Views from the terraces are spectacular and it was so wonderful to sit on the terraces on a warm night with a glass of wine in hand enjoying the views of Modica and/or the Cathedral. Location wise its perfect for visiting all the near by towns/beaches and sites of interest, there are so many. There are quite few steps up to the apartment from town - so be prepared it can be hard work climbing back up after a big meal but if you take it steady it's great exercise and burns off a few of the calories you have put on. Food is excellent in Modica and there are several good restaurants and pizzerias to choose from. We had a fantastic holiday, the apartment and location delivered everything and more than we were expecting. We can't wait to return and were even planning our return trip to Sicily on the plane home. Thank you .
Everything one might expect in a classic palazzo. It is absolutely beautiful. Rosalie clearly has great appreciation for quality and hospitality for her guests. We were treated like family guests, met by Lorenzo who is very friendly (and speaks excellent English). He was generous with his time and provided us with all we needed to know about the palazzo, Modica and the surrounding area. The rooms are elegantly furnished. The kitchen is well appointed with everything we needed and more. The patios were perfect for morning coffee and breakfast (lots of nice restaurants nearby for dinner). The location was ideal for exploring Modica on foot, and convenient for day trips to nearby towns. Our stay in the palazzo is memorable and unique. Thank you Rosalie and Lorenzo for such a wonderful experience!
Thank you thank you thank you to Ms. Rosalie for opening her beautiful apartment to my family this summer. The location, the setting, the indoor and ample outdoor spaces, decor, practical appointments, local concierge and maid service--ALL exceeded our wishes and expectations.
We traveled as a group of 4--three adults and a tween aged child, and could not have been more comfortable in this lovely palazzo.
The photos give you just a glimpse of the views--the sunsets REALLY do look like that from the living room balcony window--and of the tastefully curated interiors, with custom fabrics, antique furnishings, lovely linens, books, volcanic stone grand staircase, and a very well appointed kitchen. The apartment is nestled next to the grand duomo in the old city. It is above the fray of the main shopping streets, and quite quiet day and night (save the occasional ringing of the church bells).
Our hostess was so thoughtful, preparing lists of favorite restaurants (pizza was a favorite), shops and sights. Ms. Rosalie even sought out vegan restaurants for our veggie family. This is the kind of place that one could stay for just a few days or several weeks, and make it home.
I would return to this place in a second! highly recommended!
My friend and I stayed in Rosalie"s house in Modica for a week in May 2015. When I saw the pictures online, I knew it would be exquisite, and it exceeded my expectations in every way.
Rosalie is a pleasure to interact with. She is personable, informative, helpful and resourceful. She arranged to speak with me prior to our arrival to determine what we would like to experience.
Rosalie is completely committed to providing maximum comfort to her guests and to ensuring that they are able to experience all that Modica and the surrounding area has to offer.
Modica is a perfect base for exploring the beautiful baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa, Siracusa, Scicli, and Marzamemi.
Rosalie arranged a driver to take us for a memorable day to Caltagirone (where I couldn't return without a vase), and Piazza Armerina.
The Modica Visitor Centre located on the main street of Modica is a wonderful resource for visiting southern Sicily.
The house is beautifully renovated with attention paid to every detail, comfortable, and perfectly situated next to THE prominent landmark, San Giorgio Cathedral (you can practically reach out and touch it)
All the rooms are wonderful! The kitchen is spacious with the most up to date appliances, and every utensil one could ever need. Bedrooms, sitting room, foyer, and bathrooms are impeccable.
The view from the sitting room is mesmerizing---especially at night. There is outside space when you just want to stay home and relax.
I loved Sicily and experiencing beautiful Modica renowned for its remarkable food and CHOCOLATE, elegante baroque buildings, and the indelible settings for Montalbano. Rosalie's Palazzo Polara provided the perfect setting in which to enjoy it all. I will return.
(I wish to include that Rosalie employs a lovely concierge named Isabella to assist guests)
Palazzetto Polara is a charming rental adjacent to San Georgio Cathedral high atop the hill in Modica. Every attention to detail has been met. The kitchen is well equipped and nicely decorated. Upstairs, the living room features a beautifully restored fresco ceiling that you won't be able to take your eyes off. The only better view in the living room is out the balcony window where you can see the beautiful city of Modica and have a birds eye view of all the happenings at the Cathedral next door. We were there for the feast of San Georgio and it was one of the most amazing cultural experiences we could have hoped for - complete with fireworks, streamers and fireworks! Bathrooms are new. The only drawbacks to this one-of-a-kind property are the 256 steps from the main street to the cathedral - quite a climb! If steps are no problem, be prepared for a delightful stay!
Our stay at Palazzo Polara was memorable! Our party was greeting by our gracious hostess and her lovely concierge, Isabella! We could not have felt more welcome. They introduced us to this unique property, our Palace for the week!, and the phenomenal town of Modica! We felt that the listing perfectly described the place. Everything was in good condition upon our arrival. Ms Gallinaro thought of every detail from providing light breakfast items and bottled water to the very well stocked residence. We had everything we needed. Prior to check in, we were surprised to learn that the biggest festival, the celebration of San Georgio was to take place over the weekend! We had the very best view you could imagine. Just below our balcony, all of the festivities occurred, from the adoring crowds to the television broadcast, to the spectacular fireworks. It was an experience of a lifetime. We were especially lucky to have such enthusiastic support from Ms. Gallinaro and Isabella as we set out to research our family tree. They could not have been anymore helpful in terms of making connections and helping us plan our trip, and Isabella was readily available to answer any questions and even provide help as a translator for us. We will never forget this trip of a lifetime and their Sicilian hospitality, warmth, wonderful recommendations and kindness .
Known as the ''City of 100 bells and 100 churches'', Modica is a charming place to stay. Its architecture, food and scenic countryside make it a delightful place which visitors return to time and again.
The town is a maze of narrow streets and steps which join the honey colored stone buildings of Upper Modica with the lower valley. Although much of Modica's ancient history was destroyed in an earthquake in 1693, it was rebuilt in the splendid Baroque style. The town is also famous throughout Sicily for its chocolate. Today Modica has a population of 54,000 people.
Modica is spread over the sides of two valleys where two rivers merge into a wide rocky gorge. A flood in 1902 led to the rivers being covered over through the town, now forming the main roads. During medieval times, many of the homes were carved from the sandstone into caves (grottos) overlooking the rivers. The labyrinth of streets climb up the gorges where over 100 baroque churches are interspersed with cobbled lanes, ancient steps, and fine nobles’ houses.
The area’s delicate blend of history, nature, and the sea has contributed to its rich gastronomical delights, including fresh produce year round, local specialty recipes for chocolate, wine, olive oil, meat dishes, fish, ricotta cheese, and pastries. Sicily is noted for its exceptional cuisine with its culinary history influenced by the Arab and the Spanish occupation.
The area is known for its excellent year round climate, rich cultural and historical attributes, baroque architecture, vicinity to the sea, friendly local people, and affordability.
An interesting overview on Sicily is possible by viewing the BBC’s prize winning “Sicily Unpacked” in a 3 part series featuring an art historian and chef travelling around Sicily. Modica is featured in part 2. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB04A4D2C24DDC100
Things to Do in Modica
Modica is a tranquil town and lends itself to walks through its avenues and winding streets, offering outdoor cafes, dinners in its countless local restaurants and pizzerias, delicious ice creams and granite as well as Modica’s renowned chocolate all within walking distance of Palazetto Polara.
Check out these walking tours put together by the local tourist board covering all the important sights in Modica: http://visitmodica.com/en/walking-tours
The religious festivals are colorful and joyous occasions and should not be missed. This would include the Feast of Saint George (April 23), the Feast of Saint Peter (June 29), and Easter with the appearance of the Madonna Vasa Vasa. There are countless other religious festivals in the surrounding towns too.
The other important occasion in Modica is the annual Chocobarocco chocolate festival held yearly.
Places to Visit Near Modica
Modica is ideally positioned to tour and visit the east and south east corners of Sicily. By car, it is within minutes of award winning Mediterranean beaches, and within a 40 mile/65 km radius of five UNESCO World Heritage cities: Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Noto and Siracusa. We can help you organize daily itineraries either before you arrive or when you are in Modica.
Sicily's famed Baroque triangle includes Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli and Noto and all warrant a visit.
Beaches Near Modica
The coast closest to Modica has some lovely beaches including the area around Pozallo, Sanpieri, and Marina di Modica all no more than 10 mi/15 km from Modica.
Weather in Modica
Modica is located in southern Sicily and has a hot Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. The area receives plenty of sunshine all year round and summer highs can reach 30°C/ 85°F and above while in the spring and fall seasons the temperature is a comfortable 20° to 25°C/68° to 77°F.
Travel to Modica
Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) is 75 miles/ 120 km away with domestic and international service. Comiso’s Vincenzo Magliocco Airport (CIY) is 25 miles/40 kilometers away from Modica with low cost flights to:
•Bruxelles Charleroi •London Stansted •Dublin •Milan Linate •Frankfurt (Hahn) •Pisa
•Kaunas •Rome Ciampino
For more, click on http://www.aeroportodicomiso.com/en/
The AST bus company runs an efficient service to Modica, or visitors can rent a car at the airport and drive.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$270|
|Servizio di Pulizia||$54|
|Stay tax||€1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.|