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Beautifully Restored Heritage Home With A Panoramic View Of Modica Bassa.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,173 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, With Panoramic Views Of Modica Bassa from the terrace.

Casa Niria is centrally located in a charming residential neighborhood, just minutes away from Modica’s stores,cafes, and restaurants. This two bedroom 2 bathroom house with exposed stone walls, features, a terrace with panoramic views, gourmet kitchen, gas BBQ and free WIFI. The house has air conditioning throughout as well as cental heating for the winter months.

Casa Niria in Sicilian means, ‘ home in the area of Saint Andrea,’and is a beautifully restored, family friendly, two-level heritage home with a panoramic view of Modica Bassa; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The restorations were done by a master stone mason to combine all the charm of a heritage home with the open concept of a contemporary lifestyle and is a stunning blend of old and new: original stone walls combined with ceramic floors. Decorative tiles and polished lava stone counters complete the kitchen.

Ideally suited for family living, the house features an entrance way courtyard, two bedrooms on the first level with an adjoining three-piece bathroom. The master bedroom can easily accommodate a crib (cot) or small bed for a young child. The top floor is an open floor plan with a living room , dining area, and for those who like to cook a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a five - piece bathroom with tub and laundry area with a washer and dryer. An outdoor terrace, complete with a barbecue and seating for five, overlooks Modica’s historic baroque centre where one can savour the ambiance along with a glass of wine or an early morning coffee. The house itself is located in a charming residential neighborhood just minutes away from Modica’s cafes, restaurants and shops. Being within a closed courtyard adds an extra security feature. Parking is available nearby.

About Modica - “With its steeply stacked centre and spectacular baroque cathedrals, Modica is one of Southern Sicily’s most atmospheric towns” (ref. Lonely Planet). Modica is a vibrant community with interesting shops, friendly people and breathtaking vistas. The town is spread over the sides of two valleys where two river torrents merged into a V shaped rocky gorge. During medieval times many of the homes were carved from sandstone into caves (grottos) overlooking the torrents. These torrents are now running underground and the main street, Corso Umberto 1, runs along the old river bed. A labyrinth of streets climb up the gorges where over 100 baroque churches are interspersed with cobbled lanes, ancient steps and fine nobles’ houses. You can see the homes carved in sandstone as you walk in the city along the wall of the gorge.

Surrounding Area: Modica is perfectly positioned as a home base to explore nearby cities, beaches, and areas of interest in southeast Sicily. It is easy to take day trips by bus, car, train or bike to Noto, Syracusa, Ragusa, and Scicli, all of which are UNESCO sites. Take a day trip by bus or car to Catania to visit the spectacular open-air market and the Duomo, another great adventure. The famous ceramics of Caltagirone are only a two hour drive away and well worth a trip. For those who like the beach, blue flag beaches of Pozallo, Sampieri, Marina di Modica and Donnalucata are nearby, just 20-30 minutes by bus.

The area is known for its excellenpt year-round climate, rich cultural and historical attributes, baroque architecture, outstanding Sicilian gastronomy (wine and food) friendly local people and affordability. The area’s delicate blend of history, nature and the sea has contributed to its rich delights including fresh produce year round, and local specialty recipes for chocolate, wine, olive oil, ricotta, and pastries. Modica also has excellent restaurants. Ragusa which is nearby has two Michelin-rated restaurants.

More Details

David and Barbara Morrow
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About David and Barbara Morrow

My wife and I are retired and live in Canada. Throughout our lives we have traveled extensively and seen most of the world. In 2013 we visited Sicily and fell in love with Modica and the people, so we purchased a house in Modica Basa that could best be euphemistically described as a fixer upper. The house offers a panoramic view of the city. This vista swayed our decision to take on this massive renovation project. We have spent the last 9 months completely restoring and furnishing the house. This was no easy task but we had one of the best stone and tile masons in Modica working on the project and the end result was all that we could have hoped for. Our plan is to live in Modica in the spring and fall months and rent it out from June to the end of September, as well as in the winter from mid-December to mid-March.

David and Barbara Morrow purchased this house in 2013

Why David and Barbara Morrow chose Modica

We purchased this property because of the panoramic view, central location and historical setting.The view from the terrace is spectacular. We also felt that being located within a beautiful enclosed courtyard added both privacy and security. We picked Modica because of the warm climate, and Modica felt like a real Sicilian town where people work and live.The town’s people are friendly and we felt we would be living in a safe environment, free to explore all the wonderful sites in and around the city. Modica is a place we can call home. Being centrally located it is an easy walk to shops restaurants and historical sights.

What makes this house unique

Although it is a heritage building Casa Niria is a comfortable home and well suited for family living.Casa Niria also has all the necessities associated with modern living: Wi-Fi, HD Smart TV, A/C, central heating, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen, window screens and a terrace with a gas barbecue. One of the two bathrooms has a bathtub when you just need to soak. There is a collection of movies on flash drives for easy viewing.

Giorgio, the property manager, will ensure that your stay is both worry free and memorable. He will welcome you to the house and explain how everything works. He is knowledgeable about the area and speaks perfect English.


Modica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1173 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , clothes washer & dryer in the 2nd floor bathroom + sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , There is a sink in the bathroom.
  • toilet paper for the bathroom is provided as is soap for personal use. Laundry soap is also provided for the washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , queen/matramonial size bed can turn into two singles
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Baby's Crib & children's cot also available if required.
  • Both bedrooms share an adjoining bathroom. Bedrooms have high quality mattresses and linen. Both mattresses and linen are made of non allergenic materials. Children's cot or baby crib will easily fit into the large master bed room if needed. Each bedroom has a large wardrobe plus bedside tables. There is also a desk and chair plus a large sitting chair in the master bedroom.
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
For those who wish Giorgio can also arrange any one of the following activities: • An at-home evening with a private chef to sample local specialties and to see how they are made. The cost is 15 Euros an hour. • An excursion to a rustic farmhouse located in the stunning Val di Noto area. You can observe fresh ricotta being made and enjoy a four-course luncheon, wine included. The ricotta is served hot in terracotta bowls – delicious. The cost is 22 Euros per person for the excursion. . An excursion to a fish restaurant located out in the country. The cost is 25 Euros including wine and the courses keep coming. • A tour of a local winery to sample the wines of the region. • And if you are visiting in October, an excursion to view and possibly participate in the local harvesting of the olive oil. . Giorgio can provide a taxi service to places of interest.. The cost of the service is listed in the Welcome to Casa Niria book at the house.


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Beautifully Restored Heritage Home With A Panoramic View Of Modica Bassa.
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Modica is a beautiful area to visit and stay. It is easy to reach many historic areas and beaches.

  • 5 of 5

Case Niria is a comfortable home where we were able to relax after a busy day. It has everything you need yet Dave and Barbara supplied more. We were welcomed by Georgio who had bought us some welcoming food and wine. I highly recommend staying here. I would do so again. Communication with Dave and Barbara was extremely easy through HomeAway.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We try to make Casa Niria a special place to stay. Looks like we were successful. We hope to see you again Ciao Dave & Barbara
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Lovely apartment, in lovely surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

The property was simply beautiful, the apartment it self was in very good standar and had all the facilities you need for self catering . And the view from the balcony was spectacular. Panoramic view over beautiful Modica specially in the night time was breathtaking. The host Georgia was very kind and helpful and made us feel very welcomed. We also had the home made dinner earning whit chef Maria, and the farmhouse lunch..this was the highlights of our vacation. So i can recommend a stay at Casa Niria, we simply loved everything whit it.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gunn - We bought the place because of the spectacular view of Modica especially at night . We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria and especially the farmhouse lunch.
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Magnifique maison dans le vieux bourg de Modica

  • 5 of 5

Casa Niria se situe sur le flanc ouest du bourg bas de Modica. Elle a été rénovée avec goût et est extrêmement bien équipée aussi bien pour un court séjour que pour un long séjour (nous étions 4). La terrasse surplombant la ville offre une vue spectaculaire et fascinante de Modica.

Etant au centre du bourg, les épiceries, boulangeries, restaurants sont à quelques minutes à pied. Modica était également un bon camp de base pour rayonner et visiter le sud de la Sicile.

Finalement, nous tenons à souligner l'accueil et l'aide de David (à distance) et Giorgio (sur place) qui nous guidés et conseillés.

La combinaison Casa Niria, Modica et nos hôtes font que nous reviendrons!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Arnaud - Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria. It is a special place and as you say the town of Modica is a good base to do day trips to other places of interest in Southern Sicily. We hope we will see you and your family again. Ciao Dave & Barbara
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Beautiful balcony with view over Modica makes this unbeatable

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful views directly over the whole old town of Modica made the

balcony an endlessly fascinating place to sit for the four of us.

The old house up a tiny street is imaginatively restored and has

a great, well-equipped kitchen which we enjoyed cooking in, with patio

doors on to the balcony. It did not feel like a holiday home but like a

home which it is for the owners, David and Barbara Morrrow. We were

met at the designated meeting place without a problem by their local

representative Giorgio who would always have been on hand to help

If advice were needed.

Modica is a genuine old town which actually has 2 working flour mills

On the Main Street . Do you get that anywhere else ? Surrounding

Towns of Noto, Scicli and Punta Secco are beautiful and excellent to explore if you have been inspired by the TV detective Montalbano as we were!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan - We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We purchased the house because of the spectacular views from the terrace. We are glad the place felt like a real home, which it is, as opposed to a 'holiday flat'. We live here 5 months out of the year and throughly enjoy the Modica life style. Ciao Dave & Barbara .
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Amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We only spent a week in Casa Niria but it was a memorable vacation, one of the best we have ever had with our family. The house was marvelously equiped, we had absolutely everything one could desire and even more to make our stay absolutely pleasant and comfortable. In our country the summers arent that hot, so we usually have a hard time acommodating and sleeping in such a hot weather but the ac in the house was wonderful so we had no such problem here. We had a great time in Sicily and we especially enjoyed home-cooked meals on the terase with thr magnificent view of the city, that the house offers, especially in the evening.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bara we are so glad you and the family enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria. Yes the views from the terrace are truly amazing, especially in the evening light. It is what made us want to buy the house. We look forward to you and the family coming back for another visit. Ciao Dave & Barbara
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Modica.. the Jewel of Southern Sicily

  • 5 of 5

Your beautiful Casa Niria offers a wonderful perspective of the ancient city of Modica and life in southern Sicily. The spectacular view from the terrace will be forever imprinted in our memories. The Casa comforts allows a sense of home while thousands of miles away.

We arrived as strangers and very soon became familiarized with the friendly and attentive shopkeepers who provided for our every need..

And of course Giorgio whose assistance with all things ' Modica' enhanced an already unforgettable experience!

We will miss the clock tower, the chiming of the church bells and the lights that bring life to the hillsides at night.

Arrividerci and multo grazie

Ellen and Howard

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ellen & Howard - Your comments are much appreciated. . The evening lights from the hills are magical. And yes Giorgio is an amazing property manager. He does strive to make each guests stay memorable. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria Dave & Barbara
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Ferry to Malta is at Pozzallo
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Contea plus many others
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

For those who wish Giorgio can also arrange any one of the following activities:

• An at-home evening with a private chef to sample local specialities and see how they are made. Cost 15 Euros an hour plus the cost of ingrediants.

• An excursion to a rustic farmhouse located in the stunning Val di Noto area. You can observe fresh ricotta being made and enjoy a four-course luncheon, wine included. The ricotta is served hot in terracotta bowls – delicious. /cost of excursion 22 Euros per person.

• A tour of a local winery to sample the wines of the region.

• And if you are visiting in October, an excursion to view and possibly participate in the local harvesting of the olive oil.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

An Accommodation Confirmation will be sent confirming the details of the rental and providing contact information so you can be met by Giorgio and be taken to the property when you arrive. The letter will also confirm the balance of the rent to be paid to Giorgio when you check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.