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.