Charming home in bustling Modica bassa with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
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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!
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Wonderful stay at La Margherita!
We spent an amazing 5 nights at La Margherita. The house is very comfortable and well appointed. It's an easy 5 or 10 minute walk to the centre of town with plenty of great restaurants and shops. There's a small grocery store and a fresh fruit and vegetable stall very close by. The owner provided a binder with lots of recommendations and information about the area and places to see. I would recommend staying at La Margherita to anyone.
Great location, perfect apartment
The apartment was in a perfect location. We could always find parking within a 5 minute walk; restaurants, bars and shops were within a 15 minute walk, yet it was very local with pleasant neighbours. Would love to stay here again.
A perfect location with all the amenities hosted by wonderful people. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend three months of our retirement days.
What an absolute pleasure to host you in our lovely town! I'm so glad that you enjoyed spending 3 months in our home, and experiencing the beauty and bounty of Sicily's southeast. Modica is such a perfect base for exploring, but just the right size and with enough to do and savor that spending leisurely days in town, living like locals is an absolute treat. We'd love to welcome you back soon.
A magical space in a charming town
We would highly recommend booking La Margherita for your next vacation. The architecture is stunning and every room was clean, very functional and comfortable. Modica is a beautiful charming town and we loved the sites, food, wine, the history and the people. Giorgio met us at the agreed upon location with no issues. He was very friendly, down to earth and helpful with any questions we had.
From our base here we took many day trips. Some of our highlights were: Valley of the Temples in Arigento. Giorgio arranged for us to visit a farm in Val Di Noto where we enjoyed a 10 course home prepared meal which included all of the freshly made Ricotta you could eat really and great wine. I would say this is a must do for anyone visiting.
We loved strolling the streets in Noto and Ragusa tasting a variety of Sicilian delicacies every few blocks.
We saw amazing Archeological sites in Siracusa and Taormina and took a trip up to approximately 3000' on Mount Etna.
Let’s not forget about the abundance of pistachio's and cannolis. We sampled cannolis in every area we visited. I have to say my favorite one was in Noto :-).
Thank goodness most of Sicily is a big Stairmaster!
I have been to Rome, Florence and Pisa and found Sicily my favorite. Part of the reason I feel this way was having your lovely home as a base made for a memorable vacation
Thanks again for a great place to stay Rosie.
Ciao Elaine, Naomi, Suzan and Gail
Dear Elaine, Naomi, Suzan and Gail;
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review of our place and the lovely town of Modica. Modica's many steps do indeed help alleviate the guilt that may accompany the daily trip to the pasticceria for cannoli! We too think it's a perfect spot for touring the many beautiful nearby towns - Modica is small enough to not have a traffic problem, but big enough to enjoy its many award-winning restaurants, caffes and stunning architecture.
Hope you'll visit again soon!
Si vous voulez sentir la ville parmi les gens et les ruelles, le marché et la vie nocturne tout près
Superbe appartement, belle petite terrasse privée, lits confortables et petite cuisine inspirante. Le logement a du caractère. Merci Rosie de partager la bella casa à Modica !
Merci Chantal et Michel!
Thank you for choosing La Margherita and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and found our home to be a comfortable and charming base for exploring Modica and the surrounding towns. We look forward to returning every summer and perhaps we'll have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future!
A perfect spot!
Thank you so much for letting us stay at your beautiful home in Modica. We were both really taken with the town - it really is a gem of a place. You are certainly never short of wonderful walks and places to eat and drink without having to get in the car and travel elsewhere. On the other hand, there are so many beautiful places within a 30 minute drive it would seem a shame not to! And, your house is the perfect place to be based too - clearly lovingly restored, with great attention to detail. We will be back!
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.