Holiday House in Modica, Sicily - Located In The Historic Centre Of Town Down A Charming Cobblestone Lane
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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.
Rosanna purchased this House in 2011
Why Rosanna 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!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Special interest holidays:
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!
Blue flag beaches nearby (18 kms/25 minute drive).
Comiso is the nearest airport - 40 kms
Catania airport (Fontanarossa) - 130kms
Catania to Italian mainland ferry - 130kms
Pozzallo to Malta ferry - 20 kms
From Comiso and Catania airports, there are many national and international rental agencies to choose from.
Modica's historic centre is compact and easily managed on foot. Day trips to nearby town such as Noto (75kms), Ragusa (15kms) and Scicli (8kms) are easily managed by train or bus, but if you prefer to drive, Ragusa has ample parking at the town's entrance and both Scicli and Noto have loads of street parking.
La Margherita is located in the historic centre of town and everything you need is within easy walking distance. Most stores and banks are closed in the afternoon so plan to visit banks and grocery stores/markets in the early morning to avoid disappointment. Most things reopen at 5, but banks are only open for a short period of time in the mid-afternoon.
Maximum occupancy is for 7 people. Although our house is located in the historic centre of town, the surrounding streets are residential. La Margherita is a quiet neighbourhood and excessive noise is discouraged any time of day, but especially after 11pm.
You can take the highway (A18) from Catania towards Gela to its end at Rosolini (highway to Gela has not been completed) and continue on to Modica BASSA from Rosolini through Ispica. You could also take the secondary road (more scenic) SP194 off the A18 and towards Ragusa and then on to Modica Bassa. Follow signs to CENTRO (indicated by bullseye road signs).