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18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm in Historic Centre of Town

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Charming home in bustling Modica bassa with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

An elegant and comfortable 18th century home in Modica’s historic centre, newly renovated by a Florentine architect. It combines brand new amenities, WI-FI, A/C, and contemporary style, with historic character. Nestled in a charming, residential neighbourhood, it's steps from Modica’s lively cafes, restaurants, and stunning Baroque architecture.

This 90 sq m palazetto features original stone floors, domed ceilings and sandstone archways, alongside air conditioning, all-new, contemporary furniture, and marble kitchen counters. Enjoy coffee on the balcony with a view of Modica’s historic castello, or relax with a glass of Sicilian wine in your private interior terrace. Ideal for five people, it can comfortably accommodate seven, thanks to a comfortable fold-out sofa.

Modica offers urban amenities and relaxed charm. It also makes a great base to explore southeastern Sicily, including UNESCO world heritage sites, Blue Flag beaches, hiking trails and nearby gorges, and Greek and Roman ruins.

About Modica: Modica is a UNESCO World Heritage site, in recognition of its 'Sicilian Baroque' architecture. It is also famous for its distinctive--and delicious--artisanal chocolate. The historic centre includes restaurants and cafes, as well as live music, theatre, and, during the summer months, you can enjoy movies and performances under the stars. The historic centre is compact, and easily managed on foot. We think it's a lively and entertaining place, but still relaxed, casual, and quiet.

About Southeastern Sicily: Convenient day trips (by car, train, or bus) include historic, cosmopolitan, and beautiful Siracusa, Caltagirone (famous for its ceramics) and UNESCO-protected Baroque splendour of cities such as Noto, Scicli, and Ragusa. Nature lovers will enjoy the delights of nearby beaches, (such as Pozallo, Sampieri, and Donnalucata) or hiking in scenic gorges.

Discover ruins of classical antiquity and early Christian history at nearby sites such as Akrai, or the Roman mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale.

Wine lovers will enjoy sampling the local Nero D'Avola, Frappato, Grillo, and Cerasuolo wines, or perhaps enjoying a tour of a nearby vineyard.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Rosie (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian

About Rosie

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 Ragusa

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week in Sicily based at La Margherita was one of the best holidays we have had. We will come again.

The house is charming, practical, quiet and well located for the shops and restaurants of Modica.

The aim of our late November holiday was to get to know the baroque area of Sicily as a precursor to spending more holidays in Sicily. Using Modica as a base we were able to visit all the baroque towns and villages and as an amusing sideline look at the locations used in the Inspector Montalbano TV series ( sad really). Wherever we went we found the people friendly, honest and helpful.

The restaurants provided good quality food at reasonable prices. Despite being in Sicily for the one week of rain that occurred in November the climate was balmy (21C) and most of the rain occurred during the night. We realised that we would need to return to the area again if we were to do justice to the history, pre baroque, and countryside let alone looking at the Allied Invasion of 1943.

Modica and the Margherita will be our base for future trips.
Nov 2012
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18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm in Historic Centre of Town
average rating of 4.964286 based on 31 reviews

Immaculate, well equipped, within walking distance to shops and restaurants--- a Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted and escorted to the lovely residence by a charming, English-speaking Sicilian. Once there we found a kitchen outfitted for a chef, large, lovely rooms and two sunny balconies. The town center was steps away but the apartment, on a secluded, flower-potted via, was extremely quiet and restful. Modica has a broad range of good restaurants, chocolate shops and baroque buildings to explore and enjoy. A highly recommended property, indeed.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lois; Thank you for your very thoughtful review. I was very happy we were both able to coordinate an earlier arrival for your stay in Modica so that your first day there wasn't spent stuck in Easter traffic! I see that you discovered the charms and culinary delights of our small town and I do hope that we can welcome you back soon. Best, Rosie
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  • 5 of 5

Book this place. Discover Sicily and stay here as your base for exploring the fascinating sites. The house is in a stunning location. I wish we had longer to linger and take it all in. Very off-the-tourist track which I love and fully appreciate. You'll have everything you need to sit back and chill after a busy or lazy day of your choice. Enjoy every moment. I want to go back again (and again) and highly recommend this property. The owners clearly are invested in living well and enjoying life. It's reflected in the stunning renovation. Thank you Rosie for letting us enjoy your amazing house. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David; Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! I hope that your plans to visit again soon fall into place because we'd love to welcome you back again soon! Every time we return, it feels a little less 'off the beaten track' than it did a few years ago, as more and more travellers are discovering Modica's charms, but it's as delightful as ever! See you again soon! Rosie
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Old world charm meets comfortable elegance

  • 5 of 5

Right from our first communication, the owners were friendly and helpful. The photos you see online are lovely, but nothing can prepare you for the wonderful feeling you get from walking into this beautiful home ~ it's exactly how it feels, like home ~ but the idealistic version of your home, where you have restored all of its best features and upgraded it with the modern comforts that you couldn't do without in 2015. And of course you know it's NOT home as soon as you step out. We did a quick unpacking and then headed out on to the streets to enjoy the streets brimming with life as we stared up in awe at the Unesco world heritage site that provided the backdrop for our time there. So much to absorb and enjoy at your doorstep that you might not actually look to head into the car to expand your radius for quite some time. The amenities were generous, with a well equipped kitchen to allow us to balance the delectable local eats with those that we chose to prepare on our own. The owners had generously compiled a thoroughly helpful "book of knowledge" sharing their collective wisdom for getting the most of our time there, and we followed much of it, but alas, our week wasn't long enough to get to the end of their list of "must try"'s ~ the home cooked meal that the owners arranged to have prepared there in our kitchen with locally harvested ingredients topped off with a delicious Sicilian wine was a highlight! This property had so much to offer our only regret was not staying longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ian and Luke; Congratulations on your 10th wedding anniversary! How great that you choose Modica and Sicily as your destination of choice for your special celebration! We were thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your time at our home, La Margherita and that you had Maria give you a private cooking lesson chez nous - she's quite talented! You were wonderful guests and we'd welcome you back any time! Ciao, Rosie
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Everything we could ask for

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely 2 week stay at La Margherita. Rosie's pre-trip info was bang on. Georgio went out of his way to make certain our stay was very enjoyable. Parking was a breeze (& free). The apartment was everything we hoped it would be. We enjoyed both terraces as well as the proximity to Modica's centro.

It proved to be a great location from which we made many day trips. Both Judy & I would have no problem recommending La Margherita to friends & family. A presto.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife, sister and I had a wonderful stay in Modica. Rosie did a great job beforehand providing us information on the town and surroundings, as well as the arrangement of her home. We were greeted by her representative, Giorgio, who met us on the edge of town and guided us to the property. Rosie's house is a gem. I would call it a town home as it is nestled on a side street, surrounded by other similar properties. Rosie's house shares common sidewalls with neighbors, but there is no one above or below. The street was very quite, but close (a block or so) from the hustle and bustle of Monica. Rosie has done a terrific job of modernizing and remodeling the house which is well equipped with furnishings and all the household utensils one could want.

We loved Monica, the surroundings and Rosie's place and would return if the opportunity presents itself.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Steve; Thanks for taking the time to write such a glowing review. You were wonderful guests and we would happily welcome you back any time! We are always thrilled to see new visitors discover and enjoy Modica as much as we do! Best, Rosie
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Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

Lorenzo, the agent, met us as planned and helped with our luggage. The apartment is well situated with reasonably easy street parking. 10 mins walk to Main Street and 10 mins to supermarket (though be prepared for steps or gradient). The lighting around the entrance and surrounding streets make returning at night a pleasure.

The apartment is extremely well equipped. And of a high standard, it's not often one finds quality china plates in a rental, we felt as if we were borrowing someone's home. The information package regarding restaurants , sights, day trips was most helpful. We also enjoyed the combination of architectural old/ comfortable modern interior and would not hesitate to recommend this well-looked-after apartment.

Rosanna, the owner, answered all enquires promptly --- even though I emailed several times.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mary! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoyed staying at La Margherita. Thanks for taking the time to write and for your kind review. It was no trouble at all answering emails - I quite enjoy helping with the planning/logistics! Best, Rosie
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Bar Adamo
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Pozzallo (to Malta), Catania to Calabria (130km)
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Modica Centrale
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Gela-Siracusa (at Rossolini)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
La Contea/ Torre D'Oriente
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Mount Etna (Really!)
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Marina di Modica
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Modica House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Sep 4 2016 - Dec 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Deposit will be %100 refunded (minus Paypal or bank transfer fees) IF cancelled 30 days prior to arrival. Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

***********Guests booking a stay of one week or more between January 1st - March 28th receive one night ***FREE*** off the weekly rate*************

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Modica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • There is one bathroom on each floor. The ground floor bathroom has a sink, toilet and large walk-in tiled shower. The upstairs bathroom has a sink, bidet, toilet and Bosch washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
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!

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