Modica and Noto can be called the epitome of Sicilian Baroque. Both have many splendid baroque palaces and religious edifices that shouldn't be missed!
Full day tour of Modica and Noto (approximately 7h)
Modica, like many other towns in the area, is a World Heritage Site. Lower and upper Modica have their own opulent Chiesa Madre, which are the main points of focus of the itinerary. The church dedicated to San Giorgio, the patron saint of Modica (upper Modica) is of particular interest, notably for its remarkable grand façade and its elegant twin staircases leading to the church. In the church of San Pietro (lower Modica), its old rival, the largest chapel is decorated with a superb Madonna of Trapani by the school of Gagini. Next to San Pietro is the cave-church of San Nicolo Inferiore, the oldest church in Modica. Its earliest fresco depicting a scene of the Ascension, date from late Byzantine (late 10th early 11th century).
The city of Noto was entirely rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake and is famous for its masterpieces of Sicilian baroque style.
It has many fine churches that are outstanding on account of their architecture, decorations, but also because of their strategic locations. Numerous aristocratic palazzi with their delightful baroque facades and twisted iron railings flank the main Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the many adjoining streets.
Our exploration of Modica and Noto involves optional though recommended gastronomic stops to sample the Val di Noto’s best chocolates and pastries, which are prepared following traditional recipes.
Barocolate - Where the Baroque meets Chocolate!
What: Modica is an architectural gem and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Val di Noto. But man cannot live on sublime Baroque architecture alone! So you'll also get to visit Bonajuto's chocolate shops (a kind of mini Willy Wonker's!) to find out how, for several hundred years, ever since the Spanish first bought cocoa back from South America, the Modicans have been making chocolate in the Aztec way! Obviously you'll get to taste lots of chocolate too!
Who: anyone who likes to have a cultural excuse for eating chocolate! And children!
How long: half-day
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