Is the city that gave its name to the county.
It is renowned not only for the magnificence of its baroque palaces, but also for the products of its centuries-old pastry tradition: biscuits and dark chocolate prepared by hand according to the ancient Aztec recipe and made special by various and unlikely aromas (chili pepper, cinnamon ...). It has a color that looks like earth on which the diamonds of sugar shine.
Modica was also the birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel Prize in poetry. To this day you can visit his birthplace, full of memories and memorabilia of the poet.
Modica "Alta" and Modica "Bassa" are, still today, "indivisibly" connected by characteristic staircases that allowed the inhabitants of the past to easily reach the river, once a useful and indispensable destination for water supply.
For those wishing to take a simple walk in the center, we recommend an itinerary in complete relaxation to alternate with quick and delicious snacks in the many bars and cafes arranged along the main course.
Starting from the imposing Church of San Pietro, after an interesting visit inside, continue towards Piazza Monumento, on the road you will find on your left Palazzo Grimaldi, XVIII-XIX century, with the adjoining portal of the small Church of S. Cristoforo, chapel private estate of the Grimaldi family.
On the other side of the street, instead, Palazzo della Cultura, home to the Archaeological Civic Museum.
The end of the path takes you straight to Piazza Monumento and going to the left, at the end, you will arrive in the churchyard of the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem.
From there you will take the small road on your left, the Via Santa Maria for the note and you will begin this magical journey. Go straight up to number 10 and go up the stairs to the left; you will come across old craft shops, frames of poetry will delight your journey until you find yourself in front of the house / museum of the famous philosopher Tommaso Campailla and just ahead of that of the poet Salvatore Quasimodo. You can stop for a visit inside and see places full of history and poetry, or go up the stairs to the right and at the next junction go left. Descending a few meters along the main road you will find yourself in front of the splendid church of San Giorgio, the mother church. The Cathedral of San Giorgio stands out on a staircase that with its 250 steps crosses the town up to the main street, and the white limestone façade is a triumph of Sicilian Barocchetto.
The spectacular scenery will tempt you for a break. Perfect location for beautiful photos this frame made of stairs that lead down to the center of the city.For the more adventurous we recommend challenging the effort and going up again, towards the "Pizzo" lookout.