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Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

1. Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

The first stop on this 8-hour tour is Noto, the Garden of Stone, noted for its Baroque heritage. After the massive 1693 earthquake, Noto was rebuilt on Meti Hill. The town’s origins date to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Modica and visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. The city also has a rich history and a wonderful architectural heritage. See the cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and the Palazzo Polara and Palazzo Napolino-Tommasi Rosso, among others. Ragusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2002 for its monuments of the late Baroque period. Visit examples of this style including its cathedrals and palaces.

Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

2. Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

The Sicilian baroque is an icon in the area known as Val di Noto. After the devastating earthquake of 1693, these places were rebuilt with this style of decorations. Discover the rich of ghostly masks and elaborate stone carvings. First discover Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque. Walk among the wonderful buildings of the Garden of Stone and admire the elegance and sinuosity of the architectural elements. The itinerary continues towards Modica, a city of ancient origins and with an excellent culinary tradition. Taste the different varieties of Modica chocolate, famous and known throughout the world. Ragusa Ibla completes the full immersion in the Baroque with its characteristic alleys, opulent buildings and Iblei gardens.

Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

3. Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

Discover the two sides of Modica on a guided walking tour. Learn about their distinctive baroque architecture, suggestive views. Try typical Sicilian food from this historical Sicilian city such as ravioli alla ricotta, cannoli alla ricotta, or tasty variations of local chocolates. Begin in the upper part of the town at the Cathedral of San Giorgio, one of the most important symbols of Sicilian Baroque style and of Modica itself. See the cathedral in its splendor in front of an extravagant staircase of 254 steps, enriched by hanging gardens with bougainvillea and jasmine. Gaze at this church that was built in the 700s from the facade at sunset when it takes on a distinctly amber color. Discover the historical relics inside the cathedral like its sundial, Holy Ark, the relics of San Giorgio, and its embellished surroundings with stuccos and valuable works of art. Next, walk through the alleys and capture the breathtaking views of the lower part of the town that look like a nativity scene and reflect the island’s ancient history. Continue strolling down the narrow streets and stairways and observe the remains of the Castle of the Counts, a medieval castle perched on top of a rock with a beautiful clock tower that was built on the remains of a watchtower. After visiting the castle, the tour goes on to Modica Bassa and the birthplace of the Sicilian Nobel Prize winning writer Salvatore Quasimodo, which has been transformed into a museum. Discover the Cathedral of San Pietro in lower part of Modica. San Pietro Cathedral is another late Baroque style monument made even more impressive by a staircase accompanied by statues of the twelve apostles. Visiting the interior and be amazed by the aisles decorated in white and polychrome marble and the frescoes of the Old and New Testament. Finally, wrap up by walking along Corso Umberto I, the main street of Modica Bassa where the Cathedral of San Pietro is located and the local shops sell typical food and souvenirs. Experience many flavors of chocolate, which has made Modica famous all over the world.

From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

4. From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

Journey through the Sicilian baroque on a private day tour from Syracuse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto on walking tours with a local guide. See the Duomo of San Giorgio, the Church of San Giorgio, the Church of San Pietro, and more. After pickup in Syracuse, make your first stop in the old Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla. Admire numerous 18th-century churches and buildings on which important sculptors and architects worked. Hear about the famous "Baroque of the Noto Valley," of which the Duomo of San Giorgio is the most representative expression.  Next, discover another jewel of the Sicilian Baroque: Modica. Stroll through the town and admire its churches, noble palace facades, fountains, the Pizzo viewpoint, San Giorgio Church, San Pietro Church, and the ruins of the castle. From there, continue toward the capital of Baroque: Noto. Walk around the city and marvel at its historic palaces, churches, terraces, and stairways, all built with a local stone with a golden color. Visit the Porta Reale — the real city gate — and the Cathedral of San Nicolò. See the most important building in the town, the Palazzo Ducezio, before continuing on a few steps to the Via Nicolaci, famous throughout the world for its "infiorata," or flower carpets.

Modica: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Modica: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Modica: Market Tour and Meal

6. Modica: Market Tour and Meal

Le Cesarine is Italy's first and finest network of home cooks. Since 2004, Le Cesarine have been sharing the joy of regional Italian cuisine with thousands of travellers from all over the world. If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Le Cesarine will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Visit the local market with your Cesarina. Enjoy the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a four course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Modica: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

7. Modica: Pasta and Tiramisu Class with a Local Host

Learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and tiramisu at a friendly local host's home. Find out how to roll fresh pasta dough by hand, make two traditional pasta shapes, and prepare the perfect melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu. Get to know the tricks and trades of authentic Italian cooking and hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

8. From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

The first stop of this surprising experience will be Noto. You will visit the palaces, churches, terraces, all built with local stone. After the visit of the small town, you will continue the Tour of Noto and the chocolate of Modica, discovering another jewel of Sicilian Baroque. This is a real journey into the tradition of Sicilian life. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Modica with its churches, the facades of the noble palaces, as well as its winding alleys. In the town stand out the facades of the churches of San Giorgio and San Pietro, the ruins of the castle.  But you cannot visit Modica, without tasting its renowned chocolate. You will visit the laboratory of the most ancient Modica's chocolate shop and you will assist to the processing of chocolate, ending with a tasting of the different types that the pastry shop produces.

Modica: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

9. Modica: Authentic Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Cook Italian food at a local home and learn how to make regional dishes that taste like the real deal. Taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. Discover the tricks of the trade, as they teach you to make three authentic local recipes. Enjoy putting your cooking skills to the test, and relax as your host will have all the necessary ingredients and utensils ready for you. Taste all the fantastic food you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Take home the knowledge of how to make real Italian food with this unique cooking class.

Modica: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

10. Modica: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Meal

Go shopping in the vibrant local market with a friendly host, and learn how to recognize the best produce of Italy. After you buy some fresh ingredients, you'll head straight to your host's home for an immersive cooking session. Learn how to prepare three of the most authentic local recipes and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by a selection of local wines. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients required to make the dishes. Experience the warmth of Italian hospitality and return home with something more than just souvenirs — classic Italian cooking knowledge that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Modica

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Alessio qar a great guide, very interesting, enough time everywhere, good street food at lunchtime, Noto and Modica inspired us

Hi Alessio, it was truly an amazing experience thanks for being an amazing tour guide! Christian and stephanie from malta

Our guide Aleesio was known and friendly and spoke very good English and the 3 cities we visited were beautiful

Beautiful experience, knowledgeable and very kind guide. Unforgettable day.

Tour is excellent and Alessio, the guide, is great!