We discovered Modica by chance - or maybe it was destiny. Travelling in Sicily for two weeks, our stop after Catania was supposed to be Ragusa. We arrived in Ragusa, on a Sunday afternoon, only to be informed by our taxi driver that the accommodation that we had booked was in Modica, in the Province of Ragusa (not the town of Ragusa!) about thirty minutes away!
Travel weary and disappointed that I could make such a mistake (when I am a seasoned traveller) when we arrived, our hostess Claudia was amazing, immediately reassuring me that we would enjoy Modica, as it is a town more beautiful than Ragusa! Claudia welcomed us into her home with Riccardo, for a refreshing glass of latte di mandorla, a drink that I will not forget, recommended local restaurants and accompanied us to the doctor's surgery when Toby was unwell. A one night stay turned into three nights.
A highlight of my stay in Sicily was a day I spent with Claudia - touring two of the most beautiful churches in Modica, the panoramic views of the city (including the two main roads were paved as a result of the tsunami that passed through the town in 1905!) and an artisan chocolate and biscuit company where I learned about traditional biscuit baking (and sampled them with a delightful coffee of course!)
The houses, each with a zodiac theme are charming and beautifully furnished, including a self contained kitchen, excellent air conditioning and Sicilian literature to read. You will learn the story about the Aztec origin of chocolate in Europe and taste chocolate designed by Claudia! Claudia speaks French, English and Italian. Thank you to Claudia and Riccardo for making our experience incredible!
I can't wait for the day that we return to Case dello Zodiaco in Modica!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our charming houses dating back to the 18th century are serviced with all comforts(air conditioner, Lcd Tv in the bedroom and living room,free internet service, safe, showers with rain shower heads)and are comprised of 1 bedroom,1 bathroom, a living room with a sofa bed for 2 people, a well- equipped kitchen, a library with Sicilian classics in 4 languages.We also have a car park at a daily cost of €5,00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Case Dello Zodiaco Modica, Sicily