Modica, a city with ancient origins

The city of Modica , sat in the middle of the Hyblaean plateau between deep quarries , fits perfectly into the hills of the Hyblaean countryside which is rich in vegetation and typical dry stone walls .Città panoramica ModicaThe inhabited centre is built across two districts, Modica alta (Upper Modica), in a high and rocky hilly area, and Modica bassa (Lower Modica), which is built around two streams.
Corso Umberto ICittà panoramica ModicaThe inhabited history of the Hyblaean city begins a long time ago. In fact, the first settlements date back to 1800-1400 BC.
The city we see today is the result of a transformation that took place after the earthquake of 1693. Unlike other towns in the Val di Noto, Modica was rebuilt on the same site. The city spaces were reorganised and reconstruction was supervised by the monastic orders and the rich and powerful agricultural nobility.
The earthquake destroyed what remained of the old medieval town and gave way to precious and noble residences in the valley floor, as well as imposing and majestic churches, veritable masterpieces of the reconstruction.
The landscape is characterised by the typical Modica stone with infinite shades from beige to white, and quartz veins that make it shine under the hot sun. Until the beginning of the 20th century Modica was crossed by small streams and a series of bridges that connected the various parts of the city. Back then it was decided to bury the streams and the old river became the current street, Corso Umberto, today overlooked by the town hall of Modica and the ancient Palazzo Manenti.

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A square as the heart of the city

The interior and its masterpieces

Feasting in Palazzolo

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

One city, two sites

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Prominent façade

The disastrous earthquake

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

A miniature city

The senses tell the story of the Badia di Sant’Agata

Norman apses

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

A new site for a new city

The Burgos crucifix

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Between white and black

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

One city, three sites

Two illustrious patron saints

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

Modica, a city with ancient origins

The city of museums

A majestic and luminous church

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The Maiolica of the staircase

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

The Baroque town by the sea

A prominent church

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

Searching for colour

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

The Staircase of Angels

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A talking palace

Feast days

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A new site for a new church

Wonderful quick decorations

The church of Carmine

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The chocolate of Modica

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A small room with a golden entrance

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Limestone, the colour of harmony

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

New roads for Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The internal colours

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The theatre of taste

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

A colourful floor

The senses tell the story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A museum to save a tradition

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

The colours of the cathedral

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A feast only for Scicli

Discovering the mother church

Many owners, one palace

The wall comes to life

The two churches

A long reconstruction

Some prestigious works

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

A triumph of colour

From International Gothic to present day

A symbol for the town

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A half-Baroque church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A hall for the feasts

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

An eagle-shaped city