The chocolate of Modica

A visit to Modica means a visit to its churches, walks along Via Umberto and tasting chocolate . Cioccolato di ModicaCocoa has very ancient and not very Sicilian origins. The first people to work the seeds were the Aztecs in distant Central America. It was later in the 16th century that the Spaniards brought the tasty seeds to the County of Modica . What makes Modica’s chocolate unique is its special cold processing, which gives it a grainy and irregular appearance. The first flavours to be added were vanilla and cinnamon, and over the centuries new ones were experimented with. Over the years the techniques were changed and refined, but the master chocolatiers of Modica did not want to modify the original recipe or process in any way.
This means that we can still taste the ancient flavours of an ancient tradition today. In 2003 the city’s twenty producers formed the Modica Chocolate Consortium in the aim of protecting and defining the processing and production techniques.

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

A square as the heart of the city

Two illustrious patron saints

A city in colour

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

Connections with other UNESCO sites

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

A talking palace

New roads for Catania

St. Sebastian, so much work!

A majestic and luminous church

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

The chocolate of Modica

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

Feasting in Palazzolo

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Baroque town by the sea

The theatre of taste

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

A miniature city

The interior and its masterpieces

The colours of the cathedral

The internal colours

The two churches

Some masterpieces

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A triumph of colour

A small room with a golden entrance

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Feast days

The façade used as a puppet theatre

Norman apses

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

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

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

The Maiolica of the staircase

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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

Prominent façade

The Staircase of Angels

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

Wonderful quick decorations

A symbol for the town

A half-Baroque church

The wall comes to life

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A new site for a new city

From International Gothic to present day

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

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

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

The church of Carmine

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

A new site for a new church

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Discovering the mother church

A feast only for Scicli

A long reconstruction

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Some prestigious works

A museum to save a tradition

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

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

Between white and black

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Many owners, one palace

A prominent church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

A hall for the feasts

One city, three sites

An eagle-shaped city

Searching for colour

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

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

One city, two sites

The disastrous earthquake

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Burgos crucifix

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

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

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A colourful floor