Modica

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 character of Badia Sant’Agata

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A feast only for Scicli

Feast days

A miniature city

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

The colours of the cathedral

Between white and black

Feasting in Palazzolo

A half-Baroque church

The theatre of taste

Prominent façade

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

A triumph of colour

New roads for Catania

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

A small room with a golden entrance

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

A new site for a new city

The façade used as a puppet theatre

A talking palace

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

Some masterpieces

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

A hall for the feasts

One city, three sites

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

One city, two sites

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

From International Gothic to present day

The two churches

The Burgos crucifix

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A new site for a new church

The internal colours

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

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

St. Sebastian, so much work!

The chocolate of Modica

A majestic and luminous church

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A colourful floor

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

Modica, a city with ancient origins

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

A square as the heart of the city

Many owners, one palace

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

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

An eagle-shaped city

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

A symbol for the town

Searching for colour

The disastrous earthquake

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

Norman apses

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

Some prestigious works

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

The Staircase of Angels

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The Baroque town by the sea

Wonderful quick decorations

The Maiolica of the staircase

Connections with other UNESCO sites

A museum to save a tradition

A Nobel Prize in Modica

Two illustrious patron saints

The wall comes to life

Discovering the mother church

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The church of Carmine

The city of museums

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A prominent church

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The interior and its masterpieces

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

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

A long reconstruction

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe