My home is in Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It's a traditional stone house built in the early 1900's. It's very light and has beautiful views of the historic city centre from the kitchen balcony and the large, sunny terrace. The guest room has independent access, it has a double bed and is cool in summer. In winter, we use a wood burning stove. The bathroom is shared as well the kitchen and the washing machine. There is Wi-Fi and you can find free street parking 20 meters from the front door. The house is in a quiet, residential area.
Modica is a baroque city, a maze of narrow streets, steps and churches. The city centre is five minutes walking distance (downhill) from my house, where the main Corso is lined with bars, restaurants and shops and from where the tour of Modica's famous sights begins.
The nearest towns are Ragusa Ibla (9 km) and Scicli (7km), both of architectural importance. The sea is 20 Km away.
There is a reliable bus service to Catania, Palermo, Siracusa and the local area as well as a local train service, which is slow but scenic.
Both the bus terminal and the train station can be reached on foot in 15 minutes.
I speak Italian, Spanish and a little English.
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La maison est aménagée avec beaucoup de goût et de charme. Elle est bien placée, au cœur de la vieille ville, proche du centre historique. Modica est une ville toute en escalier : il faut gravir beaucoup de marches dans les allées et venues. La vue de la cuisine, et de la terrasse, est splendide.
L'accueil d'Ana est exceptionnel. Le fait de partager la vie dans sa maison est une expérience dont on se souvient. Ce fut un vrai échange avec Ana, une belle rencontre.
Oh, what an experience! I had twelve wonderful days enjoying Modica, Ana and her lovely place. It is one of those places you only think exist in movies. I feel so lucky to have been able to stay there with her, and it is her, Ana, I have to start with...
Ana is such a warm hearted person, a truly kind woman with such care and affection for life and people. She is easy going and sweet, very helpful and takes a real interest in people without ever being overwhelming or pushy. She deeply respected my privacy, but also introduced me to her friends and let me tag along with her on several occasions, which was great, as I was travelling by myself. Ana is a very interesting person, and we had many great talks, and I can honestly say I miss her good company.
Ana's place gives you that really authentic feel, with the balcony doors, a hillside view of the city and eclectic mediterranean decor. Her artistic sense really makes the place. The room was big and airy, with a nice private entrance which is very practical. The bed was very comfortable, and there is ample room for your clothes and stuff if you feel like unpacking, rather then living outta your suitcase. The bathroom is of good standard and the kitchen has all the essentials. One of my favourite things was sitting enjoying my morning coffee at the kitchen table, sun shining in through the balcony doors. I was there first two weeks of April, and the temperature was unusually low for that time of year, so if you're doing a spring-time visit, I would recommend bringing a warm knitted jacket etc. just in case, as it can get a bit nippy inside those old stone houses. Nothing the gas oven in the room and a sweater couldn't fix ;) The place is on the one hillside, and it takes exactly 5 minutes to walk down to the city's main street Corso Umberto, so it's in a very practical location.
Modica itself is such a picturesque little town, with so much to offer when it comes to food and culture. For a couple of restaurant tips, try Trattoria Basilico for lunch and La Contea for pizza, both right by the main street. I went to both places several times. The endless abundance of beautiful baroque architecture left me breathless, and I keept stopping saying "are you kidding me?", things were just so gorgeous. If you have a few days, take a trip to Scicli a lovely baroque town about 20 minutes from Modica, and get to Cava d'Ispica to see the grottos where people lived until as recently as the start of the 20th century (!). Also, the scenic nature is something to behold.
All in all an experience for life. I warmly recommend this place. And Ana, thank you for being your wonderful self and a terrific hostess.
Ana welcomed me with open arms. She picked me up at the bus station and that was much appreciated. Her home was extremely comfortable and I was able to make use of all of the facilities. The terrace upstairs and the kitchen window have an incredible view of Modica Basso. She extended an invitation to me to go to the movies and to go to dinner with her friends. She is a warm and welcoming host. I highly recommend her place to those visiting Modica!
Three days in Modica.
Picked up by Ana from the Bus Stop, which was really nice of her. Wouldn't have found the place otherwise due to its brilliant location. The view from the kitchen was as delightful as Ana was as a host.
Long story short: Great location, a really nice host, a welcoming atmosphere and a room that makes you feel at home (email hidden) bene!
Ana è un host premurosa, accogliente e simpatica, è stato molto piacevole chiacchierare con lei davanti a una tazza di the nella luminosa cucina che affaccia sui tetti di Modica.
La casa si trova nella parte più bella di Modica, sulla sommità di Modica Bassa, dove non ci sono strade e non passano macchine, ed è ancora più bello fare su e giù per vicoli e stradine, dove si incontrano gatti e stupende case decadenti in (s)vendita ("come sarebbe bello abitare qui!" pensi ad ogni angolo di strada).
Ana ci ha dato preziosi consigli su dove mangiare nei paraggi, la casa è molto bella e su vari livelli, solo un po' fredda d'inverno ma grazie alle stufe gli ambienti si riscaldano rapidamente. La camera da letto è grande, il bagno in comune, tutto pulito e in buone condizioni. C'è un terrazzo spettacolare che a primavera deve essere nel suo massimo splendore. Molto comodo poter parcheggiare la macchina così vicino casa e avere allo stesso tempo la possibilità di abitare nel cuore del centro storico.
Ana è gentile, disponibile e simpatica, la casa molto centrale e comodissima.
Buona accoglienza, stanza ampia con ingresso personale dalla strada.
Grazie Ana! a presto!
Nous avons été accueillis de faćon charmante et efficace par Ana dans sa maison dominant le vieux quartier de Modica. Hôtesse attentionnée et intéressante qui parle plusieurs langues, elle nous a indiqué LE bon restaurant familial (a puria ro vinu) .Modica by night nous a enchantés.