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Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

From US$ 225.84 per group up to 25

Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a guided walking tour of Modica's two parts. Explore the Cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and taste Sicily's famous local chocolate.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Savour the rich, locally produced chocolate that has made Modica widely famous
  • Stroll through the old alleys of Modica Alta with its wonderful panoramic views
  • Explore the Cathedral of San Pietro with its characteristic stairs and statues
  • Visit the Baroque-style Cathedral of San Giorgio with its decorative flowers
  • Enjoy the distinctively small streets and alleys on a guided walking tour
Full description

Discover the two sides of Modica on a guided walking tour. Learn about their distinctive baroque architecture, suggestive views. Try typical Sicilian food from this historical Sicilian city such as ravioli alla ricotta, cannoli alla ricotta, or tasty variations of local chocolates.

Begin in the upper part of the town at the Cathedral of San Giorgio, one of the most important symbols of Sicilian Baroque style and of Modica itself. See the cathedral in its splendor in front of an extravagant staircase of 254 steps, enriched by hanging gardens with bougainvillea and jasmine.

Gaze at this church that was built in the 700s from the facade at sunset when it takes on a distinctly amber color. Discover the historical relics inside the cathedral like its sundial, Holy Ark, the relics of San Giorgio, and its embellished surroundings with stuccos and valuable works of art.

Next, walk through the alleys and capture the breathtaking views of the lower part of the town that look like a nativity scene and reflect the island’s ancient history.

Continue strolling down the narrow streets and stairways and observe the remains of the Castle of the Counts, a medieval castle perched on top of a rock with a beautiful clock tower that was built on the remains of a watchtower.

After visiting the castle, the tour goes on to Modica Bassa and the birthplace of the Sicilian Nobel Prize winning writer Salvatore Quasimodo, which has been transformed into a museum. Discover the Cathedral of San Pietro in lower part of Modica.

San Pietro Cathedral is another late Baroque style monument made even more impressive by a staircase accompanied by statues of the twelve apostles. Visiting the interior and be amazed by the aisles decorated in white and polychrome marble and the frescoes of the Old and New Testament.

Finally, wrap up by walking along Corso Umberto I, the main street of Modica Bassa where the Cathedral of San Pietro is located and the local shops sell typical food and souvenirs. Experience many flavors of chocolate, which has made Modica famous all over the world.

Includes
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Multilingual tour
  • Transfer
  • Food & Drink

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Meet your tour guide on the stairway of Cathedral of Saint George (Corso S. Giorgio street) The guide will have a license badge around the neck clearly visible

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