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Freshly Renovated 18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm

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Private terrace: Enjoy a chilled glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing.

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

An elegant and comfortable 18th century home in Modica’s historic centre, newly renovated by a Florentine architect. It combines brand new amenities, WI-FI, A/C, and contemporary style, with historic character. Nestled in a charming, residential neighbourhood, it's steps from Modica’s lively cafes, restaurants, and stunning Baroque architecture.

This 90 sq m palazetto features original stone floors, domed ceilings and sandstone archways, alongside air conditioning, all-new, contemporary furniture, and marble kitchen counters. Enjoy coffee on the balcony with a view of Modica’s historic castello, or relax with a glass of Sicilian wine in your private interior terrace. Ideal for five people, it can comfortably accommodate seven, thanks to a comfortable fold-out sofa.

Modica offers urban amenities and relaxed charm. It also makes a great base to explore southeastern Sicily, including UNESCO world heritage sites, Blue Flag beaches, hiking trails and nearby gorges, and Greek and Roman ruins.

About Modica: Modica is a UNESCO World Heritage site, in recognition of its 'Sicilian Baroque' architecture. It is also famous for its distinctive--and delicious--artisanal chocolate. The historic centre includes restaurants and cafes, as well as live music, theatre, and, during the summer months, you can enjoy movies and performances under the stars. The historic centre is compact, and easily managed on foot. We think it's a lively and entertaining place, but still relaxed, casual, and quiet.

About Southeastern Sicily: Convenient day trips (by car, train, or bus) include historic, cosmopolitan, and beautiful Siracusa, Caltagirone (famous for its ceramics) and UNESCO-protected Baroque splendour of cities such as Noto, Scicli, and Ragusa. Nature lovers will enjoy the delights of nearby beaches, (such as Pozallo, Sampieri, and Donnalucata) or hiking in scenic gorges.

Discover ruins of classical antiquity and early Christian history at nearby sites such as Akrai, or the Roman mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale.

Wine lovers will enjoy sampling the local Nero D'Avola, Frappato, Grillo, and Cerasuolo wines, or perhaps enjoying a tour of a nearby vineyard.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • House
  • 90 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 5-7

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1

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  • Bathroom 2

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  • There is one bathroom on each floor. The ground floor bathroom has a sink, toilet and large walk-in tiled shower. The upstairs bathroom has a sink, bidet, toilet and Bosch washing machine. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • A private chef can be arranged if you wish to sample local specialties and see how they are made. An excursion to a rustic farmhouse in the stunning Val Di Noto, where their specialty is homemade ricotta cheese, can be organized as well! A 4-course lunch including wine and a whole lotta fresh ricotta costs 20 euros per person!...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A good selection of books in English are available....moreless

  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo:

    An iPod/iPad/MP3 docking station is available. It also connects to your laptop computer if you wish to watch your downloaded movies....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Our house is in the historic centre of town, in a quiet, residential area surrounded by lovel cobblestone streets and laneways....moreless

  • Monument View:

    View of the Castello from our balcony...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Some of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches are nearby, with many to choose from: the closest is Marina di Modica, our favourite is Sampieri (2kms on) and there's the bustling town of Pozzallo...moreless

  • Town:

    UNESCO world heritage site. Bustling town with stunning architecture, convenient shops selling fresh local produce, fish and cheese and meats. Easily explored on foot from our front door....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    The dining room table has pull-out leaves for larger groups and seating for 8. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Samsung AC units in each bedroom and the dining room....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    For autumn/winter travellers, the Samsung units also provide heat!...moreless

  • Internet:

    WI-FI is available at no extra cost. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton sheets provided as well as eiderdown pillows and duvets. Tea towels, napkins and table cloths are also 100% cotton or linen. ...moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room:

    Seats 5 people comfortably. The L-shaped couch is easily converted into a very comfortable double bed....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Parking is located nearby - it's a one minute walk from our front door and it's free and safe....moreless

  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Large Lacoste beach towels are provided as well as face, hand and bath towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New Bosch washing machine is available for your use (detailed instructions displayed on machine). Liquid laundry soap is also provided....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    The kitchen is equipped with small and large espresso pots, an electric (drip) coffee maker and a kettle....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Both stainless steel and wooden cooking utensils are provided. A wide selection of sharp knives also available. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Well-equipped kitchen with a dishes and flatware for 12 people, All-clad sauce pans, grill pans and small and large stainless steel pots. ...moreless

  • Freezer:

    1/2 fridge with small freezer....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A 4-ring gas stove, electric oven (manual provided), and under-the-counter fridge as well as a large marble countertop make cooking for small or large parties a breeze. ...moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    See oven manual before using....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    A good selection of spices, tea, coffee and local olive oil and vinegar are available for your use....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    1/2 fridge with small freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    4-ring gas stove with electric oven (please read instructional booklet for the oven)...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Two-slice, electric toaster....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Comfy seating for 2 on our front balcony has a view of the castello and our charming cobblestone laneway....moreless

  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio:

    A small private terrace off the dining is a wonderful place to have your morning coffee or late afternoon drink....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Aug 23 - Sep 4, 2015
3 night min stay
€55
€350

Discounts: 7 nights or more: €50 Nightly


Rates are based on 2 guests; add €5 per night, per additional guest

Autumn
Sep 6 - Jan 2, 2016
3 night min stay
€80
€490

Discounts: 7 nights or more: €70 Nightly


Rates are based on 2 guests; add €5 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
€80 €80
Fri, Sat, Sun
€490

Discounts: 7 nights or more: €63 Nightly - Weekend Nights excluded


Rates are based on 2 guests; add €5 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Deposit will be %100 refunded (minus Paypal or bank transfer fees) IF cancelled 30 days prior to arrival. Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

***********Guests booking a stay of one week or more between January 1st - March 28th receive one night ***FREE*** off the weekly rate*************


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Location

40 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Comiso
0.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Bar Adamo
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Pozzallo (to Malta), Catania to Calabria (130km)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Modica Centrale
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Gela-Siracusa (at Rossolini)
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
La Contea/ Torre D'Oriente
150 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Mount Etna (Really!)
18 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Marina di Modica

Car: Recommended

Our property is located in the historic centre of town on a quiet, residential laneway. The surrounding, cobblestone streets are very rustic and charming, but we are steps away from the lively shops, cafes and restaurants.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Our jobs (journalist and teacher) have allowed us to travel for long periods of time during the summer months and over 10 years ago we travelled to Sicily for the first time. During my last sabbatical year, we decided that travelling to Sicily wasn't enough and that we both wanted to 'put down roots' in a place that felt like home from our very first trip. I spent most of my sabbatical restoring our 18th century home in the historic centre of Modica. A daunting task, but made easier because of the wonderful and hardworking people I met along the way. The renovation was completed, as promised, by the end of June 2011 and we spend our first summer in our new house. We love it and we hope that you too enjoy your stay in Modica - it is a truly amazing town.

Why the Owner Chose Modica:
Modica is most definitely 'off the beaten track'! Sicily's southeast is, in our opinion, a particularly beautiful part of an already beautiful and interesting island. Its proximity to Siracusa, Noto and Catania makes it easy to get to and appealing in terms of places of interest for tourists. Although Modica is a popular tourist destination, with much to do and see, downtown businesses (restaurants, caffes, farmers' markets) continue to cater to both locals and visitors so that one can really feel what life and living in an southern Italian town is like.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Our property is located in the historic centre of town surrounded by cobblestone lanes and streets. We walk everywhere and take the bus or train to the beach and nearby towns. We rent a car when necessary, but if we have the time, I prefer to use public transit. Our favourite caffe, Caffe dell'Arte, is a 5 minute walk from our house as is our favourite pizzeria: La Contea and bar: Hemingway's. There are countless others, but it's nice to have such amazing services nearby. Our house was completely restored by our Florentine architect who was committed to using traditional materials and reusing/restoring whatever we could, it definitely has all of the modern conveniences and comforts of home. The best part is that the beach is 20 minutes away!


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Speaks: english, french, italian

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Photos

  • Private terrace: Enjoy a chilled glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing.

    Private terrace: Enjoy a chilled glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing.

  • .....or a morning coffee under the bright blue Sicilian sky.

    .....or a morning coffee under the bright blue Sicilian sky.

  • 4-burner gas stove and oven with a large marble counter top for yummy meal prep.

    4-burner gas stove and oven with a large marble counter top for yummy meal prep.

  • Traditional 'scala' (ladder) Siciliana. Rustic charm in a modern kitchen.

    Traditional 'scala' (ladder) Siciliana. Rustic charm in a modern kitchen.

  • Dining Room located between the balcony AND private terrace and doors to both!

    Dining Room located between the balcony AND private terrace and doors to both!

  • Second Bedroom - includes one single bed and one double bed (not shown here)

    Second Bedroom - includes one single bed and one double bed (not shown here)

  • Second bedroom - wooden shutters on windows blocks out ambient light at night.

    Second bedroom - wooden shutters on windows blocks out ambient light at night.

  • A spacious Master bedroom with a large armoire for plenty of storage.

    A spacious Master bedroom with a large armoire for plenty of storage.

  • Bright and spacious, second floor 3-piece bathroom with laundry area.

    Bright and spacious, second floor 3-piece bathroom with laundry area.

  • The street-side balcony is a perfect spot for reading, relaxing and eating!

    The street-side balcony is a perfect spot for reading, relaxing and eating!

  • Period details from the 1800s - including our 'saint and protector' statuette

    Period details from the 1800s - including our 'saint and protector' statuette

  • Aerial view of our historic neighborhood - 5 minute walk to the centre of town!

    Aerial view of our historic neighborhood - 5 minute walk to the centre of town!

  • A perfect spot for enjoying a glass of Sicilian wine under the stars.....

    A perfect spot for enjoying a glass of Sicilian wine under the stars.....

  • Well-equipped kitchen with chef's knives and plenty of pots, pans and utensils!

    Well-equipped kitchen with chef's knives and plenty of pots, pans and utensils!

  • We're steps away from Modica's best cafes - or make your own at home!

    We're steps away from Modica's best cafes - or make your own at home!

  • Tutti a tavola!

    Tutti a tavola!

  • Cozy, upstairs living room with Art by Canadian artist Alanna Cavanagh

    Cozy, upstairs living room with Art by Canadian artist Alanna Cavanagh

  • Second bedroom with double bed (shown), single bed, ceiling fan, A/C and armoire

    Second bedroom with double bed (shown), single bed, ceiling fan, A/C and armoire

  • The sun-filled master bedroom with a desk and iPod dock - a perfect writing spot

    The sun-filled master bedroom with a desk and iPod dock - a perfect writing spot

  • Main floor bathroom with LARGE walk-in shower and heated towel rack.

    Main floor bathroom with LARGE walk-in shower and heated towel rack.

  • Second Floor Washroom: New Bosch Washing Machine

    Second Floor Washroom: New Bosch Washing Machine

  • A balcony view of Modica's 'castello' (currently under extensive renovation).

    A balcony view of Modica's 'castello' (currently under extensive renovation).

  • Front Door - our home is located on a quiet, cobblestone lane.

    Front Door - our home is located on a quiet, cobblestone lane.

  • Stunning view of Modica Alta (N.B. we are not located at the top of this hill!)

    Stunning view of Modica Alta (N.B. we are not located at the top of this hill!)

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