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Freshly Renovated 18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm

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Private Terrace - a perfect spot for a morning cappucino......

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Last updated: 12/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Modica house 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.

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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

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Autumn
                  Aug 31 - Dec 27, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  €80
                  €480
                  Winter
                  Dec 28 - Mar 28, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €80
                  €480
                  Spring
                  Mar 29 - Jun 27, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €90
                  €540
                  Summer
                  Jun 28 - Sep 5, 2015
                  3 night min stay
                  €100
                  €600
                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  €80 €80
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  €480

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


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                  • Taxes 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 - February 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 - a perfect spot for a morning cappucino......

                    Private Terrace - a perfect spot for a morning cappucino......

                  • Enjoy the view of a perfectly blue mediterranean daytime sky or nighttime stars!

                    Enjoy the view of a perfectly blue mediterranean daytime sky or nighttime stars!

                  • 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 - 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.

                  • Master bedroom with beautifully restored stonework - a perfect spot for writing!

                    Master bedroom with beautifully restored stonework - a perfect spot for writing!

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

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

                  • Carefully restored stone stairway to the spacious and bright upper floor.

                    Carefully restored stone stairway to the spacious and bright upper floor.

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

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

                  • Enjoy some private time while lounging on our streetside balcony.

                    Enjoy some private time while lounging on our streetside balcony.

                  • ....or a chilled glass of prosecco after a long day of sightseeing!

                    ....or a chilled glass of prosecco after a long day of sightseeing!

                  • 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 - a repurposed door makes a beautiful (and handy!) design detail.

                    Second Bedroom - a repurposed door makes a beautiful (and handy!) design detail.

                  • 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

                  • Master bedroom with a double bed, armoire, and side tables with reading lamps.

                    Master bedroom with a double bed, armoire, and side tables with reading lamps.

                  • Main floor bathroom with heated towel rack.

                    Main floor bathroom with heated towel rack.

                  • Second Floor Washroom: New Bosch Washing Machine

                    Second Floor Washroom: New Bosch Washing Machine

                  • Balcony View of Modica's recently restored castello.

                    Balcony View of Modica's recently restored castello.

                  • 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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                  Date last modified - Thursday, December 18, 2014

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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 7

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