Next to San Giorgio Cathedral-Frescoed Living room-2 Bedroom-Terraces
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We spent eight glorious days at Palazzetto Polara and the consensus opinion of our group is that there simply aren't enough superlatives to describe this Baroque beauty or its owner, Rosalie.
My husband and I have stayed with friends in vacation rental properties throughout Europe and the United States, and we consider Palazzetto Polara to be in class by itself. Walking into this historic treasure, the four of us were immediately impressed by the sensitive approach to its renovation, as it lacked neither in character and charm nor in modern comforts and conveniences.
The inviting kitchen was extremely spacious and the pantry, drawers and cabinets were brimming with lovely dishes, glassware, utensils, serving pieces, etc. With such a well-equipped kitchen, we were inspired to prepare our own meals, dining al fresco in the courtyard and taking morning coffee and evening cocktails on the terrace.
The bedrooms are lovely, light-filled and well-furnished, and we found the beds to be extremely comfortable, owing in part to the soft and sumptuous bed linens--one of the many little luxuries we noted throughout the Palazzetto. We appreciated that each bedroom had its own entrance to the terrace, which allowed us to come and go without disturbing each other. The bedrooms are also equipped with HVAC units, but the weather was such that we never had need of them.
Both bathrooms in the Palazzetto are modern and elegant in their design and functioned flawlessly during our stay. And Rosalie kindly provided small heaters for the bathrooms in case the temperature dropped and the tiles became too cold underfoot. (An example of her desire to attend to her guests' every need, which is also why she engages a local concierge.)
With its frescoed ceiling, exquisite furnishings, and balcony overlooking the Duomo of San Giorgio, the salon is the crown in the jewel that is Palazzetto Polara. We idled away many happy hours in this room, listening to the church bells and other vibrant sounds from the streets below and being covert audience to gatherings and celebrations, including a baptism, wedding and the state visit of Prince Albert II. The salon is also where we planned day trips to other parts of Ragusa aided by the library of excellent guidebooks Rosalie collected for her guests. And while we did venture out of Modica, we always looked forward to returning to our Little Palace.
Thank you, Rosalie, for an unforgettable stay!
I am overwhelmed with your superlatives, thank you. We try very hard to please our guests and are thankful that you enjoyed your stay at the Palazzetto Polara.
A rare opporunity!
My wife and I loved our 4-night stay here. It is simply spectacular, and we felt transported back in time--but with all the modern comforts. The ceilings were high, the furnishings were beautiful, and the stone, marble, and ceramic flooring was attractive. It is so nice that we had a hard time leaving the place each day to explore Modica or other nearby locations. The website's description and photographs are entirely accurate. Everything was provided for our stay, including tea, coffee, milk, fruit, fresh bread, and jam for breakfast. The kitchen is fully equipped along with nice glassware and tableware. The bathrooms are modern and the water pressure is good. The living room is indeed palatial and its view of the city from the balcony was breathtaking. The terrace next to the cathedral is a perfect place to spend a morning and eto nd the day with a nightcap. Although air conditioning is an option in the bedrooms, we found it unnecessary even in the Sicilian heat. The bed was comfortable and the bedding luxurious. Our stay was the highlight of our trip.
Communication with the owner Rosalie was quick and smooth by email and telephone. She clearly cares about her guests and wanted to speak personally with us at the beginning and end of the stay to make certain everything was OK. The property's "concierge" Lorenzo was very helpful and attentive. He even insisted on carrying our baggage.
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We want to make sure that everything is perfect for our guests at Palazzetto Polara and are pleased that your stay was the highlight of your trip. Grazie.
Pleasant property centrally located in Monica. Positive features include an attractive balcony, public room with an attractive ceiling and a well equipped kitchen.
Previous reviews describe one aspect of a stay at this property. There are other features of this flat that should be considered by anybody who is thinking about renting it. They include:
- The property does not have potable water - the water coming out of the taps is not safe to drink. We were advised to buy and drink bottled water. I’m not sure why the water is not safe to drink but it is safe to wash dishes and prepare salads in it.
- There are not adequate arrangements for the disposal of household waste. There is a small metal bin in the kitchen and plastic bags to use in it. When full the bag must either be left outside in the courtyard or left inside the house. Leaving the bag in either place encourages pests. Furthermore, since it is only collected twice a week the waste rots - and stinks - in the heat.
`-The house and courtyard are covered in ants. They are present in every single room and each morning has to start with an attempt to get rid of at least some of them: Going to bed at night required that the bed be checked - and if necessary cleared of ants.
Rodents climb into the courtyard at night. One day a dead one was found lying there
Electricity - The electricity supply is not reliable. On the majority of nights that we were there it went off several times each night. It can be easily reset but this often required a trip down a staircase guided only by a torch. Some nights it went off at least half a dozen times - which made cooking a meal very interesting and again unsafe.
Water - The water supply was interrupted twice in a one week period and the pump had to be restarted. On one occasion we had no water from evening until the next morning. Not ideal, hygienic or safe.
Plant watering - The housekeeper required access to the property daily to water the plants. Whilst accepting the necessity of such the invasion of privacy was not pleasant.
The housekeeper who watered the plants seemed to feel it was part of her duties to tell the owner that, on one of the occasions that she visited, that the house was untidy. We received an email from the owner chastising us for having moved a piece of furniture. No harm had been done, we had simply moved a piece of furniture.
Review by Housekeeper - After visits by the housekeeper to ‘water the plants’ we would receive email
What an unfortunate experience with this family who literally “trashed” my beautiful house with garbage dropped straight on the floor throughout the house causing ants to convene because they were too lazy to put garbage in the bins and take the garbage out. The balance of the arguments brought forth are nonsense. Our reviews have always been excellent for a reason.
A lovely characterful apartment in an historic setting
The property is in a wing of a palace right next to the beautiful cathedral. There is a pleasant terrace/balcony to sit out on. The house is well equipped (apart from a kettle ?? ) and comfortably furnished (not full on palazzo style). We were shown round by Lorenzo, a charming and helpful man, who was full of information about the town and the local area.
Unlike many other Italian/Sicilian towns there is no central piazza in Modica and there are no convenient restaurants immediately nearby. The centre is accessed by walking down a lot of steps (but it only takes five minutes). Modica is well placed for visits to Noto, Ragusa, Scicli and Syracuse. Don't miss the gelati and the fabulous chocolate.
Thank you for your stay at the Palazzetto and pleased that you enjoyed the experience. We hope to see you again soon. Ps. A kettle has been purchased!
Beautiful little Palace
This beautiful and stylishly appointed property has all the proportions of a little palace. It is remarkably situated next to St Giorgio church with the drawing room balcony overlooking the steps, which during our stay provided significant interest. There are two outside terraces for dining and lounging. The bedrooms are very comfortable and there are two high quality shower rooms. Hall leads to a magnificent staircase with kitchen off. Kitchen was very cool-useful in high summer I'm sure-but actually a little cold for us. Kitchen had a good range of eguipment.
Position is 260 steps up from the main street (Corso Umberto) but parking very close was easy. Local restaurants both down and up the hill were very interesting and easy. Very stylish! We will come again.
Thank you for coming and so glad you enjoyed your stay at Palazzetto Polara. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Fantastic property in a wonderful location
What a wonderful apartment, it is a fantastic combination of old and new and perfect for a holiday in southern Sicily. Rosalie is lovely and makes sure before you go that everything is taken care of and if you need anything that it is provided. Also when you arrive Lorenzo is on hand to meet you and he even carried our suitcases up to the apartment which is a feat in itself (sorry mine was a bit heavy). He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable especially about all the lovely places to eat out in Modica and was on call if you needed anything. Views from the terraces are spectacular and it was so wonderful to sit on the terraces on a warm night with a glass of wine in hand enjoying the views of Modica and/or the Cathedral. Location wise its perfect for visiting all the near by towns/beaches and sites of interest, there are so many. There are quite few steps up to the apartment from town - so be prepared it can be hard work climbing back up after a big meal but if you take it steady it's great exercise and burns off a few of the calories you have put on. Food is excellent in Modica and there are several good restaurants and pizzerias to choose from. We had a fantastic holiday, the apartment and location delivered everything and more than we were expecting. We can't wait to return and were even planning our return trip to Sicily on the plane home. Thank you .
Am so pleased that Palazzetto Polara lived up to your expectations and that you had a wonderful holiday. Please come back again soon. Thank you.
Known as the ''City of 100 bells and 100 churches'', Modica is a charming place to stay. Its architecture, food and scenic countryside make it a delightful place which visitors return to time and again.
The town is a maze of narrow streets and steps which join the honey colored stone buildings of Upper Modica with the lower valley. Although much of Modica's ancient history was destroyed in an earthquake in 1693, it was rebuilt in the splendid Baroque style. The town is also famous throughout Sicily for its chocolate. Today Modica has a population of 54,000 people.
Modica is spread over the sides of two valleys where two rivers merge into a wide rocky gorge. A flood in 1902 led to the rivers being covered over through the town, now forming the main roads. During medieval times, many of the homes were carved from the sandstone into caves (grottos) overlooking the rivers. The labyrinth of streets climb up the gorges where over 100 baroque churches are interspersed with cobbled lanes, ancient steps, and fine nobles’ houses.
The area’s delicate blend of history, nature, and the sea has contributed to its rich gastronomical delights, including fresh produce year round, local specialty recipes for chocolate, wine, olive oil, meat dishes, fish, ricotta cheese, and pastries. Sicily is noted for its exceptional cuisine with its culinary history influenced by the Arab and the Spanish occupation.
The area is known for its excellent year round climate, rich cultural and historical attributes, baroque architecture, vicinity to the sea, friendly local people, and affordability.
An interesting overview on Sicily is possible by viewing the BBC’s prize winning “Sicily Unpacked” in a 3 part series featuring an art historian and chef travelling around Sicily. Modica is featured in part 2. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB04A4D2C24DDC100
Things to Do in Modica
Modica is a tranquil town and lends itself to walks through its avenues and winding streets, offering outdoor cafes, dinners in its countless local restaurants and pizzerias, delicious ice creams and granite as well as Modica’s renowned chocolate all within walking distance of Palazetto Polara.
Check out these walking tours put together by the local tourist board covering all the important sights in Modica: http://visitmodica.com/en/walking-tours
The religious festivals are colorful and joyous occasions and should not be missed. This would include the Feast of Saint George (April 23), the Feast of Saint Peter (June 29), and Easter with the appearance of the Madonna Vasa Vasa. There are countless other religious festivals in the surrounding towns too.
The other important occasion in Modica is the annual Chocobarocco chocolate festival held yearly.
Places to Visit Near Modica
Modica is ideally positioned to tour and visit the east and south east corners of Sicily. By car, it is within minutes of award winning Mediterranean beaches, and within a 40 mile/65 km radius of five UNESCO World Heritage cities: Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Noto and Siracusa. We can help you organize daily itineraries either before you arrive or when you are in Modica.
Sicily's famed Baroque triangle includes Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli and Noto and all warrant a visit.
Beaches Near Modica
The coast closest to Modica has some lovely beaches including the area around Pozallo, Sanpieri, and Marina di Modica all no more than 10 mi/15 km from Modica.
Weather in Modica
Modica is located in southern Sicily and has a hot Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. The area receives plenty of sunshine all year round and summer highs can reach 30°C/ 85°F and above while in the spring and fall seasons the temperature is a comfortable 20° to 25°C/68° to 77°F.
Travel to Modica
Catania’s Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) is 75 miles/ 120 km away with domestic and international service. Comiso’s Vincenzo Magliocco Airport (CIY) is 25 miles/40 kilometers away from Modica with low cost flights to:
•Bruxelles Charleroi •London Stansted •Dublin •Milan Linate •Frankfurt (Hahn) •Pisa
•Kaunas •Rome Ciampino
For more, click on http://www.aeroportodicomiso.com/en/
The AST bus company runs an efficient service to Modica, or visitors can rent a car at the airport and drive.