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18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm in Historic Centre of Town

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Charming home in bustling Modica bassa with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

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, smart TV, 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.

More Details

Owner
Rosie
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

About Rosie

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.

Rosie purchased this house in 2011

Why Rosie 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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our week in Sicily based at La Margherita was one of the best holidays we have had. We will come again.

The house is charming, practical, quiet and well located for the shops and restaurants of Modica.

The aim of our late November holiday was to get to know the baroque area of Sicily as a precursor to spending more holidays in Sicily. Using Modica as a base we were able to visit all the baroque towns and villages and as an amusing sideline look at the locations used in the Inspector Montalbano TV series ( sad really). Wherever we went we found the people friendly, honest and helpful.

The restaurants provided good quality food at reasonable prices. Despite being in Sicily for the one week of rain that occurred in November the climate was balmy (21C) and most of the rain occurred during the night. We realised that we would need to return to the area again if we were to do justice to the history, pre baroque, and countryside let alone looking at the Allied Invasion of 1943.

Modica and the Margherita will be our base for future trips.
Nov 2012
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Map

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

Amenities

Modica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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!

Reviews

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18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm in Historic Centre of Town
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 39 reviews
5

Spacious apartment, in walking distance to the historic centre of town

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous apartment with lots of character & situated in the Centro Storico part of town. it was spacious & had everything that we required for a relaxing holiday. Georgio was extremely kind and helpful , assisting us & outlining all that Modica had to offer.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments regarding your stay at 'La Margherita'. We are pleased that Modica and the surrounding area lived up to your expectations. we hope to welcome you back soon! Kind regards, Rosie
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5

Charming, comfortable, great location

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully restored and cleverly designed house is a great base for a stay in Modica and the Noto valley. It is very close to the center of Modica Bassa with its wonderful cafes and lively atmosphere, nestled in a dramatic ravine. The house has a terrace that can be opened to become part of the dining area, so the space flows in and out, and, when opened, a delightful cross breeze cools everything in the evening. But there is also air conditioning if you need it. The rooms are cozy and the original architectural details have been preserved, but fixtures are up to date and make living there easy. The owners have very good taste and have created something that is both harmonious and colorful at the same time. The property manager, Giorgio, is extraordinary. He makes himself available to help in every sort of situation, and you feel, from your first moment there, that you have a great friend who is concerned about you and will make sure that you have the support you need for whatever may arise. We loved the house and love Modica -- a small city with a feeling of authenticity rather than that of a tourist Mecca, yet easily in reach of and connected to all the places a tourist may want to be. Thanks to the owners, Rosanna and Nora, for making their home available to guests. Best wishes from Susan and Jack.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5

Giorgio - what a great host. Helped us to the apartment, thoroughly toured the apartment and gave us a tour of Modica. While on the tour we stopped by a restaurant where he made us dinner reservations. He also made supper / dinner reservations for us on Christmas Eve and Christmas day (very limited openings). My 17 year old son, wife and I spent 5 days in Modica and enjoyed every moment. The apartment was perfect and we didn't need for anything. We could easily walk to town and there are many towns nearby to visit. An awesome visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable stay in a charming authentic home

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully restored and very comfortable. It is perfectly located for a base to explore the surrounding area and there are many things to see and do nearby. The house has every amenity you could imagine needing and it always felt like coming home after a day out. It was a pleasure cooking in the fabulous kitchen and reading through all the information thoughtfully provided to plan our next day's adventure. The property manager, Giorgio, was helpful and very friendly. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We would happily return and highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Juliet; Thanks for taking the time to write about your stay in Modica. We agree that Modica itself is a lovely and lively town, but the thing that sold us on Modica is indeed its location to so many nearby places of interest and how easy it is to drive in and out of town (not so easy in bigger towns like Noto and Siracusa!). We'd love to have you back soon. Kind regards, Rosie
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5

A Perfect Home in Sicily

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our home away from home in Modica a great deal. Located in a picturesque alleyway, our home had two comfortable bedrooms, two bathrooms, cosy living and dining rooms, a well-stocked kitchen, and two balconies. Everything was spotlessly clean. Parking was available on the street. Giorgio, the house manager, was most cordial, and went above and beyond in arranging our stay. He met us upon our arrival and showed us around. He also arranged two private meals for us - a ricotta lunch hosted by Maria on her dairy farm and a 13-course fish lunch at a local restaurant. Both places showcased Sicilian food; everything was delicious. Giorgio also surprised us with an unexpected visit to an olive oil processing plant which was most interesting. and regaled us with tidbits re Modica and Sicily throughout our stay. Modica itself is an interesting town with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and food shops/stalls just a short walk from where we stayed. We especially enjoyed the cheese and salami shop in town.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lou; Thank you for choosing La Margherita and for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We highly recommend the visit to the ricotta farm and we always take visiting friends there as well as it's such a unique experience. We're glad that you had such a nice time and we'd love to have you back soon. Best, Rosie
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5

Great location for getting to know Modica

  • 5 of 5

This house has all we needed to enjoy our stay in Modica. Two couples lived comfortably for nine days, with the one shower presenting some scheduling issues. We enjoyed being in the neighborhood with the chatter of the children and the Sicilians arguing. But maybe I'm used to all that being Modicano. Close to shops, cafés, restaurants. Based our travels here for Southeastern Sicily, although going west to Agrigento involves some challenging roads. Modica is a beautiful place so you can just stay here, relax, and enjoy the people and the food.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michael; Thanks for the thoughtful review! We definitely miss the amazing sight, sounds and amazing Modican food when we are not there. The delicious Modican 'scaccie', pizza from La Contea and pastries (everything they make actually) from Caffe dell'Arte top the 'what we miss most' list. We hope you visit again soon! A presto, Rosie
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*NEW Stay Tax will be collected upon arrival: 1 Euro per adult per day (over 18 only) up to a maximum of 7 days.
Deposit will be %100 refunded (minus Paypal or bank transfer fees) IF cancelled 30 days prior to arrival. Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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