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

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


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.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 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 Sicily

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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Modica House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Terrace
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

18th Century Home with Captivating Historic Charm in Historic Centre of Town
average rating of 4.970588 based on 37 reviews


  • 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: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: Nov 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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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: Oct 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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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: Oct 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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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely and comfortable Modica apartment for four nights.

Everything about it was great. Location was perfect, a one minute walk to the Main Street in town, yet the house is in a quiet block.

You get the full house, 2 floors of charm and everything you will need for a great stay in the great town of Modica. The house was well stocked with everything you could possibly need.

Rosie is the perfect hostess and Giorgio, the caretaker was awesome. They both are always available with suggestions and anything else you would need.

The apartment itself (2 floors) was very clean, lots of charming details and a place you wanted to come back to. Couldn't have asked for better

And Maria (the cleaning person), we took a cooking class with her. Arranged by both Rosie and Giorgio for us. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Sicily. Maria is an amazing cook and we loved making all these pasta and other traditional Sicilian dishes with her. The best part was sitting down afterwards with her family to enjoy this wonderful meal. Highly recommended addition to a vacation in Modica

We look forward to our next trip to Sicily and would certainly hope to stay at Rosie's house and visit Modica again ( felt like a real Sicilian town). And eat at La Contea, great food at a great price

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic getaway, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

This stay surpassed all our expectations. Gorgeous home. Beautifully renovated and tastefully decorated with all the modern necessities needed to make your stay comfortable. Everything you would want in your home was in this home. It was as if the owners knew what you would need on your stay before you realized you would need it. Very comfortable mattresses and a very nice terrace to enjoy. Well managed and owners quick to reply. We were greeted by Georgio who was very friendly and very helpful. The house can be tricky to find so it was great to meet up with Georgio at a central place as he navigated us to the house. The house is centrally located and close to all the conveniences. We did the Sicilian dinner experience offered. It was a delicious dinner served with great wine and Maria was a wonderful chef. Without a doubt would recommend this house and in a heart beat would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your thoughtful review - I've said it before, but it is such a pleasure to host and connect with such wonderful people through VRBO. Maria is an amazing cook and not only will she prepare the food while you're out for the day, she even gives lessons. Next year, I am definitely going to ask her to teach us how to make those delicious Modican focaccias - hard to find anywhere else and known as the best in Sicily. Hope to welcome you back soon. Best, Rosie
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
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.


Rates & Availability

Modica House Rental Rates

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Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Sep 3 2017 - Jan 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Jan 7 2018 - Mar 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

*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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