ITourBaroccoModica

In this sleepy part of Sicily, Picture towns yellow as cider, held up to the light. Towns like Modica, cut off from the rest of Sicily by geography -rough mountains and deep ravines - suddenly shaken into a formal beauty by a devastating earthquake in 1693. New stones were cut here, and streets redesigned by architects and master workers who accentuated natural irregularities, creating bold connections and monumental scenographic effects giving the Ibleo baroque a uniqueness. Avenues lengthened and straightened, staircases and the grand churches of San Giorgio, San Pietro, San Giovanni, Santa Maria di Betlem, all conceived with baroque grace, wit and order, space and air. Capital city of its County until 1812, Modica is today an Open air Museum. Enjoy zigzagging through the narrow checkerboard maze of its historical center and explore the cave church of San Nicolò Inferiore with its astonishing byzantine frescoes. You are in a jewel case, so precious as its chocolate...

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