Baroque & Chocolate . . . This is Modica, Sicily

modica 21It is no secret that I love architecture and chocolate. I knew that no trip to Sicily would have been complete without a trip to Modica.

Modica is a city in the province of Ragusa in Sicily. The city is well-known for both, its chocolate, inspired by an Aztec recipe, and its historical centre. Modica, was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1693. Much of the city was rebuilt in Sicilian Late Baroque style. Because of its rich architecture, Modica, along with seven other towns in the Val di Noto, (Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli), is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites.

My first stop in Modica was at the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto.

With over 150 years of life, the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto is the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily in operation, and one of the oldest in Italy. The Dolceria manufactures its chocolate since 1880.

The chocolate is exquisite, with its slightly crumbly texture and bitter taste. At the Antica  Dolceria Bonajuto however, you will find more than just chocolate. In fact, the cannolo siciliano is delicious! It is made with cow’s milk ricotta (rather than sheep’s milk ricotta used in the North of Sicily) which make it creamier and more refined.

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Modica has two urban districts: Modica Alta – Upper Modica – and Modica Bassa – Lower Modica.

Time to take a walk…come with me.

San Pietro, Modica
Church of San Pietro, Modica Bassa

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San Giorgio, Modica
San Giorgio Basilica, Modica Alta
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From the front of San Giorgio, a staircase of 300 steps leads down toward Modica Bassa

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If you are tired you can take a ride on the Trenino Barocco

I am ending this post with a cultural note. Modica, was also the birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo, a novelist and poet. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1959. One of his most famous poem, “Ed è subito sera“, it’s also his shortest.

Ognuno sta solo sul cuore della terra

trafitto da un raggio di sole:

ed è subito sera.”

Translation:

And suddenly it’s  evening by S. Quasimodo

Everyone is alone on the earth’s heart

pierced by a ray of sunlight:

and it’s suddenly evening.

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I hope you enjoyed your walk with me.

Ciao, MG

With today’s post I join Jo’s Monday Walk

 

 

9 thoughts on “Baroque & Chocolate . . . This is Modica, Sicily

  1. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Mealha and surrounds | restlessjo

  2. The trenino barocco ride has been on my travel list ever since seeing a youtube video. Too many wonderful places to visit in Italy – not enough time!

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  3. Absolutely fabulous! I could very easily fall in love. Sicily has always been a place I’ve longed to visit. The colour of the stone against those skies- irresistible! Thank you so much for sharing this with me and welcome to my walks. I hope you’ll be back. I know one or two chocolate lovers. 🙂 🙂

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