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Discovering South-Eastern Sicily

The Beauty of Chocolate and Baroque

Italy, Sicily

Bursting with Baroque architecture, big and busy, Modica is the real deal. So authentically Sicilian, it will make your heart burst

From a distance, this sandstone city set in a dramatic landscape of high hills and deep valleys looks like a movie set from a Baroque Spaghetti Western.

Packed with picturesque views and historic lanes, Modica is also home to two cathedrals, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Take a day to walk around – and you’ll take away some amazing impressions.

The Black Gold Of Modica

Modica is particularly famous for its chocolate. Over the years, one producer here has become a synonym for it and ambassador of Sicilian food culture worldwide. Experience what all the hype is about at the wood-panelled chocolate shop, tucked into a little side street just off Corso Umberto I – between the two hillsides on which the town clings to like coral to a rock.

Museo delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari

The Italian name is more beautiful,  but here at the Museum of Folk Arts and Traditions, you can take a trip back in time and get a fascinating look at how people lived and worked in the Sicily of old. See how cheese was made in the farmhouses, a chocolate maker’s workshop and beekeeping equipment.

Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Run by the same family for six generations, this legendary shop has been making and loving its chocolate since 1880. Except for adding sugar, hardly anything has changed from the old cold-processing method of cocoa used by the Aztecs. Among other things, it retains all the original cocoa butter that makes the end product so rich and creamy.

© Copyright "Antica Dolceria Bonajuto"

UNESCO World Heritage sites

St George’s cathedral stands gloriously on the hillside 
in Modica Alta (upper town). Walk down flower-adorned steps and 
narrow alleys to Modica Bassa (lower) to find St Peter’s. 
Look for the street ‘Corso Umberto I’, which splits the two parts of town. 
It is the best location to soak in the lively local atmosphere. 
An avenue flanked by graceful palaces, restaurants, bars and 
boutiques; this is perfect place to grab a bite to eat and watch 
the locals present their version of ‘la bella figura’.

© pictures: Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

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