Modica, as a city, was built in 1360BC. It was a Roman and Greek City back then, and it is a UNESCO Baroque towns in Sicily now. The town is famous for its chocolate and its mixture architectural styles of Sicilian Baroque and Medieval.
The way the town was situated is very special. It was built around steep valley. The Upper Modica, the older part of town, is on top of the Monti Iblei. The Lower Modica is built along the valley bottom, which is also the newly built part after earthquake. Two parts of the town are connected with heaps of steps.
We so much wanted to spend more time there. Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick visit at the Chiesa di San Pietro (Cathedral of San Pietro).
However, the church itself is certainly worth checking out. It’s at the lower Modica. It was restored after the earthquake in 1963. Therefore, the church is a baroque style church. The outside is simply beautiful with 12 statues of Apostles. Inside, it has the frescoes made by a local painter, which is about the stories of the Old and New Testament.
I am glad we stopped for a quick visit. Hopefully, we get to visit again next time. I am sure the view is spectacular at the upper Modica. I have the feeling it’s a place that you need to take time to explore and enjoy.