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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Modica


Discover Modica: A Jewel of Sicilian Baroque

 Embarking on an Introductory Tour of Modica with Your Own Italy promises a journey through a city where ancient history and baroque architecture meet the sweetest of traditions. Nestled in the rugged landscapes of Sicily’s southeast, Modica is not just a feast for the eyes but also for the palate, renowned for its unique chocolate and stunning baroque buildings. This tour is tailored to offer an immersive experience into Modica’s rich cultural heritage, picturesque streets, and culinary delights.

A City Carved from Stone
Your tour begins with an exploration of Modica’s striking baroque architecture, a testament to the city’s resilience and artistic spirit. Following the devastating earthquake of 1693, Modica rose from the ruins with opulent churches and palaces that now define its skyline. The St. George Cathedral, perched atop a grand staircase, offers not only spiritual solace but also panoramic views of the city’s honey-colored buildings, crisscrossed by narrow, winding streets.

Chocolate Tradition Like No Other
Modica’s ancient chocolate-making tradition, brought by the Spanish from the New World, continues to thrive today. Unlike anywhere else, Modica’s chocolate is cold-processed with a grainy texture and a rich bouquet of flavors. A visit to one of the city’s historic chocolatiers reveals the secrets behind this centuries-old craft, and of course, includes tastings that will tantalize your taste buds.

A Glimpse into Modica’s Heart
Stroll down the Corso Umberto, Modica’s main thoroughfare, where the city’s vibrant life unfolds. Here, historic cafes and boutiques stand shoulder to shoulder with baroque jewels, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of the locals. Your guide, deeply knowledgeable about Modica’s history and culture, will share stories that bring the city’s past and present to life.

Savoring Modica’s Culinary Delights
No tour of Modica would be complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Beyond chocolate, the city’s gastronomy is a reflection of Sicily’s rich agricultural bounty. Sample traditional dishes like scacce (stuffed flatbreads), caponata, and ricotta-filled cannoli, each a melody of flavors that encapsulates the essence of Sicilian cooking.

Your Own Italy: Crafting Unforgettable Journeys in Modica
With Your Own Italy, your Introductory Tour of Modica is just the beginning. Our commitment to creating personalized, immersive experiences ensures that your journey through Sicily is as enriching as it is memorable. Whether you’re captivated by Modica’s baroque beauty, its ancient chocolate tradition, or the allure of Sicilian cuisine, we’re here to turn your dream into reality.

Begin Your Sicilian Adventure
Are you ready to explore the baroque marvels and culinary wonders of Modica? Contact Your Own Italy to start planning your personalized tour of this enchanting Sicilian city. Discover the unique charm of Modica, where history, culture, and cuisine intertwine to create an unforgettable experience.

What's Included

Embark on a journey to Modica, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its stunning late-Baroque architecture and medieval old town. Your exclusive tour will commence upon meeting your private driver outside the restaurant, ensuring a seamless transition to your next cultural exploration.

Tour Highlights:

Private Driver Meetup: Your journey begins with a personal greeting from your driver, setting the tone for a day of discovery.
Meet Your Personal Guide in Modica: Upon arrival in Modica, you’ll be introduced to your personal guide, an expert ready to unveil the secrets of this architectural gem.
Explore the Cathedral of San Giorgio: Dominating the town’s skyline, the Cathedral of San Giorgio offers breathtaking views and a deep dive into Modica’s spiritual and architectural heritage.
Visit the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista: Continue your exploration to this significant church, which stands majestically at the top of a monumental staircase, flanked by lush trees.

This personalized tour promises an intimate and immersive experience into the heart of Modica’s rich historical tapestry, from the grandeur of the Cathedral of San Giorgio to the serene beauty of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, all framed by the breathtaking landscape of Sicily’s esteemed Baroque towns.


Tips and Practical Information

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and fall (September to November) offer pleasant weather, ideal for exploring Modica’s outdoor treasures.
What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must as you navigate Modica’s steep streets and staircases. Sun protection is recommended, especially during the summer months.
Accessibility: Some areas of Modica, particularly around the historic center, may be challenging for those with limited mobility due to uneven surfaces and stairs.
Local Etiquette: Modica is a place of warmth and hospitality. When visiting churches or religious sites, dressing modestly is appreciated.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.