Ibla & Modica, the late Baroque Jewels of Val di Noto
Individual guided walking tour
private day trip
The southeast of Sicily holds plenty of treasures in store.
To discover the original Baroque of this area, commonly named “Barocco del Val di Noto”, you cannot miss Ragusa Ibla and Modica. Ragusa Ibla towers between two valleys on a limestone hill and preserves unbroken its glamour and its art. It is a treasure box made of an amazing mixture of Baroque style rebuilt on the old medieval layout. Once there, the lovely limestone buildings, bursting with charm and Baroque curlicues, will thrill you for skill and imagination of architects and stonemasons. Down in the valley Modica, just like Ibla, is also characterized by the Baroque style buildings and churches and boasts of history, art, culture. Here, a special stage will be devoted to the chocolate tasting, one of the first ever made in Europe based on an ancient Aztec recipe, to make sweet your “arrivederci” to Sicily.
Our tour begins in Ibla, with a walk from the Public Gardens, very well kept and from where one can enjoy some very beautiful views. The Cathedral of San Giorgio stands magnificent in the middle of this charming town centre. Along the way we can also see, the old Gentlemen’s Club dating back to the 19th century and all churches, palaces, sumptuous and richly decorated. Our tour continues down to Modica, a charming maze of small houses, narrow streets and long stairways, built around the hill. The town centre is full of Baroque art, among which are the two Unesco monuments of St Peter’s and St. George’s; in front of the latter church there is a monumental staircase, which has five naves and is rich in artistic ornaments and stuccoes.
Famous for its spicy chocolate, produced according to the ancient Aztec recipe, Modica is much appreciated for its culinary excellence. We end the tour with a tasting of this typical chocolate. Definitely, an experience that it cannot be missed.
Privately, a booking form – which incorporates all terms and conditions (deposit, payment, cancellation and responsibility) – will be sent you, to be signed for acceptance. If the booking is made within 30 days before the tour’s start date, the full amount is required at the time of reservation. The deposit will be treated as part payment of the total amount due. Inquiry