Cava dei Servi: a hidden pearl between Modica and Ragusa

MircoMannino/ 14 Febbraio, 2019/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Modica, Modica, Province of Ragusa, Ragusa/ 2 comments

Cava dei Servi is a spectacular river valley excavated by the Tellesimo stream, in an area between Modica and Ragusa, more precisely in San Giacomo. It is thought that the name Cava dei Servi is linked to the theory that the Servants of God were here. Other sources, however, claim that the name “Servi” is to be associated with the fact that the less wealthy families, belonging to the lower social ranks, lived here.


It is very fascinating to observe the course of the stream, with its crystalline reflections, which culminates in a circular lake called “Il Gorgo della Campana”, whose depth is still undocumented. One thing must be said, this place is perfect for the spring-summer period, when away from the chaos and the city traffic you want to immerse yourself in a place made of peace, nature and quiet. Going beyond the Gorgo della Campana you can see some caves dug into the rock, probably some settlements belonging to the Bronze Age (?). Some catalog these settlements as examples of “ddieri” (from the Arabic dur : house): dwellings carved out of rock connected to each other by means of hatches and staircases, external or internal.

Entrance of ddier: stairs

Connection between two settlements

Detail of settlement with pillars

Here and there are also caves completely isolated, so that my ignorance prevents me from understanding if it is a grave or an inhabited area 🙂

Archeology and nature aside, walking along the stream you can see, that because of the bad weather or the simple erosion of the wind, some rocks facing the cave have collapsed, making the passage difficult and difficult. In any case, this does not make the exploration of the quarry less beautiful, on the contrary, it makes it simple more adventurous and intriguing.

Me on the collapsed rocks

… To you

Video: Subtitled in English



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