Modica and… a waterfall between Scicli and Modica!

MircoMannino/ 4 Dicembre, 2018/ Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Modica, Modica, Province of Ragusa/ 4 comments

Hi my friends!
Today I want to bring you to a truly fascinating place: La Conca del Salto.
Between Scicli and Modica, on the road called Ciumara, you can see – with amazement for those who drive this road for the first time – a beautiful valley surrounded by nature, with a cascading waterfall.

The access is not easy to find, but once you find the entrance and walk the river backwards, the spectacular view which you find in front of your eyes leaves you speechless.
Never would I have expected to find a waterfall in Sicily, on the side of the road!

Near the waterfall, for those who are passionate like me in activities such as BREAKING THE NECK, there is a really interesting and wide cave, whose access is rather challenging, especially if in the previous days it rained and consequently the rocks on which you have to climb are wet and slippery. But if I’m still here to talk with you, it means that this cave is not so risky! 🙂

Continuing along the Ciumara road you arrive at Modica, a town belonging to the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, which became a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002. The cities who belong into this category are, in addition to Modica:
Militello in the Val di Catania;
Palazzolo Acreide;

Etna watched from Frigintini, near Modica

On the origins of Modica we must go back to the labors of Hercules, especially in the tenth, when Hercules had to steal the oxen of Gerion. Once the theft was carried out, these oxen were stolen in Italy. Hercules then asked to a young Greek woman, named Motia, who revealed to him that the oxen were hidden in Sicily. The hero then built three cities in her honor:
Mozia near Marsala, Mozia near Agrigento and Mozia in south-eastern Sicily, which over time changed its name to Modica.

Historically this city played an important role, when in 1296 under the rule of the Normans, it became the capital of the County (an institution that lasted until the beginning of the nineteenth century).
Soon the Modica County became one of the largest and most important feudal states of the whole South, having the territories of the entire province of Ragusa, up to touch other cities of the island located on the western side, such as Alcamo and Calatafimi.
With the earthquake of the Val di Noto in 1693 much of the city was razed to the ground and rebuilt in a Baroque style.

San Giorgio church, considered as the symbol of sicilian Baroque


Today Modica is a really interesting city, characterized by delicious food and endless and kaleidoscopic stairs which connect the upper part of the city (Modica Bassa) with the higher one (Modica Alta) up to the Pizzo – the highest point of the city – from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the whole town.

Sunset watched from Pizzo, in Modica Alta

Until the early days of the 1900, Modica was nicknamed “The Venice of the Southern Italy”, as characterized by the presence of a stream – the Motican – and by several bridges overhanging it in such a way as to connect one side to the other.
However, after the flood of 1902, it was decided to cement the torrent, changing irreversibly the appearance of the city. If once you could walk for Corso Umberto I (the center street of Modica) and observe the course of the river resting the elbows on the handrail of one of the many bridges, now to replace this image there is the city traffic.
But basically, nothing is destined to last.
I must admit, to be honest, that I am really curious to see with my own eyes the Modica of the past, the one that was even nicknamed “The Venice of Southern Italy”.


… To you


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    1. Tank you so much! This is a very very long trip!

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