The origins of Modica are lost in the mists of time – some say it was founded by Hercules. However there was a Greek presence, and under Roman rule it was an important grain provider for the capital. Unusually for Sicily it is a city built in a valley, scrambling up the sides of the gorge which flanks two rivers, and as such has earned the appellation of being a ‘split pomegranite’.

The County of Modica includes the seaside resorts of Marina di Modica and Maganuco, aswell as Modica itself, a UNESCO city, which dates back to the origins of Sicily itself – though the date is unknown.

Also famous for its chocolate, which is made to the original Spanish recipe and was brought here by the Spanish during their dominion, Modica is a wealthy, vibrant town of about 60.000 inhabitants. The Modicani are also one of the few people left in Sicily who live in the countyside and commute into town.

The town is about 10km from the sea, and being 250m above sea level has a climate that is rarely humid, but enjoys the best of the weather. It is full of baroque architecture having been rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, and the cathedral of San Giorgio, atop an impressive flights of steps, is regarded as being the greatest example of late baroque Sicilian architecture.

Modica has made great strides in the field of tourism, and now has 4* hotels, both in the town and in the countryside, agriturismi and, seeing how much the Modicani like their food, lots of great places to eat.