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Modica, an UNESCO heritage site since 2002, is a baroque city located in the south east of Sicily, in the province of Ragusa, in the "Val di Noto".
Walking through the elegant districts of Modica through the streets full of monuments and churches is a sight to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Among the various streets of the town you can pass in front of the birthplace (which became a museum) of Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel Prize for literature! An unmissable place in Modica is the Clock Tower, located on the ruins of the ancient Counts Castle.
In addition to its great artistic and cultural heritage, Modica is famous today for something everyone loves: CHOCOLATE! Recognized in 2018 by the EU as a PGI product, it is prepared with an ancient recipe, which uses a lava stone mill specifically for the cold processing of cocoa beans.
There are many legends about the birth of this delicious recipe that makes “ciucculatta muricana” (as they say here) unique.
Some people say that Modica chocolate has Aztec origins, while others claim that it was refined with the addition of sugar only later by the Spanish. One thing is certain: visiting this beautiful city and eating or buying some chocolate is a must! There are many variations offered by the countless bars in Modica, try the versions with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon or chili.
Don't forget to visit Modica during one of its events: Chocomodica is the most famous one, which attracts chocolate lovers from all over the world every year.
During this initiative, the so-called 'food of the gods' is tasted in the city' s most magical locations.