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Holiday Home in Modica Historical City Centre with Amazing Views



Updated: 29-Nov-2016
Holiday Home in Modica, Sicily - Right in the Historical UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Close to Restaurants, Shops and Bars

Sipario is a wonderful holiday house in the historical centre of Modica.

Recently restored to its original 1930s feel, when my grandparents bought it, the house offers all modern comforts. It has an elegant living space and a spacious kitchen, both with domed ceilings and direct access to the terrace, a terrace with spectacular views of Modica's baroque S. George Cathedral, a bathroom in the living area, a laundry and 3 comfortable en-suite bedrooms.

Within the city, the house is strategically placed behind the Garibaldi Theatre and some 80 steps away from Modica's main high street, where there are shops, restaurants and bars.

The name Sipario, which means Theatre Curtains, was inspired by the nearby theatre and refers to the theatrical effect of going through the doors of the terrazzo to be overwhelmed by a breathtaking view of the city.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I now live and work in Sicily - my birthplace. A return after many years living abroad and working in academia. Nowadays I edit an online magazine dedicated to Italy, run Sicilian cookery courses and take care of my beautiful holiday home in Modica and the many wonderful guests that drop by.

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Speaks English, Italian

1 Reviews

based on 1 holidaymaker reviews

Hampshire, UK

Superbly equipped house in central Modica

  • 5 of 5

This is almost certainly the best equipped house we have stayed in over many years and is situated in central Modica with stunning views from its extensive terrace. The owner Katia kept in touch with me from booking until arrival and could not have been mor helpful, even reserving a parking place for us on our arrival on a Sunday lunchtime (no mean feat!). Drinks on the splendid terrace were a pleasure and the superbly equipped kitchen encouraged us to cook and eat in.

The bedrooms were large, comfortable and air conditioned with good sized, modern ensuite shower and toilet.

Modica is within easy driving distance of all the beautiful baroque towns of S.E. Sicily and less than 2 hours from the Villa Romana at Piazza Armerina with its magnificent mosaics.

Bathing is easy at several clean sandy beaches and the Vendicari Nature Reserve is within easy reach.

Only 2 cautions - firstly the house is 80 steep steps up from the main street so you need to be reasonably fit and parking can be difficult (the best time seemed to be between 4 and 5pm.

We ate in one of the restaurants recommended by Katia - the Torre d'Oriente - and it was superb.

So long as you can cope with the climb then don't hesitate. This is a superb holiday house in a handsome town and with the advantage of a lovely owner.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

The property was in my family for at least three generations and I purchased it from other family members to restore it to its former 1930s glory. The house has always held a special place in my heart. It is at the same time right in town but also quiet and relaxed since it is some steps up from the main road. The views are simply unique and now that it is restored it is a great place to relax and recharge.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Comiso at 32 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Caffe del Teatro at 40 Metres Nearest Ferry : Ferry to Malta at 20 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Donna Fugata Resort at 41 Kilometres Nearest Train : Modica's Train Station at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A18 at 21 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Osteria dei Sapori Perduti at 170 Metres Nearest Ski : Mount Etna at 150 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Sampieri at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We designed the kitchen as a space suitable for holding cookery courses, which we do for some weeks throughout the year. This is a service that is also available on request to guests renting the entire house.


Modica is a 15 minute drive from the closest beach - which is a wonderful long sandy beach stretching across the small towns of Pozzallo and Ispica. A longer 40 min drive will taking you to the fantastic Vendicari nature reserve.


The closest airport is Catania International Airport which is about 90 minutes by car. We strongly recommend hiring a car in Sicily as public transport only connects large city centres. Having said that there is a direct connection between the airport and Modica that drops passengers within 8 mins walking distance of the house.


The house is right in the centre of Modica and several bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Modica is also ideally placed to explore the Ragusa region (Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Pozzallo). Within an 1h30m range by caris also Catania, Etna, Caltagirone, Siracusa, Piazza Armerina.

Further Details:

There are plenty of shops offering fruit, meat, cheese as well as a supermarket close by.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas + New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
10 Apr 2017 - 25 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £167
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 1 years.

Booking Notes:
A booking deposit of 30% of the total rental charge must be paid by bank transfer, to validate the reservation. The booking will be considered valid only after receiving this deposit. The booking confirmation deposit is non-refundable or transferable. The balance, 70%, of the total rental charge must be paid 8 weeks prior to the rental period starting date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible although Saturday preferred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Modica is a great place to base yourself to explore South-East Sicily - you will be in a vibrant, active city with lots of choices for restaurants and bars for night life - several beach destinations are only a short 15 minute drive from town while you can get to towns like Ragusa, Siracusa, Noto, Scicli, Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina with short drives (all under 1 hour). Whilst in the house there is an incredible calm about it - and the amazing views just take you back in time. At the same time you are just some steps away from one of the most beautiful city centres.

Property Type

  • house


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Television


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre


  • churches
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • There are three ensuite baths with showers and bidet - and a fourth guest bath with shower (ideal for "after the beach" showers).


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, ensuite, shower, airconditioning, TV. Bedroom 2 with double (or twin) beds, ensuite, shower, airconditioning, TV. Bedroom 3 with double (or twin) beds, ensuite, shower, airconditioning, TV, small balcony - separate wc.


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Plants and herbs decorate the large terrace where there is a table and chairs to have a meal outdoor while enjoying the view or just to sit outside and relax. Utility Room: Laundry with washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided - mid-week cleaning and towel and linen change on request. Other: The terrace is arguably the most enchanting place with views of baroque Modica. There are two tables and plenty of seats available for unforgettable evenings in the company of friends, good food and excellent wine.

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