Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Palazzetto Polara: Soak up the Magnificence
Palazzetto Polara, the little palace, is the wing of the most famous aristocratic Palazzo in Modica, Palazzo Polara. To fully understand the importance of the Polara family one has to just look at its neighbor, San Giorgio Cathedral. Only the most important of families could claim such close proximity to a cathedral.
San Giorgio Cathedral is considered par excellence the most important Baroque church in Sicily. From the balcony and the terrace of Palazzetto Polara behold both the spectacular view of the city of Modica and the Cathedral itself.
In addition to the magnificent settings, Palazzetto Polara also offers concierge service as part of the weekly rental fee.*
Concierge Service will assist on arranging any pre arrival necessities such as car services, guides restaurant bookings or simply answering any questions you may have.
In order to meet our guests upon arrival we will need to know your arrival time, this will be part of the pre arrival information, once then on the ground a quick phone check in to update any potential changes in schedule.
Our concierge will meet you at the Palazzetto, present the keys and show you around the house and explain where things are. A booklet on the house will also be on hand for your reference.
Upon arrival you will be also be provided information on any upcoming local events, concerts, festivals, plus visiting hours of monuments and churches.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sanpieri, Marina di Modica, Pozzallo 15 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania (130 kms) or Comiso (40 kms) 40 km, Nearest railway: Modica 1 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Sicily region
Known as the ''City of 100 bells and 100 churches'', Modica is a charming place to stay. Its architecture, food and scenic countryside make it a delightful place which visitors return to time and again. The town is a maze of narrow streets and steps which join the honey colored stone buildings of Upper Modica with the lower valley. Although much of Modica's ancient history was destroyed in an earthquake in 1693, it was rebuilt in the splendid Baroque style. The town is also famous throughout Sicily for its chocolate. Today Modica has a population of 54,000 people.
Modica is spread over the sides of two valleys where two rivers merge into a wide rocky gorge. A flood in 1902 led to the rivers being covered over through the town, now forming the main roads. During medieval times, many of the homes were carved from the sandstone into caves (grottos) overlooking the rivers. The labyrinth of streets climb up the gorges where over 100 baroque churches are interspersed with cobbled lanes, ancient steps, and fine nobles' houses.
The area's delicate blend of history, nature, and the sea has contributed to its rich gastronomical delights, including fresh produce year round, local specialty recipes for chocolate, wine, olive oil, meat dishes, fish, ricotta cheese, and pastries. Sicily is noted for its exceptional cuisine with its culinary history influenced by the Arab and the Spanish occupation. The area is known for its excellent year round climate, rich cultural and historical attributes, baroque architecture, vicinity to the sea, friendly local people, and affordability.
An interesting overview on Sicily is possible by viewing the BBC's prize winning “Sicily Unpacked” in a 3 part series featuring an art historian and chef travelling around Sicily. Modica is featured in part 2. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB04A4D2C24DDC100
Things to Do in Modica
Modica is a tranquil town and lends itself to walks through its avenues and winding streets, offering outdoor cafes, dinners in its countless local restaurants and pizzerias, delicious ice creams and granite as well as Modica's renowned chocolate all within walking distance of Palazetto Polara.
Check out these walking tours put together by the local tourist board covering all the important sights in Modica: http://visitmodica.com/en/walking-tours
The religious festivals are colorful and joyous occasions and should not be missed. This would include the Feast of Saint George (April 23), the Feast of Saint Peter (June 29), and Easter with the appearance of the Madonna Vasa Vasa. There are countless other religious festivals also in the surrounding towns too.
The other important occasion in Modica is the annual Chocobarocco chocolate festival held yearly.
Beaches Near Modica
The coast closest to Modica has some lovely beaches including the area around Pozallo, Sanpieri, and Marina di Modica all no more than 10 mi/15 km from Modica.
Weather in Modica
Modica is located in southern Sicily and has a hot Mediterranean climate with mild wet winters and hot dry summers. The area receives plenty of sunshine all year round and summer highs can reach 30°C/ 85°F and above while in the spring and fall seasons the temperature is a comfortable 20° to 25°C/68° to 77°F.
Travel to Modica
Catania's Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) is 75 miles/ 120 km away with domestic and international service. Comiso's Vincenzo Magliocco Airport (CIY) is 25 miles/40 kilometers away from Modica with low cost flights to:
•Bruxelles Charleroi •London Stansted •Dublin •Milan Linate •Frankfurt (Hahn) •Pisa
•Kaunas •Rome Ciampino
For more, visit http://www.aeroportodicomiso.com/en/
The AST bus company runs an efficient service to Modica, or visitors can rent a car at the airport and drive.
Places to Visit Near Modica
Modica is ideally positioned to tour and visit the east and south east corners of Sicily. By car, it is within minutes of award winning Mediterranean beaches, and within a 40 mile/65 km radius of five UNESCO World Heritage cities: Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Noto and Siracusa.
We can help you organize daily itineraries either before you arrive or when you are in Modica. Sicily's famed Baroque triangle includes Modica, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli and Noto and all warrant a visit.
Distances indicated below are from Modica:
Ragusa Ibla: 15 km/10 mi. Ragusa is an unusual town, divided into two parts - the Upper Town and Ibla. After the earthquake of 1693 destroyed most of the town, half the people decided to build on the ridge above the town and the other half renovated the old town. Ibla. The lower town is reached on foot by a series of stairways or by bus or car on a winding downhill road. Delightful sights make it worth a visit.
Scicli: 10 km/6 mi. With its fanciful buildings and beautifully laid out piazzas, Scicli is slightly off the beaten trail and a superb destination to sample their version of Baroque architecture.
Noto: 37 km/23 mi. Renowned for its fine early 18th century buildings, the town has some superb architectural masterpieces to enjoy. The honey colored buildings are dubbed the ''Stone Garden'' and are a listed UNESCO Heritage Site. During the third week in May Noto has a splendid Flower Festival featuring mosaics made from over 400,000 flowers designed by local artists.
Cava Ispica: 7 km/4.5 mi. The Cave of Ispica consists of a series of housing units carved in rocky formations. Built prior to the Greek colonization, these houses were used until the end of the nineteenth century. This cave, the most important in Eastern Sicily, is 13 km long and is divided among two other communes, Modica and Rosolini.
Marzamemi: 40 km/25 mi. This charming fishing village still lives a simple way of life from times past. The Piazza Bianca is surrounded by old fishermen's cottages where locals and visitors meet in the evening to eat and socialize at the restaurants and bars.
Portopalo di Capopassero: 40 km/25 mi. A sea town that is popular with Italians visiting for the summer and the beaches are well worth a visit.
Vendicari Reserve: 40 km/25 mi. This nature reserve is noted for its bird reserve and unspoiled beaches which are a favored breeding place for turtles.
Siracusa: 70 km/44 mi. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheaters, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes.
Caltagirone: 75 km/46 mi. A suggestive hilltop town famous for its decorative ceramic objects.
Piazza Armerina: 100 km/62 mi. Where one can visit the beautiful and fascinating Roman Villa del Casale and its world famous mosaic floors.
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14 Jul 2014
"Palazzetto Polara_ experience culture and the beach as a tourist, but feel like a local sicilian"
This home is breathtaking and its history further captured my imagination. Waking up to the bells ringing from the most famous cathedral in Sicily- San Giorgio - is magical. I felt like royalty pass… More
12 Apr 2014
"Modica, Sicily- one of a kind home!"
A fantastic stay high up in Modica at a tastefully decorated home. I had the pleasure of being one of the first guests of this newly renovated home. Beautiful, authentic, high ceilings, new baths an… More
12 Apr 2014
"Excellent value for money"
Great location for sight seeing , with good transport services if you are not driving.Fantastic terrace to chill out on and relax.… More
8 Apr 2014
This palazzo is not only luxurious but also full of charm and history. It is furnished to a very high standard and is extremely comfortable. I have never had such a well equipped kitchen in a holiday… More
Thank you so much for this wonderful review and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Palazzetto Polara and touring in the area. Modica and its surroundings are so charming and certainly worth a visit.
I would only like to point out that the steps leading to the house are 54, not 90.
I hope you will come visit again soon. Thank you.
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