A Baroque, Cioccolata-filled Winter Escape in Modica, Sicily

The air is crisp in North America – the perfect temperature to celebrate this Holiday Season, get a little closer, feel the warmth, the magic and spirit of this special time of the year.  I promised all of you I would dedicate at least one more travel reflection to Modica, Sicily – one of my newest most favorite destinations in my native island…..If you are like me, always in search of a new, non traditional, off the beaten path, genuine travel spot – then you would appreciate the lentezza/slowness, serenity and peace that Modica exudes.  It is perfect really all year long.  In the winter the air is as crisp as in North America (especially in Modica Alta), in the spring  you will enjoy a number of typical festivals, in summer it’s a different escape away from the sea, under the shade. 

Chiesa di San Giovanni, Modica  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Chiesa di San Giovanni, Modica {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Chiesa di Santa Teresa, Modica  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Chiesa di Santa Teresa, Modica {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

Located in the most southern tip of Sicily, whether you’ll travel to Modica or Ragusa or Noto or neighboring villages (such as Ispica and Scicli), you will be immersed in the most spectacular and purest examples of the Sicilian Baroque.   I got lost in the Baroque Madonnas, details, cherubs, and cathedrals of Modica – they say you can see nearly 100 !  Here for all of you a photoblog of my favorite churches – though San Giorgio is the Cattedrale…..I loved the Churches of San Giovanni and Santa Teresa in Modica Alta.   They are drizzled with pastel colors, sunlight filling their space, they are large and airy – the ideal restful stop for a prayer for the skies above.  Take a moment to admire this gorgeous and elegant Baroque Madonna in Modica….

Baroque Madonna in Modica, Sicily  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Baroque Madonna in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Cattedrale di San Giorgio, Modica {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Cattedrale di San Giorgio, Modica {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Baroque Church Details in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Baroque Church Details in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Baroque Cathedrals in Modica, Sicily  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Baroque Cathedrals in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

After a full day of independent exploration and study of the spirituality and devotion of Modicani towards their Madonne and Patron Saint, San Giorgio……I continued strolling along its peaceful and so typically Sicilian alleys.  Look what I found before my eyes……this scene of hanging clothes on the line…..the Sicilian sunshine surely doesn’t believe in driers at home……how invigorating and energizing. 

Hanging clothes in Modica, Sicily  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Hanging clothes in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

Then I thought I had reached heaven…..as I found an adorable shop selling arancini stuffed with melted cioccolato from Modica {combining both salty and sweet!}  talk about a meal in a bite……wishing you a beautiful weekend……soon my last reflection for this year with my wishes for this Holiday Season – then I’ll disconnect for a few weeks and go on my periodical technology detox/cleanse until the New Year.  This is time dedicated to family, friends, our loved ones and a time of personal reflection for your own life and your vision for 2015.   

Arancini al Cioccolato /Chocolate Rice Delicacies in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Arancini al Cioccolato /Chocolate Rice Delicacies in Modica, Sicily {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

 

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