The route twists and turns through the main late Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily such as Scicli, Modica, Ragusa, Ispica, Noto and Comiso, which were hit and severely damaged by the 1693 disastrous earthquake. However, the whole area rose again in the eighteenth century in an even more rich and sumptuous way. It is exactly this sumptuousness that we will show you in this path: something that makes special and unique this angle of Sicily, because it was skilfully and masterfully adopted on to a lively area rich of culture and traditions. Among the different churches you will visit, you will appreciate some of the features of the late Baroque: gargoyles and cherubs; rounded wrought iron railings; tower-shaped façades with complex geometries and incorporated bell; mixed up and polychrome marble; free columns.
The route is divided into 6 sub routes, as follows:
I02 Sub-Route 2 – The Baroque churches of Modica
Route description: Modica, which was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2002, is known as the city of the 100 churches. The itinerary includes a visit to the main Baroque churches scattered between the two areas Modica is usually divided: Modica Alta (Higher Modica) and Modica Bassa (Lower Modica) . The visit starts from the lower part of the town with the churches of San Paolo, the SS. Salvatore, San Domenico and San Pietro. After lunch break, we will resume the tour by visiting the church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, located in the lower part of town, and then continue in the upper area to have a look to San Giorgio and, finally, San Giovanni Evangelista churches.