Modica - City of Chocolate and Baroque Architecture

Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, Modica is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Modica Cathedral, Sicily

Children waiting in the Modica Cathedral.

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Statue of St Paul (San Paolo), Modica

Statue of St Paul (San Paolo) outside the church San Pietro in Modica.

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Sicily

The beautiful baroque facade of San Pietro in Modica. Note the balcony. Inside there is a Madonna di Trapani by the Gagini school. The church "must have been built in the early decades of the eighteenth century", according to Anthony Blunt ("Sicilian Baroque", 1968).

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Chocolate at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in Modica, Sicily

Chocolate at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in Modica.

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Modica is registered in UNESCO's world cultural and natural heritage list

Modica is registered in UNESCO's world cultural and natural heritage list.

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Sicilian Sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List

  • Agrigento: Archaeological Area of Agrigento (UNESCO)
  • Aeolian Islands: Isole Eolie. The group consists of seven islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea) and five small islets (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca) in the vicinity of Panarea. (UNESCO)
  • Caltagirone (UNESCO)
  • Catania (UNESCO)
  • Cefalù Cathedral
  • Militello Val di Catania (UNESCO)
  • Modica (UNESCO)
  • Monreale Cathedral
  • Mount Etna (UNESCO)
  • Noto (UNESCO)
  • Palermo: Palazzo dei Normanni (The Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Cappella Palatina (The Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace)
  • Palermo: Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti
  • Palermo: Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (also known as the Martorana)
  • Palermo: Church of San Cataldo
  • Palermo: Cathedral of Palermo
  • Palermo: The Zisa Palace (La Zisa)
  • Palermo: The Cuba Palace (La Cuba)
  • Palazzolo Acreide (UNESCO)
  • Ragusa (UNESCO)
  • Scicli (UNESCO)
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (UNESCO)

 

Statues, church of San Pietro in Modica

Statues of the apostles on the stairs leading up to the church of San Pietro in Modica.

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Modica - Chiesa Madre S. Pietro Apostolo

A part of Modica seen from the church of San Pietro (Chiesa Madre S. Pietro Apostolo).

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Sicily

Statue of one of the apostles outside San Pietro, a church completely rebuilt after the eartquake in 1693.

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San Pietro, Modica (interior)

Interior of the church San Pietro.

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Modica Cathedral

The cathedral in Modica.

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duomo, Modica

The Duomo.

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baptismal font in the church S. Maria dell'Annunziata (15th - 18th century) in Modica

Detail of a baptismal font in the church S. Maria dell'Annunziata (15th - 18th century) in Modica.

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Sicily

View of Modica from the stairs leading up to the cathedral.

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Sicily

Chocolate for sale at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto in Modica. And the chocolate is made in the adjacent room behind the shop.

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Modica chocolate and espresso

Espresso and salt chocolate.

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Francesco "Frank" A. Lentini

Born in Rosolini, Sicily (between Noto and Modica), Francesco "Frank" A. Lentini became known for having three legs, four feet and two sets of genitals. Lentini was born with a parasitic twin. The twin was attached to Lentini's body at the base of his spine and consisted of a pelvis bone, a rudimentary set of male genitalia and a full-sized leg extending from the right side of Lentini's hip, with a small foot protruding from its knee. At the age of eight, Lentini's family moved to the United States. Lentini then entered the sideshow business as The Great Lentini, joining the Ringling Brothers Circus act. His career spanned over forty years and he worked with every major circus and sideshow including Barnum and Bailey and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Lentini was so respected among his peers that he was often called "The King". In his youth, Lentini used his extraordinary third leg to kick a football across the stage, hence his show name, the Three-Legged Football Player. He married Theresa Murray, three years younger than he, and they had four children: Josephine, Natale, Frank and James. Francesco Lentini died in Jacksonville, Florida on 22 September, 1966 at the age of 82.