Uphill in Modica

Street, Modica Now, imagine a group of men carrying a very heavy statue of Saint George slaying a dragon up this hill, galloping. That’s what’s happening today in author and poet Salvatore Quasimodo’s (1901-1968) hometown for la Festa di San Giorgio.

Galloping through Modica

The Sangiuggiari, or devotees of Saint George in Modica, will process the statue of San Giorgio slaying a dragon through the town’s streets on Sunday, May 24. Confetti and fireworks annually mark the start of a winding parade during which faithful men carry the heavy statue on their shoulders–sometimes galloping to simulate the horse on…

The Pearl for Saint George

The magnificent cathedral in Modica, pictured, is dedicated to Saint George (c.275 – 303 AD). On Sunday in the UNESCO recognized Baroque town, for Saint George’s Day (which falls on April 23), devotees of “San Giorgio” celebrate the Christian martyr. Saint George grew up in the Middle East devoted to Jesus. The son of a…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, we’ve all been waiting for the Modica Chocolate Festival, ChocoModica! From December 5 to 8, the capital of Sicilian chocolate, Modica, becomes the center of attention. I’ve talked about Modica chocolate before: it’s a special recipe that Sicilian chocolatiers created combining the rich cocoa brought to…

Cave In

On the way between Scicli and Modica you’ll find deep valleys flanked by steep stone cliffs. Among those cliffs, you’ll find caves carved into the rock. During times of bandits and foreign invasions, cave dwelling in southeastern Sicily was common, and as more modern construction techniques entered the scene, the cave became part of one’s…