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Beautifully Restored Heritage Home With A Panoramic View Of Modica Bassa.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,173 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, With Panoramic Views Of Modica Bassa from the terrace.

Casa Niria is centrally located in a charming residential neighborhood, just minutes away from Modica’s stores,cafes, and restaurants. This two bedroom 2 bathroom house with exposed stone walls, features, a terrace with panoramic views, gourmet kitchen and gas BBQ.The house has air conditioning throughout as well as cental heating for the winter months.

Casa Niria in Sicilian means, ‘ home in the area of Saint Andrea,’and is a beautifully restored, family friendly, two-level heritage home with a panoramic view of Modica Bassa; a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The restorations were done by a master stone mason to combine all the charm of a heritage home with the open concept of a contemporary lifestyle and is a stunning blend of old and new: original stone walls combined with ceramic floors. Decorative tiles and polished lava stone counters complete the kitchen.

Ideally suited for family living, the house features an entrance way courtyard, two bedrooms on the first level with an adjoining three-piece bathroom. The master bedroom can easily accommodate a crib (cot) or small bed for a young child. The top floor is an open floor plan with a living room , dining area, and for those who like to cook a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a five - piece bathroom with tub and laundry area with a washer and dryer. An outdoor terrace, complete with a barbecue and seating for five, overlooks Modica’s historic baroque centre where one can savour the ambiance along with a glass of wine or an early morning coffee. The house itself is located in a charming residential neighborhood just minutes away from Modica’s cafes, restaurants and shops. Being within a closed courtyard adds an extra security feature. Parking is available nearby.

About Modica - “With its steeply stacked centre and spectacular baroque cathedrals, Modica is one of Southern Sicily’s most atmospheric towns” (ref. Lonely Planet). Modica is a vibrant community with interesting shops, friendly people and breathtaking vistas. The town is spread over the sides of two valleys where two river torrents merged into a V shaped rocky gorge. During medieval times many of the homes were carved from sandstone into caves (grottos) overlooking the torrents. These torrents are now running underground and the main street, Corso Umberto 1, runs along the old river bed. A labyrinth of streets climb up the gorges where over 100 baroque churches are interspersed with cobbled lanes, ancient steps and fine nobles’ houses. You can see the homes carved in sandstone as you walk in the city along the wall of the gorge.

Surrounding Area: Modica is perfectly positioned as a home base to explore nearby cities, beaches, and areas of interest in southeast Sicily. It is easy to take day trips by bus, car, train or bike to Noto, Syracusa, Ragusa, and Scicli, all of which are UNESCO sites. Take a day trip by bus or car to Catania to visit the spectacular open-air market and the Duomo, another great adventure. The famous ceramics of Caltagirone are only a two hour drive away and well worth a trip. For those who like the beach, blue flag beaches of Pozallo, Sampieri, Marina di Modica and Donnalucata are nearby, just 20-30 minutes by bus.

The area is known for its excellenpt year-round climate, rich cultural and historical attributes, baroque architecture, outstanding Sicilian gastronomy (wine and food) friendly local people and affordability. The area’s delicate blend of history, nature and the sea has contributed to its rich delights including fresh produce year round, and local specialty recipes for chocolate, wine, olive oil, ricotta, and pastries. Modica also has excellent restaurants. Ragusa which is nearby has two Michelin-rated restaurants.

More Details

David and Barbara Morrow
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2017

About David and Barbara Morrow

My wife and I are retired and live in Canada. Throughout our lives we have traveled extensively and seen most of the world. In 2013 we visited Sicily and fell in love with Modica and the people, so we purchased a house in Modica Basa that could best be euphemistically described as a fixer upper. The house offers a panoramic view of the city. This vista swayed our decision to take on this massive renovation project. We have spent the last 9 months completely restoring and furnishing the house. This was no easy task but we had one of the best stone and tile masons in Modica working on the project and the end result was all that we could have hoped for. Our plan is to live in Modica in the spring and fall months and rent it out from June to the end of September, as well as in the winter from mid-December to mid-March.

David and Barbara Morrow purchased this house in 2013

Why David and Barbara Morrow chose Ragusa

We purchased this property because of the panoramic view, central location and historical setting.The view from the terrace is spectacular. We also felt that being located within a beautiful enclosed courtyard added both privacy and security. We picked Modica because of the warm climate, and Modica felt like a real Sicilian town where people work and live.The town’s people are friendly and we felt we would be living in a safe environment, free to explore all the wonderful sites in and around the city. Modica is a place we can call home. Being centrally located it is an easy walk to shops restaurants and historical sights.

What makes this house unique

Although it is a heritage building Casa Niria is a comfortable home and well suited for family living.Casa Niria also has all the necessities associated with modern living: Wi-Fi, HD Smart TV, A/C, central heating, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, a fully equipped kitchen, window screens and a terrace with a gas barbecue. One of the two bathrooms has a bathtub when you just need to soak. There is a collection of movies on flash drives for easy viewing.

Giorgio, the property manager, will ensure that your stay is both worry free and memorable. He will welcome you to the house and explain how everything works. He is knowledgeable about the area and speaks perfect English.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Modica in Modica

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1173 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , clothes washer & dryer in the 2nd floor bathroom + sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , There is a sink in the bathroom.
  • toilet paper for the bathroom is provided as is soap for personal use. Laundry soap is also provided for the washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , queen/matramonial size bed can turn into two singles
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Baby's Crib & children's cot also available if required.
  • Both bedrooms share an adjoining bathroom. Bedrooms have high quality mattresses and linen. Both mattresses and linen are made of non allergenic materials. Children's cot or baby crib will easily fit into the large master bed room if needed. Each bedroom has a large wardrobe plus bedside tables. There is also a desk and chair plus a large sitting chair in the master bedroom.
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
For those who wish Giorgio can also arrange any one of the following activities: • An at-home evening with a private chef to sample local specialties and to see how they are made. The cost is 15 Euros an hour. • An excursion to a rustic farmhouse located in the stunning Val di Noto area. You can observe fresh ricotta being made and enjoy a four-course luncheon, wine included. The ricotta is served hot in terracotta bowls – delicious. The cost is 22 Euros per person for the excursion. . An excursion to a fish restaurant located out in the country. The cost is 25 Euros including wine and the courses keep coming. • A tour of a local winery to sample the wines of the region. • And if you are visiting in October, an excursion to view and possibly participate in the local harvesting of the olive oil. . Giorgio can provide a taxi service to places of interest.. The cost of the service is listed in the Welcome to Casa Niria book at the house.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

Beautifully Restored Heritage Home With A Panoramic View Of Modica Bassa.
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The reviews of this property are totally correct. From the first communication with Dave till the end of our stay everything has been first class, We have rented many different properties from all over the world and this is indeed a very special place. The house is very well equipped, beautifully clean.The decor reflects Dave and Barbara"s love of travel there are manuals for all the equipment + the red book with all Dave's tips etc.is very handy. The house is private and quiet and the house manager, Georgio is a gem. The house is very central and Modica is a delight to explore. Lots of hilly terrain. Super experience.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laura and Gordon - We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We strive to make staying at Casa Niria a special place and yes, Giorgio, our property manager, is a gem. He is a wealth of knowledge and can deal with any contingency. Thanks again for your kind words Dave & Barbara
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We highly recommend this jewel in Modica.

  • 5 of 5

This recently renovated house is well appointed, beautifully decorated, clean, secure and features a spectacular view across to Modica Alta. Giorgio, the Manager, was very pleasant and efficient, and helpful in arranging outings. The house is a three minute walk to local shops and cafes. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend Casa Niria without any reservations.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clive - Thanks for your positive comments. Barbara and I are pleased you and Tanya enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria. We have tried to make it a special place.
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The place to stay in Modica!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying and Barbara and David's lovely home. Everything is perfect, home is immaculate and so close to the main area of downtown Modica. I can't say enough about our stay here and no one will be disappointed should they chose this lovely place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pat & Jim for your kind words. We are glad you once again enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria.
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Ottawa Canada

So thrilled we chose this rental

  • 5 of 5

Everything was seamless from the prompt replies to questions asked, check in and for duration of our stay. The vacation rental is central to all areas of Modica. We were within walking distance of fresh fruit/vegetable stalls, bakeries, meat stores and cheese shops. The condo owners provided extensive information on Modica and surrounding areas The condo has a view right out of a painting. We were two couples travelling and spent a lot of time on the beautiful patio/balcony. The space in the condo was large enough to provide for two couples. There are no areas of improvement we can suggest. One of our travel companions needed to see a doctor and Georgio was right there to assist and ensure that all medical needs were met. Thank you for such a memorable holiday. We will recommend Modica and especially this vacation rental to anyone considering Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sylvie - Barbara I are so glad you and your friends enjoyed staying at Casa Niria. One of the reason we purchased the house was because of the spectacular views. Our property manager, Giorgio takes great pride in ensuring all our guests have a great experience and we are pleased he was able to help your friends deal with their medical needs. Thanks again for taking the time to write your review. It was much appreciated. Dave & Barbara Dave & Barbara
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Excellent property and location

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many properties over the years and Casa Niria is one of the best.. It is well furnished and equpped with everything you could need and very comfortable and relaxing. The view from the balcony is exceptional and was great tosit out and have breakfast or an early evening drink.

The location of thr house is ideal - just a short walk to cafes restaurants and local food shops (lovely cheese shop and bakery - best arancini we've tasted)

Modica itself is an amazing place with a lot to see and do and is well situated to explore the region's other baroque towns and the lovely beaches nearby.

Our arrival went smoothly - Giorgio the property manager was very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay and it was reassuring to know he was around and easily contactiable if needed

We would definitely recommend this property as an ideal base for a memorable holiday

Stuart and Kay -Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stuart & Kay - We are please you enjoyed your stay at Casa Niria. Giorgio is an exceptional property manager who works hard at being accessible and helpful to our guests. We are glad you appreciated his efforts. Many renters have said he adds to the rental experience. I don't know what we would do without him. Ciao Dave & Barbara
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Love, Love, Love Casa Niria

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter and I stayed at this property in June while visiting Modica from Canada for a wedding. From my first correspondence with the owners before our trip I felt reassured that our arrangements were ideal. Connections with Giorgio the property manager were smooth upon our arrival and he quickly navigated us to the property and arranged parking for us...despite our oversized vehicle and the narrow streets (alleys....)of Modica! The property itself is absolutely charming! The terrace is everything and more you can imagine from the pics here. We spent several nights enjoying the sights and sounds of Modica from this cozy perch above the town. The kitchen is well stocked and the laundry facilities were great to have. Both bedrooms are very spacious. Four adults can be accommodated comfortably. We enjoyed exploring Modica on the suggestions provided by the owner's guide located at the property and found all of the places we tried to be excellent. Our family definitely hopes to return to this property. *****Five Stars for sure! Thank you Casa Niria ~ Jennifer & Dennis, Cobden, ON

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jen & Dennis I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. Your positive comments are most appreciated. Dave
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
16 Kilometres
Ferry to Malta is at Pozzallo
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Contea plus many others
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

For those who wish Giorgio can also arrange any one of the following activities:

• An at-home evening with a private chef to sample local specialities and see how they are made. Cost 15 Euros an hour plus the cost of ingrediants.

• An excursion to a rustic farmhouse located in the stunning Val di Noto area. You can observe fresh ricotta being made and enjoy a four-course luncheon, wine included. The ricotta is served hot in terracotta bowls – delicious. /cost of excursion 22 Euros per person.

• A tour of a local winery to sample the wines of the region.

• And if you are visiting in October, an excursion to view and possibly participate in the local harvesting of the olive oil.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Modica, Sicily

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

An Accommodation Confirmation will be sent confirming the details of the rental and providing contact information so you can be met by Giorgio and be taken to the property when you arrive. The letter will also confirm the balance of the rent to be paid to Giorgio when you check in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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