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Review 5060: Owner, Anime a Sud
2bed/2bath apartment in Modica, Sicily
June 25-July 2, 2011, 1 week
The location was ideal for people who can handle stairs. Modica is a vertical city - with the main corso at the bottom. This apartment was up 2/3's of the way to Modica Alto. We counted more than 350 stair steps up from Corso Umberto to the apartment. The views over Modica were fabulous because of its location. Parking was on the street behind Chiesa San Giorgio - and was about 200 yards of fairly level walking from where you parked to the apartment. We did not have any issues with this.
It was up to Modica Alto to the grocery store... it was about 100 steps up, but very doable. There was also shopping for produce/fruit, butcher shops, and of course Chocolate, on Corso Umberto, 350 steps down. Driving was impractical because the distances were close (albeit vertical.) We found ourselves stopping at markets while day-tripping, and bringing the food back. But the local market up the hill was fine and had good selection.
Restaurants were also either up or down. One of the restaurants we tried (and didn't like) Hosteria San Benedetto was very close. We had better luck with restaurants down on Corso Umberto. We earned our cannoli with the walk back up the hill.
The apartment is exactly as described/shown on the website. It was clean, stylish, practical, comfortable, with the most fabulous views you could imagine. It was not in an apartment building - but shared walls to either side and below. (Did I mention Modica was vertical?)
The kitchen was very functional, all the pots/pans, necessities were there. It was a very comfortable apartment.
There was a small balcony on the main level. And a large comfy balcony/patio on the upper level. The balconies were private. There was no pool.
There was seating for four at the dining table. The house was very clean. The open concept room provided three seats on the couch, and the fourth could sit at the table. There was additional comfy seating in a sitting room off the upstairs bedroom, and on the upstairs patio there was a chaise/couch combo that could set several.
These beds were very comfortable with high end linens. The bath towels were wonderfully over-sized and nice.
The kitchen had everything we needed. We used the kitchen a lot. Even the kitchen knives were of decent quality.
Problems or Bonuses
We were given a welcome basket that was wonderful upon check in. It had quite a bit of fresh fruit, all local and seasonal, as well as chocolates and gourmet cookies. We were also left with a bottle of sparkling water. A very nice welcome surprise.
I wasn't sure what to expect with parking. The instructions were to meet at a public lot down on Corso Umberto, and I'd done enough google-map inspection to know that was going to be a hike up to the apartment. I'd also figured out that Via Santa Lucia was not open to non-resident car traffic. Amelia met us at the parking lot, then had us follow her up the hill. She showed us where to park (behind San Giorgio), and gave us the rules for parking in Modica. (Yes, you park on the sidewalk.) It was a manageable walk from where we parked to the apartment, even with luggage. There were only a few steps.
The biggest surprise was learning a few days before our arrival that Luca, the owner, was a friend of one of my husbands cousins. Total coincidence, but a good omen.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Luca, the owner, was great to deal with. He responded quickly to questions via email. Amelia, his onsite representative, was very friendly and informative during check in and check out. Both Amelia and Luca spoke English. Amelia also texted us to let us know of festivals happening in town while we were there.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay there again. It was like staying in a high end boutique hotel ... with a kitchen.
Things to do in this area
We were very disappointed by Hosteria San Benedetto. It gets high marks with Trip Advisor, but we had a meal that tasted as if it had been made from frozen food and then microwaved. I notice another reviewer on trip advisor had similar comments.
We enjoyed strolling on Corso Umberto every night. I great place to get gelato or a cannoli - knowing you'd work it off climbing the steps back to the apartment.
Modica was an excellent base for exploring southern Sicily. We took day trips to Siracusa, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, and Ispica. Often we'd hit the beach at Pozzallo or Marina di Ragusa in the afternoon after seeing one of the Baroque towns. Modica, itself, offered a lot to see with its beautiful churches and buildings.
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