Another face of Sicily that doesn’t get discussed in the vision of the picturesque is the island’s baroque side. Among the many rulers of the island are the Spanish who brought with them baroque design and aesthetics.
Modica was one of my favorite places we visited on the island. Visitors are greeted by a wall of stairs and are encouraged to taste the famous chocolate, made without any additives. As a traveler, Modica is enjoyable, and it made me wonder why 1800s travel magazines, like Cosmorama pittorico, that I looked at in my independent study never talked about it. Then again, I remembered that of the ten depictions of southern Italy in one year, they all show only scenes of nature and the landscape. Talking about a place like Modica would acknowledge civilization.