Seeing Modica from a height, letting your gaze wonder over the facades of the churches and the roofs of the old ‘palazzi’, you can’t help but fall in love with it. And that’s just how you see it from the balconies of my home, Dimora Birulla. Clinging to the sides of a gorge, the lower town rises to meet the upper town in a spell-binding wave of historic scents and flavours. It is an enchanting town, warm and welcoming, with a relaxed and leisurely pace of life.
E volete sapere perché l’ho chiamata Birullà? Per far piacere alla mia bambina, Michela. Che nei suoi primi discorsi compiuti amava definire la Chiesa di San Pietro (il nostro vicino di casa) come la chiesa Birullà.

DIMORA BIRULLÀ: A Modican Welcome

Modica is a city of stone and light: sunlit by day, it turns rose-pink at sunset and lights up at night, and the luxury of letting your eyes and imagination wander at leisure is a daily delight – one which I can’t keep to myself. Dimora Birulla was born from a desire to share the beauties of Modica with others. One of these beauties is the Dimora itself, which occupies the top floor of a fascinating 18th century nobleman’s palace, with high ceilings and thick walls, and rooms lovingly restored and tastefully furnished. The residence - which comprises three bedrooms (each with its own bathroom), an elegant sitting room and a shared kitchen – boasts spectacular views of the imposing Duomo di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Cathedral), which is almost directly opposite. From each of Birulla’s balconies you can feast your eyes on the ochre-coloured stone of the Baroque facade and the statues of the twelve apostles, guarding the steps of the cathedral.

In Family

The rooms, kitchen, balconies – every inch of my home has been lovingly restored and designed, not just to meet certain tourist standards, but to give you a true taste of a Sicilian home.
Modica (whose name is thought to come from the Phoenician ‘Mutika’, or the Sicilian ‘Murika’) was once the capital of the province. The town emerged triumphantly from the ruins of the 1693 earthquake, more beautiful than before, and is now famous for its late Baroque style. From Dimora Birulla its most historic corners are easily accessible.
I’m always happy to suggest things to do, and places to eat, to help you discover and experience the beauties, colours, scents and flavours of the Noto Valley to the full. Are you looking for a warm climate, unspoilt countryside and the rich history exuded by the narrow streets of a Unesco World Heritage Site? Then Modica is for you.
I’ve learnt through my own travels that the art of true hospitality is to treat travellers not as tourists, but as friends of the family. So if you’d like to experience the proverbial Sicilian welcome then you should stay at Dimora Birulla. I would be delighted to welcome you!


Dimora Birulla enjoys a central location in Modica Bassa, in the heart of the Cartellone quarter (the old Jewish part of the city). There are two double rooms and a suite (comprising a double and a twin room), each with its own bathroom. The rooms are elegant but comfortable, enjoying incomparable views of either St Peter’s cathedral, or the maze of houses and rooftops which rise from the bottom of the valley towards Modica Alta. Birulla was once the private residence of an aristocratic Modican family, and in renovating the bedrooms the building’s innate refinement and charm has been retained, to give guests a taste of the lifestyle enjoyed by the building’s original inhabitants.

The Rose Bedroom

  • climaAir Conditioning and heating
  • wifiFree Wi-Fi and printing
  • tv TV
  • call Free national and international calls
  • bathPrivate bathroom with shower

The Michela Suite

  • area55 m²
  • climaAir conditioning and heating
  • wifiFree Wi-fi and printing
  • bedsSleeps 4 (ideal for families)
  • tv tv
  • bathPrivate bathroom with shower
  • call Free national and international calls

The Lace Room

  • climaAir conditioning and heating
  • wifiFree Wi-fi and printing
  • tv TV
  • call Free national and international calls
  • bathPrivate bathroom with shower

Additional Services

A vegan or gluten free breakfast can be provided on request. The following services are also available for an extra charge

Airport transfers (to and from Catania and Comiso airports)
Car hire
Excursions with driver (and guide)
Modican cookery lessons
Masseur, hairstylist and beautician
Laundry and ironing service
Restaurant bookings


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Michela Suite Price per night
2 people (twin or double room) 88 €
4 people (1 twin and 1 double room) 110 €
Lace Room 60 €
Rose Room 70 €


  • Dimora Birullà
    di Rosaria Nigro
  • Tel. 328 6974093
  • Via Liceo Convitto, 11
  • 97015 Modica (RG)
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