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trace of dust inside and outside the antique glass dresser.
Inside, the objects, perfectly preserved, still look like
ordinarily used while the close table is served up with
the remains of handmade foods of once. Quietness and silence
reign all over these houses made out of the rocky caves,
and carry us away, back to an antique atmosphere, made
of voices, rhythms and life of old days, although we are
at just few meters from the noises and chaos of the closest
town center, right under the well-known watch and tower,
symbols of the town. Here within a room of few square meters,
used to live poor families: father, mother and five kids
at least, as of culture, until 50 years ago (and beyond).
No signs now of children playing at chasing each other all
around. They are growing up in other quarters of the city,
in barrack-like buildings, pretended to be houses.
on Via Posterla, on top of a little stairway, this is a
tour must-see for visitors of Modica. On this same road
is located the house where Nobel writer Salvatore Quasimodo
was born and grown, today run by a tourist association.
road is easily reachable from the main road, Corso Umberto,
walking across the picturesque Via Grimaldi and climbing
Via Castello. The other entrance, from behind the church
of S. Maria di Betlèm, saves us the biggest surprise, these
ambient rebuilt by the passion of people that has never
denied their own origin.
Lucifora is a person we would like to meet in all of our
towns in Sicily. He is a professional, qualified chef, who
lives in the opposite hill and who happened to fall in love
with the historic heart of Modica, still largely neglected,
unfortunately. With his savings he has purchased a first,
a second, third, up to the fourth cave. He has restored
the highly damaged insides, and started to collect objects
and tools of our grandparents and artisans: starting from
the shoemaker's shoes moulds, only support of the family,
who used to gather and get warm around the wood-kitchen,
in the middle of the one-roomed house. You even happen to
find old-style enemas, syringes and hot-water bottles. A
precious, never-ending collection of holy images of Christ,
the Virgin Mary, the Saints, entirely cover the walls of
the cave where Lucifora receives his friends. All old images
to which people used to address their prayers, to receive
a support, help in a life made of sacrifices.
close alleys still have the old outside sewers, as other
sign of how poor was the life of once. But these are the
roots and the history of our town and territory. The research
Giuseppe Lucifora has undertaken contributes to constantly
remind us about them.
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CON PIERO SELVAGGIO, modicano, ambasciatore della
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una grotta, nei pressi del Castello di Modica, Giuseppe
Lucifora ha ricavato un Museo di storia modicana dove si
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