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Modica or Noto? So difficult to decide!

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I know this has been asked before, so please forgive me! I currently have 2 nights reserved in Modica in a B&B. I'm also considering Noto, but am having a hard time with the decision. We will be there in mid-May.

Initially I asked about Modica as I do have some difficulty with stairs, but can manage as long as I go slowly, so we'll adjust where it's needed. My question really is more about the aesthetic experience of the towns. And here is where I get overwhelmed by the different takes on each of the Baroque towns.

Some folks love Modica -- a very "real" town, with minimal separation of tourism and daily life. Some find it "the least appealing" of the Baroque towns. Yet it also seems to have the most to offer the most in terms of tourist activities and restaurants of all the Baroque towns -- or at least, has much to do.

Noto is described as the most beautiful -- many folks do describe the architectural uniformity in glowing terms, with many descriptions of the stunning afternoon/evening light. It sounds like a great place to wander, which is what we do best. We are not huge foodies, so I don't need high end restaurants. Rather, we prefer small hotels or B&Bs with a personal touch.

While I would like to plan for a day trip to each of the towns, there is a very good chance that we'll end up staying where we are, soaking up the ambience of the town that we are staying in. So we may not end up visiting the different towns. So which town is the one to stay in?

I'd really love to hear the different takes -- where would you rather spend 2 nights, Modica or Noto?

Thanks!
Paule

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