In this delightful corner of Sicily, where history and nature are combined with people’s hospitality and unique eno-gastronomic excellence, we offer engaging experiences that will make your trip really special. Book a stay yourself and add on our special services, or contact us to create an experience tailored specifically to you.

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KITCHEN & WINE

All our properties have a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your favourite dishes with fresh market produce, perhaps after having attended one of our cookery classes. You could also sample our Sicilian breakfast or book a Mediterranean dinner prepared by our chefs, who will interpret the best Sicilian recipes for you. Our wine cellars contain a selection of the territory’s best vineyards, focusing on organic, natural and biodynamic wines.

Our wines: Arianna Occhipinti | Planeta | COS | Mazzei | Riofavara | Passopisciaro | I Custodi delle vigne dell’Etna | Tenuta di Castellaro

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TIME TO PAMPER YOURSELF

The Hortus Garden is the ideal place for a regenerating afternoon during the summer. Under the pomegranate tree, our staff will take care of you with relaxing massages for couples, hot volcanic stones, Motia salt scrubs and personalized treatments. You can then complete your relaxation in the heated jacuzzi as you await a special dinner prepared by our chef. Our teas and herbal infusions, produced by the Herborarium Museum of Catania with blends of herbs and flowers from Mt Etna, have been inspired by century-old traditions used by apothecary monks.

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MODICA’S BLACK GOLD

The Aztec Xocoàtl was brought to Europe in the 16th century after the discovery of the New World, and was first introduced to Sicily during the Spanish rule of Modica.  Over the centuries its characteristics have been maintained by the preservation of the original process, which uses low temperatures. Discover how the “black gold” of Modica was created and how the flavour, a unique blend of cocoa, sugar and spices, is kept distinct. The aromas of cinnamon, hot pepper, vanilla, orange, cardamom and ginger will inebriate you as you visit our chosen chocolate ateliers, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto and Casa Don Puglisi.  Ask us for information on private visits and tastings.

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EVENTS AND LOCATION

Our residences are can be reserved for photo shoots, exclusive events, special occasions and honeymoons. We are always available to offer you a personalized service.  Contact us for more information.

– 2014: fashion designer Loredana Roccasalva selects Residenza Hortus to present her collection (photo courtesy: Federico Cannata)

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VINEYARDS AND OIL GROVES

If you, like us, are passionate about excellent wine and olive oil, Sicily can offer great satisfaction. Visit the “frantoi” near Frigintini where organic extra virgin olive oil is produced from the ancient and autochthonous varieties of “Moresca” and “Tonda Iblea” olives. Stop in  the Val di Noto vineyards to taste the great wines of this area, such as Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Eloro di Pachino and Moscato di Noto.  To fully enjoy the experience without worrying about driving, ask us about our private transfer service.

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A LAND OF MYTH

This corner of Sicily has been inhabited by many cultures since ancient times. If you are interested in learning more about its history, a private guide is the ideal choice.  Discover Modica and the UNESCO baroque cities of Val di Noto, or immerse yourself in the Greek charm of Syracuse. If you dream of passing from history to myth, we propose a special day trip to Palazzolo Acreide and Pantalica accompanied by a Sicilian poet, in the secret heart of this land where the Gods still survive.