In this extreme corner of Sicily, where history and nature combine with the hospitality of the people and with unique eno-gastronomic delights, we offer you engaging experiences that will contribute to making your trip really special. Book a stay directly by adding our special services or contact us to create an experience tailored to you.

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KITCHEN & WINE

All our properties have a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your favorite dishes with fresh produce from the markets, perhaps after having attended one of our cooking classes. You can also try our Sicilian breakfast service or book a Mediterranean dinner prepared by our chef, who will interpret for you the best Sicilian recipes of sea and land. Our wine cellars feature a selection of the best wineries of the area with a focus 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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WELLNESS TIME

Hortus garden is the ideal place during the summer for a regenerating afternoon wellness break. Under the pomegranate tree, our staff will take care of you with relaxing massages for couples, with hot volcanic stones, Motia salt scrubs and personalized treatments. You can then complete your relaxation in the heated Jacuzzi while waiting for a special dinner prepared by our chef. Our teas and herbal infusions are made by the Herborarium Museum of Catania, which produces blends of herbs and flowers from Etna, inspired by the centuries-old tradition of Monastic apothecaries

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THE BLACK GOLD OF MODICA

The aztec Xocoàtl, after the discovery of the New World, entered in Europe in the 16th century and, under the Spanish rule of Modica, arrived in the ancient County where over the centuries it has kept its characteristics thanks to its original making process. Discover how the “black gold” of Modica was born, a unique blend of cocoa, sugar and spices that the original processing at low temperature keeps distinct to the palate. The aromas of cinnamon, hot pepper, vanilla, orange, cardamom and ginger will inebriate you while visiting our chocolate atelier partners, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto and Casa Don Puglisi, ask us for any information on private visits and tastings.

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EVENTS AND LOCATION

Our residences are bookable for shootings, exclusive events, special occasions and honeymoons. We are always available to offer you a personalized service, contact us for more information.

– October 2014: Residenza Hortus hosts the collection by fashion designer Loredana Roccasalva (photo courtesy: Federico Cannata)

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WINERIES AND OIL MILLS

If you are like us passionate about excellent wine and olive oil, Sicily is a land offering great satisfaction. Visit the oil mills of Frigintini where an organic extra virgin olive oil is produced from the ancient and autochthonous varieties of olive “Moresca” and “Tonda Iblea”. Stop in the Val di Noto wineries to taste the great wines of this territory, such as Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Eloro di Pachino and Moscato di NotoAnd, to let you fully enjoy the experience without worrying about driving, ask us for private transfer service.

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THE LAND OF MYTH

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