The South as a direction for the soul, the destination of a journey of self-discovery inside and outside the self. The South of bright Sicilian nights, of intricate works on dry-stone walls, of sunlit baroque geometries sculpted by the light and the imagination of man.
The Noto Valley, birthplace of artists and crossroads of Mediterranean culture, and the Aeolian Islands standing as seven natural gems carved by the fire, the wind and the sea.
In Modica, famous for its chocolate and for its scenic stone architectures, CASA KIMIYA’ and RESIDENZA HORTUS are the ideal refuges for the sophisticated traveler looking for a Sicily made of intensity, silence and meditation. In Syracuse, millenial town founded by the Greeks,
CASA SABIR opens out on to the colours and aromas of the historic market of Ortigia, offering a unique experience of the authentic and vibrant Sicily. On the island of Salina, the ancient Didyme made green by woods and vineyards, PALAZZO DEI MERCANTI welcomes you inside its peaceful, ancient walls preserving its proud Aeolian identity.
Take your time. Our residences, combining history, ecology, design and art, will be your privileged location to absorb the complex soul of this fascinating corner of the South.

Siracusa, Ortigia


The Cathedral of San Giorgio is only a few steps away from our abodes in Modica. Start from this masterpiece of baroque architecture and lose yourself in the silent and decadent charm of the ancient capital of the County, where the stone sculpted by men blends with the rocks shaped by nature. In Siracusa, the second stop that we propose, the layers of history stretch back as far as ancient Greece. Looking out from our property in Ortigia, you will be able to breathe in the scents coming from the market and the sea. Between Modica and Syracuse you will find the aching beauty of the Noto Valley with its beaches, tonnaras and natural reserves. And finally Salina, with its Malvasia wine, its delicious capers and its verdant cliffs that immerse themselves in the turquoise transparencies of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the perfect stop to to regenerate and absorb the unique poetry of the Aeolian Islands. Your trip into the most authentic Sicily starts here…

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Traveling in the South-East of Sicily is an extraordinary experience of flavours and scents. Delight your senses with the black gold of Modica, the famous chocolate whose recipe dates back to the time of Spanish rule. Stop in the best wineries to taste some Nero d’Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria, or take in the sounds and voices coming from the market stalls whilst in search of local produce from the sea and the countryside (maybe while shopping with our chef).

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Discover all year round, also during off season, this magical land where nature blends with history and mythology. Don’t miss the famous Easter celebrations in the Val di Noto, the evocative classical performances at the Greek theatre in Siracusa between May and June, the feast of San Giorgio in Modica at the end of April and the feast of San Paolo a Palazzolo Acreide at the end of June. Visit the ChocoModica festival in December, or, at Christmas time, the famous living nativity scene in Cava d’Ispica set amongst the rocks and caves which evoke the biblical Bethlehem…

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