A short walk from the Duoma of San Giorgio and 1km from the railway station, this elegant boutique hotel is set in the heart of Val di Noto, an oasis in the historical centre of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Modica in the south east of Sicily. Just 15km from the capital city, Modica is set in stunning countryside with typical farms, olive groves, almond and carob trees, as well as natural caves and plateau. The hotel itself is surrounded by beautiful Baroque architecture and a lush Mediterranean garden. Talia is the Sicilian word meaning ’look’, ‘admire’ – and this is just the place for taking the pace down and relaxing in a tranquil, beautiful setting, for exploring historical sites and long walks along deserted seashores.
Set in an old house that was restored by a married couple of architects from Milan who decided they wanted to adopt the slow living lifestyle, Talia is actually a collection of
small houses built in local stone and surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inspired authentic Sicilian and traditional Arab houses in a medina, the 10 charming rooms and suites are set on different levels with access to the and from the main garden, and with their own balcony or terrace, all with have a panoramic view of the historical centre. All the rooms are individually designed and decorated, but share a similar Sicilian aesthetic, with simple lines and natural materials, stone and wood, and ceramic tiles. Some have a traditional bamboo ceiling and ceramic tile floor, while another has stone walls and terracotta floor, while the Talia suite is on two levels with a terrace and garden overlooking the cathedral, and an ancient black stone floor. Some have traditional white lace bed covers, others might have
Talia is the sort of place where you could easily spend the whole day on your terrace – take a book from the breakfast room and soak up the sun and the views, or take a gentle stroll in the gardens, with its meandering stone paths leading to tranquil seats under shady trees. When you feel like venturing a bit further, the hotel is happy to organise tours, to the cities of Modica, Ragusa, Ibia, Scili, Noto, Siracusa, to name a few, and to the nature reserves of Cava d’Ispica, the canyon of Cava Granda, and the beaches of Marina di Ragusa and Modica, and Sampieri. And of course, this is Siciliy, the home of Mount Etna – so don’t miss a trip up the highest active volcano in Europe. And if you’d rather do under your own steam, the hotel can organise car, bike or scooter rental, and even provide you with a delicious picnic to take with you.
Casa Talia serves breakfast in the breakfast room or in your room by request – and is happy to provide picnic lunches to take out on your day trips. The hotel is happy to make restaurant reservations.
Via Exaudinos 1Modica (RG)Sicily, 97015