A stone house near to the coast
La Casina is reached over a small country road bordered by dry stone walls that leads up the hill from the coast. The house sits above a small valley dotted with Carob trees and beautifully renovated farmhouses. From the road, a private driveway with gate leads to the house. It’s an old stone house in a warm yellowish colour, the same stone colour used to terrace the hills. From the terrace you can see right to the sea. The owner’s son is an architect and did a fabulous job marrying the original features of the property with modern architecture.
The ground floor living rooms, dining room and kitchen all flow into eachother and all have French windows onto the terrace. The master bedroom also lies on the ground floor. It has two bathrooms, one with tub and one with shower. Open stairs with no reiling lead to the upper floor where you will find two bedrooms (twins or doubles) each with its own bathroom. La Casina is fully air-conditioned but also stays naturally cool thanks to the extremely thick walls.
The long and narrow lap pool lies on a terrace below the house. Natural shade is provided by the carob trees which cast their shade over a dining terrace and the sunbeds. Close to the pool a small stone shed is used to store the sunbeds.
Located in the south east of the Island, the so-called baroque Sicily, La Casina makes a particularly attractive holiday location, combining the seaside with fascinating sightseeing.
There are an endless number of baroque towns, all grandeur and grace. These towns were once an architectural chaos of medieval, middle eastern and Punic style. They were shaken into a formal beauty by a devastating earthquake in 1693. New stones were cut, streets redesigned, avenues lengthened and straightened, staircases and grand churches all conceived with baroque grace.
Nothing can prepare you to your first view of the enchanted, languorous, little town of Scicli, located just 15 minutes away from La Casina. Take a walk in its central pedestrian street, via Mormino Penna, paved with pale, shiny stones that have the same colour as the palazzos left and right. The city and its surrounding territories have become famous in recent years thanks to the fictional TV drama Montalbano, which sets the novels of the Sicilian writer Andrea Camilleri in these enchanting places. The fictional Vigatà was filmed in Scicli.
The beach Playa Grande, located at 6 km from La Casina is part of a protected nature reserve and consists of fine golden sand, washed by the cobalt blue sea. During summer season a beach club lets sunbeds and parasols for the day.
The landscape surrounding La Casina is characterized by honey-coloured dry-stone walls delimitating the roads and dividing up the fields, carob trees, fruit and vegetables plantations. The hills are loosely dotted with other farmhouses, most of them restored.
Excellent local produce – fruit, vegetable and fish – can be bought in the nearby villages Donnafugata and Marina di Ragusa.
Sicily boasts five UNESCO World Heritage sites of cultural interest. The Baroque towns of Val di Noto, the Villa Romana del Casale, the Necropolis of Pantalica and of course Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are a definite must-see.
The eight Baroque towns of the Val di Noto epitomize the culmination and final bloom of Baroque art in Europe. They owe their reputation to the earthquake of 1693 that devasted this corner of Sicily. They were all slowly rebuilt, one by one in the following century, a time when baroque architecture was the style of the day. This beautiful area is also known for being the set of the TV series of Inspector Montalbano from the best-selling books by Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri. To name just a few:
- Scicli is a fascinating town and, after Noto, the one that most exemplified the architecture of the area. Baroque features of the towns may be easily recognised on its churches and palazzi. The best are seen by walking along the paved Via Francesco Mormina Penna to the Palazzo Beneventano with its grotesque masks and rich decorations.
- Modica. The main street runs along the bottom of a ravine on which the town has been built. This divides the town into two parts. On the older part of the city, lanes and alleyways lead to the high part of the town. The town’s two baroque churches stand out amidst these beautiful buildings . The Duomo San Giorgio is the home of one of Modica’s patron saints, celebrated each year on April 23 with a joyful parade around the streets of Modica culminating with fireworks, whilst further along the main road, a set of magnificent stairs leads you to another, the Duomo di San Pietro. In the evening, join the locals for a « passeggiata » along the main street, Corso Umberto, and stop at the chocolate shops for which Modica is famous. When chocolate was discovered in the new world it was first brought back to Modica, where it was made cold so that the sugar did not melt. Northern Europeans later added heat and milk to the process but the old technique is still used here. Once you get over the initial graininess the chocolate has a rich, lingering flavour. Try the bars of the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto Ragusa. With few cars, stone streets and views over the hillside, the town looks like a film set and often serves as one – many scenes from the Inspector Montalbano series.
- Ragusa is another city built over two hills. Ancient Ibla dates back to medieval times whilst the new Baroque Ragusa was built after 1693. The San Giorgio Duomo, the Circolo de Conversazione and the San Giuseppe Duomo are just a few of these beautiful baroque buildings that you will see as you walk from the Duomo to the magnificent Giardino Ibleo with its stunning views over the valley.
- Noto is perhaps the most complete baroque town in the area. The stone used in it’s grand baroque style buildings, a soft tufa stone, has a unique pink colour giving it a special glow under the sun. The decorative details on the facades and balconies that line the streets behind Corso Vittorio Emanuele exemplify Sicilian baroque architecture at its best. Curved balconies, complete with wrought iron decoration and held up by grinning masks, lion heads or putti. Once a year, the Infiorata di Noto ensures the street is covered in flowers but at any other time, take a walk up this street to see some of the beautiful features that exemplify baroque architecture. Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata with its grotesque balconies is a prefect example.
- Syracuse is nearly 3,000 years old and during Ancient Greek times was one of the centres of the Mediterranean. The city was all but destroyed in 1693 by an earthquake that shook the bones of the whole island, but was rebuilt soon afterwards in glorious baroque style that remains mostly untouched. This is particularly the case on Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town set on a teardrop-shaped island connected to the mainland by a couple of road bridges. In the summer the place must sweat and heave: its tiny cobbled streets and perfect square are the kind that make postcard-sellers plan a new kitchen.
- The Necropolis of Pantalica, near Syracuse, contains no less than 5,000 tombs dating from the 13th to the 7th centuries BC.
- Piazza Armerina is a charming town known for its Norman Palio, an annual summer pageant of medieval events, but the major attraction is its ancient Roman villa. Located a few kilometers outside town, the Villa Romana del Casale was built in the 4th century AC and is home to the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Depicting scenes from daily life, such as hunting, the mosaics are as remarkable for their sociological value as for their artistry.
- And for visitors interested in Hellenic art and architecture, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples are a definite must-see.
- Of course, the absolute must for any nature lover is a foray into the Etna Regional Park, one of the largest and most bewitching in Italy. The undisputed landmark of the island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna has been since the Antiquity an object of awe and veneration, as well as the subject of countless myths and observations by Greeks, Celts and Romans. A guided tour of this majestic and legendary mountain – now a UNESCO World Heritage site – is undoubtedly one of the most exciting experiences you can have during your Sicilian holiday.
Our Guests Reviews
Last summer I rented three properties from Hidden Italy. La Casina in Sicily. Mulino in Sinalungo. And Villa Giola near Pisa. We loved every second of our trip. The powerful, sensorial overflow of feeling still lingers. My wife and I set out to create a trip for our three teenaged children that would sink into their skin and open up their whole being to the beauty of Italy. Having the pleasure of staying in exquisitely located and uniquely beautiful homes that are loved, personal and cared for made all the difference. I deeply hope to return again to Italy with my family, and I guarantee you that we will stay with Hidden Italy.
D. Terry, April 2018
I want to let you know that our short stay at La Casina in Sicily was above and beyond expectations. I intend to write a longer, more thoughtful review for you to post on your site, but for now please know that Hidden Italy has made me very happy.
D. Terry, July 2017
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 4 x 12m
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection via an antenna
- Mosquito nets at the windows of the bedrooms on the first floor
- Satellite TV
- Amplifier “Bose” Bluetooth
- Washing machine
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- Filter coffee machine
- Italian moka machine
- Electric kettle
- Iron and ironing board
- 2 hair dryers
- Mini safe
Plaja Grande, the beach 6 km
Donnalucata 9 km
Marina di Ragusa 11 km
Scicli 15 km
Modica 24 km
Ragusa 30 km
Ispica 44 km
Noto 61 km
Syracuse & Ortigia 100 km
Piazza Armerina 100 km
Agrigento 136 km
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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Living room with fireplace
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1 double bedroom with 2 bathrooms (one with shower, one with tub)
1 double bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
1 twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (shower)
Pool (12 × 4 m) with sunbeds
Shaded dining area with table and chairs
Terrace along the front of the house
28 Sep 2019 - 02 Nov 2019
2290 EUR €
07 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
2450 EUR €
24 Aug 2019 - 07 Sep 2019
2990 EUR €
3390 EUR €
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Special price for groups up to 4 people. If rented for this reduced price one bedroom and one bathroom will be closed:
EUR 1950 lowest season
EUR 2100 low season
EUR 2650 mid season
EUR 3100 high season
Reservations from Saturday to Saturday.
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
Pool opening dates: mid May - end of October. Pool towels are provided.
Baby bed and high chair available: free of charge. Linen is not provided. Baby beds can be booked for children up to their 4th birthday.
Extra services available only on request (domestic help, cook, first shopping), to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:
- Domestic help (house cleaning, washing and ironing): EUR 10 per hour.
- Change of towels: EUR 20 per set.
- Cook for dinner during the week (except on Sunday): EUR 20 per person, EUR 15 for children under 12 years. The dinner is composed of: a starter (for ex. a pasta dish), main course (meat, vegetables), salad, dessert. The beverages are not included. The dinner will be prepared by the cook of the property, she will lay the table on the terrace or in the dining room. Dinners should be booked 1 day in advance.
- First shopping: EUR 30, plus the cost of ingredients. The shopping list includes: bread, butter, jam, 6 eggs, 2 litres milk, 1 packet of black tea, 1 packet coffee, natural yoghurts, 1 bottle of orange juice, 2 kg fruits of the season, 2 kg pasta (noodles), 1 jar tomato sauce, 1 large piece fresh parmesan cheese, salad and tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, 6 litres mineral water, 3 bottles of beer, 2 bottles of white wine and 2 bottles of red wine. Our guests can complete the shopping list.
Security deposit, heating to be paid in euros on the premises.
- Security deposit: Prior to arrival guests are asked to make a security deposit of EUR 750 (credit card pre-authorisation held by our agency). At the end of the stay the credit card pre-authorisation will be cancelled, unless it has to be used partly or fully for any damage or unpaid local expenses.
- Heating (if requested): metered. Please be aware that central heating is very expensive in Italy.
- Pets allowed only on special request: please check price upon booking.
Bed, bath and kitchen linens, water, electricity, gas, air conditioning, wood for fireplace, Internet WIFI connection via an antenna, maid service (3 hours house cleaning of the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon), final cleaning, garden mantainance and pool cleaning service once a week all included in the price. Should you have rented the accommodation for more than 1 week, the house will be cleaned on Saturdays and the linen will be changed.
Arrival dinner: To welcome you, Angela the housekeeper, will have prepared a light meal composed of Sicilian specialities, offered by the owners. The welcome dinner is usually composed of: ricotta cheese, "caponata", dried tomatoes, salad, 5 Arancini, 2 big "scacce" (one with ricotta & onions and one potatoes, onions & tomatoes sauce), 3 different traditional local breads, fruits (peaches, grapes & pears) and almond milk. If you have any food allergies or special dietary requirements, please let us know prior to your arrival.