Residenza Hortus

The Hortus residence in the historic center of the Sicilian Baroque town of Modica dates back to the 16th century and was probably part of the old castle or a church building. During the complex, ecological renovation of the dilapidated property much emphasis has been placed on maintaining its historic charm. The architecture with its old vaulted ceilings, wall niches, roughstone walls and lime plastered walls is supplemented with an elegantly minimalist furnishing. Arranged on several levels there are three bedrooms (each with ensuite bathroom) as well as the living room and kitchen with an impressive stone archway. A staircase made of iron and glass leads to the old cistern which has been converted into a wine cellar. Of course, a house named Hortus (Latin for garden) also has a garden: Hidden behind high walls you can relax in the hot tub or enjoy views of the old cathedral from the terrace.

What to do

cultural visits, wine and chocolate tasting, wellness, natural excursions, beach activities

Why we like this house

A stylish residence in an ecologically renovated 16th-century-building

This house is great for

Couples, families, holidays with friends


Region/Town IT – Italy, Sicily, Modica
Name Residenza Hortus
Scenery dense, historical town, UNESCO Heritage Site
Number of guests up to 6 people
Completed 2014
Design Luca Giannini, Rom; Lily Pungitore
Published Bell'Italia (march 2015 issue)
Special Features The artworks showcased inside the property are by artist and owner Luca Giannini and are available on sale.
Architecture Historical, Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Art, Garden, Hiking, Urban, Wine
Same PartnerCasa Sabir
Same ArchitectCasa Sabir

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  1. Residenza Hortus ist ein ganz besonderer Ort. Fast schon märchenhaft wirkt der Garten/ Innenhof mit seinen Orangenbäumen und dem Duft der Zitronenverbene. Einfach wunderschön! Ich möchte unbedingt einmal wiederkommen!
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  2. Ein Ort, der sich nur schwer in Bilder fassen lässt. Beeindruckende, schöne Räume. Ein toller Garten. Mitten im Weltkulturerbe Modica. Super !
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  3. Man kann die Residenza Hortus und Modica nicht besser beschreiben, als es Shawn Marie oben gemacht hat. Die Ruhe, die engen Gassen mit den vielen Treppen, die (wohl 100) Kirchen im Ort mit ihren Glocken, die Nähe zu den großen touristischen Zielen wie Ragusa, Noto, Siracusa und auch (noch) Agrigento – kommen als Plus noch hinzu.
    Wir waren zu zweit im Mai dort: Wunderbar!
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  4. What a gem!!! My family stayed at Anime a Sud back in 2015 and loved every minute of it!! The owners were such welcoming hosts, the residence was beautifully restored , a perfect blend of old and new, the town of Modica is an enchanting place to spend your holiday. Coming from the U.S. we so appreciated how non touristy Modica is, we got to experience a historic village in all it’s glory!!!
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