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

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

Details of the property

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Sicily, Modica

Name: Residenza Hortus

Scenery: dense, historical town, UNESCO Heritage Site

Accommodation: House

Number of guests: up to 6 people

Architecture: Old & new, Historical

Completed: 2014

Design: Luca Giannini, Lily Pungitore

Published: Bell'Italia (march 2015 issue)


Andreas Wiedmann said:

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!

Shawn Marie Cossette said:

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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