Domus Sbircio

Modica, Sicily, Italy
Hidden Among Modica's Dazzling UNESCO Treasures

Wandering through the narrow winding alleyways in the historic center of the city, brings you to this unique vacation home rental in Modica. Overlooking some of the charming decorated balconies, rooftops, and secret hidden courtyards below, the townhouse is immersed in the tightly knit town among the jumble of ancient structures.

Designed as a tribute to this UNESCO treasure, the owners undertook a creative and elegant approach to the remodel of this townhouse, with the aim of maintaining its original soul and restoring the spaces that time had hidden, including the discovery of an ancient cave. Enlisting skilled artisans and craftsmen to carefully refine the space, the owners have captured a place in time with a seamless transition.

Completely renovated by a handful of skilled local artisans with Modica stone, pitchstone, natural materials and a soothing, minimalist palette, the effect is simple and elegant.

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On the first floor there are two double en-suite bedrooms that sleep four and a well-equipped kitchen with a luminous terrace for dining al fresco. There's also a small studio lounge and media room with a library.

Interior design is kept simple and chic with family heirlooms and pieces sourced from travels through South and Central America.

On the ground floor guests have access to an interconnecting environment that includes a patio with an original well and the living room where a cave was unearthed during restoration, lending atmospheric charm to an already unique environment. Peaceful and sheltered, the spaces are ideal for an escape from the outside world to enjoy the scent of lemon blossom and jasmine.

 

ALTO E BASSO IN ONE OF THE VAL DI NOTO'S BEAUTIES

Part of a staggering collection of UNESCO designated towns in the Val di Noto (including Ragusa and Scicli), Modica sneaks up on you. A startling and amazingly dense and intricate town nestled down into a deep gorge, it's a jaw-dropping sight as you approach.

Leveled by the earthquake in 1693, Sicilians were serious about reestablishing this Baroque masterpiece. Duomo di San Giorgio is the centerpiece although there are multiple architectural treasures throughout the town.

Alto o Basso? Either way you need to be hearty and able-bodied for the number of steps and twists and turns in this city. Corso Umberto (basso) is the main drag with shops and dining while the medieval quarter (alto) lies above. Do both.

Cacao imports during the  Spanish reign created the happy accident of a uniquely Sicilian version of chocolate found only in Modica - a delicious local specialty.  Check for dates (it varies) for the Wonka-esque Eurochocolate festival held here.

Cava D'Ispica is just outside of Modica and is an odd and interesting archeological treasure. A series of neolithic burial sites and a former chapel, they were later middle ages dwellings.

With over 50 miles of coastline, the two best beaches nearby are Sampieri and Marina di Modica (avoid in August when you'll battle for space). 

 

LOCATION

Modica, Sicily, Italy. Nearest Airport: Catania Airport (45km)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall but the island and the city are fascinating year-round

 
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Modica, Sicily, Italy
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Modica, Sicily, Italy
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Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
Domus Sbirciò, Modica, Sicily, Italy | vacation homes for rent
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Domus Sbircio
Modica, Sicily, Italy
Restoring Spaces That Time Had Forgotten

Hidden inside an intricate network of alleys at the heart of the historic city center, this vacation home rental in Modica exudes atmospheric history with a postmodernist sensibility. 

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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchen
Internet Wifi throughout
Cable TV Yes
Free Parking on Premises Free parking nearby
Bedrooms 2
Bed Type Bedroom1: Queen plus crib, Bedroom 2: Queen, Sofa bed in living area
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchen
Bathrooms 2
Accommodates 5
Kid-Friendly Families welcome. A children's cot can be provided for €10 per night
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Family/Kid Friendly Families welcome. A children's cot can be provided for €10 per night
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Check-Out 10:00 AM
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit €200
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Security deposit in cash required to be returned upon check out €30 fee for check ins after 10pm Local Tourist fee € 1,50 per person per night until 7 nights. Children under 14 years and people over 65 years do not pay.
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