Casa Talía has been sitting in my favorites folder for a quite some time. I just knew that when I would finally go to Sicily I would necessary spend some time there. The property was amply photographed since its opening a few years ago, and after seeing a few times here and there, I was simply conquered by the multicolored tiles and the rustic-meets-sleek decor.
We’re in the small village of Modica, in the Baroque south-east of Sicily. It’s not the mountain yet, but it’s high enough to give you beautiful perpectives and that great feeling of clear skies and crisp air. Gritty Palermo seems very far away and you can tell there is some kind of understated elegance in the atmosphere. No doubt the Milanese owners liked it here. Nevertheless, the obvious choice would have been to buy a Baroque Palazzo in the lower part of the village, but instead, they made a much bolder choice and chose to turn old stone houses up the hill into a unique boutique hotel.
One of the treasures of the hotel is definitely the garden. Modica is not really a green city, making this gorgeous oasis filled with reading spots a true delight. It also has that Arab feel that makes you remember the coast of Africa is only miles away.
Breakfast in the garden is also a great option if it’s warm enough (it’s supposed to be in November, but it was unseasonably cool last year!). Each room has a door that leads to a terrace with table and chairs.website, and booking a room there.
Modica is closer to Catania airport, but arriving in Palermo and taking a bus is also an option. Sicilian buses worked quite well for us (just remember to bring cash to buy your tickets if you couldn’t buy it online, paying with a credit card isn’t always possible!)