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Enchanting 16th century Retreat With Garden In the Historic Centre of Modica

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property


Hortus is an sophisticated retreat coming from the careful renovation of an enchanting 16th century dwelling just in front of the cathedral of S. Giorgio, in historic centre of Modica.

It features a wonderful secluded garden with fruit-trees,plunge-pool, outdoor living and dining area with bbq, lounge-terrace, 3 suites with private bathroom, a large living and a stylish kitchen with underground wine cellar.

The 3 suites are marked by unique features and local stones: the 'water suite' has a round bed with lavastone tub behind, the 'fire suite' has a king-size bed with a fire-place in front and the 'air suie', with normal-size bed, faces the terrace with view over the cathedral.

Our services include airport transfers, chaffeur, private chef, massages & treatments, cooking class, private guides, winery visits and chocolate tasting in the ateliers of Modica, electrical bike rental.

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Modica Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    en-suite bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , tub behind the bed
    en-suite bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Water Suite - 1 king , round bed
    Fire Suite - 1 king , fireplace
    Air Suite - 1 queen , terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Enchanting 16th century Retreat With Garden In the Historic Centre of Modica
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

A Beautiful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 nights, would have stayed three- but it wasn't available. Modica is a charming historic town that needs to be visited, but to truly enjoy it's ancient charm and wonderful restaurants it's best to stay there. And this was the perfect place, a very old home that has been beautifully redone with an artist's touch. It has everything you need. But the absolute best part is its enchanted garden with its fruit and nut trees. It is totally private but set within the city so you can hear the church bells and the chatter of your Sicilian neighbors which allows you to experience what it's like to live like a local. We spent an entire day there reading and relaxing. The home is a bit tricky to find, but Luca and his team have a great system in place that makes it easy to get you there.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were 3 couples who stayed 3 nights in Luca's apartment. We were met by Amalia at a prearranged meeting place close to the center of Modica. We followed Amalia in our 2 rental cars to a parking spot a few paces from the apartment. We entered through the main gate and found ourselves in what on first impression was a scene from " the magical garden". The house was no less impressive. Clean, airy and with every convenience necessary. The architecture reminded me of the archways in Bologna where I had studied years before. We were sad to leave both this apartment and the city of Modica which we most certainly enjoyed. Hopefully we will visit again. Thank you both again Amalia and Luca. Peace Nick

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nick, i am really grateful to you for your beautiful feedback of your stay. Unfortunately I did not manage to meet you in person on this occasion, but I hope to do it next time, maybe in Bologna, my birthplace, or in Rome where I have my art studio Or why not in Iceland if we will organize a travel over there…. thank you for your kindness, arrivederci a presto! Luca
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Property Manager

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018


I am an artist and interior designer with passion for giving new life to ancient places marked by beauty and silence

LUCA GIANNINI purchased this villa in 2011

What makes this villa unique

Ecological materials, bioarchitecture, local handicraft and contemporary arts add a unique touch to the dwelling, which is able to offer a authentic experience in a refined atmosphere, with top hotel services but with much more privacy than in an hotel


Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Comiso Magliocco
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Catania port
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Donnafugata Golf
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Torre D'Oriente
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Sampieri, Marina di Modica
Car: recommended

Modica, UNESCO jewel of Sicilian Baroque famous for its ancient recipe for chocolate, is picturesquely spread out over the two sides of a wide rocky gorge. To stay in Modica means rediscovering forgotten emotions, walking slowly through the cobbled lanes, going up and down the ancient steps, catching glimpses of fine nobles’ houses with elaborate stone and wrought iron balconies, hidden artisan workshops, picturesque views of churches and rooftops, secret gardens with grottoes and prickly pear plants.

In every month of the year Modica is the perfect base to explore the fascinating South Sicily, a perfect mix of nature, culture, food & wine: the baroque towns of Val di Noto (Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Noto and Palazzolo Acreide), Siracusa with its archeological area and Ortigia island, the natural reserves of Vendicari, Cavagrande del Cassibile and Pantalica, Catania and the Etna volcano, the beautiful roman mosaics of Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina and of Villa del Tellaro in Noto, the famous Valle dei Templi of Agrigento, and some of the best sicilian wineries where to taste Nero d'Avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria along with the local genuine food.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

City tax: 1 euro/person/night
refundable damage deposit: 400 euros in cash upon arrival

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.