- Style Designers’ playground
- Setting Overlooking ancient Modica
Cradled in the center of Unesco-protected Modica, hotel Casa Talia is the lovechild of two Milanese designers who have turned this seven-room B&B into a serene showcase of their good taste. Exposed stone walls and raw wood beams house exquisite modern furnishings and a layout inspired by Sicily’s rich cultural heritage.
Need to know
- Rooms All seven rooms, including the two suites, are inspired by Sicily’s past – so expect Greek, Spanish and Arabic flourishes.
- Rates Double rooms from $160.60 (€118), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Free WiFi, air-conditioning, beauty treatments and massages on request. In rooms: king-size beds, flatscreen TVs, private terraces (in all but the two smallest rooms, which share outside space).
- Check–out Noon – though a later check-out may be available, depending on availability; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Kids are welcome at the hotel, and under-threes stay for free. Extra beds for older children are €30 a night, and babysitting is also available on request.
- Also The hotel has a minimum two-night stay policy.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love Il Mediterraneo, which comes with high ceilings, a cerulean wall, and ornate blue and white floral tiles behind the bedhead. We also like the pretty, feminine Sirah room, in which there's a beautiful bed dressed in crisp white sheets and an elegant lace coverlet. Its modern bathroom features a sink set on a gorgeous antique sewing table.
- Packing tips Make the word ‘lightweight’ your mantra when putting your holiday wardrobe together.
- Also Modica’s ancient streets are more like the steepest of staircases, and the main car park is around 200 metres from the hotel.
Food and drink at Casa Talia
- Hotel restaurant There is no restaurant at Casa Talia. Breakfast is taken at long wooden tables inside a cool, white cave.
- Dress code Country casual – open-necked shirts and diaphanous skirts.
- Top table When it’s warm, ask for a breakfast table in the garden, where you can eat under the shade of the olive and pomegranate trees.
- Hotel bar There’s no bar, but Viviana and Marco make sure their fridge (situated in a hard-to-find shed) is fully stocked with beer, water, iced tea and coca-cola at all times. All drinks are free.