Anime a Sud - Residenza Hortus

Modica, Ragusa
+39 338 9275393
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€250 - €530
per night
€1575 - €3340
per week

Welcome to a beautiful space for six in Sicily’s chocolate capital - baroque jewel Modica. Laze in the garden, dip into the pool


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

€250 - €530 per night

€1575 - €3340 per week

The Experience

The ancient house in the centre of Modica, hiding down tiny alleyways, has become a minimalist’s dream. Helpful Amalia greets you and opens the front door to the walled garden – the ‘hortus’ of the name. With a delicious plunge pool and a solid lava table your outdoor space (apart from a few shady trees and a triangle of grass) is made entirely of stone. And the dome of the Cathedral of San Giorgio stands above your head: an amazing baroque surprise! Inside? All is white, light, lofty, open-plan and multi-levelled. There are two well-luminated floors and a small cellar, fabulously atmospheric and stocked with Sicilian wines, a handy refuge in a heatwave (although, of course, there’s air con throughout). The beautiful all-white kitchen is divided from the living space by a chunky rustic arch, the welcome basket includes local pralines, the bathrobes are of microfibre, the textiles add character, and the swishest of the bedrooms (all small, all en suite) houses a circular bed. Book a bike, a massage, a chef or a ‘Mediterranean dinner’, then head off for the beaches, or Ragusa.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from €250
Weekly price
from €1575
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From €2503 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

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Minimum stay: 4 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants in town.


This is a fabulous destination in Modica. You are cheek by jowl with the Duomo St Giorgio. We stayed for just over two weeks and loved every minute. The garden, plunge pool, facilities, design are all first class. The hosts are also very responsive and the local manager, Lorenzo, is excellent. Don't worry about the constraints on parking: just park as the locals do, everywhere and anywhere! Modica Alta with a couple of lovely bakeries and wine bars is only a 3min walk away albeit steeply up hill. Highly recommended.

Clive, Winchester

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Luca Giannini

  • The marvellous cathedral of S. Giorgio in Modica, a masterpiece of baroque architecture, is just few minutes walk: Modica is a gorgeous town where to wander and loose yourself in its charming urban plan made of alleys, stairs and sudden foreshortenings
  • The Val di Noto is an authentic experience of flavors, colors and ancient cooking traditions. Delight your senses with chocolate tasting in the ateliers of Modica o in the vibrant market of Ortigia, try the genuine food and the great wines of South Sicily
  • Explore a stunning blend of historic places, wild nature and amazing beaches: the mediterranean dunes at Sampieri beach, the natural reserves of Vendicari and Cava d'Ispica, the fishing village of Marzamemi, the roman mosaics of Villa del Tellaro, ...
  • South Sicily deserves a visit in any month of the year: off season is the perfect moment to relax and also have the chance to attend the famous traditional feasts and the cultural events witnessing the ancient tradition of land crossroad of cultures
  • Do not miss the crazy Easter Celebrations in Modica and Scicli, the dramatic greek plays at the ancient theatre of Siracusa from May to July, the ChocoModica feast in December, the crazy feast of San Paolo in Palazzolo Acreide in the end of June ...


Luca Giannini

Luca and Iolanda live in Rome and have three stylish self-catering properties, two in Modica and one in Syracuse, all of which they restored themselves. Luca is an artist and environmental engineer, Iolanda is a land surveyor.