Agriturismo Tarantola

Alcamo, Trapani
Bed & Breakfast


Deep amid the vine-clothed hills, a relaxed getaway with cookery courses. Exuberant and generous, Filippo is a true Sawday’s host

Bedroom

8 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 3

The
Experience

Turn off the tarmac and weave your way through the Alcamo wine-growing area to a little white farmhouse surrounded by lemon and pear trees where Filippo and his brother tend organic vines, olives and goats. A former jazz pianist, Filippo will happily take you on a tour – perhaps by bike, with a picnic in the pannier – of the estate. Join chef Saverio for a cookery course in the rustic kitchen; he will share his secrets for preparing seasonal Sicilian dishes using fresh, local ingredients. You might try sfincione pizza, caponata, grilled lamb, basil liqueur…The dining room may not win any design awards, but the food is authentically, deliciously Sicilian, with organic vegetables, olive oil and wine from the estate. Two large suites and two doubles are above the dining room, with two others in a separate building. All are airy, light and plain, with tiny showers. It feels wonderfully remote, but within an hour you can be exploring Segesta’s Greek amphitheatre or the Zingaro coastal reserve. Come not for luxury and fancy furniture, but for true Sicilian hospitality, scrumptious food and life on a working vineyard.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Never.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Dinner available. Restaurants 10km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €70
2 Suites for 3
From €120
4 Doubles
From €70

Reviews

Very comfortable room, very welcoming hospitality and a very authentic and delicious Sicilian meal with the hosts excellent red wine. We stayed en-route to a home we were renting outside Buseto Palizzolo ( another Sawdays). We both wished we’d had another night to stay and not been so rushed. Highly recommend.

Kim, Fremantle

I visited a lot of sites while I was at Tarantola, but I always breathed a sigh of relief as I crawled back up the drive. Go to Tarantola if you want to relax, breathe in the smell of the vineyards, listen to the silence, look at the stars, eat ultra fresh food and be plied with estate wines and homemade liqueurs! The landscape is gorgeous, Filippo Testa is charming and his team are skilled and kind – I recommend that you spend a light-hearted morning cooking with them, learning how difficult it is to make supposedly ‘simple’ Sicilian classics. Fabulous – I will definitely go back.

Susannah

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Filippo Testa

  • Activities include: wine tours - discovering the gems of Alcamo doc; cookery classes with Tarantola’s skilled team learning to cook classic Sicilian dishes - if you’re lucky accompanied by a glass of Tarantola’s finest; horse riding; paragliding; cycling.
  • In the summer an occasional jam session breaks out in the vineyard – but if you miss it you can always listen to Tarantola’s 24 hour jazz radio station!
  • There are many fascinating historical sites within easy reach of the estate: the hauntingly atmospheric Greek temple and theatre at Segesta; the romantic hilltop town of Erice; the ancient salt plains of Trapani.
  • If you fancy peace and quiet you can take a secluded walk on the Zingaro nature reserve; or take in the scenery on the beach at Scopello.
  • San Vito Lo Capo, home of the famous couscous festival, is an hour away, as is Palermo and the baroque site of Monreale. The elegant, marble-paved town of Marsala is reachable for the more adventurous.
  • Read Filippo's book about the history of the estate and the dramatic events that led to him taking it over: 'The Vine Whisperer' www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=4459