Casa Sabir is a stylish apartment in Syracuse, close to the vibrant historic market on Ortigia Island. Fresh fish and vegetables are offered there. Both the view through the window and the view from both balconies offer guests a breathtaking sea view. And at the same time you can experience the lively atmosphere of the market. The bright colors and the Mediterranean light are the perfect mix for a vacation.
The hosts Luca and Iolanda bought the apartment in 2017 when they fell in love with the island's unique atmosphere. The light-flooded apartment comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a spacious living area. During the renovation, the apartment was lovingly restored and has thus retained its old charm. Since 2018, guests have been able to enjoy the unique atmosphere: designer lamps, handmade furniture and contemporary art skilfully round off the room ambience.
The apartment was given the name "Sabir", which is described as an ancient language (lingua franca) made up of Arabic, Sicilian, Turkish, Genoese, Catalan and Venetian words. It was spoken at ports and markets in the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to the 19th century to connect the people who lived and worked there. This is exactly what should be possible today at Casa Sabir: An inviting place was created where people from different cultures can stay and experience authentic Sicily with all their senses.
ArchitectureThe renovation took place in collaboration with local craftsmen and all the materials used were intended to preserve the original architectural features. The most noticeable feature in the interiors are the original wall decorations from 1900, accidentally discovered under the recent white plaster. They were deliberately preserved because they describe the traces of time and their colors (pink and gray) go well with the color scheme of the place. The hosts describe the renovation as “a process of subtraction,” like a sculpture, where certain parts of the material are removed to reveal the soul of the work. The master bedroom has two corner balconies and an ornate vaulted ceiling, original cement tiles, a freestanding, locally handcrafted stone sink and a king-size bed with ocean views. The second bedroom is furnished with handcrafted bedside tables and a closet with carved doors that mimick the design of the ecological cement floor tiles. The antique bed covers come from the Sunday market in Modica. The kitchen, the heart of the house, is characterized by elegant lighting and a functional steel island that invites you to cook yourself. The old laundry room of the house has been converted into a quaint wine cellar with handcrafted iron shelves and an antique Sicilian majolica floor. The bathrooms are equipped with family-owned crystal chandeliers and shower screens, created by printing the host's grandmother's doilies on the microcement coating. On the walls there are works of art by the hosts, inspired by the myths and ways of the Mediterranean.
FoodIn the Casa Sabir, the guests cater for themselves. There is also a well-equipped kitchen with a stove, electric oven, cooking utensils and crockery and a coffee machine. As a greeting, guests are given a basket with fresh fruit from the market and local sweets as a gift from the hosts. They make every effort to ensure that the guests get the best culinary taste. For this reason, they organize cooking classes with a chef. When booking, this goes to the market with the guests to buy fresh and local ingredients, which are then prepared together. Of course, regional delicacies are prepared - fish is the basis for many delicious recipes. Of course, when choosing the dish, attention is paid to the preferences and tolerances of the guests. The hosts recommend: Tuna prepared with the famous Giarratana onion, small ciliegini tomatoes and Frigintini's organic olive oil. The chef reinterprets each dish with a personal touch. Of course, guests can also explore the surrounding restaurants, the market and the organic grocery stores. There is a dedicated wine storage room with organic wines on site.
EnvironmentSustainability plays a key role in all of the hosts' projects, as their goal is to create a healthy environment and to encourage the use of natural patterns, local sustainable materials and ecological techniques. The use of pollutants is avoided. It is also about incorporating local handicrafts so that the surroundings of the apartment can be reflected in it. The following are therefore used: natural colors, LED lighting, water ﬂ ow limiters, separate waste collection, an Ecolabel refill soap and shampoo (to avoid plastic waste), ecological cleaning and disinfection products. The employees and guests are made aware of the topic of environmental protection. Upon arrival, guests receive information including suggestions for the most environmentally friendly possible stay.
Syracuse is about an hour's drive from Catania (67 km). From Palermo it takes about 3 hours by car (261 km) and from Messina it is just under 2 hours (163 km). The exact address can also be found on the website.
From Catania there is a connection with the Interbus to Syracuse. The terminus is Corso Umberto. From there, the apartment is a 5-minute taxi ride away. Collection in Catania is possible on request.
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