Rifugio Lanzagallo is the ideal place for travelers who appreciate aesthetics and ancient structures in the midst of nature. You won't find overcrowded places here, but rather charm and sophistication. The enchanting place invites you to come to rest again and yet, due to the good location, to discover baroque Sicily.
Rifugio Lanzagallo opened in summer 2019. A dream has come true for hostess Daniela. She wanted to return to her origins, to establish the quality of life in contact with nature and the simple and authentic things in life. When she decided to renovate the old farm, it was also important to her to incorporate the experience she had gained as an architect in Brussels and to transform the farm into an oasis of well-being on an international level. During the renovation, she therefore made sure to help shape every single detail. With the same spirit, she likes to follow her guests so that they feel comfortable, and brings all her passion for the unique place and this region of Modicas.
The stone vaulted interiors were completed with contemporary elements: white and black surfaces, natural stones, iron fittings and wood create a spiritual environment and play with volume. Every room still gives an idea of its former function and reminds of it. Guests can discover the taste for the artisanal production of architectural elements reminiscent of ancient traditions that, combined with elegance and modern hospitality, convey a sense of belonging and familiarity.
A morning at Rifugio Lanzagallo begins with a wandering gaze over the Sicilian wheat fields and trees, like a canvas of beautiful light and art that ﬁ nds its horizon on the Mediterranean. With a little imagination, guests can even touch Africa.
You can find the hosts' favourite recipe to try in the kitchen whispers.
|Double room||from120 €|
ArchitectureAside from the historical value of an old, typical Sicilian farmhouse from the early 1900s, the Rifugio Lanzagallo is characterized by numerous pieces of furniture that have been restored from traditional materials. The entire design is based on the harmonious balance between modernity and antiquity, of traditional exposed stone walls, dry stone walls (UNESCO heritage), handcrafted iron and wood artifacts and ancient elements that were part of the place. The Modica stone, also known as hard limestone, belongs to the “Ragusa formation” and is a sedimentary rock. The stone is worked, cut and set by master craftsmen who hand down an ancient art from father to son. The building sits on the rock, in the main courtyard you can see many ammonite fossils, which reveal that the place was occupied by the sea in geological times.
FoodThe day begins with a royal breakfast consisting of fruits from the region, with the still warm ricotta from the farm, flavored with orange peel, typical local sausages, cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, yoghurt with pistachio cream and mocha coffee. Breakfast is like a rich brunch: authentic, sweet, salty and savory, original and, above all, loving. The buffet is homemade and focuses on using only local products. 80% of the menu is organic and vegetarian and vegan delicacies are served. Daniela's favorite dish and recommendation are the “carob” pancakes, which are made from gluten-free flour made from the fruits of their own carob trees.
The rifugio is run by Daniela alone. As soon as the renovation of two more rooms is complete, she would like to hire an employee. Daniela is an active member of a project that creates tourist routes in order to be able to preserve Sicilian arts and crafts.
EnvironmentSolar energy is used for the domestic water, a low-consumption heating and cooling system, as well as modern, green construction techniques were used in the renovation. A fundamental part of the project is the pool area to restore contact with nature and the landscape. The pool is designed as an ancient "Gebbia", with a salt filter system, which is located in a hill raised towards the sea. The next project will be the installation of photovoltaic panels to cover all energy needs. Guests are encouraged to separate waste in the appropriate bins and organic waste is composted.
Well-BeingA massage service, hairdresser, manicure and yoga classes ensure well-being. Some areas at Rifugio Lanzagallo, such as the “Aia” farm or the old sheepfold surrounded by high dry stone walls, are ideal for various activities such as meditation and yoga.
The greeting from Daniela and her partner Istvan is warmest, one of the kind that makes it seem like you've known each other for years. She takes me inside to the beautiful central living space of the old masseria , where a photo of her Sicilian mother, a free-spirited yet typically Sicilian woman, occupies a prominent place... Rifugio Lanzagallo is a dream come to life, a rifugio - shelter - in the most positive sense of the word, a place to relax and unwind. As an architect, Daniela has renovated this old masseria in a very pure and aesthetically pleasing style that we can describe as industrial chic , which was certainly influenced by her stay in Brussels.
|Double room||from120 €|
Rifugio Lanzagallo is just outside Modica and can be reached by car from Catania in just under 1.5 hours (115 km). From Palermo it takes about 3.5 hours (308 km) and from Messina it is just under 2.5 hours (210 km). The airport in Comiso is only one hour drive away (53 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
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