Need to know
Noon, but flexible, on request. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $281.80 (€239), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a Continental breakfast buffet (with home-made cakes, bread, jam and marmalade, fresh fruit, eggs, locally sourced cheese and ham, yoghurt cereal, coffee and juice squeezed from the farm’s oranges) and an apéritif.
Come summer, piano recitals in the gardens and various food-themed festivities are planned. The minibar in your room may look a little bare – owner Lucia prefers to serve guests fresh drinks and snacks herself – but you only have to ask if you want a glass of wine, fresh orange juice, strong coffee or aperitivo.
Annually from 1 November till Easter.
At the hotel
Farm, gardens, pavilion and covered veranda, free WiFi. In-room: Flatscreen TV, selection of books, minibar, bathrobe and slippers, Ortigia bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Suite Carmela is large and beautifully dressed – the bright-blue iron bedstead and blue-and-gold Moorish tiles dazzle against white walls; there’s also a little sitting room and a phenomenally well-stocked bathroom. Suite Angelica’s four-poster bed adds an extra hit of romance.
The unheated lap pool – the focal point of the immaculate gardens – has beachy sides to lounge on, and a smattering of white sunloungers. There’s little shade, but if it gets too hot you can retire to the pavilion a few steps away. Peckish? Wave over a member of staff and request a plate of tropical fruit and candied orange peel or a chilled glass of local wine.
Bring your trusty flip-flops or perhaps even a pair of jellies – the pool sides can overheat in the sun. An Italian phrasebook might come in handy (not all the staff speak English), and consider some scuffed-up footwear for farmyard rambles.
The working farm next door is lovely to wander around. Pick windfall oranges from the groves, get acquainted with the resident goats or, if you’ve picked up a few words of Italian, chat to the farmers.
Small dogs can stay free; however, they’ll have to play nicely with the three resident hounds. See more pet-friendly hotels in Sicily.
There’s lots for children to love here, but grown-ups may love the peace and quiet a little more.
Suites have been designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Solar panels heat the hotel’s water, and the owner is dedicated to zero-kilometre food: fruit and veg are grown in the gardens and surrounding farmland, cheese and extra-virgin olive oil are made onsite, and everything else comes from producers nearby.