— What was your inspiration to leave Milan and open a Bed & Breakfast in Sicily?
Then, in 2001, we came to Sicily for a summer holiday. It was a coincidence that we came to Modica, but we ended up spending 15 days here, forgetting everything else. We were really impressed and fell in love with the city.
My father is Sicilian, from the north of the island, so when I arrived here, I felt a real connection with Sicily. My wife and I began by buying just one room, and every time we came back to visit, we purchased another. After eight months, we had bought 12 different properties.”
— Casa Talìa breakfast room
— Please tell us a bit about the restoration of the buildings.
During the restoration, we only used natural and local materials. The terraces use a mix of natural and decorated tiles, something you can’t find anywhere else.”
— La Meridiana room
— How would you describe the style of the rooms at Casa Talìa?
Every room at the B&B has been inspired by a country on the Mediterranean sea, so no room is like the other. Each one is special.
The bigger rooms cost more because they are on two levels and have a private terrace or balcony. All rooms have air conditioning, a bath, a shower, and a nice view.”
— So both your wife and yourself are architects?
My wife works as an architect and specialises in restoration. So for her, Casa Talìa was a great place to show off her work.”
— Casa Talìa cave
— Your philosophy is ‘slow living’ — please tell us a bit more about that.
Slow living means forgetting the phone and just drinking a glass of wine while enjoying the view. Our view is amazing, it’s like a painting. You can see the cathedral and the oldest part of the city with all the Baroque buildings. It’s really lovely to sit under the olive tree with a book and just relax and hang out in the garden.”
— Il Mediterraneo room
— To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Casa Talìa as a B&B?
My life is much better than before. I live near the sea and every day I can see the blue sky and the sun.”