House under the Olive Tree is a typical Sicilian house only steps from the beach near Cefalù in Sicily.
What is the story behind the property, what was your inspiration to create it?
Around 15 years ago, I lived in Ragusa, near Modica, and fell in love with the place — its views and the Baroque architecture. So I decided to renovate spaces in the historic centre that were largely abandoned. I liked the idea of being in touch with the heritage while also creating places that offered privacy. I was personally committed to the design and renovation projects and my properties are the result. This property is tranquil and in a secluded location.
All of my houses are rented for the exclusive use of our guests, with the two in Modica around five minutes’ walk from one another. They offer a great base for discovering Sicily’s cultural and natural attractions, as well as its food and wine experiences.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Amine a Sud’s properties?
I have a degree in environmental engineering from Bologna, so I renovated each of the spaces with attention to sustainability and using ecological materials. I also paint and sculpt, with my approach to renovation a lot like sculpting - the removal of what is useless to find the original soul and allow it to shine again.
All three spaces combine antique features with local materials and artisan crafts, as well as having contemporary amenities and artworks. I would describe them as bespoke-designed properties. I want them to reflect contemporary tastes while being strongly and deeply connected to the soul and poetry of the place.
To you personally, what is so special about Casa del Giardino?
Casa del Giardino is surrounded by stone walls that predate the destructive earthquakes Sicily experienced in the 17th century. I fell in love with its Mediterranean garden planted with citrus and pomegranate trees. I wanted to create a retreat where guests could regenerate and be in touch with nature while also being immersed in the historic centre of Modica.