Casa Talía

  • Location: Town / Village
    Restaurants: In walking distance
    UNESCO site Modica: In walking distance
    Beautiful Pozzallo beach: 25km (25 mins by car)
    Baroque cities of Ragusa and Noto: 25 to 45 mins by car
  • Catania Airport (CTA): 115km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Talía

How would you describe Casa Talía in a nutshell?

In the baroque city of Modica in Sicily you’ll find Casa Talía, a group of individual houses that make up a beautiful small bed & breakfast. It is an intimate, authentic Sicilian oasis where every room is unique and tastefully decorated. You’ll be near the sea, under a blue sky with views of Modica like out of a painting; it is the perfect surrounding for slow living and days full of quiet and relaxation.

What was your inspiration to leave Milan and open a Bed & Breakfast in Sicily?

My wife and I once organised a workshop for architects in Tuscany. We thought about place, hospitality and food. For us, it was a good opportunity to experience how nice it is outside of the big city.

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.

So both your wife and yourself are architects?

I graduated in architecture, but my job now is to display design for products and furniture.

My wife works as an architect and specialises in restoration. So for her, Casa Talía was a great place to show off her work.

To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Casa Talía as a B&B?

My life has changed a lot. Here at Casa Talía, I work 24 hours a day, but at the same time, I am in a place of holiday and get to spend time with people who are usually very happy and relaxed.

My life is much better than before. I live near the sea and every day I can see the blue sky and the sun.

What is the food like in this part of Sicily?

Everywhere in Italy, but especially in Sicily, there’s a different food tradition. The best part of the traditional food of Modica for me are the legumes, the ricotta cheese, which is amazing, and the vegetables from the countryside.

The restaurants are very well priced too — they don’t have tourist prices — and there’s organic food everywhere.

What is a traditional dish from Modica?

There is a special cake only found in Modica called Empanada. It looks like big ravioli, but is sweet and has chocolate inside. Actually it’s a mix of meat and chocolate, but you don’t taste the meat at all, only the chocolate. They use sugar as a traditional way of preservation, so you can eat these cakes 15 days later and they’re still good.

And, of course, gelato, granita, and other sweets are everywhere.

Casa Talìa breakfast room
Casa Talìa cave
Mediterraneo - Superior room
Meridiana - Suite Superior
Buendia - House-Dependance
Buendia - House-Dependance
Ibla - Standard room
Zenzero - Standard room
Talía - Suite Superior
Buendia terrace
Scirocco - Suite
Scirocco terrace
Sirah terrace
Outside space
Casa Talía garden
Casa Talía garden
Casa Talía garden

Casa Talía rooms & rates

Every single room at Casa Talía used to be a family home. We renovated them to have one single property, with all of them connected through the garden. It’s like a circle. Imagine a house in a circle and in the middle is a garden. From the outside, it still looks the same. We just restored the original wall and the interior. 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.

The rooms at Casa Talía are simple and tasteful, and not cluttered with things, using a mix of the old and the new. Some of the furniture in them was made by us, some restored by us.

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.

  • Cedro - Standard room for 2 people / 18 m²
    160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Cedro room is a double standard room and the smallest with a double bed. The room has a shared terrace (with Zagare room) with amazing views and direct access to the garden.

    Room features: Large double bed - garden view and the Cathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Zagare - Standard room for 2 people / 19 m²
    160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Zagare room is a double standard room with a double bed and a little bigger than Cedro room. It has a shared terrace (with Cedro room) with amazing views and direct access to the garden.

    Room features: Large double bed - views of the garden and the Cathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Zenzero - Standard room for 2 people / 26 m²
    160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Zenzero room is a double standard room with a double bed, large shower alcove, small balcony, wooden roof and a traditional black stone floor.

    Room features: Large double bed - small balcony with views of the Castle entrance - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Ibla - Standard room for 2 people / 19 m²
    160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Ibla room is a double standard room with a double bed, beautiful view of the garden, a wooden roof, original stone walls and a traditional black stone floor.

    Room features: Large double bed - direct access to the garden - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - open plan toilet and bathroom behind a curtain - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Sirah - Superior room for 2 people / 30 m²
    210 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Sirah room is a double superior room with a double bed. It has a private terrace with amazing views.

    Room features: Large double bed - private terrace, views of the garden and the Cathedral - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Mediterraneo - Superior room for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    210 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Mediterraneo room is a double superior room with a double bed (on request two twin beds). It has a balcony with amazing views and direct access to the garden.

    Room features: Large double bed - balcony, views of the garden and the Cathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Agave - Superior room for 2-5 people / 24 m²
    210 / night
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Agave room is a superior room with a two double beds, a single bed, a private terrace overlooking the Cathedral, agave colours on the walls, a wooden roof and antique tiled flooring.

    Room features: Large double bed - private terrace with views of the Cathedral entrance - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Scirocco - Suite for 2-4 people / 34 m²
    230 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Scirocco is a double suite with a double bed or two twin beds. It is possible to use as a triple or quadruple room. The room has a terrace with amazing views and direct access to the garden.

    Room features: Large double bed - private terrace, views of the garden and the cathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Meridiana - Suite Superior for 2-5 people / 49 m²
    250 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Meridiana is a double suite superior room on 2 levels with a double bed and 2+1 twin beds. On request it is possible to use as a triple, quadruple or quintuple with 3 single beds. It has a private terrace and amazing views.

    Room features: Large double bed - private terrace, views of the garden and the cathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Talía - Suite Superior for 2-5 people / 44 m²
    250 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Talía is a double suite superior room on 2 levels with a double bed aand a single bed. On request it is possible to use as a triple, quadruple or quintuple with 3 single beds. It has a private terrace / garden overlooking the cathedral, a traditional bamboo ceiling and ancient black stone floor.

    Room features: Large double bed - terrace/garden overlooking thecathedral - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

  • Sciara - Superior room for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    210 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Casa Talía Bed & Breakfast consists of restored small houses, which are on different natural levels of the ground. Each room has the entrance from the garden and a private terrace which overviews the historical center of Modica.

    Sciara room is a superior room with a double bed, a single bed, a private terrace overlooking the Cathedral, red and black pottery on the walls, a wooden roof and an exposed pitch stone floor.

    Room features: Large double bed - private terrace with views of the Cathedral entrance - entrance from the garden - a flat-screen TV - Wi-Fi - a safe - air-conditioning - heating - hairdryer - toilet - bathroom - bidet - shower - mini bar - desk.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast.
Optional extras
Available on request: massages, private tours of Modica, Noto, Siracusa etc., car or bicycle hire, picnic hamper.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. Babies up to 3 years old stay for free in a baby cot. Extra beds are available at EUR 50 per night.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Maid service
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

We want people to come to Casa Talìa and take their time to enjoy the view, the air, and relax. 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.

Things to do in Sicily & Modica

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing

The first thing I recommend is just to walk around and discover the area. It’s the best way to see the original part of Modica with its 100 churches.

Secondly, I would suggest to visit Ragusa. It’s about 15 mins by car to the west. Then there is Scicli which is 15 mins to the south. They are very beautiful and you can visit both in the same day.

However, you cannot see all of Sicily in a week or you’ll spend a lot of time in the car. From Modica to Palermo it’s four hours, for example. I would suggest to divide the holiday into a three or four-time visit and explore each part of the area, including the islands. There are so many things to visit and Modica is well positioned for all of them.

Casa Talía reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Eine insgesamt großartige Woche.! Modica, casa talia, ist eine echte „noch nie gesehen“ Anlage. Marco hat mit seiner Frau zusammenhängende alte Häuser im Leerstand übernommen, restauriert und daraus ein Oase der Ruhe, des slow living gemacht . Die Gäste nehmen diesen Stil an und wir erlebten tage der Ruhe , der Entspannung und ein exzeptionelles Frühstücksservice , besser geht’s nicht. Den zweiten Teil der Woche verbrachten wir , mit denselben Eigentümern , im Norden von Sizilien, Nähe Cefalu , in der Villa on the Cliff. Platz für 8 Personen, naja, große Räume für Sitzen, Essen und eine spektakuläre Terrasse direkt über dem Mittelmeer. Direkter Zugang zum Felsstrand, Strandschuhe sind vorteilhaft. Totale Ruhe, Essen in Cefalu oder weit besser, on request von Ratan, guter Geist und liebenswürdiger junger Mann herbeigebracht. Mann bleibt besser von Cefalu weg, der Kulturschock zwischen der Villa und Umgebung und dem Touristenort ist nicht angenehm. Eine insgesamt großartige Woche.
Fritz K. (Austria)
stayed at Casa Talìa in October 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
What a gorgeous place!!!
Susie P. (USA)
stayed at Casa Talìa in July 2015
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Our stay at Casa Talia was wonderful – I would rate it a 9. The rooms were beautiful and very comfortable, and offered a gorgeous view of the old city of Modica. The breakfast area similarly overlooked the city, and was surrounded by olive and pomegranate trees – an amazing way to start the day (also a delicious meal). All the staff were friendly and extremely helpful, and Marco was a wonderful host. We only stayed 2 nights, but would absolutely recommend Casa Talia to anyone traveling to Sicily.
Michal R. (USA)
stayed at Casa Talìa in October 2014
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Wonderful stay! In mid September we stayed four nights at Casa Talía in Modica. It was a great pleasure and a comfortable stay – Marco is representing "slow living" in a very personal and likeable way. It's a nice place to be, the town is delightful, we enjoyed the restaurants at night and the charming breakfast on the small terrace. All in all we really enjoyed our stay.
Gordian B. (Switzerland)
stayed at Casa Talìa in October 2013

The location of Casa Talía

Casa Talía is located in a pedestrian area in a part of the city very few people go to. Yet at the same time, it’s just behind the main street. The city of Modica has a lot of Baroque architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s beautiful and clean, and the people are very nice and sweet. It’s a very safe city. We’ve never had a problem with the mafia or anything like that. You get a taste of real Sicilian life here and you don’t feel the tourist business around you.

If you have been to Tuscany, it’s very, very beautiful but it’s difficult to find Tuscan people there. Everybody is from somewhere else. I’m kind of an outsider as well, I realise that, but I discovered that my surname is from Modica. I knew it was Sicilian, but not that it came from Modica. This was very important to me. It made me think that perhaps my grandfather moved from Modica to the north of Sicily, and now I’ve come back.

When is the best time to visit Sicily?

My favourite time is usually from April to June and from September to October. During the fall, the sea is still very warm and it’s the time for grape wine, olives and pomegranates. The weather is better and a bit cooler too.

The Italian people like to go on holiday in August, so our guests are usually Italian then, but for the rest of the year, our guests are more international.