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.

  • Zenzero - Suite Superior for 2 people / 45 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This beautiful room has a large shower alcove, small balcony, wooden roof and a traditional black stone floor.

    Room Facilities: 1 double bed and 2 single bed, small balcony with views of the Castle entrance, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, a safe, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, toilet, bathroom, bidet, shower, mini bar and a desk.

  • Sirah - Superior room for 2 people / 23 m²
    260 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This beautiful room has a private terrace overlooking the garden and the cathedral. The colours on the walls recall the colours of the harvest. There is a traditional bamboo ceiling and antique tile flooring.

    Room facilities: One double bed with the possibility of adding a cot, private terrace, views of the garden and the Cathedral, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, a safe, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, toilet, bathroom, bidet, shower, mini bar and a desk.
    Living room with bathroom: 23 m² (16 m² of terrace)

  • Mediterraneo - Superior room for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    260 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Balcony
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This beautiful room has a private balcony overlooking the garden, ceramic blue and white tiles on the walls, a traditional bamboo ceiling and a pipe stone floor.

    Room facilities: One double bed with the possibility of adding one single bed or cot, balcony, views of the garden and the Cathedral, a private entrance from the garden, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, a safe, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, toilet, bathroom, bidet, shower, mini bar and a writing desk.

  • Scirocco - Suite Superior for 2 people / 34 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This large room has a private terrace overlooking the garden and views of the Cathedral. It has a traditional bamboo ceiling and polished floor in the colours of the desert.

    Room facilities: One double bed or two single beds and the possibility of adding a cot, 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 and a desk.

  • Meridiana - Suite Superior for 2-5 people / 49 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cots (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This large room on two levels has a private terrace overlooking the garden and views of the Cathedral. It has a traditional bamboo ceiling, stone walls and terracotta floors decorated with an Arabic design.

    Room facilities: One double bed, one single bed and the possibility of adding two further single beds or cots, 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 and a writing desk.

  • Talía - Suite Superior for 2-5 people / 44 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 2 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cots (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This large room on two levels has a terrace / garden overlooking the cathedral. A traditional bamboo ceiling and ancient black stone floor.

    Room facilities: One double bed with a single bed and the possibility of adding two single beds or cots, terrace / garden, overlooking the cathedral, private entrance and garden, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, a safe, air-conditioning, heating, hairdryer, toilet, bathroom, bidet, shower, mini bar and a writing desk.

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

    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.

    This beautiful room features a private terrace overlooking the Cathedral, red and black ceramics on the walls, a wooden roof and exposed stone, pitched stone floor.

    Room facilities: 1 double bed and 1 single bed and possibility of adding a cot, private terrace, view of the Cathedral, private entrance, flat-screen TV, free WIFI, safe, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer, toilet, private bathroom, shower, minibar, desk.

  • Ginestre Suite Superior for 2 people / 37 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    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.

    This beautiful room has a large private terrace overlooking the garden, a wooden roof, original stone walls and terracotta floor tiles.

    Room facilities: 1 double bed and 1 single bed, large private terrace, 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 and a desk.

  • Agave - Dependance Superior for 2-5 people / 48 m²
    350 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 3 Single bedrooms
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    CASA AGAVE is the perfect home! It has a private terrace overlooking the Cathedral, private entrance.
    The house has a bathroom with shower, hairdryer, kitchen, fridge, desk, terrace, air conditioning and heating, wifi, digital TV.

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 - 3 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Maid service
  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Central heating
  • 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
We have just returned from a wonderful stay in Casa Talia - what a uniquely charming place to stay! Marco has developed a beautiful location to a very high standard and we couldn't have mobbed made to feel more welcome. The room was very comfortable, the views are magnificent, the gardens are gorgeous and the traditional Sicilian breakfast each morning is a real treat and should not be missed. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and willing to sort the slightest query for us quickly..

We greatly valued the communication we had with Marco and Vittorio prior to our stay as Casa Tania is quite difficult to find. The written instructions and the communication by mobile on the day were greatly appreciated and we enjoyed our many conversations with them during our stay.

I can highly recommend CasaTalia in Modica as a lovely base for exploring a really interesting part of Sicily.
Jane R.
stayed at Casa Talía in April 2023
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.