Rifugio Lanzagallo

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Modica UNESCO World Heritage city: 15 km (20 min by car.)
    Noto UNESCO World Heritage city: 25 km (30 min by car)
    Porto Palo di Capo Passero - the terrace between the two seas: 30 km (30 min by car)
    Vendicari and Marzamemi - the Tonnara and the reserve: 30 km (30-40 min by car)
  • Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA): 111 km (1h 18 min by car)
    Comiso Airport (CIY): 55 km (50 min by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Thanks to the dominant hilltop position, the entire domain offers spectacular views of the surrounding carob and olive trees. There is a magnificent garden with a pool bordered by a sun terrace with sea view.

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An introduction to Rifugio Lanzagallo

How would you describe Rifugio Lanzagallo in a nutshell?

Rifugio Lanzagallo is ‘the realized dream’, the dream of Daniela, an architect with deep Sicilian roots, a family and life in Belgium, and a foolish desire to return to her land. It is a small paradise, a place where it feels good to be and where it radiates spirituality.

What’s your background and what was your inspiration behind Rifugio Lanzagallo?

Being an architect, living in northern Europe, I have always had the desire to return to my Sicilian roots.

When I and Istvan met and our love story started, we understood that we were both made for an authentic life. Having always had a passion for ancient architecture, my research has turned to what already has its own history, and with which one can grasp the opportunity to give it life again.

After three years of exploration and living between Brussels and Sicily, we found our hidden jewel: Lanzagallo refuge.

We immediately understood that it was the right place that would give us the strength to face this big rebuild. It took stubborn tenacity to make this dream come true.

How would you describe the atmosphere of Rifugio Lanzagallo?

Surrounded by spectacular carob and olive tree and dry-stone walls lies Rifugio Lanzagallo. A farmhouse made of stone, a ‘Masseria’, standing proudly on a ridge, with magnificent views of the sea and ‘L’isola Delle Correnti’.

We want to convey a spirit of simplicity with our warm welcome. We invite our guests to abandon the stress of everyday life and recharge.

To you personally, what is so special about Rifugio Lanzagallo?

It is special to be in an enchanted place to enjoy the tranquility while being in a strategic position to visit all the Baroque Sicily, its artistic beauty, and the surrounding natural wonders.

Lanzagallo is the ideal place for curious and aesthetic travelers, who prefer immersion in nature, and who appreciate ancient structures. It is the place for the traveler who does not like crowded places, does not seek luxury and technology, but charm and refinement.

Please tell us about the food.

The day starts at Rifugio Lanzagallo with a king’s breakfast, based on fruit from the region, with warm ricotta from the farm, flavored with orange zest, ancient wheat flour bread, typical local sausages, cannoli filled with sweet ricotta, yogurt with pistachio cream and Moka coffee!

In Sicily, the memories of the old mothers in the kitchen are still very much alive. We are very fortunate to have a neighbor with a traditional farm, our dear Ms Catena, who will let us savor not only her ricotta and her cheese, but also her home-cooked traditional family recipes. For dinner, we can arrange on request, traditional recipes, such as hand-made ravioli with a tomato cherry sauce (a typical tomato from Pachino), as well as also other local specialties.

Just ten minutes away (7km) is Ispica, one of the jewels of the baroque UNESCO protected cities. Walking down the church square you can eat the best handmade pasta in the world.

Also just a few minutes from Lanzagallo is Pozzallo, a small port city where it is beautiful to walk along the sea, and taste the best octopus and the best ice-cream in the area.

Is Rifugio Lanzagallo best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?

The rooms are spacious, some of them with a mezzanine accessible via a staircase, which is not suitable for kids under 12 years. Couples or families of three or four are welcome.

The three rooms can accommodate a group of up to 10 people. Cots and extra beds are not available.

The domain and the swimming pool are not fenced. Permanent supervision of children is necessary.

What activities are available at the property and nearby?

At Lanzagallo there is a magnificent garden with an organically shaped pool bordered by a sun terrace with sea view, surrounded by aromatic plants. You can relax, read, swim, meditate, or sunbathe.

Everywhere you can find private spaces. Some spots at Rifugio Lanzagallo such as the farmyard ‘Aia’ or the ancient sheepfold surrounded by high dry-stone walls are perfect for a range of activities such as meditation and yoga classes.

Behind the property, there is a canyon where you can walk through the extraordinary botanical variety and wildlife.This is the only canyon in the Modica territory with intact Mediterranean scrub. A walk in the autumn after the first thunderstorms can give us unexpected opportunities to collect sage asparagus and a fine variety of mushrooms. For horse lovers, there is a riding stable 3 km away.

Pool
Lounge area
Lounge area
La Centrale room
La Centrale room
La Centrale bathroom
La Centrale bathroom
La Cisterna Sul Mare room
L'Edicola room
Pool
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Garden
Surrounding area
Surrounding area
Ocean view

Rifugio Lanzagallo rooms & rates

The building has the traditional shapes and spaces of the typical “Masseria” in southern Sicily: the stone structure, the arches, the views of the sea and the small courtyards surrounded by dry stone walls.

The first building was the “Stallone”, once intended as a shelter of animals, today the reception and breakfast room, with sophisticated and evocative architecture and contemporary interventions.

The lounge-zone courtyard leads to the swimming pool area, a large garden enriched by aromatic plants, flowers and centenary trees. The swimming pool, conceived as an ancient “Gebbia”, is set on a hill raised towards the sea to take advantage of the open horizon.

On the right-hand side is the hospitality building, with three large residences, offering terraces and open courtyards. It was the place where cheese was once produced and the ricotta was smoked.

The recovery project enhanced the aesthetics of the limestone volumes with contemporary interventions, favoring the reuse of raw materials, without removing the patina of time.

The interiors are elegant: white, black, natural stone, wood and iron fixtures. Windows open like paintings on the landscape and the outdoor spaces.

  • L’Edicola for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    100 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    L’Edicola, a small temple (from Latin, aedicula) of magical and religious values. A niche in the wall, built to house the simulacrum of a saint, of the Madonna or of the Christ. A mini chapel with the aim of protecting the entire farm.

    L’Edicola has a separate entrance and a little terrace overlooking the main rock courtyard.

  • La Centrale for 2-4 people / 38 m²
    100 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning

    The name of the room La Centrale derives from its location, and emphasizes the metaphorical sense of centering, of grasping the ancient in order to understand and center into modern life. With a mezzanine the total area is 38m²; this room can easily accommodate a family of four.

    La Centrale is a very bright room with two entrances, one from the main courtyard and one from the backyard from where there is a view onto the sea.

  • La Cisterna Sul Mare for 2-3 people / 38 m²
    100 / night

    Unavailable

    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning

    The name La Cisterna Sul Mare comes from the old water reservoir dug into the rock just underneath it. This residence is the largest room with two accesses, one from the main courtyard and one from a side courtyard overlooking the fields and the sea.

    Its panoramic view extends to the southernmost tip of Sicily, the ‘Isola delle Correnti’. With a mezzanine, the total area is 38m²; this room can easily accommodate a family of three.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious breakfast, percale bed linen and folk-style bath and pool towels, beds with anatomic Dorelan slatted frames and breathable anti-mite memory foam mattresses, WiFi, minifridge in the room and organic shampoo and shower gel based on Sicilian natural products as well as ‘Discover Sicily’ – the secret Sicily by Rifugio Lanzagallo, a digital personalized brochure of addresses and tips in the area.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 10+ years are welcome. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed November 1 to March 31

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Room service
  • BBQ area
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

On request, we are happy to organize cooking classes, meditation and yoga classes, massages or beauty treatments, hairdressing or manicure on-site

Things to do in Sicily & Modica

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving

First of all, we suggest Modica, 15km away, the baroque town rising up both sides of the canyon in the Hyblean Mountains (UNESCO protected). The friendly locals, beautiful architecture and its lively atmosphere make it a city you want stay in for a longer time. You can discover Modica by foot but be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. Our gourmet stopover in Modica is Caffé Adamo with its typical Sicilian sweets and the ‘Cremolata’, a type of granita with more fruit than ice.

Another suggestion is the reserve of Vendicari 35km away with its tower, the ‘tonnara’, the oasis and the museum of fishing. We encourage you to take the path towards Cala Mosche, a beautiful sandy bay a few kilometers away. It is a quiet walk through the dry landscape with prickly pears, wild herbs and cacti along the sea.

In this spirit we suggest visiting the seaside village of Porto Palo di Capo Passero, 30km away, and the beautiful beach called ‘The terrace between the two seas’, the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea. It has both sandy and rocky beaches, it is great for swimming, diving, fishing, and sunbathing. It is also perfect for seafood lovers.

We can arrange tours and excursions, or book a hike with an official guide. It is also possible to organize Etna tours with a guide as well. Several wineries of the Wine Road offer fantastic wine tasting events.

We propose a light trek of 4 km in the beautiful natural site ‘Cava d’Ispica’, tasting the typical products and wine of the Hyblean region, accompanied by a professional sommelier.

We are also happy to share our secrets with our guests, the roads to follow, the secret places to discover and our preferred restaurants, catered to their available time, mood and interests.

Rifugio Lanzagallo reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We arrived in the late afternoon at Lanzagallo. The light was warm, almost golden, deep blue sky, no clouds. From the moment we arrived, we felt this was the place we were looking for: hidden, peaceful and full of authentic charm. Lanzagallo is a magic place we experienced as it would be home. It offered us peace and rest, fabulous nature and views, unusual yet typical home-made breakfast treats, but above all we were touched by the warm and caring hospitality of Daniela and Istvan, who made Lanzagallo a place where you can let your soul go and feel the true Sicily. Our very special thanks for this unforgettable experience.
Sebastien C.
stayed at Rifugio Lanzagallo in August 2020
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
What a wonderful place! Looks just like on the pictures, if not better - beautiful, comfortable, thoughtfully decorated. The location is perfectly remote and relaxing, yet a short drive away from many picturesque towns and beaches - the best of both worlds. Daniela and her partner are so warm and caring and made us feel at home. We stayed for 3 nights and really wished we could stay longer. Truly the perfect place to explore South-East Italy - we hope to be back soon!
Asya B.
stayed at Rifugio Lanzagallo in August 2020
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Dreamy stay, we wish we could have stayed longer.
The place is as beautiful as you see it in the pictures. What you cannot see here is the kindness and lovely "family feeling" with whom Daniela, the owner, cuddles all the guests.
You will have a hard time leaving it to go exploring the amazing corner of Sicily that surrounds it.

Really looking forward to coming back there.
Alessandra M.
stayed at Rifugio Lanzagallo in June 2020

The location of Rifugio Lanzagallo

The house is very close to the main tourist roads, in the middle of the region of Val di Noto. From here you can make day trips to Noto, Siracusa, Marzamemi, Ispica, Modica, Scicli and Ragusa Ibla, the reserve of Vendicari or the amazing natural site of Cava Grande and many other highlights of Sicily.

The nearest towns are Ispica (7km), Pozzallo (10km) and Modica (15km) where you’ll find all the services (supermarkets, petrol stations, restaurants and shops) you need.

This region has beautiful weather (it’s not too hot in the summer) and we are around 11km from the closest beach ’Santa Maria del Focallo’ and ’Punta Cirica’ with spectacular sand dunes. In 2020, this beach reserve received an award by The Foundation for Environmental Education recognizing the quality and efficiency of its services.

When is the best time to visit Sicily?

Certainly, the most beautiful seasons are spring and autumn. The triumph of the colors of the landscape, from light green to intense yellow, are particularly present in these seasons. The summer until July is not excessively hot due to the proximity of the sea.

Throughout the year, starting from spring, this area celebrates a variety of festivals dedicated to numerous local saints and patrons. So, if you really want to get under Sicily’s skin and learn what makes its people tick, just turn up to one of these religious events and let yourself be swept along by the passion, the sense of fun and the hospitality.

The ’Infiorata di Noto’, one of the most colorful festivals of the world, takes place every year over the third weekend of May. Easter Sunday in Modica is characterized by the solemn procession of the ’Madonna Vasa Vasa’. Similar events also take place in Ragusa Ibla and Scicli with a spectacular Christ ’U Gioia’. Easter in Ispica is one of the most beautiful ones!