We had 2 nights here on our trip around Sicily and this was one of our favourite stays.We could not believe how beautiful the villa was and what a wonderful sanctuary it was.The courtyard was the perfect place to relax and we enjoyed some beautiful meals here using the facilities of the stunning kitchen.Everything you could wish for is available and the service was exceptional.A massage in the courtyard with Salvo is a must.
Modica is a charming,authentic place and Hortus is perfectly located to feel a part of daily life here.
Don't forget to try some chocolate for which Monica is famous- it is out of this world!
Staying at Residence Hortus for three nights was the highlight of our recent trip to Sicily. Luca, Aurora and Salvo went out of the way to make us comfortable and accommodate our three children. I highly recommend a massage with Salvo and also the cooking class. My kids loved learning how to make pasta. Modica is lovely to wander around but the temptation to stay in the beautiful garden of Hortus was too great at times. We were very sad to leave.
Stayed July 2015
An eloquently restored residenza to capture the life of Sicily past and present. Located midway between upper and lower centers of Modica activity, either of which can be accessed by foot. Also a central location for visiting Noto and Ragusa. The charm of the interior and the garden of Hortus cannot be overstated. You can feel the 16th Century in the structure and surrounding streets. Antiquity blends nicely with upscale amenities.
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We stayed at Hortus for 4 nights. We were only a couple so we had plenty of space to ourselves. The property has been superbly renovated and is equipped with everything you need. Upon arrival we were each treated to a massage from Salvo who also provided us with a lot of helpful information about the area. We didn't get a chance to sample any of the restaurants in Modica as we ate in every night, making use of the excellent kitchen and enjoying a cooking class with Marilena. We also descended many times to the cellar, sampling some of the local wines. The weather was warm so we spent a lot of time relaxing in the large, private garden admiring the view of San Giorgio Cathedral. The location was great - only a short walk into the city centre (the walk down was much easier than up!), and Modica was a good base to explore the surrounding area. Staying at Hortus was a real treat. We would love to return here again (next time we will stay longer) and would definitely recommend it.
Hi, we had a fantastic week in Sicily enjoying the nearby beaches, great food and this little sanctuary in the old town of Modica right next to the cathedral. This is a great hideaway in a lovely part of Italy. After a busy day we returned to a big solid door that opens up to a wonderfully private and relaxing courtyard that you would never know exists. Big thumbs from all the family.