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Villa di San Calogero, a meditative Italian getaway

April 30, 2017

A former feudal estate, the Villa di San Calogero is located at the very end of the Ibleo plateau, looking out toward Mt. Etna, north of Siracusa, and at the center of the white stone valley slowly excavated through the centuries by the San Calogero River. 22403_source copy

The lush fields in the valley bottom, rich in spring water, were at one time the only place fertile enough to nurture and cultivate abundant citrus groves. The estate remained a hunting reserve up to the seventies and still has one of the oldest and best known stud farms in Sicily. 22398_source copy22402_source copy

When the blue gate of San Calogero opens you will be overwhelmed with nature and country views.

After almost 500 meters the villa will appear in the distance with a clean view of the sea on the right. 22400_source copy

From the moment you walk towards the small village that composes the Commenda di San Calogero you understand immediately that in this part of Sicily the time has stopped long before your arrival and much is yet to be discovered during your stay.22185_source copy

Just beside the chapel from 1600, a wide door leads into the entrance hall from where you will then have access to the several living areas each separated by the original arched doorways. 22394_source copy22416_source copy22415_source copy

The first room is a spacious drawing room that hosts an impressive fireplace surrounded by sofas and that takes you to the library where you will find books with the history of the villa and pictures of the original property. 23244_source copy

On the same space there is also a sitting area that through more arches takes you to the spacious dining room from where on your left is the access to the professionally fitted kitchen and shadowed portico whilst on your right are the glass doors that take you to the extremely well-tended Italian garden and the relaxing Indian pavilion.22179_source copy

From each living room you can access the main courtyard where 10 of the spacious 12 bedrooms are located.

Each room has its en-suite bathroom and independent entrance with the possibility of having interconnecting rooms.

The decoration of each room is different however they are all furnished with great taste and simplicity. 22414_source copy22211_source copy22411_source copy

Opposite the main entrance there is an English garden with 2 more bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and next to those a large leisure area with swimming pool (20 x 9m), a spa with Turkish bath and sauna and a summer kitchen with barbecue and outdoor dining area.

The swimming pool is surrounded by dry-stone walls and it is possible to find an adjoining garden, rich in fragrance. 22399_source copy

Not far from here there is a SPA with a Mediterranean style Hammam, Sauna, massage area and relaxing area.

Apart from an atmosphere of a Thousand and One Arabian Nights, our guests may also take advantage of impeccable service, considerable attention and excellent cuisine. 22189_source copy

Commenda di San Calogero is a peaceful place where the silence is only broken by the sound of running water from a fountain and the rustle of the wind through the trees.22392_source copy13 copy

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