Casa Talìa is managed by Marco, the owner.
150 - 300/night
Suitable for 2-5 people

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Casa Talìa breakfast room - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
— Marco: “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.”
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— What was your inspiration to leave Milan and open a Bed & Breakfast in Sicily?

Marco: “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.”
Casa Talìa breakfast room - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
— Casa Talìa breakfast room

— Please tell us a bit about the restoration of the buildings.

Marco: “Every single room at Casa Talìa 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.”
La Meridiana room - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
— La Meridiana room

— How would you describe the style of the rooms at Casa Talìa?

Marco: “The rooms at Casa Talìa 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.”
 - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy

— So both your wife and yourself are architects?

Marco: “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 Talìa was a great place to show off her work.”
Casa Talìa cave - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
— Casa Talìa cave

— Your philosophy is ‘slow living’ — please tell us a bit more about that.

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

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.”
Il Mediterraneo room - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
— Il Mediterraneo room

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

Marco: “My life has changed a lot. Here at Casa Talìa, 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.”
 - Casa Talìa, in Sicily, Italy
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