|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||90 square meters|
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Description from the owner
Anime a Sud offers a charming touristic hospitality and an accurate service in a stylish artist house with enchanting view over the Unesco town of Modica, one of the most enchanting baroque jewels of South Sicily. From the careful renovation of an ancient house of the historic centre comes out a romantic place with suggestions of Sicily and faraway countries, combining art, ecology and urban design. Anime a Sud is an elegant fusion of past and present emotions, the exclusive destination of an indipendent contemporary traveller looking for a Sicily made of silence, emotions and horizons
ANIME A SUD | charming sicilian hideaway
Modica, Sicily, Italy
Additional Location Information
"...like a pomegranate cut in two; close to the sea but with an air of the countryside; half of it crammed onto a rocky spur, half spread out at its feet; with many steps serving as peacemaker between the two halves, and clouds in the sky between one bell-tower and another, as breathless as a dispatch rider for the King's Cavalrymen...". This is how Gesualdo Bufalino describes Modica, jewel of Sicilian Baroque, crossroads of culture, today one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites and famous for its ancient recipe for chocolate. Modica, birthplace of Salvatore Quasimodo, Nobel Prize in Literature, the "city of lace" as it has been called, is divided into Upper Modica and Lower Modica and is picturesquely spread out over the two sides of a wide rocky gorge. To stay in Modica means rediscovering forgotten emotions, walking slowly through the cobbled lanes, going up and down the ancient steps, catching glimpses of fine nobles' houses with elaborate stone and wrought iron balconies, hidden artisan workshops, picturesque views of churches and rooftops, secret gardens with grottoes and prickly pear plants
Location Type Downtown, Town
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$193 - $257||$193 - $257||$1,169 - $1,618||$4,315||3 nights|
|Jan. 4 2012 - Mar. 31 2012
|Apr. 1 2012 - Jun. 30 2012
|Jul. 1 2012 - Aug. 31 2012
|Sep. 1 2012 - Oct. 31 2012
|Nov. 1 2012 - Dec. 21 2012
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Dec. 22 2012 - Dec. 28 2012
|Dec. 29 2012 - Jan. 3 2013
|Jan. 4 2013 - Mar. 31 2013
|Apr. 1 2013 - Jun. 30 2013
|Jul. 1 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Sep. 1 2013 - Oct. 31 2013
|Nov. 1 2013 - Dec. 21 2013
|Dec. 22 2013 - Dec. 28 2013
|All Other Dates||$193||$193||$1,169||$4,315||3 nights|
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- Damage deposit - $257 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
RATES ARE REFERRED TO THE RENTAL OF THE ENTIRE PROPERTY FOR EXCLUSIVE USE AND INCLUDE:
- taxes and VAT
- sheet and towels changed weekly
- end-of-stay cleaning, electricity and water consumption
- wi-fi internet access
- car/scooter/bike rental
- transfer from/to airport
- laundry service, extra linen change and housekeeping
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES (extra):
- wine tasting and visit to selected sicilian wineries
- traditional sicilian cooking class
- private guided tours in Modica and in the baroque towns of Val di Noto
- natural excursions
- 4x4 tours
- boat trips and sailing
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 08, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Couple from Norway
Great flat in Modica
We stayed for six day -the first three days together with two friends of us, the last three days we had the whole flat for ourselves. This flat is ideal for two couples since it has two fully equipped rooms. The terrace on the upper floor was georgeus. Amalia took very good care of us- nothing was a problem! We enjoyed our stay in Modica a lot much aowing to this fabulous flat.
Ed and Marcy
Rochester, NY USA
We stayed at anime a Sud for 2 weeks in March. The villa is very nice with an excellent view of Modica. We especially enjoyed walking the streets of Modica and visiting our two favorite restaurants-Smile(pizza) and La Laconda. Both are within 10 minutes walking distance Be prepared to walk many steps to get up town or downtown. If you want to experience what it is like to live in a small Sicilian town, then this is the place to stay. This was our first time visiting Sicily and we look forward to coming back again.
Marijke & Eddy
Delft, The Netherlands
An ecellent house with a view
We spend almost 3 month (april-june) in the house at the hills of Modica and enjoyed it very much. The house is well equiped, served and artisticly decorated. Every morning it is a joy to wake-up and have this beautiful view over Modica. A nice and cosy town with many small streets, stairs, monuments and restaurants, not too far from other cultural highlights in this corner of Sicilia, neither to far from the beach, even by bus.
Staying a longer period gives the opportunity to see the town awakening in the spring and fully living towards the summer, expriencing also the various festivities.
Robert and Barbara
Seattle, WA USA
A Perfect apartment in Every Way
Anime a Sud is an absolutely perfect apartment. It is located right in the heart of old Modica with easy access to the entire city and the surrounding region including Ragusa Isla, Noto, Scicli and Siracusa. We (a couple, although the two bedrooms and two baths easily accommodate 4 people comfortably) spent eight fabulous nights there. The apartment is beautifully appointed and fully equipped. Luca, the owner, is an artist, and his good taste is reflected in the furnishings and art. The view from the deck is magical. We have rented many apartments and houses all over the world and it is hard to think of any that are better than this one. We recommend it highly and would return in an instant.
A hidden gem in Modica
I can't recommend this apartment highly enough. It's stylish and beautiful. It was wonderful to sit on the terrace in the evening, drinking delicious wine, and watching the lights of the town twinkle below and around you.
Amalia was so helpful and recommended lots of superb restaurants and shops to visit. You are definitely not stuck for somewhere new to try every night of the week.
The apartment is situated up a steep hillside and there are over 250 steps to climb to get back from the main street, but it's a great way to walk off all that delicious gelato !!
Memorable stay in Modica
This is a beautiful apartment with a view to die for! We had several meals at home with the French doors open to that magnificent view. Amalia was extremely helpful and the apartment is decorated with great taste. We especially appreciated the wines that were available to purchase right in the apartment. My husband & I were in the wine business and this was a great selection of reds and whites from three of Sicily's top producers. Modica itself is a little challenging because of all the steps, 120 to the grocery store. The main street has some nice shops and goes much further than we first thought. The town is known for its chocolate and there are lots of places to sample and buy.
It's like living in a film set
We have a wonderful 10 days at anime a Sud. The view was stunning, especially at night. It really was like living with a back drop from a film set as your view.
The "public" areas of the apartment are fairly small, and I would imagine that 4 adults living in it might be quite "cosy", but it was perfect for 3.
The wine selection (available for purchase) was delicious, the art and objet d'art were all beautiful. The whole living space was thoughtfully and very tastefully presented.
It should be noted that you can't get a car to the property so pack lightly because you'll have to carry your luggage from a nearby street corner (about 3-4 minutes walk). It should also be noted that there are lots of steps both above and below the apartment.
Because of the design of Modica, houses are very close together so living at anime a Sud is literally moving into the locality, and you are immediately in the centre of local life. We loved it and really enjoyed saying Good morning to all our lovely neighbours, but it's not the quietest neighbourhood.
Anyway, if you're looking for a real taste of Sicily in fantastic surroundings and a very comfortable accommodation we can thoroughly recommend anime a Sud. We'll definitely be back, and are also really interested in Luca's new (and larger) property which is launching in summer 2013 I believe.
Thanks also to amalia for the welcome, all the tasty treats and the translation service!
Finally, Caffe Del arte on Corso Umberto - fantastic Caffe Freddo!
Enjoy and Ciao!
This is a beautiful flat in the heart of old Modica, just five minutes walk from the cathedral. The flat itself is very comfortable and interesting with many of the owner's art works and collected art on the walls. There are two bedrooms with lovely beds and two terraces, one of them very small, but both with stunning views of this lovely city. The location is ideal, in a residential area down a small cobbled street, with local neighbours, which felt very authentic. The cooking and washing facilities are modern. Luca, the manager is helpful via email when sorting out the booking and payment, and amalia who manages the flat onsite is extremely helpful and nothing is too much bother. We were very warmly welcomed and taken care of.
I have only a couple of small niggles. One is that although the location is generally quiet, we had loud (but pleasant) live music from somewhere nearby on 4 out of the 11 nights we stayed. This started mid evening and went into the small hours. We went with our baby daughter so were in all evening, which made this annoying, although if you are the kind of person who stays out late or isn't overly committed to total peace and quiet, this wouldn't be a major problem. I also don't know if this was just a seasonal feature during august or whether it happens every weekend.
The second niggle was the 5 minute walk from where you park to the flat. If you have a lot of luggage and regular heavy shopping, this is a mild annoyance.
I would overall strongly recommend this place.
Response from Luca Giannini - 09/07/2012
Thank you very much for your great feedback, Robert!
We are very happy you had a delightful stay...
As regards live music, even if August is usually a month of fiestas and concerts in Sicily, it's the first time that it is heard from the house since it is located in a very secluded and quiet alley..
It's a pity you did not alert us, as we would have immediately got any useful information in order to understand if it was a public event (but in this case it has to stop in the early night by law) or it was coming from a neighbor (and in this case we could have asked him to stop and respect the quietness of our guests).
Kirdford, United Kingdom
Thoroughly reccomend this stunning appartment
When we arrived, after being met by amalia, as we walked in my friend Said "Oh my God, i'ts amazing, thank you so much for inviting us!"
No criticisms at all, the place was perfect with everything you could need provided, from clothes pegs , to olive oil , to the stunning view, and extremely comfortable beds! everything had been thought of. We had a perfect holiday here, there were no tourists, everyone was friendly, all Italian, really felt like we were in proper Italy, not some naff Brits abroad place.
I reccomend the amazing ice cream. and you will earn it , as there are a lot of steep steps to walk back up to the appartment. Had great suppers in Pizza Smile, a short walk uphill (at least it's downhill on the way back!) and we really enjoyed the wine tasting with Lunch at Planeta, organised for us by amalia.Also Marzamemi a fishing town 40 mins drive away is worth visiting, lovely fresh lunch at the spaghetteria with prossecco sitting on a deck looking out at bobbing boats!
Amalia was brilliant when we had some holiday mishaps (left Glasses , hat and money behind at vineyard, and locked keys in car on last day!) She went out of her way to help us, and didn't even roll her eyes!! I would definitely go back here except there is too much more of the world to see! Dolly
We instantly felt at home and totally relaxed. The kitchen was well equipped and came with basic necessity like olive oil, salt and coffee. The house also has a very good selection of reasonable, local wine. We took advantage of all that, enjoying the incredible view from the terrace with the wine and our self-cooked meals with super fresh fish from the nearby coast. We also got useful suggestions on restaurants and other places of interests. A really lovely place.
I've never written a review before, but this time I felt like doing to thank Luca and amalia.
Loved Modica, the appartment and neighbourhood
Clean, very kosy appartment, in a very charming neighbourhood. We exersiced every morning in all the stairs for one hour, and then we ate breakfast downtown, we love citylife instead of beach, so I recommend this to other who like the same as we do.
A fantastic house in a unique and picturesque village, one of th
The house was even better than the photos indicated. Creatively furnished with little touches to make it more enjoyable. The house is situated on a hillside with a wonderful view of the town of Modica. Amalia was very welcoming and gave us so many tips on how to get the most out of our stay in the area. Supermarket, fabulous focaccia shop, restaurants and shops all within walking distance; the house is on a hillside so guests do need to be comfortable with climbing steps and walking on stoned pathways. We will come back as there is so much to explore in this part of Sicily.
Home away from home...
From the moment we arrived amalia greeted us so warmly and was so patient. The house is beautifully kept, everything is top quality and when you walk onto the balcony or terrace the view is just lovely both during the day and in the evening. What the "anime a sud" website promised was definitely delivered!! It might not be ideal for older travellers and people with special physical needs because of the walk to get to the house. Parking close by might also be a problem especially during the weekend.
Amazing experience in this cosy gem, nestled in the old Modica
Amine a Sud was one of our stops during our trip in Sicily. We spent 3 lovely nights in this cosy apartment, nestled in the old part of Modica. Luca Giannini, the owner, is as friendly as helpful and his advices and tips were of great value during our stay. Special thanks to amalia who welcomed us very warmly and suggested us some interesting places to visit all around.
Amine a Sud is located in the old and genuine part of Modica. You have breathtaking views on the city from almost all rooms. It is decorated with a lot of taste and the atmosphere is unbelievably charmful. It has an easy walking distance to all commodities and parking is possible on the main road up the hill, 300 meters away.
All in all, an absolute gem where we shall stay in during our next trip to Sicily!
It is a good place to recharge your batteries . The arrangement
Good location ,
Excellence in Wine Choice .
The Rooms are comfortable.
Next time will be The right place in which ask to my girl-friend to became my wife .
If you are in southeast Sicily, this is the place!
Just a wonderful place to stay to live and experience life in the beautiful town of Modica. The place has been restored with love and attention to detail, and is furnished with everything to make your holiday a special treat that you will likely remember for the rest of your life.
You have to be prepared to walk, and its best if steps are not an issue, then I highly recommend you stay here. Having wine at sunset with the view of the town is something quite special. You will wake every morning with a big grin on your face and pinch yourself that you are staying here.
Great food in town, or buy some fresh items and try your hand at cooking in the wonderfully furnished kitchen.
I want to go back!!!
Thank you Luca for sharing this special place.
The most beautiful appartment in a gorgeous, unspoilt town
This is a really beautiful appartment - small, but furnished very well with lots of artwork, extremely comfortable beds, and a small, but well appointed kitchen. The view is fantastic, and it is only 100+ steps up to a supermarket, butcher, and pasticceria; and 100+ down to the main street of Modica Bassa (but we could park quite closeby, up a mere 20 steps!). We stayed there in December, and had two gloriously sunny days, and one very wet one when we happily read in the appartment in between excursions into the town. Amalia met us as planned, late because our flight was delayed, and welcomed us with biscotti, chocolate and a basket of fruit, and lots of local advice on where to go and where to eat. Laura was an excellent guide to Siracusa - very enthusiastic and informative. We seemed to be the only tourists in Modica, and everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.
Una casa con un'anima
Abbiamo scoperto Modica, un paese che sembra sospeso nel tempo, l'abbiamo molto apprezzato. Il nostro soggiorno comunque non sarebbe stato lo stesso senza la casa.. Calda, curata nei dettagli, con personalità. Il letto era caldo e accogliente come la casa stessa.. Bellissima, non ci sono parole. Al piano di sopra protagonista 'oceano mare', il libro che ho più amato tra tutti quelli che ho letto. Un'atmosfera magica.. Che dire di più? Grazie!
Response from Luca Giannini - 12/14/2011
Cara Sonia grazie mille del bellissimo feedback, mi fa anche molto piacere imparare che condividiamo la medesima emozione per Oceano Mare. Buon proseguimento, Luca
Sjef and Marion
Anime a sud a superb place to stay
Already the warm welcome by amalia is a treat. She explains very patiently all the highlights of Modica and surroundings. She advised us a cooking class at Modicarte which was great! Also a walk with Lorenzo from Kalura was a very nice experience.
We stayed for two weeks but still were sad to leave.
The view from the house on Modica is great.
We really would like to come back as there is still so much left to see and explore.
Response from Luca Giannini - 12/01/2011
Dear Sjef and Marion
thank you so much for your beautiful feedback, me and Amalia were pleased to have you as guests in Anime a Sud, and of course we will be very happy to welcome you again next time you plan to come to Sicily.
All the best
We were pleasently surprised by the amazing view. The house is small but very comfortable. There are 2 bathrooms wich is very fine. The sanitairy is clean, the kitchen is wel equiped. The furniture is of good quality and tasfully aranged. But the view over Modica is the best. The only remark we have is the accessebility. The house can only be reached by foot. For us no problem, but for elderly people not very suitable. Overall it was a outstanding expierience, together with the city of Modica it is very much worth the stay.
Jane and Richard
Great base for discovering the south east part of Sicily
The welcome we received gave us all the background we needed to have a great time- good restaurants, places to go, how to get there, good shopping and daily living needs.
The apartment is well located close to the main street, with a fantastic view from the balconies.
The kitchen is well appointed for cooking and using some of the wonderful local produce.
A great experience we will not forget.
Raleigh North Carolina
Dont look anywhere else - just book this place
While I hesitate to let anyone else in on the secret, if you are looking for a perfect spot for romance, or just exploring southern Sicily, anime a sud is truly the "soul of the south", and a special treat in every respect.
Waking up every morning to the peel of the church bells, starting your day with pastry and the morning coming over the hills of Modica - pure heaven.
The rooms are spacious, bathrooms and kitchen well equipped; fun to cook at home but also fun (and great exercise, mind you) to walk up and down the streets of Modica discovering the great restaurants of the city.
Easy access to Syracuse, Agrigento, Noto, Ragusa and the beaches. Rent a small car (parking is at a premium) and enjoy.
Response from Luca Giannini - 10/27/2011
Dear Susan, thank you very much for your beautiful feedback and for your appreciation for Anime a Sud, it was also a pleasure to meet both of you in Rome and have dinner together...
I hope to welcome you again! All the best
Had a wonderful time while staying at "The Sud" - it has a beautiful view of Modica and a wonderful rooftop patio and balcony overlooking the city. My boyfriend and I cooked most of our meals at home and found a fantastic little butcher, and corner grocery just up a few flights of stairs from the apartment. The pictures of the apartment are lovely online, and it is even lovelier in person. A couple of things to note: you have to park your car about a 5 minute walk from the apartment as the alley is too narrow to drive directly to the unit. This walk was easy for us as we are fit, but it is hilly and steep, so my advice is to pack very light as you need to carry your suitcases from your car. Also recommend that you bring a watergun to fend off the cute kitty who wants to come into the kitchen when you are cooking. The kitty is adorable, but she's covered with fleas, so best not to invite inside! Modica is wonderful, and "The Sud" has everything you could need for a great vacation - lots of art books and mags to read, beautiful artwork, even a beach umbrella for a day at the beach! It's clean and very well kept. A couple of noteables: favourite beach was Marina de Modica (less people; great sandy beach and quiet); favourite restaurant was La Gazza Ladra; favourite chocolate: Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. We took a day trip to Valley of the Temples and it was incredible! Amalia was wonderful with her suggestions of cooking class and beaches to go to. She's a great help when you check in and was super friendly and responsive. Loved this location!!
Rick en Anneke
oldebroek the netherlands
a wonderful stay
We had a more than wonderful stay in anime a Sud for fourteen days and had the opportunity to visit the nice places of sicily.
We loved the house the details and the way it is taken care off in the old city
Not only the view at Modica but also the city itself and the people are making it for a verry pleasant stay
The cooking class at modicarte was a nice experience cooking with the italien family was like cooking with with your own family with lovely food
also many thanks to amalia for picking us up at the hospital the first day her telling of the things to do and the tastefull chocolate and pastries of modica verry kind.
So thanks for letting us stay at anime a Sud we will reccomand the place among our friends.
We had the pleasure of spending a week at anime a Sud in early July. We couldn't have chosen a more delightful place to stay. Luca attended to our every need prior to our arrival, and amalia greeted us when we got there, and armed us with loads of recommendations/tips to help get the most of our stay. Also there was a lovely basket of fruit, fresh drinks and other goodies waiting for us.. a very nice touch. The apartment itself is beautiful, artful, and loaded with amenities - we felt indulged! The town of Modica is charming, and a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of the baroque towns in the area. Luca was also very helpful in coordinating some activities for us while we were there. The cooking class at Modicarte with Maurizo and his wonderful family was a real highlight, and highly recommended! I wholeheartedly suggest you make anime a Sud (or Luca's new property, "Orta", scheduled to open next year) your lodging of choice when in Modica.
Nicolas & Lotte
Great experience for the value
My wife and I spent 2 nights and 2 days at anime a Sud in Modica Sicily, and we were enchanted. The flat, a tastefully-furnihed duplex with artistic touch and modern facilities is greatly located in the old town with a fantastic view at the town which you can enjoy from the balcony and from the roof-top terrasse. The owner Luca and his colleague amelia who takes care of the checkin/service on stay are extremely friendly and come across as very honest and kind persones. Was a true pleasure to stay there and enjoy city-walking and the good & cheap restaurants that are located nearby. Great experience for the value, in a fantastic region.
San Diego, Ca
Great base for exploring the baroque towns of southern Sicily!
Anime a Sud was as beautiful in real life as the pictures on the website. It was the perfect combination of practical comfort and artistic taste. The kitchen was equipped nicely for cooking meals when we were too tired to eat out.
The only caveat I would offer is that this is not the best choice for travellers who have lots of suitcases since the closest parking is behind San Giorgio church and there is a short walk to get to the apartment. But the walk is easy if you have carry on rolling luggage.
We used it as a base to explore Siracusa, Ragusa, ispica, Noto,, Scicli, and of course, beautiful Modica. We also enjoyed the beaches at Pozzallo, Marina di Modica, and Marina di Ragusa
Heather and Russ
San Francisco, CA
A jewel in Modica
Thank you Luca and amalia for making our stay at anime a Sud a highlight of our vacation in Sicily. Modica is in a perfect location to explore south-east Sicily, and anime a Sud is a jewel.
We appreciate the effort made to welcome our friends and family. Amalia was most helpful. The apartment is contemporary, well-appointed and elegant - the art, photographs and the views from the rooms, balcony and terrace will be with us forever.
We felt embraced in the heart of Modica, nested between Modica alta and Modica bassa, delighting in the daily culture, food, art and architecture. We will recommend anime a Sud to anyone who asks if we know a perfect place to stay in Sicily.
A Five Star Property. The best of all our stops in Sicily.
A lovely place to stay in every respect. The apartment itself is charming with lovely views. It is better than the the photos on the web site. A great deal of thought and planning has been put into making every need filled for the visitor. The kitchen is fully fitted. Salt, pepper, oil, vinegar and other necessary food items are available. The towels and sheets are first quality. Everything is spotlessly clean. Best of all, the decor is extremely tasteful and soothing. And everything worked--all the appliances, air conditioning, etc. The water was hot and plentiful in the showers. The washing machine was very welcome and there was a special rack for hanging clothes. We were met and walked to the apartment, given maps and all sorts of information to make our stay perfect. We had no trouble parking our car within a short walk of the apartment. I cannot imagine a nicer place to spend time in Modica, or anywhere for that matter. Definitely five stars all around.
Anime e Sud was the perfect base to explore eastern Sicily on all accounts - it is a charming and artistically decorated house set inside the hillside village of Modica. 7 adults stayed very comfortably in the very well furnished apartment. Even small touches like plush towels and high quality bedding/sheets added to the experience but the highlight is the amazing balcony view - always a joy to come home to and wake up to. Loved it! Recommend it for the location, the house itself, the balcony view and Sicily is awesome as well!
A unique place in a lovely city
We stayed for 12 days in this lovely apartment in the old upper town of Modica. Arriving was straight forward with the help of amalia. Despite not having a dedicated parking it was never a problem to find a parking space in the street nearby.
The welcome fruit basket and a selection of local sweets was a nice surprise and introduction to the local specialities and chocolate.
The location is great (only a 10 minute walk to the main street) and the views are fantastic over the whole city. Our 1 year old enjoyed looking at the views through the balcony door as well as the pictures of Pablo Picasso in the bathroom :-)
The private terrace on the second floor provided an excellent spot for the siesta.
When booking we were a bit concerned about how easy is it to get to and from the apartment with a pram, but at the end it was fairly straight forward to navigate the narrow streets and the few steps that were in the way.
The location, the views, the thoughtful furnishing and lovely decoration and artwork make this apartment unique.
Thank you Luca and amalia for a wonderful stay.
Susanne und Matthias
Picture perfect for 1 - 2 couples
I can only recommend the place. It is located in a quiet quarter of town with good infrastructure like a small supermarket, pharmacy etc. in walking distance. Descending to the center more shopping facilities like boutiques etc. will take 10 - 15 mins on foot by many beautiful staircases or probably 5 mins by car.
At first glance, we saw the photos on the internet were no fake, and we were stunned by the spectacular view of the city. After a few days we felt almost like home. What we remember is a place which has a very easy and relaxed way of being beautiful, comfortable and friendly to the environment at the same time.
the perfect spot
this is definately one of the most beautiful appartments i`ve ever seen and it`s surly the perfect romantic spot in an authentic sicilian village. the view, the location, the design and of course amalia and luca made this whole vacation so wonderful!
a chilling place
Very stylish place either for two or a family of four. It has a wonderful view from nearly every room and a marvelous roof top terrace. We had a very warm welcome, the flat was heated, music was playing and we had fruits and biscuits for a goody.
We had a wonderful vacation in anime a Sud, the place is special not only for the interior design but also for the strong attention to environmental details: they use only renewable energy, they reduce waste and they help you to respect the planet during your stay: a really amazing experience.
Thanks Luca & Amalia
It´s easy to describe anime a Sud and its managers: fantastic. I think it´s no possible to find another rental with this kind of service, care, cleariness, details and style, all in a stunning scenery which is Modica. All, beginning with the e- mail communication with Luca, the check in and amalia´s introduction, the courtesy handicraft biscuits and chocolate from Modica, the views, the village, the restaurants, the "modicani", the facilities of the house and, absolutely, the style and beauty of the house, become perfect.
We´ve never seen any hosts with this kind of treatment with their guests: friendly, confident, absolutely paid attention of any need you could have. Amalia waited for us a lot of time due the traffic jam, and got us to the restaurant she booked for us ("Osteria dei Sapori perduti": very recommended), sent us messages taking care we have slept well...
The only negative point I could make was the sicilians´crazy way of drive!! But this is part of the essence of Sicily, I fear.
I couldn´t imagine any better place to stay in Sicily, as the region is very beautiful, and I haven´t stayed in a more charming apartament (and we have stayed in several countries around Europe). We would like to thank Luca & Amalia for the lovely place they "have made" and to congratulate them for their work.
Response from Luca Giannini - 01/21/2011
Amalia and me are really grateful to all of you for your wonderful feedback, we could not ask for a better one. Your words truly help us to go ahead with what, before a work, is the passion of welcoming people from all over the world and to evoke special emotions in them. For me, I really hope to meet you in Sicily again or, why not, in your beautiful island.
All the best, Luca
Charme and relax!
Bellissimo appartamentino con vista spettacolare su Modica. Arredato con gusto, ci si sente a proprio agio fin da subito. Vi abbiamo trascorso 3 notti, fra cui quella del Capodanno: il terrazzino vista Modica e' stata la nostra location per un brindisi in compagnia di una coppia di amici. Due piccoli nei: i bagni non sono riscaldati e si parcheggia lungo la strada.
Beautiful Relaxing Vacation
The apartment is beautiful, very comfortable and we enjoyed many evenings on the terrace. Amalia was a wonderful host - she greeted us, showed us around the apartment and had many recommendations for things to do and see. We're light packers and having the laundry in the apartment was wonderful for us. There's also a full kitchen, but there were so many tasty and affordable restaurants in town we never cooked. The town of Modica is beautiful and the apartment has a view over it all. It's also located an easy drive to many sites in Sicily. Our week here was enjoyable and restful. Would definitely recommend.
L'opera d'arte di Luca
Ogni viaggio e luogo è accompagnato da immaginazioni e e aspettative.
Conoscendomi e avendo conosciuto Luca le mie erano piuttosto alte ma, giungere qui vuol dire superarle davvero tutte.Nulla è lasciato al caso, tranne l'emozione dell'arrivo e la malinconia della partenza.Ogni dettaglio è pensato e creato da quell'artista qual'è Luca che in ogni angolo della casa riesce a lasciare tracce di sè, della sua professionalità e ricercata ospitalità.Una delle sue opere d'arte è di sicuro questa casa,incorniciata dal fascino d'altri tempi di Modica e e custodita dall'intraprendenza e cortesia di amalia , le cui premurose attenzioni vi vizieranno di certo. E se vi porterete a casa il ricordo di quei gradini è solo perchè conducono in Paradiso.
Anime a Sud è in fondo il luogo dei sogni di tutti noi..Che fortuna scoprirlo e tornarci.
Dr. and Mrs. Brian Egan
Modica is wonderful.
In early November my husband and I along with another couple stayed at anime a Sud for a wonderful week.
Modica is a fascinating place to visit and the anime a Sud was a delightful home for us. Everything we needed was available and plenty of room for the four of us. The views from the rooftop terrace are lovely. We found plenty to do in Modica: wonderful churches to visit, along with many interesting shops and several good restaurants. We only used our auto for day trips to some of the other wonderful baroque cities nearby, but while we were in Modica we could get around easily on foot which gave us an opportunity to experience living in this ancient hill town. We enjoyed our visit and would recommend both the city and especially the splendid anime a Sud. If you want to experience the charm, the history, the beauty of Sicily, you will find anime a Sud a wonderful home away.
David & Elizabeth
Albany, Western Australia
A wonderful experience
Three weeks in wonderful Modica and the delightful anime a Sud. Time to relax and experience the environment and the very friendly locals. The accommodation provided a range of spaces - all beautifully decorated.
It's such a treasure, do I really want others to discover it?
We had a magical say in this wonderful apartment. it was exactly as described on the site. Well equipped, beautiful views, clean, romantic, great quality beds, bedding etc. The apartment is a great combination of old and contemporary...A stylish, wonderful apartment which reflects Sicily for me... A great welcome, warm people, and loads of class!
Dreamy honeymoon location
Modica is a beautiful town which appeared medieval at first sight. Therefore it was all the more surprising to find the apartment so modern and comfortable. Yet it is true to the town's atmosphere, beautifully decorated with artwork by the owner. The view from the terrace is magnificent. We were given a very warm welcome with chocolates and other treats from Modica and because we were on a honeymoon, some romantic touches were made to the apartment. We enjoyed our stay to the fullest and we heartily recommend anime a Sud to everyone. Thank you for making our honeymoon so wonderful.
Da tempo desideravamo visitare questa zona della Sicilia e devo dire che il viaggio ha mantenuto le aspettative: arte e storia, ottimo cibo, splendida gente. La scelta di alloggiare a Modica si è rivelata perfetta: comoda per le visite nella zona, non lontana dal mare, con tutti i servizi a portata di mano e piena di vita. Soggiornare ad "Anime a Sud" è stata la ciliegina sulla torta: un bellissimo appartamento su due piani con tanto spazio per 4 persone, arredato con grande gusto e funzionalità, con tutte le comodità, arricchito dalle opere del proprietario-artista e con una vista mozzafiato sulla città. L'organizzazione perfetta e la calorosa accoglienza e disponibilità della competentissima amalia sono stati il valore aggiunto alla nostra scelta. Ogni mattina era un piccolo dolore lasciare la casa per andare alla scoperta del territorio, che si è rivelato meraviglioso e ricco di sorprese: una settimana non è bastata per visitare tutto ciò che volevamo, nonostante le nostre giornate fossero pienissime. Che dire, mi sa che dovremo tornare, e già adesso non vediamo l'ora! Un grazie di cuore a Luca ed amalia per le attenzioni e la cortesia. A presto, speriamo!
A unique apartment/house overlooking Modica.
An excellent base to visit the Baroque towns of southern Sicily, not too far from the beach and 175 steps to a number of different resturants
Two New Yorkers
New York City
fantastic house, fantastic town!
This is an absolutely gorgeous totally renovated old stone house, incredibly tasteful decor and full of the owner's wonderful art. The view is spectacular, with a balcony and roof terrace, good amenities (but no dishwasher!) and an excellent location in the wonderful city of Modica. The house is extremely comfortable and ideal for 2-4 people. Modica is probably the best of the towns in the Southeast of Sicily to stay in. We've rented houses all around the world and this is one of the best - and very good value.
Eric et Isabelle (Belgique)
Une maison idÃ©ale en Sicile profonde
Dans Modica alta, la maison super-confortable, l'accueil d'Amalia sympathique et personnalisÃ©, l'atmosphÃ¨re du quartier trÃ¨s authentique, la vue depuis la terrasse Ã©poustouflante... tous les ingrÃ©dien
Robina Greg Ingrid Maurice
amazing place to stay
After getting lost and amalia having to find us.Upon arrival at the apartment we were greeted with a bottle of wine. Chocolates and biscuits made in Modica . Amalia showed us all around the apartment and gave us great advice on what sites to see in the area and places to eat at night She also rang the next day to see how we were going and if every thing was ok .We were very touched by her hospitality .The apartment was just beautiful just like the photos .We loved all the original art work around the place done by Luca and he definitely has a flare for decorating.The view from roof terrace was amazing especially at night looking over the old town sipping a glass of wine .We stayed for just 3 days but would have loved to stay longer in this wonderful place .If you have a car, parking in the public car area can be an issue if no spots are left lucky for us that wasn't an issue.Modica is a great location for visiting surrounding towns in the south of Sicily.Would recommend anime a Sud to any one.
Wonderful apartment in beautiful location.
exceptional apartment, beautifully furnished with taste and style, clean, well equipped and very comfortable. greeted by amalia who was very helpful and informative. city is magical even with all the steps! it was a really enjoyable stay and we would highly rate this property for any traveller.
Cheryl & Margaret, Australia
Armidale, NSW, Australia
We loved this place - Didn't want to leave.
Anime a Sud was everything on the website and more. Luca met us at the airport in Rome which was fabulous.We spent 10 days in Modica and still weren't ready to leave. We arrived in Modica, it was my first day driving in Europe, and the roads were "fun". Amalia met us and led us to the house. Our welcome was unexpected, gorgeous bowl of fruit, chocolates, local pastries and wine, as well as the basics to save us going out on the first day. We loved the house and ran around oohing and ahhing at the views, the artworks and the fabulous terrace. The evening with the turning on of the golden lights of the city never ceased to amaze us, we were entranced. Coming home after being out for the day was always the best part of the day. The kitchen was well set up and we enjoyed preparing our own meals. The house is a little distance from the parking and carting heavy luggage is not advisable! Walking down town entails a number of steps, so probably not suitable for anyone who is not fully mobile. I would love to go back and spend a month. Luca has put a lot of thought into this place and it's an absolute joy. There are so many interesting sites in this area and we didn't do justice to half of them, so a return visit is on the cards. I endorse the comments of the other more eloquent reviews!
Susanne & Roland
An extraordinary place to stay and enjoy life! Fantastic!
The accommodation exceeded our expectations in everyway.
We congratulate the owner to the exceptional concept of living, it makes you feel being even more like home.
The combination of art and ecology is fascinating and well done. Everything was perfect - we missed nothing! A very well organized library with a lot of information about the region of Ragusa helped us to find all the lovely places you have to be. The welcome and the introduction of the person in charge concerning the appartment and region itself was very helpful - a service which is not naturally. It would be marvelous to find more place like anime Sud all over the world.
A&A in Atlanta
Charming, Comfortable and Incredible Views
I can not say enough good things about anime a Sud and its surroundings. My husband and I stayed here a week in May and we enjoyed every minute... Each day we made a day trip to a different city (Noto, Ragusa, Scili Saracusa, and beaches) and the area has so much to offer. Modica itself is a nice place for dinner each night or if you feel like cooking, the apartment is very well equipped, The apartment is charming , elegant and most importantly very very clean. Our stay exceeded our expectations in everyway. This is a terrific value for a couple or small family (or two couples), I can't say enough good things about the area and the accomadations, and highly recommend it.
Wonderful hideaway in Modica
We knew that we wanted to get away from it all and explore the South
Eastern side of Sicily, and we were looking for a special place to stay. We
definitely found it in Anime a Sud. The owner, and artist, Luca Giannini has
done a beautiful restoration of the property which sits on the hillside and
has incredible views of the famous Baroque Church of San Giorgio. Each
evening we sat outside on the terrace enjoying the view of San Giorgio and
the city below.
The apartment feels like a deluxe boutique hotel, but with all the comforts
of home. The furnishings and bedding are comfortable and well chosen.
The kitchen is well outfitted for cooking just about anything, and you have
access to wi-fi and a printer (which proved helpful to us during our stay).
Upon arrival you are met by Amalia who will show you where to park and
then take you to Anime and walk you through everything you need to know
about the apartment and the area. Amalia really made our stay special. She
was helpful and professional and ready to answer questions about what to
see and where to go in the surrounding area.
We loved staying in Ragusa which is off the beaten tourist track and full of
Baroque treasures, and a good jumping off point for seeing Siracusa,
Agrigento, etc. We recommend Anime a Sud for families or couples seeking
a place that is tasteful, modern and comfortable.
Marcus & Uta
Great place - great people
Anime a Sud is a beautiful place to spend a perfect time in Modica and the south-east of Sicily. Especially the very warm welcome and support needs to be mentioned. Danke+mille grazie per tutto.
Lovely place for a lovely holiday!
Anime a Sud is a splendid apartment, greatly furnished and offering all possible comforts: there’s a well equipped kitchen, air conditioning/heater, two gorgeous bathrooms with shower, a TV set and CD player… there’s even a washing machine and the landlord provides washing powder!!
The place where the house is located, within the oldest and loveliest part of Modica, is really amazing: the view you enjoy from the dining room window literally takes your breath away and it’s one that you will not easily forget.
As you can see from the plan published on their website, the apartment is on two levels - the two bedrooms are one lovelier than the other and everything in the house is brand new, modern and of very good taste. There’s also a terrace where you can sit, relax and enjoy the view over the famous roofs of Modica. Moreover, the welcome you receive from the owner and his assistant is fantastic: they give you plenty of information on things to see and do / places to eat or shop, and are always available for help should you need any.
Modica is the perfect place to start off to a series of great visits: from tiny historical villages like Scicli to romantic beaches which lay only 19 km away (30 mts by car). Roads are in a good state there’s no problem driving around.
We stayed there for a week in September 2009 and have been dreaming of going back since: it’s a place to stay I really recommend and very good value for money too.
FULVIA, MILANO, ITALY