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Luxury Country Hotel Torre Del Cozzoverro, Sicily

This sunny eighteenth-century country estate is located at the heart of baroque Sicily, and recently expertly renovated. The typical local carob plants, fields of grain, ancient olive, citrus and almond trees and wonderfully scented jasmine surround it.

The luxury Sicilian estate with Arab influences consists of a residential building and an adjacent watchtower. The residential rooms are very spacious, decorated in a comfortable country house style. Exposed ceiling beams, delightful majolica tiles from Caltagirone, an imposing fireplace in the spacious living room with a gallery, wrought-iron beds and warm terracotta tones in tiles, materials and pictures emphasise the tasteful rustic character of this charming refuge.

The luxury Sicilian villa ensures its guests’ privacy through its hidden location. It offers two swimming pools, both situated in the sheltered and stylishly furnished Mediterranean courtyard. The larger pool is equipped with water massage jets and surrounded by a wooden terrace.

Guests who prefer the beach can drive to the clear blue sea at Vendicari, 16 km away; and those who prefer a leisurely stroll are best off in the affluent town of Modica – baroque world cultural heritage – situated on a hill in the southwest of the island with its own train link. The town dates back to various colonisation attempts by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Arabs. There is plenty to discover here and in the surrounding area, be it the countryside with its wild ravines, the imposing baroque architecture, the church of San Giorgio with its 250 steps or the many traditional local festivals in spring and summer.

Baroque style and chocolate match perfectly together and make the irresistible appeal of Modica, a charming city that is 15 km far from Ragusa that is divided in two expanses: Modica Alta and Modica Bassa. This town is nestled between two valleys and on Pizzo’s hill – a harmony of churches, palaces and buildings of the eighteenth century overlooking narrow, tiny streets and squares. The most extraordinary example is the Saint George’s Cathedral, that belongs to the properties patronized from the UNESCO,  that faces a stairway of 160 steps. But Modica is also famous thanks to its chocolate that has been made since the eighteenth century by using the cold working process. When this chocolate is amalgamated with vanilla, cinnamon or hot pepper, it is an irresistible temptation.

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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May 4, 2012 | Italy Sicily Travel | View comments

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