In May 2016, a meeting between souls alike took place in Tenuta Borgia, on the western side of Pantelleria. Baroness Rosa Maria Borgia Collice, owner and creative brains of the property; Sergio, the manager; and Viktor and Henrik, founders of the creative agency Wavy, who came from the North with a specific task…
If ice-cream had healing properties, we would choose to cure our pains with delicate white almond ice-cream, black chocolate and fresh cardamom dessert cubes and cannolos filled with chocolate cream. Antica Dolceria del Corso (Umberto I, Modica) would be where we would go for our prescriptions. It has the look of an old-fashion pharmacy, with dark wooden glass display cabinets, clear floor and dim light, in the picturesque setting of Modica. “Our chocolate is used to our temperature”. They told us as they stocked us up with hand-made chocolate bars for our road trip to the South of Sicily.
You sit at one of Manna’s tables, your soul gratified by Noto’s baroque charm. Here, Sicilian aesthetic and culinary traditions meet contemporary aesthetic and culinary codes in a delicate, as well as eclectic, bistro. Design and vintage elements, along with local artisanship wonders, follow one another in the airy rooms of a building in the old town centre and create a harmonic whole that is a feast for the eye. Millet and broccoli rissole, bowls of octopus, rice pies, ricotta tarts and cinnamon ice cream will please your senses of taste and smell. When dinner ends and you linger among the palaces, edged with cream-coloured coils, you will realize once again how splendid, rich and unique the extreme South of Italy is.
by Emily Nathan
We aren’t always after the sunniest, bluest sky or the perfectly sculpted still life. Rarely do I get to join forces with my colleagues with the sole purpose of capturing something else, something less than perfect, but, perhaps, more beautiful…
Pantelleria is like a tiny fragment of Italy dropped afar. Its location gives it a special exotic feel: by latitude and longitude it sits closer to Africa than to us. The strong winds and the rugged and wild landscape scare away the less inspired travellers but its charm welcomes poets, artists and dreamers and entices them to come back over and over again. For some of them, Monastero is the ideal retreat: an intimate and elegant resort where to indulge in simple luxury. Set between the rocks and the sky, Monastero adapts to the nature of the island and enhances its beauty.
“Talìa” is the Sicilian word for “Look!” and that’s what we would say to our friends welcoming them in the garden of this property. From here, you can see the historical centre of Modica resembling a scene from the Nativity and waiting only to be admired. In Casa Talìa each room has its own terrace and is built on different natural levels of the ground. All rooms are set around the central courtyard in a structure that reminds of a Moroccan riad and that celebrates privacy and sharing. Citrus smell, tradition and peace: your oasis in the Mediterranean.