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“A slice of nature perched above Modica” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Talia
Via Exaudinos, 1/9, 97015 Modica, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #23 of 49 Modica B&B and Inns
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“A slice of nature perched above Modica”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

We had two evenings at Talia, we wished we had more. Talia is situated above the main street in Modica (Umberto Uno) and gives you a wonderful view of the city. We had a great time just sitting on the patio looking out over the city watching the cars snaking up and down the roads and watching as people went about their days. You are a short walk (maybe 3 minutes going down the stairs, 5 minutes going back up) from the main part of town with plenty of shopping and some very good restaurants. With respect to the stairs, this is not a place for those who have difficulty with stairs or steep streets.

Talia itself is a collection of 'small houses' (bedroom and bathroom) each with a private area overlooking the city. Our room was clean and well organized. The AC worked very well though we had trouble with the wireless internet. The common areas are well landscaped and invite you to sit back and relax. Breakfast in the main garden area was very good and a great way to start the day. This is a very good base to explore Modica and go farther afield since you are rather close to the main highway. You may want to pack a set of ear plugs as the town's church bells can be quite loud.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2008

as i prepare for our next trip (northern spain) i am reminded of our most recent trip to sicily and how much we loved it. one of the absolute highlights of this trip was staying in modica at the casa talia. i can't stop thinking about our beautiful room (actually a tiny stone house with just a bedroom and bathroom) with an incredible little garden overlooking the unbelievably gorgeous and wonderful town of modica. i keep worrying that our trip to spain can't possibly be nearly as nice! :)

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2008

My husband and I spent three nights at the Hotel Talia in mid May of 2008. Located at the edge of a hill on one side of a narrow valley high above Modica, the hotel has stunning views across the valley to the old town with its beautiful baroque buildings. The view at night when the buildings are lit is stunning. The walk from the hotel down into town is surprisingly short, only ten minutes or less.

The hotel itself consists of about 5 or 6 renovated homes. The sleeping rooms vary in design and décor. Some are rather small, so ask for one of the larger ones. All have a terrace or access to the private garden overlooking the view.

The owners, Marco and Viviana, are architects from Milan who live in an adjacent building with their charming toddler, Matteo. Most of our contact was with Marco who speaks English well. He was helpful in recommending restaurants, picking us up at the train station and arranging for a car and driver to take us to see the sights in the area.

Breakfast was very a special meal of delicious homemade cereal, a warm tart and fruit. When the weather cooperates, it is served in the garden outside the breakfast room.

  • Liked — View
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2008

This is a small B&B owned and run by two architects who designed the rooms.

Finding the Casa was no small feat. The directions on the Casa's website were pretty vague and it we couldn't find an atlas with the streets of Modica labeled.

The atlas worked for getting us to Modica, but to find the Casa, we used the assistance of a kind stranger who we had asked for directions. She said that we'd never find it and she would help. She spent the next hour driving us up and down the streets of Modica in search of our B&B, soliciting help from more locals along the way. Finally we found it with her help and with a call to the owner, but it was not simple.

Getting back to the Casa itself, I would say that in terms of looks, it was the prettiest place we stayed in Sicily. The views were amazing. They had terraces for us to use. The rooms were absolutely stunning. Everything was very modern and designed really flawlessly (except for noise - see below).

And the breakfast was splendid. We had many great breakfasts on our trip and this one was one of the best.

The only thing I didn't like about Casa Talia was that our room and the room next to us were basically one building carved out of the hillside. The rooms were seperated by a wall. Each time our neighbors flushed the toilet, it sounded like the whole building was toppling in. And when the neighbors came in and out of their front door it made so much noise, it sounded as if they were entering our room (and not in a quiet way). (I think they need to add some sort of soundproofing between the rooms because I really think our neighbors were not loud, but they seemed
loud based on the acoustics.)

So I would stay at Casa Talia again, but with reservations (and in a different room than the one we had (Il Cedro) becuase we really didn't get the greatest sleep owing to the noise (and we are New Yorkers, so we are used to some noise).

  • Liked — the beauty of the room and the amazing views
  • Disliked — the noise
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

Casa Talia is indeed in a beautiful setting. But the Cedro room we had was very small as was the bathroom. As others have warned, you will have to call to have the owner help you carry your luggage up several flights of stairs, which could be a problem for some people.

For a B&B, the gentleman owner was polite, but we didn't receive a warm welcome, as we had in Syracuse and in Rome. Breakfast was nice, on a grassy area with very nice views. Any time we requested something from the owner, we felt as if we were intruding on his other work.

For a first visit to Italy, some guests may feel enchanted because the hotel setting is a delight. But we'll try some of the newer boutique hotels in town for our next visit. Modica is superb. We highly recommend the Enoteca Sapori Doc Wine Bar. Gabriella was so helpful and enthusiastic (she doesn't speak English but if you speak Italian at all, she's very engaging), and the Osteria di Sapori Perduti was also fun, with all the locals. Sundays are a delight, as the locals take their Sunday stroll in their fine attire. The people in Modica were very warm and friendly.

  • Liked — Views from the terrace
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2007

I found Talia when doing a lot of internet research for our one month trip to Sicily. Didn't know if we would get to Modica but I kept the info. We decided to go to Modica becasue I had heard it was one of the less traveled of the World Hertitage Baroque cities. We arrived by train, walked into town to tourist offfice, asked for places, got some suggestions, I remembered my paper, showed it to very helpful clerk, who said "oh yes that is the nicest place in town" We'd already been impressed with the town and were up for a special place. She called, they had a room, and Marco, the owner, drove down to pick us up. What a wonderful place it was. Just 4 rooms (more to follow) done by a Milano moved to Modica architect family who bought several abandoned hillside connected dwellings and turn the site into an oasis of stone rooms, gardens, tasefull and clever decor, big b'fast room with eligant b'fast spread. The first time we walked down into town we took careful notes of the path thru tiny streets with twists and turns. Modica is a beautiful town/city spread out on what was once the banks of a river now the main street . From the Talia you look down into the town and up to the opposite side with churches and bells and lights at night. Truely a great find for us and at 125e not all that expensive for the experience. Wine Bar Osteria on the main steet. near tourist office. friendly woman, willing to help with no common language. Restaurant : Osteria Pozzo del Pruni , Vico Napolitano 18 side street off Umberto. Very eligant but simple decor, old photos in stone arched room, newly opened, not many diners, we ate there twice in 4 days.

  • Liked — Unique spaces; green lush garden, view
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2007

When we planned our trip to Sicily I feared this might be the least succesful part of the itinerary from the children's point of view (aged 7 and 4) - very much a city stay and as we knew there was no pool and we would be some drive from any beach. In fact when the children recall their holiday - their stay at Casa Talia (together with the sight of Mt Etna erupting) is the highlight of the trip. If you like small, chic, one off places to stay this hotel is wonderful. We heard about it from i-escape.com and I would really recommend them for thorough reviews and indeed many other good recommendations around the world.

Among many wonderful memories: We had taken the children out for pizza supper one evening and were returning up the hundreds of steps to Casa Talia when the heavens opened - an absolute downpour. We finally got to our rooms very late and completely drenched (the children thought this was hysterical) when shortly after there was a knock at the door. We opened it to find Viviana holding a tray with hot coffee, chocolate and tea to help warm us up. This never appeared on our bill and hopefully demonstrates the warm welcome and charming approach of Marco and Viviana to their guests.

Stayed October 2006
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Address: Via Exaudinos, 1/9, 97015 Modica, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Ragusa > Modica
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Ranked #23 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Modica
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Number of rooms: 6
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