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“Ostriches and excellence” 5 of 5 stars
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Agriturismo Leone
Contrada Testa dell'Acqua, 96017 Noto, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Noto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Ostriches and excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

We had an excellent six days with Corrado and Laura at the Leone. This is a farm that sits within an hour's drive of Ragusa, Modica, Sciccli, Noto and Syracuse. The road is relatively easy to find and not especially narrow. You will need to be comfortable with driving in Siciilan country lanes to make the most of the area but it's not a major issue. We found the faster local drivers considerate of our slow progress. The accomodation at the farm consists of spacious rooms with large bathrooms. There is also a communal room and at least one bedroom has good disabled access.
The value is excellent. The six course dinner takes over two hours and is all grown on the farm or locally. It consisted of antipasti[ at least six dishes], pasta, meat course, fruit, dessert, wine, water and liqueur, currently for 19 euros a head on top of the £70 euros cost of B&B for 2.
The farm sits around 1500 feet above the surrounding plains and this gives the air a welcome fresh feel. We also visited the Jolly Bar in the nearby village of Testa de Acqua, where, despite our limited Italian, we were made very welcome by the locals. This village has a few basic shops to cover most needs.
The owners are great hosts despite having to fit in a lot of farming during the day. Neither speak much English but make the most of their growing vocabulary. The dining room is an enjoyable experience - the website is a true reflection of the reality too. Go in spring and it's like driving through a botanical garden. Visit the villages like Ferma, Akrai and Buschemi as well as the larger baroque towns

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I have been to Agriturismo Leone just for lunch. It was far the best genuine meal I have had in Sicilia. I just loved it! Antipasti + primo piatto + secondo piatto + fruit + dessert (the best canoli ever) + wine+ water + expresso for 22 Euros. Corrado was lovely and very attentive. The whole meal, which took 3 hours was a lovely and interesting experience. I will come back to spend more time, maybe working in the farm.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

We began our first four days of our honeymoon with Laura and Corrado. It was so difficult to say good bye! We don't speak any Italian but they were able to make their guests feel like family despite the language barrier. We are both chefs in a 5 star hotel and this was HEAVEN! The farm is busy sunrise to sunset but Laura and Corrado still find time to arrange their day to show their guests as little or as much as you are interested in learning.

The countryside is serene and the surrounding areas abound with history and sites to see. Gorgeous beaches are an easy car trip away. The breathtaking drive down to Noto leads to great restaurants, pastries(!) and an adorable city to explore.

Our next trip to Sicily will definitely include more time spent with Laura and Corrado :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Contrada Testa dell'Acqua, 96017 Noto, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Noto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Noto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In an area of Sicily embellished by 10 sites Unesco patrimony, 590 meters high, the Farmhouse Leone offers an authentic experience for you: immerse yourself into the everyday life of a working farm of a family run business. Living alongside the family you will feel the welcoming atmosphere of a typical Sicilian family, taste some ancient wonderful recipes and food "a km zero" (local specialties), also discover the secrets of wine making, explore the gardens and lands of olive trees, carob trees, wheat, orchards, learn the techniques of preparation of ricotta cheese. You will enjoy the home comforts, be well taken care of and looked after in relaxing surroundings, given lots of attention and also be able to enjoy excursions in Sicily. ... more   less 
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