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Giardino di Sicilia
Conroe, Texas
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

We loved this place. Margherita and her family make the experience in Sicily what is what meant to be. They have a lovely quiet location for you at the end of a long day. They are more than happy to help you with any information you need to go and see the best of the area. Then when you come 'home' you will enjoy the wonderful meals that Margherita cooks ! It is the best kept secret in Italy! We ate there every night and were so pleased with everything ! Come and enjoy what this family brings to you from their country!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

Giardino di Sicilia was excellent. The views were lovely. The 'igloo' we stayed in was really comfortable and the shower was great. And the food! Margherita is a wonderful cook and her husband and sons treated us very well. I would thoroughly recommend this place to anyone. Fantastic.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

I was a guest at Giardino di Sicilia in Sant' Agata Militello for a week in May 2010. I was there to improve my Italian, learn a little about Sicily and Sicilian culture, visit with family that lives nearby and to get out of the Seattle rain. My visit accomplished all of that and more. I give Giardino di Sicilia my highest recommendation.

Giardino di Sicilia is situated on a hill overlooking Sant' Agata with a 180 degree view to the north of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands. The land has been in the family of Margherita Calderone, the proprietor, for centuries. The year-round mild climate supports citrus and olive orchards, vegetable gardens and grazing. The climate and geography was as one might imagine Southern California looked like before all the people and all their money showed up.

I arranged for daily private language instruction. Margherita provided the instruction using material selected from standardized Italian language instructional texts. I arrived with a rudimentary but rusty knowledge of Italian. Margherita tailored my instruction to my capabilities. A small building served as my classroom for classes that lasted between two and three hours a day. My instruction continued even when not in class because all of my conversations during the day with Margherita and her family were in Italian. After a few days I found myself again thinking and dreaming in Italian.

My stay included three meals a day. They served a buffet style continental breakfast (colazione) that included pasteries, breads, local cheese, fruits, juices and, of course, coffee. I was their only guest for lunch (pranzo) which I ate with Margherita, her husband and sons. For Italian families the pranzo is typically the largest meal of the day. Dinner began around 7:30 and always included an antipasto served cold, a primo that was usually a pasta prepared according to various regional recipies, a secondo of meat or fish served with a vegetable or salad contorno and finally a dolce. It sounds like a lot of food. It was. The available wine included several excellent Sicilian-produced DOCG reds.

Cooking in southern Italy generally relies less on intense spices and complicated sauces and more on the use of the freshest highest quality ingredients currently available. The Sicilians add a subtle Arab influence with excellent results. I cannot say enough about the quality of the food. Words like 'fantastic', 'excellent', 'gourmet' or 'world-class' do not do justice to the quality of the meals. Margherita even tried to teach me to cook two typically Sicilian dishes -- Caponata Sicliana and Pasta Cu Broculu (pasta with cauliflower).

Lodging is in these unusual pod-like terracotta and masonry bungalows. The design supposedly evokes the idea of a Sicilian haystacks (pagliai), but to me seem more like the trulli of Puglia than a haystack. The rooms have private baths, are quiet, are cleaned daily, have windows that open and plumbing that works great. (The Italians figured out how to manage water a long time ago and have not forgotten. They should take it upon themselves to teach the rest of the world.)

From its location on the northern coast of Sicily about halfway between Palermo and Messina, Giardino di Sicilia is a convenient place to explore northern Sicily. Sant' Agata has about 13,000 inhabitants and way more expensive clothing stores than seems warranted. As seems to be true in all of Italy most of the short and narrow streets are marked by a distinct lack of street name signs. Your GPS will be useless. Fortunately, because the town has the sea on one side it is difficult to get too lost. (And why is it that all Italian towns seem to have plenty of signs pointing the way to 'Il Centro' but none showing the way out? Maybe they don't want us to leave?)

To the south are the Nebrodi Mountains and the Nebrodi National Park. A recently opened 'Adventure Park' offers high-energy outdoor activities including climbing and zip lines. The town of Cefalù is about 40 kilometers to the west. It is worth the trip.
I arrived at Giardino di Sicilia by rented car from Palermo. Driving in Italy is always an adventure. Driving in Palermo is about as close to an adrenalin rush as I want to be while behind the wheel. Traffic laws there seem at best advisory and, for those on those little motos, ignored. Fortunately they all seem to be excellent drivers. Perhaps a result of natural selection.

If you haven't experienced Sicily you should. Giardino di Sicilia is an excellent place to start.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

We loved this place! Margherita and her family were extremely welcoming and very helpful. Margherita recommended some day trips for us and they were all truely wonderful.

We had dinner there one night and the foods was excellent (as were all the breakfasts).

Also, you can buy lovely soaps and jams - homemade from their own fruit and olive trees!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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swalmen
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

Our stay at he Bed & Breakfast of Margeritha and Reginaldo was wonderful. The B&B is situated in a beautiful garden in the countryside. Great views!
Margeritha and Reginaldo are the most friendly people, who make you feel at home right away. They speak English and German, wich was also very conveniened for us.
Margeritha is also a super cook! We ate the most lovely Sicilian/Italian dishes during our stay. Also the breakfast was more extended as usual in Italy (not just cofee with bread and marmelade).
The rooms are situated in iglo-like houses, with great beds and enough space for your luggage.
I would love to go back there some time to get Italian lessons or cooking lessons from Margeritha.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 10, 2010

Spend here four days. Bed and breakfast is on a hill close to sant agata. Beautiful rooms and a great view on the coast!!

Hosts are very kind and serve lovely meals everey night!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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's-Hertogenbosch
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

We stayed at Giardino de Sicilia in october (11 untill 12)
It was great!
The showers and beds are the best in whole Sicily.
The breakfast was amazing, the same as the view!
Margheritta and her husband are helpfull and very friendly.

We would recommend everyone to go there.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Giardino di Sicilia
Address: Contrada Contura, 98076 Sant'Agata di Militello, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Sant'Agata di Militello
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Sant'Agata di Militello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Giardino di Sicilia 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garden OF Sicily is situated in the beautiful hills on the northern part of Sicily. It is about 8 km from Nebrodi natural Park and only 4 km from the sea town of Sant'Agata Militello. We are immersed in an age-old olive grove; from every angle one can enjoy a marvelous sea view and the sight of the beautiful Aeolian Islands. The scents of lemon blossom, jasmine and wild flowers continually warm our senses. ... more   less 
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