Kimiyá, an Arab word for “alchemy”, is a charming early 1900s house with a breathtaking view over Modica. Located in a quiet corner of the historic centre near the Cathedral of San Giorgio, it has an eclectic spirit and evokes present and past atmospheres which make it a unique refuge for writers, artists and dreamers in search of a Sicily made up of silences, emotions and horizons.

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CASA KIMIYA’

Upon entering Casa Kimiyà you will find yourself magically suspended amongst the roofs and lights of Modica. The light filled internal spaces, spread across two levels, are a harmonious combination of salvaged furniture, contemporary works of art and traditional architectural features. On the first level, you will find the first double bedroom, characterised by ancient sicilian maiolicas, a bathroom, a living-kitchen area with a selection of Sicilian wines and a panoramic balcony where you can await the sunset whilst tasting a glass of aromatic Sicilian wine and admire the town as it transforms into a myriad of lights. Via the internal staircase – in black natural stone “pietra pece”– passing beneath the original front door which has been transformed into a work of art, you reach the upper level which houses the second double bedroom with bathroom, a panoramic terrace and a corner area for the little ones, equipped with a futon, drawing materials and books on arts and the environment. On the terrace of casa kimiyà, you can sunbathe or dine under the stars as your gaze embraces the entire historic center and the rocks of the valley, spanning from the ancient Jewish district of “Cartellone” to the scenographic Cathedral of San Giorgio up to the Castle of the Counts.

SUSTAINABILITY
100% electric supply from renewable sources, ecological epoxy resin floors, natural paints, heat pump air conditioning system, led lighting, water flow reducers, re-used furniture, Ecolabel refill body soap and shampoo
ART
The artworks showcased inside the property are by artist and owner Luca Giannini e are available on sale.
Info: + 39 3389275393 – info@lucagiannini.it –  www.lucagiannini.it

LOCATION

Casa Kimiyà is located in the upper part of the historic center of Modica near the Cathedral of San Giorgio, a masterpiece of the 18th-century baroque art. In the surrounding area you can find cafes, restaurants and grocery stores. Discover the charme of the city walking up and down its alleys and staircases, admiring its hidden corners and scenic views, amidst noble palaces, ancient churches and stone courtyards pervaded by the scent of jasmine. Enjoy the pleasure of slowness entering the old artisan shops, visiting the renowed chocolate ateliers and sitting at the table of a cafè for a granita with brioche.

How to arrive at Casa Kimiyà
– nearest airports: Comiso Pio La Torre (42 km), Catania Fontanarossa (125 km)
– from Catania airport to Modica: by bus with Etna Trasporti (1h45′)
– by car: free on street parking on Corso San Giorgio and Corso F. Crispi (5′ walk from the house)
– airport transfer service: available on request

Itinerary Syracuse + Modica
If you are planning an itinerary through the South-East of Sicily and would love to split your stay between our homes in Syracuse and in Modica, you can consider taking the train connecting the two towns across the beautiful countryside of the Noto Valley (1h 40′). Alternatively by car it’s about 1 hour drive (mainly highway). In any case we will be happy to help you with your travel plans.

ACCOMODATION

Reception & service
– open all year round
– our staff will welcome you in person (check-in from 15 to 20, check-out by 10)
– late check-in always available with extra price, late check-out available on request
– towel change every 3 days, bed sheet change and room cleaning every week

Facilities & amenities
– Air-conditioning and heating
– Wi-Fi, Hi-Fi, TV-sat, books
– fully equipped kitchen
– wine cellar
– washing machine, ironing board, iron
– body soap and shampoo, hairdryer
– linen and towels, memory-foam mattresses

Accessibility
– step-free access not available

Policy
– parties are not permitted
– smoking is strictly forbidden and pets are not allowed

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THE SOUL OF CASA KIMIYA’

“Can a landscape have a moral value? Something which distinguishes it from any other places, not in simply physical terms, but for an intrinsic, ineffable spirit or sentiment, which blows here and nowhere else; that here consubstantially resides in the pulp of the fruit, in the whitewash on the
walls? A genius loci not so different from my boyhood fantasies about certain houses been haunted by witches, which are called patruni ‘u luocu in local Sicilian dialect” (G. Bufalino, L’Isola Nuda).

In restoring this early twentieth century house, we have endeavoured to preserve its soul, long since accustomed to silence, wind and light. Salvage design, contemporary art and furnishings from far afield alternate with local elements, thus creating a harmonious alchemy of colours and materials.

CREDITS
Architectural project & interior design: Luca Giannini

> Learn more: Project history (pdf)

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