Casale Modica: historic home in the Val di Noto
An elegant villa designed and built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the territory of the enchanting city of Noto within an area with a strong agricultural vocation, rich in history, folklore and traditions. The property also offers a large swimming pool flanked by a large Jacuzzi. From the internal courtyard of Casale Modica, crossing the entrance hall dominated by a barrel vault, you enter the splendid garden of the Villa: a large space, with luxuriant vegetation, centuries-old trees and different and precious plants. A park where flowers and aromatic plants coexist in perfect harmony, a cross-section of the Mediterranean maquis but also some exotic essences. Il Caseggiato is the beating heart of an active Certified Organic Farm. We produce Oranges, Almonds of ancient local varieties, ancient Timilia wheat from which we obtain wholemeal semolina and pasta, olive oil. It is possible to buy and taste the farm products
The structure - declared of cultural interest by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Syracuse - was built between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and has the typical elements of a fortified farm with a palace. The access avenue to the Casale is almost a passage in time; an environment in which the combination of history, traditions and nature is solid and lively.
It was bought in the mid-nineteenth century by the brothers Michele and Giuseppe Modica of San Giovanni Santostefano, by the last heir of the Sicilian branch of the Borgia family, Anna. Antonino Modica Munafò, son of Michele, embellished the building by building a Liberty-style building for residential use. Furthermore, in 1914, he obtained the thirty-year concession, until 1943, of the Tuna of Vendicari; in 1920, he built the plant for the processing of tuna in oil. Michele, current owner of the Casale, sixth generation of the Modica di San Giovanni, resides in the house with his family managing its management.
Three apartments are available to guests, of varying size and able to accommodate up to 15 people overall. In each accommodation all the services are guaranteed to ensure guests a holiday in the Val di Noto of full well-being. The stay at the Casale offers a real and faithful experience of Sicilian rurality and tradition. The accommodation offer of Casale Modica is enriched by the possibility of spending pleasant moments of relaxation in the solarium and in the outdoor swimming pool flanked by a large garden full of plants typical of the Mediterranean scrub.
The agricultural company
Citrus groves, wheat crops, almond groves, carob groves, fertile soils in which unique and genuine flavors are produced, cultivated with 100% certified organic agriculture for over 30 years, pride and symbol of the family farm to which today it is joined elegance and tranquility of the majestic Casale Modica.
Among the products offered by Villa Casale Modica are the oranges of the Navelina (from November to February) and Valencia (from March to April) varieties which, thanks to the composition of the soil, acquire a natural sweetness accompanied by exclusive tones of fragrance. Then there is the almond grove, ancient trees that - thanks to dedication and work in the fields - offer the almonds of some of the best local varieties: Pizzuta d'Avola, Romana and Fascionello.
In the land of Villa Casale Modica the wheat of the ancient Sicilian variety "Timilia" is also grown, in full biological regime and without the addition of fertilizers to the land. The fertility of the fields is ensured by the alternation of field and wheat crops. From the "Timilia" wheat, also called the "three-month wheat" for the possibility of being sown late, by milling in a stone mill, a flour is obtained from which the wholemeal semolina pasta "Villa Casale" is produced. All products can be purchased at the company headquarters, with a view to shortening the supply chain and having a direct relationship with the final consumer.
The Museum of the Tonnara of Vendicari
The building has been completely and lovingly renovated and, in addition to the accommodation, it is enriched by the Historical Museum of the Tonnara of Vendicari, full of materials and documents that tell the story of this entrepreneurial activity so important for this corner of Sicily in the first half of the 900th century, and its parallel link to the history of the Modica family of San Giovanni.
Visit the museum
Today the museum can be visited in Casale Modica for the moment by booking by phone at +39 333 90 74 179