This place is like going back 200 years to a time when life was relaxed and slower and you actually took the time to enjoy yourself, your friends, and your family. "Baglio" - which defines Regaleali - means manor in Italian, and it is truly reminiscent of the Sicilian version of the manors you read about in times past.
We stayed here last October and was immediately impressed with the hospitality - Corrado greeted us with a warm hug and after giving us time to settle in, we were offered a drink and a full, multi-course dinner prepared by the baglio. Our "room" was huge - we had an apartment with two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, and a kitchen (that we never used because all meals were included in our stay) We enjoyed a full tour of the cantina with a wine tasting of five ones - one from each of Tasca d'Almertia's properties. My favorite part, besides that fact that Corrado was available to fulfill our ever travel desire from riding bikes through the estate to picnicking in the vines to playing soccer on the field just outside the baglio - was the food and the wines. The wines are world-renowned, so that was no surprise, but the food is AMAZING. We learned the family is not only committed to their wines but also preserving fresh Sicilian cuisine, and so dishes are typical, delicious, and express the land from which they came.
There is also the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school on property, which is specifically dedicated to this mission of Tasca's. We took one of the classes after touring the two gardens, and were impressed by the knowledge that was shared in addition to the cuisine. The ATL school is so much more than just a school, it is a place of research as well.
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