what a quirky, out there, wonderful sicilian experience. This place is hard to describe but so worth a visit. Lonely planet features it well, mentioning the sister, Giovanna Tornabene who runs the lunch restaurant....but neglects to mention the brother; Pietro Tornabene and his dinners.
wow, we came away kilos heavier I'm sure.
the family has had this 13th century abbey in the sicilian hills near Gangi and the Madonie Mountains for generations and generations.
the sister is renowned for the lunches. ridiculous value and about 2 courses too many!!
but the dinners cooked by the brother (an ex architect) are even better.
it is basic but comfortable accommodation...but its just part of the dinner deal...you pay for dinner and get accommodation as part of it.
no tv's in rooms or anything like that...you sit around a fire and tak to the other guests until dinner is ready and explore the region during the day.
we LOVED it, but our tummies are still recovring from all the great food (and good wine!).
the 13th century abbey building is amazing, ramshackle and run down but so awe inspiring.
it's not luxurious....it's just a great experience.
- Also Known As:
- Tenuta Gangivecchio Gangi, Sicily, Italy