We stayed at Le Case Dello Zodiaco after arriving from Malta on the ferry on April 3, 2013. We chose it based on the reviews of Tripadvisor and because we were able to book a two bedroom appartment, with one room for our daughter and husband, and one for ourselves. We had a rather rough start on arriving in Modica. The Case della Zodiaco is in the very old (also quaint and charming) part of town on the side of a steep hill. The streets are very narrow and seemed very busy with traffic. As I normally drive a car with automatic transmission and the rental was manual, I found the driving a challenge. Our GPS was not helping the situation, as it wanted us to turn off the road down a series of steps.
However once we temporarily abandoned the car and located Claudia (or more like she located us, as one of her neighbours told her we had arrived), everything was fine. She helped us find a parking spot down the street from the appartment and provided us with a wealth of information on the surrounding area.
We rented the Aries appartment which was perfect for our needs. There were two bedrooms upstairs and a kitchen and living room downstairs. By the time we had settled in, the local restaurants had closed, so we were able able to enjoy the kitchen/sitting area with some pizza we purchased down the street and some local excellent Sicilian wine. The beds were probably the most comfortable of any we found in Italy. We found the beds to be typically quite hard in Italy, but the ones at Case dello Zodiaco are great. The next morning we had a very tasty continental breakfast arranged by Claudia at a local coffee shop.
The appartments are beautifully furnished and each one is unique. They are in separate buildings within a few blocks of each other and Claudia's home base.
Claudia is an excellent ambassador for the area and for Sicily. She seems to genuinely enjoy telling her guests about the town and the area. Her advice was very helpful. She also took us on a short walking tour of this part of the old town, with some stops at her other rooms. She has really done a fine job of developing these properties and several more are in the process of being converted to torist accomodations.
Another nice touch is the Modica chocolate she gave to each of us the flavour of which was based on our Zodiac sign.
We would highly recommend this place especially if you are prepared for a little adventurous driving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our charming houses dating back to the 18th century are serviced with all comforts(air conditioner, Lcd Tv in the bedroom and living room,free internet service, safe, showers with rain shower heads)and are comprised of 1 bedroom,1 bathroom, a living room with a sofa bed for 2 people, a well- equipped kitchen, a library with Sicilian classics in 4 languages.We also have a car park at a daily cost of €5,00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Case Dello Zodiaco Modica, Sicily