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N° 052 | The Magic of Light

users 4 bed 2 bath 2

Luca Giannini is an Italian artist, founder, and manager of this beautifully renovated apartment. He started this project in 2017 with the goal to give new life to abandoned places, to listen to their souls, and intervene with respect and balance. To harmonize bio-architecture, design, and contemporary art with original features and local materials. It is more than a project, it is a vision Lucca has been pursuing his entire life.

This is a charming early 1900s house with a breathtaking view over Modica. Located in a quiet corner of the historic center 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.

Art and traveling share the value of discovering beauty. 

The Space 

Upon entering the Casa, 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, characterized 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, 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.

*Ancient Sicilian maiolicas, also known as Sicilian majolica or Sicilian ceramics, refer to traditional pottery and ceramic artworks produced in Sicily. Maiolica is a term used to describe tin-glazed earthenware, and it has a long history in Sicily dating back to the medieval period. Sicilian maiolicas are characterized by their vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and decorative motifs influenced by various cultures, including Arabic, Norman, Spanish, and Italian.



At Plinius we are always impressed when a renovation has been completed in the most sustainable manner, we therefore would like to share the details of what is implemented in this property. 100% electric supply from renewable sources, solar thermal panels, clay and lime floors and wall coatings, cork insulated roof, Domodry@ rising damp control system, eco paints, integrated air conditioning and water heating system with heat pump, led-lighting, water flow reducers, separate waste collection, Ecolabel refill soap, and shampoo



We are equally impressed by the artworks showcased inside the property by Luca Giannini. The great thing is that the artworks are available to buy! Check out the art here.


The Surroundings

In this unique corner of Sicily, where history and nature are combined with people's hospitality and eno-gastronomic excellence, we have created an insider's guide with the best places to visit. For example, the territory's best vineyards or visit our favorite chocolate ateliers, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto led by Pierpaolo Ruta (the most ancient confectionery in Sicily) Discover Modica and the UNESCO baroque cities of Val di Noto, or immerse yourself in the Greek charm of Syracuse. 


Extra Services

Private chef, breakfast service, massages, private tours, wine tasting, cooking class, chocolate tasting, electrical bike rentals, transfers, and chauffeur.


Plinius Loves

The whole concept speaks to us greatly: “to give new life to abandoned places, to listen to their souls, and intervene with respect and balance. To harmonize bio-architecture, design, and contemporary art with original features and local materials”.

The artworks showcased inside the property by Italian artist Luca Giannini: Check out the art here.

Everything that has been done to create a sustainable building as well as a sustainable rental business. It is very impressive!

Live like a local! It might just be for a week, but you really feel you are living here. The most authentic Sicilian experience.


Nearest Airport 

Comiso Pio La Torre (42 km) | Catania Fontanarossa (125 km) 


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Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

High season: 21/06 - 07/09 | 29/12 - 06 - 01  |  Min. stay 4 nights | € 160  per night (price for 2 people)

Mid season: Easter | 01/04 - 20/06  |  08/09  - 31/10  | 22/12 - 28/12  |  03/01-/6/01  | Min. stay 3 nights | € 140 per night (price for 2 people)

Low season 01/011 – 21/12  | 07/01 - 31/03  |  Min. stay nights | € 120 per night (price for 2 people)

* Extra guests (up to 4 people)  € 10 p.p. 

*Babies (0-3 years): free 

Long-stay offers % discount on the price per night 

7+ nights: 10% discount
14+ nights: 15% discount 
21+ nights: 20% discount


Included in the price: 

Gas | Electricity | Water 

10% Italian VAT

Wine cellar with a selection of Sicilian wines

Towel change every 3 days

Body soap and shampoo


Additional costs:

Security Deposit: € 300  The deposit will be fully refunded upon departure when there is no damage/other issues

Outdoor heated plunge pool (active from May to September, by request with extra price in other periods

Tourist Tax 

End-of-stay cleaning: € 50

Cot upon request |  € 5 per child, per night

* Extra guests( up to 4 people)  € 10 p.p. 

Sicilian breakfast service: €18 p.p. 

Private dinner by the chef: from € 70 p.p.

Cooking course with the chef (including shopping at the Ortigia market): from €100 p.p.


Extra Information: 

Cot upon request |  € 5 per child, per night

Free on-street parking at 150 meters from the house, the house itself is located on a narrow street

Airport transfer service: available on request



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Airconditioning Airconditioning
Personal care products Personal care products
Washing machine Washing machine

Eco sustainability

Appliances Class A Appliances Class A
Car-free access Car-free access
Eco activities Eco activities
Eco-friendly Eco-friendly
Energy-saving Energy-saving
Local economy Local economy
Recycling Recycling
Regional food Regional food
Renewable energy Renewable energy
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Travel guides

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