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B&B Review – Villa Quartarella, Modica, Sicily

Should you find yourself planning a trip to Sicily and wish to visit the southeastern corner of the island then I have the place for you. Nestled onto five acres of farmland on a hill just a few miles outside of the ancient Baroque town of Modica is the B&B Quartarella. Surrounded by farmland and perfectly constructed stone walls, this picture perfect Villa is your ticket to true Sicilian life.

Let me preface this review by saying that Quartarella will not be for everyone. If you are looking for a fancy resort then look elsewhere. And while it can be difficult to locate even with a GPS, this is certainly no reason to stay away. Once you drive down that long, narrow, stone lined road and enter the courtyard you will immediately begin to feel the magic that is Quartarella.

So what exactly is Quartarella? It is officially a Bed and Breakfast that could easily be confused for an Agriturismo. It is also referred to as a Masseria, which is an old Sicilian farmhouse. The property was at one time a working farm and it dates back to pre-World War II. In fact, during the German occupation of Sicily the farmhouse was used as the headquarters for the local German command. Of course all of this changed on the night of July 9th, 1943 when US, British and Canadian forces launched the invasion of Sicily.

Damaged and left in ruin after WWII, the history of Quartarella over the next fifty years is but a mystery to me. What I do know is that sometime in the late 1990’s a young Italian man by the name of Francesco Monisteri was persuaded by his father to purchase the property. The decision certainly changed the course of his life. It has also changed the lives of the countless visitors who have stumbled upon this slice of heaven.

So back to what exactly is Quartarella? It is not your ordinary run of the mill B&B. The old farmhouse, or what was left of it after WWII has been transformed into five suites that are as comfortable and inviting as their host. Each suite contains a loft that can accommodate two extra guests for those of you traveling with children. The rooms are easily the largest that we have come across in our travels across Italy.

written by Bill De Giulio

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