Luxury hotel holiday Palazzo Failla Sicily

Palazzo Failla in upper Modica is a 4-star hotel housed in a traditional Sicilian noble's residence, with local majolica, wrought-iron and frescoes. It is particularly worth opting for a deluxe room to experience the traditional opulence of this Sicilian town mansion. The hotel has a restaurant called the Locanda dell Colonello. You are just a few minutes' walk from the spectacular Baroque churches and buildings of Modica.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Failla, Modica

Palazzo Failla is a 4-star deluxe hotel in a former aristocratic residence bedecked in opulent elegance. This boutique hotel is for guests looking for a memorable and utterly luxurious experience in a traditional Sicilian setting.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4 deluxe

Location The hotel is in the centre of Modica

Annual opening Open all year

Closest airport Catania Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 1 hour 40-minutes' from Catania Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Michelin-starred La Gazza Ladra Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant Locanda del Colonnello, Caffe Blandini, Garage, Valet Parking, Laundry Service, 24-hour Room Service.

Out and about nearby

The churches and monuments of Modica, local cooking classes can be arranged, the beaches of the Ragusa coastline 15km away, Scicli's San Matteo church, Baroque Noto, lovely Siracusa.

Sports nearby

Fishing, Beaches and Water Sports.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 3 nights

From about

£870

Holiday Code EXH1050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Failla, Modica

Palazzo Failla in Modica is the former home of the Failla family and typifies a characteristically classic, 19th-century Sicilian nobleman's dwelling. The Hotel is situated amongst the winding stepped streets of the Old Town in Upper Modica, just a few paces from the San Giorgio Duomo and the Castello dei Conti. Original black and white photos of the Failla family and estate books add character and cachet to this aristocratic residence and ornately bedecked in wrought iron, vaulted frescoes, antique furnishings and handcrafted majolicas (ceramics). Palazzo Failla exudes a traditional charm and elegance in keeping with a bygone era. This sophisticated and opulent design carries through to the ten bedrooms, where a range of sumptuous and individually-styled accommodation makes for a most comfortable stay. Jewel in the crown must surely be the Michelin-starred La Gazza Ladra (magpie) restaurant, a modern, monochrome setting for a refined and artistic menu blending skill and sensibility and abundant in seafood. There's also La Locanda del Colonnello situated nearby, offering a more traditional and rustic yet delicious cuisine and Caffe Blandini, an attractive afternoon tea room by day, transforming into an intimate wine bar as the evening draws in. Sumptuously elegant, yet relaxed and informal, Palazzo Failla is a truly charming Sicilian gem.

Room descriptions

Palazzo Failla has 10 rooms, each featuring air conditioning, telephone, complimentary WiFi, satellite TV, radio, safe and mini-bar. Extra beds can be added for a supplement.

Single Room
Superior Room
Deluxe Room
Junior Suite
Relax Room located in the Dependence annex with private terrace and jacuzzi
Deluxe Room located in the Dependence annex with private terrace
Superior Room located in the Dependence annex with private terrace and jacuzzi

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 3 nights

From about

£870

Holiday Code EXH1050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Failla, Modica

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Palazzo Failla Hotel in Sicily, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we would include a hire-car for the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome at the Palazzo Failla.

Special offers

5 nights for the price of 4 offer 2020 Book a stay of 5 nights and pay the price of 4 nights from 7 January to 7 March 2020 and the whole of November. Not combinable with other offers.

Receive a 12% reduction on stays longer than 2 nights Stay 2 nights or more beween 10 January to 14 March 2020 and 1 November to 30 November 2020 and receive a 12% reduction off bed and breakfast rates. Not combinable with other offers.

Honeymoon offer 2020 Book a honemoon stay and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in the room. Not combinable with other offers.

Complimentary bottle of sparkling wine July 2020 Book a stay from 1 July to 31 July 2020 and receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine in the room. Not combinable with other offers.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic room for 3 nights

From about

£870

Holiday Code EXH1050

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Palazzo Failla, Modica

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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