The projects of the SI-Moutique group come from an interesting cultural ambition: wanting to give dignity to the South eastern part of Sicily a territorial identity , established in historic buildings, with houses designed for tourist hospitality, evocative and emotional houses, with a surrounding landscape where there are architectural, archaeological and ethno-anthropological emergencies and with a pleasant countryside and sea coast, where there are ancient villas, farms and rural homes.
The widespread houses that belong to the SI-Moutique’ project, are located in different and unique settings :
The Forefathers’houses – ten house units in the Old Town
Don Nele’s house, in the countryside of Modica
AnnaMare’s house in Marina di Modica
The Forefathers’ houses in the historical center of Modica
The Forefathers’ houses have got ten units, of great charm and appeal , in Modica Alta at Consolo , the old neighborhood of Modica. It was the gateway to the old town with an extreme rock characterization, a few steps from the 15 century Convent of Santa Maria Gesù and next to the medieval Castle of the Counts. The house units relate to the identification of the ancient ancestor’s names that lived there over the centuries :the house of Donna Giorgia , the house of Donna Giovanna, the house of Don Nino , the house of Don Ignazio, the house of Donna Peppa, the house of Donna Nina, the house of Donna Vannuzza, the house of Don Santo, the house of Donna Maria, the house of Don Giorgio.
Don Nele’ s house in the countryside of Modica
A valued country house in the green countryside of Modica, among stone walls, olive , lemon , almond,carob trees and prickly pears, irreplaceable and unique elements to enjoy happy moments in contact with nature and not far from the historical centre, the seaside and archaeological and natural sites of Cava d’Ispica, Vendicari and the Irminio river.
AnnaMare’s house in Marina di Modica
A ground floor flat on the coast not far from the seaside between two beaches, Marina di Modica with its white cliffs and Sampieri with its sand dunes, two typical features of the southern part of Sicily. The house is near FornacePenna, a splendid example of industrial architecture in contrada Pisciotto , known as the “mannara” in the television series “Commissario Montalbano”.
The widespread houses are independent units, restored by natural and typical materials of local traditions : cotto , lime, cement, stone of Modica, wood, wrought iron. They feature simple and essential furnishings, made up of traditional objects such as the wrought iron as support for beds, tables and chairs. Where it was necessary elements were included that historically were not present, ( bedside tables, wardrobes,etc.),they were handcrafted by recycled elements in common use that intimately combine in form, colour, , touch and smells related to the ‘identity of the place.
For the elements absolutely necessary for contemporary living conditions and not replaced with elements which in the past did not exist or that are not proposed again today, basically health and household appliances, we choose a minimalist design, researching as well as an essential elegance and an essentially geometric.
The houses are equipped with all the services and comfort (kitchen, refrigerator, air conditioning or fan, tv, internet, etc) are ideal for those who want to spend their holiday in complete freedom. Searching for the identity of the territory and with the aim of capturing symbolically the deeper and ancestral meaning, a most intimate assonance and the most subliminal evocations that these places provide us. We wanted to create in every home an original kitchen.
Each house is characterized to have a stonework kitchen made with materials of the best traditional local crafts, and designed to satisfy the visitor, the temptation of the throat, that is the need to taste typical recipes of the County at home or as to preparing a cup of hot chocolate or herbal , thyme tea.
Some houses have very large areas which are equipped with additional services, thus making a charming, unique and unrepeatable location.
Shared facilities include a change of linen, cleaning (initial and final) and optional typical breakfast.
Propulsive heart of the project Moutique and the widespread hospitality, is the Forefathers’ houses in via Roma 53 in Modica Alta, an ancient fortified structure, now a multifunction center with a reception , public areas, info point, wine bar, lounge breakfast room, reading room and tea room…….
Inside there is the Museum “Murika, stories of stone” with workshops and school workshops, and the cultural association IngegniCulturaModica managing body of the Museum “Tommaso Campailla” , promoter of events and tourist services and a Service Center with information bureau for tourists and visitors.