At the center of an area rich in prestigious tourist resorts and natural sites, stands the former fief of San Calagero, in the countryside between Catania and Syracuse. Just 3km from the sea, the Commenda San Calogero offers the privacy and quiet of a farmhouse surrounded by a 100-hectare estate. The San Calogero apartments feature traditional Sicilian-style furnishings and come with air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchenette. You can of course taste the products of the citrus farm, including extra virgin olive oil and honey.
Commenda di San Calogero History
The Commenda di San Calogero is located on the end of the Ibleo plateau north of Syracuse, along a valley carved by the river that runs through it. A former 14th century abbey that once belonged to the chivalric order of Santiago in Sicily, today it is a charming hotel, a little country house and a little farmhouse: the Commenda di San Calogero has something special with its peasant origins. as well as the style of Sicilian noble villas to emerge everywhere.
Even the rooms have managed to harmonize the simplicity of the farmer's origins with the charm of the historic residence, without however renouncing modern comforts such as satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar, not to mention the rooms with whirlpool or those with a fireplace .
Outside, what looks like an enchanted garden welcomes visitors with a green lawn, flowers, a long fountain and a small temple that stands out against the backdrop. You are surrounded by colors and scents of Sicily and a widespread feeling of well-being. Long walks accompanied by quiet and silence can be interspersed with visits to the small wellness center of the structure, where they await sauna and turkish bath.
Protected by typical dry stone walls, the Commenda San Calogero pool offers further moments of relaxation, a small quiet oasis with a snack bar and solarium.
But it is enough to go through the countryside and the flourishing Mediterranean scrub to make the discovery perhaps more unexpected: the breeding of jumping horses, a family tradition that has been going on for generations since the beginning of the 20th century.