Charming Sicily: The 19th Century Dimora delle Balze

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Built in the 19th century, the striking Dimora delle Balze estate allows its guests to get a taste of charming Sicily and its past. The current owners bought the property in 2009 and began restoring it to preserve and celebrate its heritage. Filled with stories and fascinating architectural as well as artistic details, this special hotel transforms staying in Sicily into a memorable experience.

As soon as they arrive, guests find a sprawling estate with three courtyards which overlook different areas of the property. Inside, the restored Renaissance frescoes, original vaults, and natural stone floors and walls complement the vintage objects and modern furniture made by local craftsmen, as well as the handmade Moroccan tiles, and the glamorous velvet armchairs. The décor – created in a collaboration between several designers and artists – features an abundance of textures and neutral colors, making the brighter shades of blue, green, and pink stand out.

Each of the 14 rooms has a special design and character. One larger suite also offers access to a private terrace. Windows open towards the valley, nearby lemon orchard, and almost 27 hectares of cultivated fields. Outside, a large swimming pool filled with saltwater along with a spacious lounging area provide the perfect opportunity to relax completely and get in touch with nature. An outdoor dining area also offers an ideal solution to enjoy an evening meal under the stars.

The Mediterranean flavors, lime and lemon trees, jasmine, sun-drenched terraces, and lush green vegetation bring charming Sicily to life. From a certain angle, the ancient columns frame the valley, connecting the property with its past and creating a picture-perfect moment at the same time. Ideal for weddings, cultural events, or simply a quiet vacation in a striking setting, Dimora delle Balze makes staying in Sicily that much more special. Photographs© Dimora delle Balze.

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