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Donna Coraly has the qualities that make a stay here one of life’s memorable experiences. This aristocratic villa is not only an oasis of peace, beauty and authenticity but it is also a prove of importance of Sicily in the history of Italian Peninsula. Indeed it has an over 600-years-long, here on September 3rd, 1943 the Italian government signed the secret unconditional Armistice of Cassibile with the Allies.

Donna Coraly is hidden in the orange groves, not too far from the captivating city of Siracusa. Smell the pleasant scent of orange blossoms that sprout in the private garden and enjoy the sea-air. The resort is set in an old aristocratic homestead with a moat and watch tower and has a fabulous standard of service. The hotel is owned by Lucia Pascarelli, designer and owner, who after years in London she came back in Sicily to open this intimate property, named it in honor of her beloved grandmother.

Donna Coraly provides five suites, all spacious and tastefully furnished with elegant 19th century antique furniture. Many of the items are part of Lucia’s family heritage since generations. The bright and friendly suites make you feel instantly at home. The mix of past and present will also pull you in its spell. Every suite features a walk-in closet, floors made from majolica-tiling, furniture from the 19th century and modern art. Hospitality, comfort and quality on a high level of, this is what distinguishes all suites as well as the entire property. The suites are distinguished by beautiful hand-painted carpets of mosaic tiles that pave the way to the French doors leading to private gardens. Adding a touch of character, each suite has a Sicilian Testa di Moro, (Caltagirone Ceramics), famed in Sicily for the tragic love story from which these unusual pots derive.

There is an excellent in-house restaurant. The  chef at Donna Coraly, caters for all food connoisseurs working with the produce of an impressive fruit and vegetable garden on the estate. Seasonal produce is picked daily and served for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the guests are welcome and encouraged to visit the farm, which lies beyond rose and jasmine gardens. Any meal is naturally dressed with homemade olive oil from the groves next door and the wines, beyond those on the wine list, some are made locally. You can completely enjoy all the wonders of this part of Sicily. Guests can dine romantically under the Sicilian stars.

This accommodation in the countryside of Siracusa offers all kinds of amenities. A Mediterranean garden surrounds the resort, the sea is at your fingertips and a watchtower, an organic-pond, a large veranda and Bio-laghetto swimming pool. Last but not least, there’s also a wellness center. This latter is an oasis of well-being with an in-house therapist which offers massages on request and other treatments all focused to relax and rejuvenate. One of them is the beneficial thermal spring pool which contains the “sali della vita”, essential micro mineral salts, that leave your skin gorgeously hydrated. After a dip in these reviving waters, pull out one of the white-on- white loungers or seek refuge from the rays under the fresh, white, canopied gazebo.

Donna Coraly is a great base to explore the Eastern Sicily. In fact despite the idyllic atmosphere and the absolute tranquility, you can also do various different excursions: close by Donna Coraly there are several beautiful beaches (like Plemmirio or Vendicari, both are Natural Reserves), where a pleasant day at sea can be spent. In addition, the Baroque treasures of the Val di Noto can be admired, which are protected by the UNESCO. You are close to beautiful Siracusa with its Greek rest and the isle of Ortigia, rich of history and charming atmophere. You are at less than 1 hour to chic Taormina or besides golfing, horse riding and cycling you can discover the Alcantara Gorge and see the Mount Etna. However, with a stay in Donna Coraly, Sicily is all yours.

Location

Donna Coraly is a great base to explore this part of Sicily, in fact if you can bear to tear yourself away from all the tranquility here, take a bespoke outing that Lucia will arrange: such as a trip to Ortigia to listen to opera at the Greek amphitheatre or a boat trip around the Southern coastline of Siracusa. The annual Infiorata, held on the third weekend of May every year, is also something to plan. Carpeting the streets of the town of Noto, stretching up the road as far as the eye can see, this spectacular feast has become an internationally attended calendar event celebrating this UNESCO World Heritage site. However, Donna Coraly is approximately 2.5 km from the beautiful Fontane Bianche beach and 7 km from the protected Natural Reserve of Plemmirio, 6 Km from Siracusa, 25 Km from Noto, 30 Km from the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, 70 Km from Ragusa and an hour’s drive from Catania airport.

Contacts

Contrada San Michele
96100 Siracusa, (Italy)
info@donnacoraly.it | donnacoraly.it

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Wellness Oasis

An environment created to offer the latest facial and body treatments using natural products to guarantee optimum results, safety and well-being. Massages and relaxation techniques from around the World, beauty treatments of the highest quality are offered to create a memorable and relaxing haven. On offer, My Private SPAce, two hours of total physical and mental relaxation tailor made to your requirement. Donna Coraly can offer tailor made programs combining treatments, gymnastics/Yoga, and nutritionally balanced diets using only organic locally sourced products. Each program is made to measure and can take place in our air conditioned studio, aqua gym or in the open air in our beautiful park. It is possible to incorporate a calorie controlled organic, detox diet into the program.

Bio-Laghetto Swimming Pool

The perfect location to soak up the sun, relax on the loungers, cocktail in hand, before stepping into fresh water. The Bio-Pool features the Biodesign innovative technology, which provides a structure built on site with natural stones crushed and combined with highly technological materials, in full compliance with taking care of landscape.

Botanical Garden

Many exemplary tropical plants, Palm Trees, Succulent Cacti which cohabit with fruit trees, Olive trees, Citrus trees and decorative plants, such as Jacarande and Phanera Purpurea, (common name orchid tree), mixed with rose pergolas and Jasmine flowers to delicately perfume the air. Interesting and rare plants like ‘the hand of Buddha’ and ‘the citrus caviar’, are harmoniously planted near the typical Sicilian Quince and more tropical Mango and Avocado, not to forget the jujube date, arbutus red berries and pomegranates. At the center of the park is an old Carob tree, symbolic tree of the Mediterranean and in particular of the South East of Sicily. The garden leads you on between Citrus and Fruit trees towards the walled garden, which provides many of the fresh fruits, salads and herbs for the kitchen.

Value for Money

Double rooms are from just Euro 236,00 in low season; and from Euro 330,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

The History of Donna Coraly

A noble family, a historical estate going back generations. Stories of cosmopolitan ladies, real protagonists of their time. The noble ladies of the past inspired the current owner in her vision and recreation of a hospitality long forgotten. A hospitality of the highest level. The estate of San Michele has belonged to the Grande family for centuries. Donna Coraly takes its name from the noble lady of the past, a protagonist of Social Life of 20th Century. Coraly Grande Sinatra, a noblewoman enamoured with the arts, travelling and an avid supporter of women’s rights. To Donna Coraly, grandmother of the current owner, tribute is given in the creation of a unique resort bearing her name. It is with this in mind, that her granddaughter, Lucia Pascarelli was inspired to recreate the atmosphere, style and beauty of past times. Her infectious and proud personality have inspired a true oasis of calm, cordiality and relaxation. Tradition and refined good tastes. Habits born from the past, which live on at Donna Coraly Resort.

A place which changed the history

Donna Coraly Resort is embraced by an enchanting Sicily, echoing to the sounds of great enterprises. It was right here, within the Vignazze vineyard that the armistice of Cassibile was signed on the 3rd September, 1943. In the presence of Dwight Eisenhower, the English Commodore Dick and Captain Dean, Generals Castellano and Bedell Smith signed the document which sanctioned the end of the hostility between the Italians and Anglo Americans. Made public only 5 days later, (8th September).

When to go?

The best time to visit Siracusa is from May to June or September to October. These late spring and early fall months afford hospitable temperatures in the 22° C, which are ideal for temple gazing, beach lazing or hiking. As such, these are the most popular times to visit, as well as the most expensive. If you plan a July or August vacation, you’ll contend with fewer crowds, fewer open businesses and high temperatures that can reach almost 37° C. If you can take the heat, you can find deals. Winter sees 10-degree temperatures; you can find greatly reduced hotel rates, but sea swimming is out.

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Siracusa, known to English speakers as Syracuse, is a wonder to behold. One of the great ancient capitals of Western civilization, the city was founded in 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and soon grew to rival, and even surpass, Athens in splendor and power. It became the largest, wealthiest city-state in the West and a bulwark of Greek civilization. Although Siracusa lived under tyranny, rulers such as Dionysius filled their courts with Greeks of the highest cultural stature, among them the playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides, and the philosopher Plato. The Athenians, who didn’t welcome Siracusa’s rise, set out to conquer Sicily, but the natives outsmarted them in what was one of the greatest military campaigns in ancient history (413 BC). The city continued to prosper until it was conquered two centuries later by the Romans.

Present-day Siracusa still has some of the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture; dramatic Greek and Roman ruins; and a Duomo that’s the stuff of legend, a microcosm of the city‘s entire history in one building. The modern city also has a wonderful, lively, Baroque old town worthy of extensive exploration, as well as pleasant piazzas, outdoor cafés and bars, and a wide assortment of excellent seafood. There are essentially two areas to explore in Siracusa: the Parco Archeologico (Archaeological Zone), on the mainland; and the island of Ortigia, the ancient city first inhabited by the Greeks, which juts out into the Ionian Sea and is connected to the mainland by two small bridges. Ortigia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, and is starting to lose its old-fashioned charm in favor of modern boutiques.

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Siracusa: why not?!?

Siracusa, known to English speakers as Syracuse, is a wonder to behold. One of the great ancient capitals of Western civilization, the city was founded in 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and soon grew to rival, and even surpass, Athens in splendor and power. It became the largest, wealthiest city-state in the West and a bulwark of Greek civilization. Although Siracusa lived under tyranny, rulers such as Dionysius filled their courts with Greeks of the highest cultural stature, among them the playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides, and the philosopher Plato. The Athenians, who didn’t welcome Siracusa’s rise, set out to conquer Sicily, but the natives outsmarted them in what was one of the greatest military campaigns in ancient history (413 BC). The city continued to prosper until it was conquered two centuries later by the Romans.

Present-day Siracusa still has some of the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture; dramatic Greek and Roman ruins; and a Duomo that’s the stuff of legend, a microcosm of the city‘s entire history in one building. The modern city also has a wonderful, lively, Baroque old town worthy of extensive exploration, as well as pleasant piazzas, outdoor cafés and bars, and a wide assortment of excellent seafood. There are essentially two areas to explore in Siracusa: the Parco Archeologico (Archaeological Zone), on the mainland; and the island of Ortigia, the ancient city first inhabited by the Greeks, which juts out into the Ionian Sea and is connected to the mainland by two small bridges. Ortigia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, and is starting to lose its old-fashioned charm in favor of modern boutiques.

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Special City Guide: Siracusa

You’ll be following in the illustrious footsteps of the scientist Archimedes, statesman Cicero, evangelist St. Paul, martyr St. Lucy, painter Caravaggio, and naval hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, on a visit to Siracusa. Seeing its ruins will be one of the highlights of your trip to Sicily, because of all the Greek cities of antiquity that flourished in Sicily, Siracusa was the most important, a formidable competitor of Athens and, in its heyday, it dared take on Carthage and even Rome. What remains of the city’s classical past? Among some unattractive modern development, is impressive, and the still-functioning Teatro Greco amphitheater is where Aeschylus premiered his plays and Archimedes is said to be buried.

Much of what you’ll want to see is on the miniscule island of Ortigia, accessible via the Ponte Nuovo built in 2004. The picturesque island is crammed with ancient monuments clustered around one of the most attractive squares in Italy, the Piazza del Duomo, and its beautiful Duomo (cathedral) is the oldest church in Europe. Where Archimedes ran through the streets shouting “Eureka!”, Ortigia is a must on a trip to Sicily because of its temples, castle, palazzi, churches, and bustling market. Allow yourself at least 2 hours to explore, plus another hour to visit its labyrinthine alleys lined with crafts shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes, which make it a lively spot during the summer. The local specialty is swordfish, freshly caught by local fishermen.

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