Commenda di San Calogero is located in Sicily and enjoys a spectacular position to the north of Syracuse. Standing on the limestone plateau of the Hyblaean Mountains it faces Mount Etna and is only 7 km away from the sea and the village of Brucoli. In fact the whole of its surrounding area is of archaeological and historical interest and boasts uncontaminated natural beauty, with rivers flowing through its territory, which is covered by varied vegetation. A 30-minute drive will take visitors to the ancient island of Ortygia, in the heart of Syracuse, and to the historic centre of the city of Catania; but in one hour one can reach most of the attractions of Eastern Sicily: the cities of Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli, jewels of the Sicilian Baroque; Vendicari Nature Reserve that runs along the coastline and the nearby seaside town of Marzamemi; the picturesque town of Taormina and the unrivalled Mount Etna; the historic Caltagirone, renowned for its ceramic workshops, and the splendid Roman Villa del Casale, near the town of Piazza Armerina. These are only some of the unmissable sights of this corner of the island.
The Commenda di San Calogero estate has a long history. A legend narrates that its name derived from the presence of Saint Calogero in these lands; the Saint was said to have dwelt in one of caves that are on the property, and visitors are invited to experience the powerful atmosphere of this grotto during their stay. The buildings stand on a 100-hectare property and are part of the Italian Association of Historic Houses, or ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane). Commende were ecclesiastical estates that were given in charge to a “commendator”; Commenda di San Calogero was the only one of its kind in Sicily, and its administrator was a knight of the Order of St James of the Sword. Hospitality has been honoured here since time immemorial, and now, after a careful restoration which has respected the original values of the buildings and restored their former glory, the gates of Commenda di San Calogero are open to guests once again. The old structures have been renovated and converted to new use: a grain silo has been turned into a little spa equipped with Turkish bath, sauna and relaxation area; a dry stone sluice, typical of this area of Sicily, has become a salt water pool. Commenda di San Calogero is ideal for those looking to rest and perfect for exploring the beauties of the island. Moreover, its spacious environments and vast external spaces make it a superb setting to host both large and intimate events.
Commenda di San Calogero, set deep in the countryside of the Hyblaean plateau, commands the most spectacular views of Mount Etna and the sea. Its twelve double guest rooms were once occupied by the farm hands. Each endowed with en-suite bathroom and independent entrance, they have all been decorated differently and are furnished with beautiful period pieces in a variety of styles which blend with antique furnishings and objects that the owners have picked up in their travels.
The Villa of La Commenda di San Calogero can also be rented in exclusivity for a minimum stay of a week.