Relais Briuccia is in Montallegro, a little town in the Agrigento province that stands on the South coast of Sicily. It is ideally situated, halfway between the historic town of Sciacca and the city of Agrigento, which are just over half an hour away. The splendid Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, with its constructions of classical antiquity, offers a breathtaking spectacle at all times, night and day. On the other hand, the archaeological site of Eraclea Minoa, the ancient city founded by the Greeks and later conquered first by the Phoenicians and then by the Romans, is only 10 minutes away from Relais Briuccia. This is also a perfect starting point from where to explore the uncontaminated countryside and crystal clear waters of the WWF Nature Reserve of Torre Salsa, just 15 km away; nature lovers can choose among innumerable trails and admire its many beauties and the characteristic landscape of chalk overlaid with limestone and clay.
Relais Briuccia was originally an aristocratic palace, the only one in Montallegro, and has undergone a complete restoration; today it is a handsome building with distinctive fine details and belongs to the Ferraros, Damiano and his wife, who manage and welcome their guests to this jewel of a building, offering the good hospitality of old times. The hotel has two floors on one side and three on the other, and a Pompeian red facade that looks striking against the stone banding around its door and windows. There is a beautiful terrace where guests will sit on spring and summer nights; indoors they will find a frescoed salon and a living room with a large fireplace that offer comfort and warmth. Damiano is a chef who has worked in some of the best-known hotels in Switzerland and London, and has developed a great love for Sicily and its history and inimitable flavours. Without a doubt, the restaurant “Capitolo Primo” is his domain: built in the old internal court of the palace, the structure has a lovely open fireplace. Surmounted by a green glass dome and dominated by a giant bamboo plant, it resembles a beautiful conservatory, an impression enhanced by the flower motifs painted on one of the walls. Damiano, capitalising on his international experience gained over the years, prepares dishes that, as he himself says, “blend culture and technique”, utilising ingredients grown on the rich soil of Sicily and “ripened by its sun”.
Relais Briuccia has seven suites of various sizes, one of which extends over two floors. They are furnished with antiques, wrought iron bedsteads and four poster beds; the floors are covered with marble tiles that create geometric patterns, while the ceilings are beamed. The bathrooms, in Victorian style, are divided from the bedrooms by glass partitions and curtains.