Antica Badia Relais Hotel

The Antica Badia is situated in the historical centre of Ragusa at a short distance from Ibla and downtown shopping area. After a long and precise restoration, this beautiful XVIII century building opens its rooms to hospitality.

The stairs that introduce to the house, in typical stone pitch and with inserts of white limestone - XVIII and XIX century - have been perfectly preserved as some ceramic floors in Caltagirone’s style from the same period. Thanks to the tireless local workforce, lounges have returned to their original majesty. The chandeliers that light the frescoed ceilings have been redesigned, from the original ones, by Murano’s glassmakers.

A piece of history

Antica Badia Relais Hotel is located in the oldest part of the historical centre of Ragusa in a four side block of palaces built by the most important families of Ragusa Ibla (the lower part of the town once separated from the upper one) after the great earthquake of 1693.
In that year, baron Mario Leggio, one of the founders of the new town, decided to build the palace, just in front of the cathedral finishing the construction in 1695.
After the demolition of 1810, the palace was rebuilt in respect of XIX century style, by order of sir Emanuele Schininà Cosentini, who finished the works in 1821.

Ragusa and its Province

The Town
Ragusa is known as the “Town of Bridges” because of the 3 constructions that link the two highlands on which it is settled. Some artists and literates have defined it the “Island in Island” or the “Other Sicily” thanks to the history and the socio-economic contest that distinguish it from the rest of the Island.
The devastating earthquake of 1693 destroyed the town almost completely. In XVIII century, Ragusa was rebuilt on two different areas: Ragusa Superiore, settled on the highland and Ragusa Ibla on the medieval plan of the ruined town.
The architectural masterpieces built in that period in Ragusa and in the other sites damaged by the earthquakes compose the Val di Noto: one of the largest areas protected by UNESCO.

The Territory
The Province of Ragusa is constituted by a coastal part and a inner one. Inward, the land comprehended between the highland of Ragusa and the left side of Dirillo River is flat, while near the southern side of Monti Iblei it is characterised by limestone plateaus crossed by deep valleys called Cave or Calanchi where, during the winter, sudden rivers flow.
The limestone plateaus, the Caves, Irminio and its tributaries riverbeds represent a natural landscape of extraordinary value and beauty.

Rooms

The 12 rooms (4 standard rooms, 3 junior suites and 5 suites) are disposed on 3 floors and are all differently furnished with design furniture, antiques, precious chandeliers and tissues.
Rooms on the mezzanine floor, characterised by vaulted ceiling in limestone and by large arched windows, are decorated with design furniture.
Rooms on the 1st level preserve the original floors and are decorated with polychrome ceiling which recall the colours of floor ceramics.
Murano’s glass chandeliers enlighten the high ceilings of 2nd floor rooms that are all trendy furnished.
Each room is equipped with all amenities: satellite tv, air conditioned, safe, mini bar, surround music, cordless telephone.
The junior suites have got steam shower while the Suites are all furnished either with steam shower or Jacuzzi and tv in the bathroom.

The suite “Magnolia”, has got a terrace where you can enjoy a candlelit dinner or a typical Sicilian breakfast (with granite) during the summer. In the bathroom, with its gold mosaics, it is possible to relax in the chromotherapy bathtub by watching the play of colours reflected on the dome covered with mirrors.

The suite “Ginestra”, located on the mezzanine floor has kept its vaulted ceiling of limestone and its bathroom has been embellished with white gold mosaics and a Jacuzzi.

The suite “Geranio”, on the 3rd floor, with 2 balconies – one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom - is furnished with a king size bed with canopy tent, white armchairs in rococo style and an antique walnut cabinet. The bathroom characterised by satin glass walls is equipped with a corner Jacuzzi and tv.

Restaurants

Our cuisine, particularly attentive to the selection and freshness of products, offers a wide choice of national and local specialities. Thanks to the aromatic plants of our courtyard you will make a journey into the flavours of this part of Sicily.

L’Antica Badia, has got two restaurants:
“La Cuisine” in our first floor dining rooms, is open all seasons.
“La Luna sui Tetti”, located on the terrace, has got a beautiful view on the Cathedral and on the old roofs of downtown. It is open only during the summer, when weather permits, for candlelit dinners.
For special needs: vegetarian or celiac menus, please inform the hotel upon arrival.

Meetings and Events

The large dining rooms with their baroque style frescoes, have been embellished with tissues, furniture and antiques from all over Sicily and Europe. Equipped on request with all updated media, they are both suitable for little banquets or meetings.

Skilful consultants will help you in choosing the best menu for your banquet. The special care in the details, the setting of the tables and the service will amaze you.

Spa

On the ground floor, the wellness centre, modern style - with mirrored walls and black mosaics - is ideal for guests who prefer to spend their holiday in complete relax. Equipped with sauna and Turkish bath, provides massages and personalized treatments behind reservation at the hotel or before arrival.

Excursions

  1. Art and Culture
    The hotel organizes individual tours in the main sites of interest: Noto, Scicli and Modica, Siracusa, Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina.
  2. Nature
    The hotel organizes also adventure excursions to discover the natural landscapes of this part of Sicily rich of valleys and human settlements unique for their morphology and anthropological value.
  3. The Seaside

How to reach us

By plane:
The nearest stop (104 Km) is the International Airport of Catania (CTA), offering connections to major Italian and European airports, including all the capitals. From the airport a shuttle service goes to Catania station every 20 minutes. A direct bus service is available from Etna Trasporti linking the Airport with Ragusa.

By train:
Ragusa has a train station but connections to major Sicilian destinations are not so good and we suggest to drive to Ragusa once arrived in Catania or Siracusa. Guests coming from Taormina or Catania must change at Siracusa. For timetable please consult the Trenitalia website or call the green number 89 20 21

By car:
From Palermo take highway A19 Palermo-Catania up to Caltanisetta, continue on Statale 626 up to Gela and then take 115 up to Ragusa.
From Catania airport continue toward Siracusa and then take Statale 194 towards Ragusa (exit Ragusa Ovest).
From Taormina take highway A18 for Catania, travel the whole length of the ring road of Catania towards Siracusa, and then continue on State highway 194 up to destination.
From Agrigento take coastal road 115 to Caltanisetta towards Gela, Ragusa.
From Siracusa take state highway 115 for Noto and Ragusa.

Those coming from Continental Italy must take highway A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria and exit on Villa San Giovanni to get to the ferries that go to Messina. From Messina you must get on A18 all the way to Catania.

By bus
Please consult the following companies’ timetables on website.
From Palermo: AST
From Catania: Etna Trasporti
From Messina: Sais
From Siracusa: AST

Transfer
To book a transfer from the airport to the hotel, please notice the reception before your arrival.

Rent a car:
At Catania and Palermo airports it is possibile to rent a car from the main companies. At the hotel from Avis, Herts, Sixt and Europcar.