Situated near the sea and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Temples, the Fattoria Mosé is an ancestral country estate, home for generations to the Agnello family.
Liberally splashed with the yellow, violet, scarlet and white of wild orchids, wisteria, poppies and mimosa, the Fattoria's formal and informal gardens bear prodigious succulents and palms, and the 18th-century manor, with its complex of quadrangles, quaint old relics and impromptu patios has its very own chapel which is perfect to paint.
Jostling for your artistic attention you will also find landscapes and animals, and the 500 year-old gnarled and knotted olive trees make a fascinating study on their own.
Breakfast at Fattoria
View from Fattoria Mose
You'll enjoy delicious meals in the handsome dining room, prepared in the Sicilian tradition and featuring the Fattoria's organic produce. After dining, you can linger for conversation in the manor's hospitable lounge.
A cookery series for Italian TV ‘Il pranzo di Mosé’ was recently filmed at the Fattoria, presented by our hostess Chiara, and her sister Simonetta: http://it.dplay.com/il-pranzo-di-mose/ The heartland of Sicily is also the setting for the well-known TV series ‘Inspector Montalbano,’ based on the detective novels by Andrea Camilleri; excellent reading after day’s painting.
Painting excursions are to the gardens and ruins of the Valley of the Temples, and to the coastal resort of St Leone, where a customary seafront passegiata and a scrumptious Sicilian ice-cream-in-a-bun will make your stay complete.
Fruit at the Fattoria
Arches and Corners
Your accommodation consists of rooms within pleasing, commodious, fully-furnished apartments, each with its own private terrace overlooking a courtyard. There is also a brand-new swimming pool.