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HOLIDAYS BETWEEN ART AND BEAUTY

The Zahir Country House is located a few kilometres from Noto, the capital and pearl of Sicilian Baroque, near the remains of the Greek colony of Eloro and the Vendicari Nature Reserve.

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The Zahir Country Hotel has the typical shape of the ancient farms of the Sicilian countryside.

It has 10 rooms, and each room is different from the other, all have their own warm and refined style. The 19th-century furniture contrasts with unique pieces of contemporary art and design that play in harmony with the Caltagirone ceramics or state-of-the-art ones, coming from agricultural waste and interpreted by the artistic flair of Chicco Margaroli.

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Although it is a country farmhouse, open every year from Easter to November, the rooms are equipped with every comfort: free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, free parking, air conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, and courtesy set of a prestigious cosmetic house.

In addition, guests can take advantage of numerous green areas, they can enjoy the splendid swimming pool with a salt purification system, back hydromassage and two multi-jet whirlpools, as well as the solarium with sun loungers.

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There are several green areas where you can relax and admire the various works of art and installations placed in the structure and in the “Soul Park”, such as “The Third Paradise” by Michelangelo Pistoletto, created with an ancient variety of Sicilian wheat, called Russello.

The countryside full of olive, almond, citrus and carob trees that surrounds the structure almost seems to preserve the tranquillity that characterizes the hotel.

The Zahir Country House is partly the result of the vision of Alessia Montani and Luigi Grasso – the founders of M’AMA.ART – and partly the result of chance. After casually sleeping just one night in the hotel, the next morning, fascinated by the rigour of the ancient building and the position that made it magical, they asked the owner if he was available to sell the hotel.

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Their offer was accepted, and the work began with enthusiasm, in order to turn the hotel into a new kind of tourist accommodation, by also introducing the idea of M’AMA.ART, which is a company that contaminates everyday life with art, organizing cultural events in Italy and abroad. Through an innovative multidisciplinary format, it combines art with law, business and sustainability.

Alessia Montani told us: “With M’AMA.ART, we initially created objects in synergy with the artists. We started with perfumes, then jewellery, fashion accessories and furnishing accessories. The idea is to blend art with the beauty and reality that surround us. We also explored the world of gourmet food by creating oil and the FranciacortaM’AMA.ART. Italy and the Mediterranean area have an indigenous plant heritage of inestimable value, which must be known and enjoyed.”

Photography by Gianni Franchellucci – Written by Robert Paulo Prall

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