Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

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Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Furniture-filled caves can be found inside a guesthouse in Modica, Sicily.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Architects Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad converted twelve little houses into the six suites, which surround a courtyard.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Local materials including decorated tiles and stone are applied to restored walls and floors inside each room.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Ceilings are lined with bamboo and each room is filled with both specially made and restored furniture.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Casa Talia is managed by the architects and suites can be rented through Welcome Beyond.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Above: photograph by Simone Aprile

Another holiday suite offered by Welcome Beyond is a converted sixteenth-century house in Girona - see our earlier story here.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Photography is by Andrea Ferrari, apart from where otherwise stated.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Above: photograph by Simone Aprile

Here's an interview with architect Marco Giunta about the project:


What was your inspiration to leave Milan and open a hotel in Sicily?

My wife and I once organised a workshop for architects in Tuscany. We thought about place, hospitality and food. For us, it was a good opportunity to feel how nice it is outside of the big city.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Then, in 2001, we came to Sicily for a summer holiday. It was a coincidence that we came to Modica, but we ended up spending 15 days here, forgetting everything else. We were really impressed and fell in love with the city.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

My father is Sicilian, from the north of the island, so when I arrived here, I felt a real connection with Sicily. My wife and I began by buying just one room, and every time we came back to visit, we purchased another. After eight months, we had bought 12 different properties.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Please tell me a bit about the restoration of the building.

Every single room used to be a family home. We renovated them to have one single property, with all of them connected through the garden. It’s like a circle. Imagine a house in a circle and in the middle is a garden.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

From the outside, it still looks the same. We just restored the original wall and the interior.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Above: photograph by Matteo Cirenei

During the restoration, we only used natural and local materials. The terraces use a mix of natural and decorated tiles, something you can’t find anywhere else.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

How would you describe the style of the rooms at Casa Talia?

The rooms are simple and tasteful, but not cluttered with things, using a mix of the old and the new. Some of the furniture in them was made by us, some restored by us.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Every room has been inspired by a country on the Mediterranean sea, so no room is like the other. Each one is special. The bigger rooms cost more because they are on two levels and have a private terrace or balcony. All rooms have air conditioning, a bath, a shower, and a nice view.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Above: photograph by Matteo Cirenei

So both your wife and yourself are architects?

I graduated in architecture, but my job now is to display design for products and furniture. My wife works as an architect and specialises in restoration. So for her, Casa Talia was a great place to show off her work.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Above: photograph by Simone Aprile

Your philosophy is “slow living” — please tell me a bit more about that.

We want people to come here and take their time to enjoy the view, the air, and relax. We live in a pedestrian area in a part of the city very few people go to. Yet at the same time, it’s just behind the main street.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

Slow living means forgetting the phone and just drinking a glass of wine while enjoying the view. Our view is amazing, it’s like a painting. You can see the cathedral and the oldest part of the city with all the Baroque buildings. It’s really lovely to sit under the olive tree with a book and just relax and hang out in the garden.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Casa Talia?

My life has changed a lot. Here, I work 24 hours a day, but at the same time, I am in a place of holiday and get to spend time with people who are usually very happy and relaxed. My life is much better than before. I live near the sea and every day I can see the blue sky and the sun.

Casa Talia by Marco Giunta and Viviana Haddad

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  • http://www.wholesalervintageclothing.com vintage

    very nice design,Clear and charmful Loveit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678521850 Mario De Vries

    Wow, the colours, the materials and the entourage. Well done!

  • jose

    amazing! so warm and beautiful :)

  • rac

    beautiful rustic poetry of stone, sunlight and shadows, greens (including the bottles) and colorful ceramics!!

  • ruby

    Those tiles behind the bed! Gorgeous!

  • Bassel

    Charming, sure, romantic, even poetic. Comfortable? I doubt it.

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    I agree. The attention to detail to give it such a 'primordial' flavor is commendable.

    I think I should start saving so I can celebrate my 40th birthday in Casa Talia :)

  • http://www.rjcomrie.com rjc

    yeah lovely +

  • ellizoe

    …a lovely piece of contemporary interior restoration….!!!

  • http://decordoma.ru/ Irina

    All very beautiful and natural

  • tanyatelford

    some really beautiful touches

  • tanyatelford

    a arboratory elegance that includes all sorts of objects

  • Nuno

    really nice…. very beautifull. ans i like the Cesar Manrique details…. well done.