“My dream,” confides Guido Coffa, “has always been to create a paradise.”
His restored 18th-century casa nobiliare — found a short hop from the Med at the foot of Mount Etna, amid 40 acres of terraces, vines and olive, cherry and peach trees — is one mighty impressive effort.
The six-bedroom retreat is half an hour from Catania but a million miles from frenetic modern life.
Working with architect Giuseppe Merendino and girlfriend Ada Calabrese, ex-engineer Coffa has melded a rustic vernacular of exposed stone, frescoes and antiques with modern Olivier Mourao paintings, B&B Italia furniture and Flos lighting.
Go for the Suite Amabile, with jacuzzi and crater views, or book the entire shebang and bring 15 friends from €3,000 a week.
Author: Jonathan Lee
Publisher: Wallpaper* magazine