Antico Convento

Antico Convento
RAGUSA

Former Capuchin convent turned 4-star hotel with a professional cookery school in the heart of Ragusa Ibla in south east Sicily.

  • Best For Couples, Food & Wine
  • Rooms 23
  • Highlights It's the perfect stop along a car-free holiday touring the South East of Sicily
    Learn the secret of Sicilian cuisine with inspiring cooking class programs
  • Holiday Offers 4 nights from £ 335 per person on BB and fully comprehensive car hire

Antico Convento

A former convent, the Antico Convento Ibla is in a peaceful location on the edge of town, set amidst attractive gardens and perfectly-placed for exploring one of the jewels of south east Sicily, Ragusa Ibla. Alongside the stylish hotel, there is a highly-acclaimed restaurant and cookery school.

The hotel is elegant and minimalist, with contemporary art works on the walls and simply furnished bedrooms with sleek modern bathrooms.
Facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry Service
  • Non-Smoking Hotel

Rooms

The rooms are what once were the friars' cells, some will find the a bit too small (arund 12sqm) while other will appreciate the peaceful experience of staying in this convent. We thought it was an heavenly stay. 

The rooms overlook the cloister or the gardens.
Room Facilities
  • Free wifi internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Complimentary bottle of water 
  • Desk 

Hotel Restaurant

The Nosco Cookery School runs alongside the hotel, primarily for chefs and sommeliers-in-training but open also to amateur cooks interested in a half or full-day programme. 

At the hotel’s Cenobio restaurant, you can feast on vegetables and fruit freshly gathered from the garden and crafted into mouth watering dishes such as aubergine and tomato torte and ‘convent cannoli’ with sweet ricotta cream. 

Gluten-free options are provided. Meals are taken in the dining hall, under the original arched frescoed ceiling, or in the summer months, in the garden with views over the Irminio valley.
Other Restaurant Nearby
Ragusa has a solid reputation as one of Sicily's culinary meccas, from Michelin star chef Ciccio Sultano with its Duomo Ristorante to cheerful trattorias the choice is varied and always good. 

If you are a fan of the TV Inspector Montalbano, try the Trattoria A Rusticana in Ragusa Ibla. 

Location

The UNESCO-listed Ragusa Ibla is the old historic centre of one of Sicily’s most fascinating towns. Rebuilt in glorious baroque style after the great earthquake of 1693, this is a town for wandering, through narrow lanes and alleyways, up stairways and under the shade of elaborately-sculpted balconies.

The hotel is in a great location, close to shops and restaurants and a short walk from the spectacular Duomo di San Giorgio.
Stroll out from the hotel into the gardens or straight into the centre of Ragusa Ibla.

The other baroque towns of the Val di Noto – Modica, Scicli and Noto – are all within easy reach. The Cava d’Ispica, a gorge dotted with natural caves, grottoes and early Christian catacombs, stretches for 13km between Modica and Ispica and Syracuse, on the east coast, is a little further afield.

The beaches of south east Sicily – Marina di Ragusa, Punta Secca (the film location for the home of Camilleri’s fictional Inspector Montalbano) and Donnalucata are all close by.