|We woke up to a gorgeous view of Ibla.|
|Typical Ragusan balcony.|
|Church of San Giovanni Battista.|
|A wide array of home-made jams (apricot, mandarin, prune and apple), pistachio and hazelnut spreads and honey.|
|Bread, Sicilian biscuits and fluffy omelette.|
|With the elegant and gentle lady owner.|
Just then, they bumped into their friend Stefano, a hotelier who was hurrying down the street. Italians are very sociable and soon we found ourselves visiting all the projects he is currently restoring.
|His rooms are scattered all over the prime district of Ibla and each one boasts of pictureque views.|
|This is the kitchen of one of the suites that will be ready in June. Stefano uses high quality equipment and furnishing for all the 14 rooms and suites of his Hotel dell'orologio.|
|A big kitchen sink that is perfect for my house.|
|Stefano is so passionate about the project, he explained everything in great detail.|
|A compact kitchen in one of the smaller suites.|
|Room with a view.|
|View from another room.|
|The headboards are restored from antiques while the mattresses are the same ones used by 5-star hotels.|
|Stefano's stash of antiques awaiting restoration.|
|Entering one of the rooms.|
|With the owner. Just look at the view!|
|This room has a huge roof terrace.|
|A craftsman working on the project.|
|Outside one room.|
The kitchen equipment is top-notch and there is a huge woodfire oven for pizza.
The chefs from his restaurant will conduct cooking classes and aspiring chefs from around the world are welcome to work or learn in the kitchen under the guidance of experts.
Stefano certainly has got it all thought out. Watching him invest so heavily and work so hard on his dreams made us want to promote Hotel dell'orologio Ibla and Trattoria le Terrazze di Ibla to the world.
Incidentally, Ragusa could well be the gourmet capital of Sicily. Duomo in Via Capitano Bocchierei, with 2 Michelin stars, is considered one of the best restaurants in Italy. La Fenice and La Locanda di Don Derafino restaurants each have 1 star. So who knows Trattoria le Terrazze di Ibla might just join the ranks some day?
Being the hospitable host, Stefano invited us to visit when the facilities are ready. In fact, they should be ready anytime now. We'll be back Stefano!