Tuesday, July 12, 2011


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 The Contrada Mandranova is situated in a naturally magnificent part of Sicily. The wind, sun, sea, and earth strike our imagination with their powerful colours. Full of life, this is a place of both ancient history and Mediterranean beauty, where our olive trees have been swaying restlessly for centuries, blown by the winds of the Sirocco and Maestrale.

Combining traditional knowledge with modern methods, Mandranova products are not only excellent quality, but are true expressions of the land and people of Sicily. Mandranova’s hospitality is authentic and effortless, offering guests a relaxed, traditional experience.

imageOn a hill, a few miles from the sea, there is a green oasis where selected olive trees, some of them over a hundred years old, grow to witness the labour of our ancestors.Here we produce extra-virgin olive oil and conserves that are expressions of our land, our sun, our Sicily.

The holiday resort “Azienda Agricola Mandranova” is set in a garden of palm trees. We offer a peaceful and relaxing stay in an old and rustic farmhouse, the restored old railway station and an old “palmento”. The “gebbia” , in ancient times used for irrigation, was restored to become a small fascinating pool where to refresh during summer.

The Master Suite has a warm cozy living room, from which you access two bedrooms: the first room has one double bed or two single beds and a bathroom with bathtub; the second, a single bed with bath/shower room. The suite has original floors of cement and quartz, a warm colour palette, and is decorated in typical Sicilian family style. Central heat and air conditioning are included.

Mandranova offers 2 villas. The Casello, 30 mt. far from the Casale, encircled by palms, Mediterranean plants and olive trees. The "Robazza" is 300 mt. Far from the Casale and is surrounded by olive trees. The properties are available for weekly hire, from Saturday to Saturday, with option of using facilities at the farmhouse.

From home cooked cuisine served in a familiar atmosphere to the organization of parties and excursions, Mandranova is a place where everything is aimed at welcoming our guests.

imageAccommodation at the farmhouse is on a B&B basis. Daily room cleaning, change of linen, and a Sicilian breakfast typical of the region which may include marmalades, jams and cakes produced on the farm, are included. The old railway station and Robazza are available on a weekly basis with cleaning and a fresh supply of linen at the beginning of your stay. Il Casello comes with supplied with the basics for an independent stay.

Our restaurant features home cooking based on regional produce. Our cellar is well equipped with an exciting selection of Sicilian wines.

Mandranova is the place where you can organise corporate meetings, cultural events, exhibitions, concerts. The new location, which was the old oil pressing area, is a mix of industrial architecture, design and technology.

imageFor those guests interested in the methods of olive oil production, we offer tours of the olive groves and press, which will be rounded off by tasting the oils and other related products.

The peculiar quality of each type of olive is preserved by the production methods we use on our farm. Our extra-virgin olive oils are "monocultivar", i.e. obtained by different ways of pressing the oil according to each variety of olive. An accurate control process of each stage of the productions makes it possible to obtain products of highest quality, which has been recognised by several prizes awarded at both national and international level.

imageFrom Mandranova, situated in that part of Sicily where the film "Il Gattopardo" with Burt Lancaster, was set, it is easy to visit the Southern coast of Sicily. In the West the Valley of Temples on the outskirts of Agrigento and the archaeological sites of Seliunte are matched only by the brilliant white beaches of Scale Dei Turchi and Eraclea Minoa. On the Eastern side of the island, Modica and Ragusa stand out with their beautiful Baroque churches and palaces. In the North, there is unmissable Piazza Armerina with the wonderful mosaiques at Villa del Casale and Caltagirone, a town famous for its pottery. More unconventional itineraries will take you to places such as Palma di Montechiaro, Naro, Caltabellotta and Aragona.

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