Palazzo Castro Grimaldi

palazzo modica Palazzo Castro Grimaldi stands in a unique position at the heart of Modica Alta. The two balconies offer a view that includes most of the historical centre – the imposing Duomo di San Giorgio nearby, the villas of the nobility of Modica Alta and Modica Bassa and the cluster of houses built on the hillsides of the city.Since 1903, when the building was completed, its interior - furnishings, wallpaper, frescos, paintings and china have not changed. The signs of the times have not been deleted, so as to preserve its atmosphere and the ancient household traditions intact. The interior design is typical of the villas the Sicilian nobility built at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.The best local artisans created sumptuous detail and decoration in the shape of landscape frescos, magnificent satin wallpaper, vases and preciously manufactured furnishings that provide the rooms with the unmistakable taste of the local nobility. All of this makes the Palazzo an ideal setting for private parties, exclusive dinners but also photographic and video shootings. In fact, Palazzo Castro Grimaldi was the set of some of the scenes of the renowned television series “Il commissario Montalbano”. Only the first floor (piano nobile) is for rent. The larger part of the building cannot be visited as it is still in need of restoration, which the activities of the Palazzo will help to realize.
casa museo modica The history of Palazzo Castro Grimaldi began in the XVII century. At first, the villa looked much different than it does today. The noble Castro family, who were cavalieri and important Sicilian landowners, built their residence in Modica after the great earthquake of 1693 which destroyed the greater part of Val di Noto.The structure resembled that of a town-villa. One large space developed on three floors, while a vast garden grew on two sides so as not to feel the loss of the cherished country-side during the winter months. On another side, horses were stabled and carriages housed. One of the peculiarities of the Palazzo are its two façades. The first is subtler and rather conceal and allows entrance into the villa. The other stands triumphantly over Modica and presents a ca. twenty-metre-long terrace with a unique and incomparable view. In 1890, Francesco Castro, sole heir to the family fortune, married a young Donna Grazietta Grimaldi, last descendent of the most illustrious family of Modica, from a secondary branch of the family of Prince Grimaldi of Monaco. After they were married, cavaliere Francesco Castro and his wife decided to change the villa considerably, enlarging and decorating it in the classical and subtler style that is still preserves today. Moreover, following the widening of the street that connects Modica Alta to Modica Bassa, the plan of the villa, which used to restrict this street greatly, acquired its characteristic and present diamond shape. The restoration and modern décor were completed in 1903, which is the date that appears at the entrance, on the first floor. In 1920, cavaliere Francesco Castro died and left his wife Grazietta a widow of 42 years of age without heirs. Grazietta never remarried and dedicated her life to her studies, faith and charity. Her benevolence contributed to sustain various religious men, seminarists and young secular men from Modica and allowed them to persevere in their studies.Since Donna Grazietta Grimaldi was the last descendent of the noble Grimaldi family in Modica, when she died in 1960 the villa was inherited by her nephew, the lawyer Raffaele Tommasi Rosso who lived there until he died and preserved most part of the original and precious furnishings, porcelain collections and cutlery. The villa is still the property of Raffaele Tommasi Rosso’s direct descendents, who keep his memory and style alive.
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Discover an historic Palace in Modica

Since August 2017, Palazzo Castro Grimaldi has been opened to the public. At the moment, it is the only historic residence in the whole city of Modica to offer such services. The first floor is dedicated to other kinds of purposes.

Guided tours 

A professional guide and expert in local history will accompany the guests in a tour through the halls where cavaliere Francesco Castro and his wife Donna Grazietta Grimaldi dwelled to reach the terrace and delight in the view of Duomo di San Giorgio and the whole of Modica. During the tour the guests will be entertained with a richness of anecdotes and curiosities as well as being able to breath in the atmosphere of the three families that inhabited the villa. Tours may be booked for groups of 5 people or over.

A location for private events

The location may be rented for exclusive dinner parties, meetings and events and also for photographic and video shootings.

A B&B in Modica, Val di Noto

Historic stays for a maximum of 6 people in the center of Modica (Val di Noto). It is possible to rent the whole of the ground floor and indulge in the services of a private housekeeper/cook who will provide the same delicacies that were once served at the villa and rekindle the old atmosphere.All services can be personalized upon request
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  • Number of Rooms : 2
  • Beds : 6
  • Price Mansion per day : 1500€
  • Price Mansion per week : Date n.d.
  • Room rate per day : 800€
  • Room rate per week : 3000€

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  • Salons : 4
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  • Breakfast : 20€
  • Brunch : 40€
  • Lunch : 60€
  • Appetizer : 25€
  • Dinner : 120€


  • Ticket Cost : 5€
  • Days : Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
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Palazzo Castro Grimaldi

Region : Sicily

Province : RG

City : Modica

Address : Corso San Giorgio, 4

C.A.P. : 97015

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