Period residence in the heart of western Sicily between Trapani, Erice and Marsala
Villa Immacolatella, historic estate of the Curatolo family, take its name from the little old country church dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Its origins dates back in the early 18th century, as evidenced by the portals constructed in a local stone known as tuff. In the second half of the 19th century Baron Melchiorre Curatolo Saura, Duke of Castelmonte, wanted the “beam” to be transformed into one of his country residences. Today the estate has been converted into a modern multifunctional firm by Baron Giovanni Emanuele (agronomist, landscaper architect and professor) and his wife Anna with the collaboration of their sons Davide, Maria Luisa and Roberto.
An ancient noble country residence among olive trees and vineyards, perfectly preserved. The Agricultural Museum, a historic wine cellar, a wonderful “garden of delights”, the garden dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin Mary, two Suites exclusive to guests. Visiting this estate will be a time travel in Sicily's history: you will discover a magical place for small and big events.
The little church of the Immaculate Virgin Mary
The little country church dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin Mary dates back to the early 18th century, as turns out from the census made by the Archbishopric of Mazara del Vallo through which a priest has been entrusted to celebrate Mass. Two ancient olive trees are still marking the original entrance towards which the faithfuls moved to attend morning Mass.
The frescos inside the litlle church depict plants that represent the virtues of Mary, as reported in the Litany of the Immaculate. Those same plants has been selected as furniture for the garden.
Among these, an ancient olive tree with two paired up trunks that remembers a Cretan anecdote: it is said that in Crete, 200 years before Christ, the olive trees grew with paired up trunks as a reward for the devotion of two humble spouses who praised the divinity:
"by olive trees and water springs we have everything that we need: shade in summer, wood for winter, fruits, oil for seasoning and lightening".
Perhaps precisely this story has shed light on our project, today revisited discovering the ”genius loci” in which every realised interventation would seem to be suggested by sense, significance and discovery of every single part restored.