Villa Galfo Modica


Villa Galfo was built between 1896 and 1898 and it can be found in contrada Michillica on the upland that connects the city of Modica to Ispica and Pozzallo.

the Style

The style of the villa recalls several kinds of motifs: Gothic, Renaissance and Moorish. The sloping roof that is very inclined is covered in red shingles and it almost looks like an alpine house.

The house has openwork embellishments around the windows, doors and the eaves, making it look as if it is finished off in lace. Three of the iron gates at the entrance of the villa are held up by stylish stone pillars with acroteriums. The main gate is between two original towers with openwork embellishments and stone bosses.

On the walls of these two towers there are two windows that look out onto the street. Despite the heterogeneity of these elements, the architect managed to create an original building which makes Villa Galfo one of the most beautiful buildings of that period.

Description of the property

The building covers an area of approximately 2000 sq. m comprising the main residence, a large garden-park, several annexes, a hunter’s dwelling, a canopy with a kennel and a large courtyard. The main residence consists of twelve rooms. An internal staircase leads to the parterre which can be found on the first floor.

On the west and north-east side of the villa there is a long terrace that joins the garden to the orchard. A large courtyard on the north-west joins the main residence to the annexes where you can find the servants’ rooms, the wash houses, the kitchens, the depot, the stables, the hunter’s room and the kennels. Some of these rooms have been modified and made larger in order to satisfy new needs.

A garden – park with patterned flowerbeds, a fish pond and a little stage can be found on the south-west side of the building. The main entrance is on the s.s. 115 Modica-Ispica and from the gate, the villa can be reached via a long avenue with trees on each side. From here the noble entrance hall can be reached by a flight of elegant steps.

The entrance hall takes you to the living room on the right and the dining room on the left. Inside the villa some of the rooms still have walls that were decorated between 1906 and 1908 by Bartolo Sisino- one of the most qualified painters and decorators of the time.

The parterre is decorated with zoomorphic and floral motifs and represents one of the typical “winter gardens” which can be seen in many summer vacation houses of that period. A wide cave with stalactites quite deep down in the rock can be reached by a ladder – coolness is guaranteed down there. Also belonging to the villa towards the north-west, there is a plot of land of 5 hectares with a rural building on it.

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  • Reference: 41467
  • Type: Ville
  • Sold: No
  • Contract: Sale
  • Status: Habitable
  • Location: Modica
  • Home area: 2.000 mq
  • Baths: 1


  • Air conditioning
  • Annex
  • Anti theft
  • Attic
  • Balcony
  • bathroom without shower
  • Buildable
  • Casale
  • Cellar
  • Chicken coop
  • Cleaning after exit
  • Closet
  • Coffee maker
  • Cookware
  • Corte
  • Cot
  • Courtyard
  • Cowl
  • Cultivation
  • Cutlery
  • Dammuso
  • Dependance
  • Deposit
  • Dishwasher
  • Dry stone walls
  • Electric kitchen
  • Electricity
  • Entrance
  • Farm
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Garden Furniture
  • Garret
  • Gas cooker
  • Grill
  • Hall
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron
  • Kitchen livable
  • Laundry
  • Lavello esterno
  • Lift
  • Linen
  • Living area
  • Living room
  • Mezzanine
  • Original floors
  • Outdoor shower
  • Oven
  • Panoramic
  • Parking space
  • pets
  • Phon
  • Private Lido
  • Refrigerator
  • Rustic
  • Satellite Tv
  • Seaview
  • Sheets
  • Solarium
  • Stables
  • Sunroom
  • Swimming pool
  • television
  • Tenement
  • Terrace
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Well