Where to Stay near Agrigento, Sicily: Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort Part I

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Steps away from the tourist stays of Agrigento lies Fontes Episcopi. Far from a hotel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast, or any other type of accommodation, Fontes Episcopi is a Bio Resort that specializes in harmonizing and re-connecting people and the environment the way our ancestors once lived.

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Go visit the famous Scala dei Turchi and Valley of the Temples in the famous city of Agrigento and you’ll notice that everyone flocks to the beachside resorts or the town itself. Little do they know that just outside Agrigento, in a small town named Aragona, lies a local gem—a restored 19th century farmhouse that opened in 2016 named Bio Resort Fontes Episcopi. I had booked a stay at this intimate 7 room local Bio Resort because of it’s simple message of reconnecting people with nature and going back to a simpler way of life. The term Bio Resort was very vague to me, in fact if you Google the term you will find a very limited amount of information on this type of accommodation, so I assumed it just meant a well-being resort that incorporated food from it’s own garden into the guests stay. However, when we pulled up to the Bio resort I learned that it was SO much more than that. Read on to understand what it is.

We turn left onto a small road that leads us towards the countryside and pull into a gate a couple of miles away from the town. We drive down a long dirt path surrounded by lined trees separating the olive groves on the right from the citrus trees on the left. At the end of the dirt road, we see a round basin that looks like a small swimming pool (that actually turned out to be a gebbia, which I will explain later) and an old restored farmhouse that once belonged to the son of a Baron who used it as his peaceful escape. He eventually became an archbishop and the property was sold to an Italian-American family who eventually sold it to Maurizio to create Fontes Episcopi. As we pull into the back to park our car, the first thing we see is a group of people outside the resort huddled in a circle, making animal noises and moving their bodies in different positions. From that moment we knew we had stepped foot into quite a unique place! We later learned they were doing one of the well-being classes that are offered at the property that help people re-connect with nature.

As we walk through the inner courtyard we are greeted at the reception inside by Kata, the Director of the property, who precedes to hand us a welcome gift. At first sight my mom and I shout out in excitement with – “Ooooh! Is it cheese?!” and “Wowww! White chocolate?!” You can see where our head was at…! Kata proceeded to answer, “No…it’s a handmade bar of soap.” My mom and I couldn’t contain ourselves from giggling; of course the first conclusion we would jump to was food, how typical of us! Instead, it was a beautiful handmade olive oil soap bar, made with olives directly from their garden in-house. My mom and I were shocked at how custom they made this experience from the minute we stepped in. Kata then proceeds to present us with a small bottle of homemade shampoo, again made with all-natural ingredients directly from their garden. This was way better than any piece of artisanal cheese or white chocolate my mother and I could have wanted!!

After receiving our welcome gifts, we are escorted to our Deluxe Room. The antique farmhouse is divided into 7 marvelous and spacious rooms 4 of which are Deluxe and 3 Superior Suites. Each room is named after one of the different plants or foods that come from their garden. We stayed in a room called Miele, or honey. Inside each room, a dedicated and personalized color is used that recalls the plants and food that are cultivated in the Bio Resort’s very own garden. The walls in our room recalled a honeycomb with its hexagon shaped tiles and warm tones of yellow filling up the entire sidewall.

Each room is characterized by unique and refined furnishings that are chosen with attention to detail. We had not noticed at first glance when we stepped into the lobby, but it hit us when we walked into our room. When you step into the property you are surrounded by an incredible collection of antiques added to the simple yet minimal design of the room that leaves a lot of space for one to breathe. For instance, there were old farm milk jugs placed underneath the desk and the bathroom used old milk bottle containers as a towel and accessory holder. These are just a few of the many one-of-a-kind touches the owner Maurizio has added to this property. Being a fond collector of farming antiques, he has spent the last couple of years gathering as many antique pieces as he could to decorate the Bio Resort.

Elegant beds with wooden and upholstered headboards are accompanied by comfortable mattresses and pillows of various support options to ensure the best sleep possible. The rooms overlook the delightful courtyard with vines growing up the walls filled with antique farm artifacts and tools that turn the property into a one-of-a-kind museum. The Superior Suite rooms give you even more access to the property with private terraces overlooking the charming countryside and Fontes Episcopi’s biological garden. All these elements are truly what bring the property to life and make you feel like you have taken a trip back in time. All the rooms consist of a personal A/C unit, mini-fridge, Wi-fi, spacious bathrooms with my favorite fountain shower heads and a line of, hypoallergenic products at your disposal, should you choose not to use their handmade products immediately.

The one thing to note is that to align with the property’s brand message of re-connecting man and woman with the sensational well being and healing properties of the environment, the property does not have phones, TVs, or computers in the room. They feel that this would take away from the experience of re-connecting with nature. This is a place to truly unplug from the world around us. Not to worry however, for people like me who need to keep their readers up-to-date, they do have Wi-Fi throughout the property!

After a long trip from Erice all the way down to Aragona, my mom and I wanted to go for a quick dip in what we thought was the pool, so we went downstairs and asked the owner, Maurizio, for some towels. He explained to us that the round basin at the front of the property is NOT a pool, but rather a gebbia. For those of you who do not know, a gebbia is a natural basin that was used to collect rain water back in the day. Today it is used as a refreshing “dipping pool” sprinkled with the orto or garden’s own handmade rosemary oil, lavender oil, orange blossom and rose petals all added to help heal and restore the body. Where else can you find a place that pays so much attention to the holistic approach of the body that they create a “dipping pool” specifically made to restore one’s body with products made from their very own territorio (earth)? My mom and I jumped at the opportunity to experience this so ran over to the gebbia to watch the sunset while we could.

Before heading up to our room and preparing ourselves for dinner, we decide to take a stroll through the garden. As we walk to the end, we notice an interesting stone artifact. Is it antique? I do not know! But it adds even more charm to the beautiful property. The property drops off at the end and offers breathtaking views to distant farms where you can hear the sound of bells ringing and the bleating sounds of sheep.

On our way back in, Maurizio asks us if we want to take a quick tour of the kitchen and meet their cook for the evening. The heart of Fontes Episcopi lies in the kitchen. This is where the magic happens! The kitchen has been restored but still maintains its 19th century farm charm. Our cook for the night is a local mother who has been cooking local and traditional recipes for years now. No Michelin-starred chef, no Chef who graduated from a high-end culinary institute, but a TRUE local who has lived with this cuisine and understands how to create holistic, healthy, yet extremely delectable meals. They ask us if we are interested in guinea fowl and my mother leaps at the occasion since it’s one of her favorite meats. The cook is pleased and points out that the guinea fowl will be fresh. They had just taken one from flock we had seen in the garden! This is fresh, but to a whole other level. Everything they cook is made using ingredients from their garden and if they don’t have it, they turn to their neighboring farms for the remaining ingredients. Excited for our dinner, we head up to freshen up.

Our four-course meal was comprised of an appetizer, pasta dish, meat dish and dessert. While we were enjoying our appetizer, baked brie over homemade bread with a side of stuffed eggplant, the cook called me in to the kitchen to take a sneak peak of the pasta before it was served to us! It was pasta like I had never had before. I have had homemade pasta many times in my life…but this was REAL pasta, the way our ancestors used to make it. Fontes Episcopi grows an old wheat grain that is used to make the pasta, an antique grain that is no longer grown by many farms because it is no longer practical. The pasta we eat on a daily basis tastes soft because the grain they use has been processed. At Fontes Episcopi you taste pasta like it was once made. The consistency is different than our everyday pasta as it is chewier, harder, and lighter on the stomach. On top of that, they used fresh tomatoes from their garden, which made it even lighter on my stomach!

Our third dish was the guinea fowl we had seen in the afternoon. The dish reminded me of a Moroccan meal. Fresh and tender meat that is simply cooked. The meat doesn’t stick to the bones as it does with non-organic meat. I’m not surprised since Sicily has had multiple invasions over the years that have influenced its cooking, including Morocco. Lastly, for dessert we opted for the fruit option rather than the dessert. A fresh piece of watermelon and a tisane or herbal tea made with their fresh herbs.

We still did not understand the concept of macro-biotics, but that night our stomachs felt better then they had in years. We were satisfied with our meal and bodies felt great. We would learn more about the concept of macrobiotics that is practiced at Fontes Episcopi the following day. To learn more about Fontes Episcopi’s unique Bio Resort, stay tuned for my next post!

For more information regarding Fontes Episcopi or to reserve a one-of-a-kind stay at the property, reach out to me at sveva@svadore.com.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Fontes Episcopi. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

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44 Replies to “Where to Stay near Agrigento, Sicily: Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort Part I”

  1. Absolutely amazing post, the photos are fab! I am definitely putting this place on my hit list. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

  2. Absolutely beautiful pics. They paint a great description of the resort.

  3. Impressive blog post with great content and stunning pics.Thanks for sharing.

  4. This place looks absolutely amazing! What a unique and amazing find. I love the themed rooms and attention to detail. I would have thought the soap was cheese as well and the shampoo looks like olive oil…so food is always on my mind. As always you make me want to go! You’re photos are so beautiful!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I highly recommend this stay to everyone 🙂 It was such a one-of-a-kind experience. The attention to detail was impeccable. I’ve never been to a property like this one that offers such a holistic stay

  5. Wow! That looks like a spectacular holiday. I hope to have that soon!

  6. This looks AMAZING! And that food!

  7. Alexander Popkov says: Reply

    Nice design of the hotel, reminds of Scandinavian simplicity.

  8. I love the looks of each and every place you mentioned. This is such a great post for those intending to visit – it’s given me serious wanderlust!

  9. Great post. I love Sicily and these places look like real gems!

  10. Wow stunning! Great pictures! Love it 🖤

  11. Beautiful pictures. I will be checking out Bio Resorts.

  12. This place looks amazing! I love that they are so connected holistically!

  13. Amazing pictures! I love that everything that was cooked was made from ingredients in the garden. I’d love to visit, heck live here!

  14. Amazing pictures! I love that all of the meals included ingredients from their garden. I’d love to visit, heck LIVE here!

  15. Stunning photos, and this place looks amazing and just calm and serene. I really need to start travelling life is too short.

  16. Woah, what an amazing place to stay. And homemade shampoo? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that as a welcome gift, but what a pleasant surprise!

  17. Love this! The pictures and the description gave me the feel like I was there. I definitely need to plan a trip here!

  18. Oh wow…..this looks and sounds incredible. Thanks for sharing.

  19. The golds and the greens are exquisite – I love the colors of Italy

  20. I love how you document all these that the reader really feels and is with you in this place! Thanks 🙂

  21. Wow what an experience to stay in this kind of place, I love to know that you thought it was a cheese hahah, I remember my first encounter of blue cheese too. Anyways the interior design of the house is so simple yet very complex and attractive, the food seems so delicious I enjoyed reading your article.

  22. This place and the food look absolutely incredible!

  23. Oh wow! This looks and sounds amazing! I would love to stay at a bio resort like this.

  24. In your presentation you pay such great attention to detail. The would be tourist is therefore given a comprehensive look as to the beautiful things that await him/her

    1. Hi Ingrid, Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot to me, especially coming from a writer such as yourself! I hope you enjoyed my post and will come back for some more travel inspiration 🙂

  25. Thank you for showing us a different side! xx

  26. taniaatthelondonthing says: Reply

    Love your photos babe. I will need to check this place out

    Have a look at what i wore to the LFW:

  27. What a beautiful post! The property, the food, the details, it all looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing your travels!

  28. What a beautiful post! The property, the food, the details…everything looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing your travels!

  29. Gorgeous photos. This could be on the list of places for us to stay when we plan on visiting there.

  30. This place looks amazing. Just how I’d imagine Sicily….

  31. Alexander Popkov says: Reply

    I like the photos, beautiful colors. What are you using?

    1. Nikon D3300, then I created a Lightroom Preset and apply it over my pictures

  32. beautiful pictures! All those food plates looks so yummy!

  33. WOW! It looks great. I will be here in the shortest time. I like it.

  34. Great blig post with beautiful pics n i love it

  35. This place looks amazing. I loved all your photos and want to stay there!!

  36. Sounds like a lovely stay! Feel free to join my blogger group https://m.facebook.com/groups/1693991657570154

  37. You make it come alive. So good and looks so too!!

  38. […] were it was windy and less crowded. After an hour of relaxation, we headed back out to our hotel Fontes Episcopi, but not without finding a hidden belvedere! Of course, my mother and I would find this spot. I […]

  39. Oh my! How absolutely amazing! This sounds like a piece of heaven on Earth. Thank you for this beautiful post! I absolutely loved reading it and I usually just skim travel articles because we live on a really tight budget and have two little girls and it just seems so far away for us!

  40. Even just the steps approaching this lodge took my breath away. How gorgeous! Rustic but with touches of modern living. The Italians know how to cook using fresh and healthy ingredients and make every meal a celebration of sorts.

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