Where to Stay Near Agrigento, Sicily: Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort Part II

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Meals based on a macrobiotic diet, peacocks wandering inside and outside the property, geese and guinea fowl meandering in the garden, and enjoyable and long nights spent talking with the owner Maurizio—this is what Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort is all about.

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What is a Bio Resort? After the first night at Fontes Episcopi, my mom and I were still not certain what a Bio Resort actually was. It seemed like an agriturismo or farm stay that used all of its food from the garden to create a dipping pool, its amenities such as soap and shampoo, and its meals. It wasn’t until the next morning that we learned what Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort truly was. We awoke to a table full of freshly made cakes, freshly squeezed juices and more!

The juices were unlike anything I’ve ever had. Have you ever had freshly squeezed watermelon juice?! It was AMAZING. Later on they brought out a jug of freshly squeezed prickly pear that was to die for! It tasted very similar to the watermelon juice but was a bit thicker in consistency. The staff offered me fresh eggs from their hens, which I gladly went for. I asked for them hardboiled so I could dip some of the freshly made bread in it. A wholesome breakfast with a hard boiled egg, juices, a croissant, and bread spread over fresh honey was the perfect start to my busy morning.

It was at this point that Kata proceeded to reveal to us the true meaning of a Bio Resort. She told us that the resort had been focusing on creating meals based on a macrobiotic diet in order to heal someones physical and mental wellbeing. What is a macrobiotic diet you may ask? It follows the principle that all food contains energy, but this energy goes far deeper than calories. It’s all about balancing the yin and yang found in food, the positive and negative forces in it, with a particular emphasis on locally grown food. By balancing the forces one is able to create an internal balance which in turn generates better health. 50-60% of the diet is made up of whole grains, 25-30% is made from vegetables, and 5-10% from cooked vegetables or foods. Any remaining calories come from fruits, nuts, seeds, and fish. My mom and I decided to hop on board this “macrobiotic” meal plan idea. Since we were at a holistic healing resort we might as well experience every aspect of it!

After a morning out exploring the Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi we headed back to the resort for our macrobiotic lunch. The lunch was made of a lot of different food groups. We had a fritata or scrambled egg with almond ricotta, so not ricotta CHEESE, but an ALMOND ricotta. Kale with a little bit of whole grain pasta and peppers, green beans, and chives covered in bread crumbs with a small tomato salad on the side. Light, wholesome, and all fresh from their garden. For dessert we had a fig cake made without sugar or milk. I don’t know how they made it taste so good after removing all the primary ingredients in a cake, but trust me when I say that it was tastier than any fruit tart I’ve ever had. I have to say, when my mom and I left this resort, our stomachs were hands down the best they had felt in god knows how long. I can attest to the restorative properties of the environment and a macrobiotic diet.

While enjoying our lunch I could not help, but keep noticing the attention to detail when it came to incorporating vintage farm or household tools into the property. Maurizio truly did an incredible job with the interior decoration and every time I would notice one of his clever integrations, a smile would appear on my face. It brought me a sense of joy, like I was being transported back to the old days.

After lunch we made our way to the reading room, but not before we were stopped by a group of peacocks. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that as we made our way from the dining area to the lobby, we looked outside into the courtyard and caught a group of peacocks casually strolling around. Kata told us this was not uncommon, in fact there are times when they come INTO the resort as well. If you don’t believe, I even caught it on video! See below.

Just as she told us this, the peacocks proceed to walk into the resort and into the reading room. Peering here and there at the latest books or farm tools around they are harmless creatures just exploring their curiosity. The fact that the resort allows them to freely come in and out of the property attests to their true message of trying to harmonize and reconnect humans with nature. I taped it once again because it was such an amazing experience!

Following our busy morning (and frankly week!) around Agrigento, my mom and I collapsed for a well-deserved 3 hour long nap. All you could hear was the occasional farm dog barking, guinea fowl callings, and birds chirping. When we woke up we decided to take advantage of our last opportunity to be in touch with nature in this one-of-a-kind way, so we decided to go for walk in the garden. We were once again surprised by Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort’s many treasures. While on our walk we ran into a flock of adorable geese protecting their infant.

Due to our short time at Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort and the long list of must-visit places on our itinerary, we did not get the opportunity to experience a macrobiotic cooking class with their chef, enjoy a spa treatment with essential oils made from their very own garden, go out and get down and dirty in the garden, or take a holistic class to realign ourselves with our environment. These are all opportunities and classes that are available to all and highly recommend that if you have the opportunity to experience one, you do so.

That night we stayed up till 1:30AM speaking with the owner, Maurizio, over a fresh cup of rosemary tea. He wanted to hear all about our adventures, stories and experiences outside of Italy, and we wanted to hear all about his passion for vintage collections, how and why he decided to create Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort, and how he managed to intertwine his passion for the environment with his medical degree (he was a pharmacist previous to this!) Maurizio was a gracious and courteous host. He went out of his way to accommodate our every need, really tried to have us experience what a true Bio Resort means, and had us return to a simpler, kinder and more genuine time.

Although the Bio Resort in and off itself is a gem, I have to say that it is the people in it – Maurizio and Kata – that are the cherry on top. Their passion, generosity, attention to detail, and unique offering is unlike any other I’ve ever experienced. Everything is so tailored, everything is made and done with such intent that I am almost tempted to call it a more down to earth luxury experience.

For more information regarding Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort 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 Bio Resort. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. I want to thank Maurizio and Kata once again for being such amazing and gracious hosts and giving us an UNFORGETTABLE stay. We hope to be back again very, VERY soon. 

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62 Replies to “Where to Stay Near Agrigento, Sicily: Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort Part II”

  1. That is so beautiful! What an amazing place. I will save this info for when I can someday visit.

  2. I love the shabby-rustic chic look of this resort, the healthy food is a plus too. Nice photos and story.

  3. This looks like a perfect place to stay! I love how picturesque it is and the small decor details.

  4. I want to stay here. This is what I imagine Italy to be. Planning my first trip.

  5. Fantastic pictures! I need to remember this place! Thank you for sharing

    Kate
    http://elysianmoment.com

  6. Your pictures are wonderful. Now I want to visit Italy again. I just visited Rimini 1 week ago.

  7. Thanks for sharing! I am definitely adding this to my travel list.

  8. The food & Place look AMAZING!:) Great pictures (pinned)! Thank you for the detailed post.

  9. AMAZING pictures of the food and the place!:) Thank you for the detailed post. I pinned this.

  10. collegeceliackc says: Reply

    Talk about an absolutely GORGEOUS place to stay! I’ve never been to Italy, but it’s definitely on my to-do list!

  11. Wow looks beautiful! Will add it to my travel list!

  12. Fontes Episcopi Bio Resort sounds like a beautiful spot. I have family in Sicily so do hope to go visit one day

  13. Wow, this place looks so peaceful and relaxing! I’m really interested in trying a macrobiotic diet now – it sounds intriguing how the food is all balanced. When you say your stomachs felt amazing, do you mean in terms of better digestion, less bloating etc? A really interesting post 🙂

    1. Hi Louise, Exactly! Less bloating and better digestion 🙂

  14. Beautiful getaway! You have amazing photography, it’s like being there <3

  15. Very interesting story! I never heard of the macrobiotic diet until now the resort looked so nice and relaxing! I would have loved to see Peacocks that close !

  16. Your pictures look amazing. The resort sounds lovely. I love Italy and have visited Rome and Venice recently.

  17. Wow, this sounds so amazing. I would love to visit someday. I eat so much processed food that I know my body would gladly thank me after spending time here!

  18. Wow, this place looks amazing! I hope to visit someday. I eat so much processed food in everyday life that I’m sure my body would thank me after spending some time here.

  19. Wow, this place looks amazing! I hope to visit someday. I eat so much processed food that I’m sure my body would thank me after spending time here.

  20. What a fantastic experience! It looks like a beautiful place to stay and your hosts sound amazing! I love the philosophy behind the resort as well

  21. It sounds like such a good experience and fresh watermelon juice sounds delicious! And love your pictures.
    Lea, xx

  22. Beautiful pictures! What a beautiful place and the good looks delicious! Those peacocks were amazing.

  23. Looks like a lovely rural venue for a friendly, relaxing break!

  24. This looks absolutely incredible, wow!! Your pictures are incredible too <3

  25. This is such a wonderful, interesting and informational post! Thank you!!!

  26. What a wonderful adventure. I learned so much from your post. Thank you. It looks like such a relaxing resort as well.

  27. This sounds like an amazing place to stay at, and its so GORGEOUS!!!! Love all of your photos and it was so well detailed!! x

  28. This is amazing, really takes you back in time and a very healthy place to stay!

  29. Another great post that makes me want to travel to Italy. I’ve seen peacocks before on a trip to the Dominican Republic and they are so gorgeous. Your post is so week written, it’s a pleasure to read. The pictures, as usual make me envious of your travels. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 If you are interested in following me on my travels, I will be writing about my experiences in Maine and London in the coming weeks. You can sign up for my email subscription or social media channels on the right hand side.

  30. Gorgeous! These photos really made me feel like I was there.

  31. The macrobiotic diet seems an interesting experience. But the Almond ricotta leaves me doubtful haha

  32. Amazing place! I would love to stay there! Italy is one of my fave countries 🙂

  33. Wow in love with the food photos! Looks so good.

  34. The food pictures omg look so good!

  35. Hi, what a lovely place to visit, those teacups are very pretty, the food looks amazing and watermelon juice is just delicios and very refreshing.

  36. This is awesome you made me very hungry 😂

  37. Your photos are gorgeous. I am sooo jealous. I stayed in Rome in July, but it was nothing this gorgeous! Travel goals.

  38. I absolutely love fresh-squeezed juice! I had fresh-squeezed OJ in Florida and have found nothing comparable anywhere else. Gorgeous photos. Looks like a great place to relax.

  39. It seems Yummy and delicious. It will be in our “Bucket List”

  40. booknerdprincess says: Reply

    Wow. I have never heard of a bio resort but it sounds like such an amazing experience. I love your pictures.

  41. Fantastic article I enjoyed reading it very much

  42. Gorgeous photos, this resort looks absolutely beautiful.

  43. Beautifully written with exceptional photography! I hope to visit someday.

  44. WOW! This place is stunning, and the food looks incredible. Sounds like exactly what I need right now, I can just imagine how relaxed I would feel! Your photos are stunning by the way, you have a great eye.

    1. Thank you Amber, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  45. This place sounds so wonderful!

  46. The pictures take you there without even leaving your desk. This posts incites wanderlust. I must go! Thank you for sharing. Agrigento Fontes is a beautiful place with enticing cuisine.

  47. Stunning images! It looks like such an amazing place!

  48. I really enjoyed reading this article. Very well written and so attractively presented thank you so much

  49. This looks like such a beautiful place, I love your pictures. The food sounds delicious, I wish I could eat there everyday of my life.

  50. This is such a beautiful place to stay and all the details in the resort is amazing. The food looked delicious, I’m glad you’ve had an amazing time.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  51. That place looks like the right blend of beautiful and quirky. Love it! Also, no I’ve never had fresh squeezed watermelon juice but I’ve always wanted to try it. I bought one from a store once but it wasn’t very nice, probably because of added ingredients. I think in the summer I’ll have to try and do it myself, X

  52. What a fabulous place, stamped Italy everywhere. Love those tea cups!

  53. I would want to stay here just for the food… and also the peacocks. 😉

  54. This sounds like such a COOL experience! I need to check out a bio resort now!! 🙂

  55. Thank you for sharing! Already added this place to my bucket list 🙂

  56. Very cool story! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for teaching me so much. I would love to try the diet if someone els was doing the preparing. 😉

  57. Haven’t heard about Bio Resorts before, it is such a great idea! I love this place so much, very beautiful and calm, perfect for the relaxing vacation.

  58. This resort sounds amazing and one that you’d want to make sure you can spend some time in and experience. Love all your photos and I’d love to do the cooking class!

  59. This place is so beautiful, I love everything about it. I would totally love to visit. Plus the food looks so yummy 🙂

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