A.D. 1768 Hotel by Vemworks

In the heart of Ibla and Val di Noto, in one of the most beautiful Italian UNESCO site, you’ll find A.D. 1768, a 4-star boutique hotel with 10 rooms designed by Vemworks.


The project, signed by Vemworks architects (Marco Dellatorre, Emanuele Corte and Vittoria Fiorito, based between Milan, Turin and New York City), was created under the supervision of the superintendency of Ragusa, and saw the scientific restoration and consolidation of one of the best-preserved noblebuildings in the city, Palazzo Arezzo of Donnafugata.

This ancient patrician residence, whose origins date back to 1768, remained uninhabited for about 50 years, until this intervention, which began in 2017 and ended in 2019, promoted its conversion into a luxury accommodation facility. The intervention brought the ancient essence back to life, purifying it from the restyling of about 250 years of history.

“Now more than ever it is possible to appreciate its architecture in its original forms, and its architecture, with its compositional style, that plays the leading role,” Vemworks architects report.

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- by Matt Watts