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Sleeping in a work of art on the sea of Sicily - Luigi Mainolfi's room TERRA E FUOCO (earth and fire) - 7 nights - from € 1.680 for two people with breakfast, lunch and dinner - (charity gift included)

Hotel "Atelier sul Mare": a hotel-museum of contemporary art unique in the world, a few steps from a wonderful sea, in Castel di Tusa (ME), a small fishing village near Cefalù 2016 blue flag.
In this "museum" the works of art are twenty rooms designed and built by many artists. Each room is an experience in itself, conceptually and physically different from the others. In common, the opportunity for guests to live inside a work of art.

Seven nights for two people full board.

Services included:

  • Breakfast in the hotel (upon request, in the room)
  • Lunch and dinner in the Hotel restaurant or - in low season - at the restaurants Grotta Marina and Dama di Tusa
  • Free WiFi in all common areas
  • Guided tour of the art rooms
  • Pets free stay
  • Use of the beach with 1 umbrella and 2 sun loungers
  • Air conditionning

ROOM TERRA E FUOCO (earth & fire):

The walls hit by an explosion of pottery fragments. A bed that fluctuates in the apparent void in which to loose yourself to rediscover the fullness of being. The room, signed by Luigi Mainolfi recompose itself in the large rectangular windows that, with the effect of a prospective breakthrough, opens sight and mind to the sea and the sky and so it creates a fascinating intersection among the four elements: air, water, earth and fire.

The chair and the suspended bed are the core of the work. They are also functional elements and privileged view-points. The iron sculpture-chair with its lines that become torsion, is the mean through which the guest release its energy, its thoughts and become himself a being in the space and in the void.

Its aspect of a metallic warp merge with the broken lines of the wall pottery forming a labyrinthic path which evokes the passages, the stops and the sudden accelerations of existance.

The large bed floats lightly in the space with no grips with the walls, which appear as a mosaic of pieces of matter whose tone varies with the passing of the hours of the day.
A night to free you from yourself and to find in that emptyness the fullness of being.


The Restaurants:

Atelier sul Mare 

A room inside the Hotel on a terrace on the sea with the Nebrodi mounts at your back and the gulf of Castel di Tusa in front. Sicilian dishes of natural cuisine, with products of high quality as the fish, fresh every day from the fishermen of the village, meat, from the Nebrodi's breedings, as well as cheese, cold cuts and vegetables. Sweets from the Sicilian tradition.

Grotta Marina 

Restaurant run by a family of fishermen with the best mediterranean recipes passed down for generations.

Dama Tusa

A cuisine based on the raw materials of the island. Among their strenght dishes: classical recipes re-interpreted in modern way and totally innovative recipes. Pizzas from the wood oven.


The Bars:

Inside the hotel, the Bar is in a "museum sitting room" where to drink a coffee or have a quick bite browsing a book from the rich library available to the guests.

On the terrace directly overlooking the sea, a bar ideal for relaxing, drinking a sun-downer or enjoying a "granita".


The Beach:

The beach of Castel di Tusa is of pebbles; the sea makes them sound creating a calm and relaxing athmosphere.

Museo Albergo Atelier sul Mare:

Antonio Presti is the artifex of this unique reality where landscape, culture and art merge together to make thhe guests of this magnificent island live an unforgettable emotion: every room is a dream.

Presti was already the creator of the Fiumara d’Arte, the largest open park of sculptures of Europe, which  overlooks the area where Atelier sul Mare is located.

The Fiumara d'Arte is an open museum formed by a series of sculptures of contemporary artists displayed along the embankements of the river Tusa.

Italo Lanfredini - Labyrinth of Arianna


Including charity gift to A.R.P.A.I.: Association for the restorazion of the italian artistic heritage.

Info about the Association: http://www.arpai.org