Recently opened to guests, the Palazzo Castro Grimaldi, perched on a hill overlooking the city of Modica in southern Sicily, is noted for its exquisite period interiors, little changed since the late 19th century. According to Francesco and Raffaele Emmolo Tommasi Rosso, owners of the palace and descendants of the titled Castro and Grimaldi families who gave the 17th century palace its, the rooms have an aristocratic tone, but the size remains that of a dwelling or a lived-in apartment.

And if you’re wondering if there’s a connection with the Monaco Grimaldis—yes, there is. Last October, Prince Albert of Monaco visited Modica, taking the residences where his distant relatives lived. The ground floor for rent features three exquisite reception rooms, two bedrooms and a dining room. During their stay, guests can also hire a monsù, the name given by Sicilian aristocrats to their chefs. (The term comes from the French word monsieur, as cooks often studied French cuisine.) The monsù specializes in dishes that reflect the culinary traditions of Sicily’s noble families.

Starting rate: Approximately $940 per night; $5,300 per week

Contact:, 39.331.867.0292,

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