Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com

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Atelier sul Mare art hotel: Obsessive But Compulsive [travel]

13 Dec , 2011  

Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com

About half way along the Sicily’s North Coast is Cefalu, and just a little fur­ther is the tiny vil­lage of Castel di Tusa which at first glance has little to offer; a bar emit­ting pop music and the whiff of a typ­ical café kit­chen, a few fish­ing boats pulled up on the har­bour front, a coach of school­chil­dren. Except it hap­pens to be home to one of the most extraordin­ary hotels you are ever likely to check into. Atelier sul Mare is the brainchild of Antonio Presti, who had the insane idea that guests would travel miles off the beaten track to a hotel that allowed you to stay and sleep inside a piece of art.

Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com

Sixteen or so of its 40 rooms have been cre­ated by an inter­na­tional col­lec­tion of artists who have been given the free­dom to push the bound­ar­ies of what con­sti­tutes a hotel room to the very limit. We chose the Pasolini Room (also called the Prophet Room) by Dario Bellezza, Adele Camria and Antonio him­self. The black metal door is covered with Pier Paolo Pasolini’s poetry, can­ti­levered so we can knock it down should we want to, and opens into an impossibly nar­row, pitch-dark cor­ridor which requires us to turn our wheelie suit­cases side­ways. The room is large and all walls and ceil­ings are plastered with straw and mud. It shouldn’t work, but it does! The effect is at first per­plex­ing, then strangely com­fort­ing.

Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com
Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com

The other rooms are equally enthralling and each is totally dif­fer­ent. Antonio has also set up a con­tem­por­ary sculp­ture park in the hills behind the town — an unlikely dis­cov­ery and an unex­pec­ted pleas­ure.

Atelier sul Mare art hotel - sprks.com

More about Atelier sul Mare com­ing soon…
Read more about Palermo, Erice, Siracusa and Taormina on My Big Sicilian Road Trip

Atelier sul Mare, via Cesare Battisti 4, 98079 Castel di Tusa, Sicily.
T: +39 0921 334 295 W: ateliersulmare.it

Words & Photos: © Ken Sparkes All Rights Reserved.

 

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