Hidden on a hill top in Sicily is the Unesco World Heritage town of Ragusa. On San Vito Street is a brand new hostel welcoming travellers for the first time this year. San Vito Hostel has been open for just a few months now and is the only hostel in Ragusa offering dormitory style accommodation for budget travel.
Although it may be considered a ‘hostel’ the facilities are of hotel quality and despite the shared living areas there is ample space due to the old structure of the building. Grand high ceilings, large open windows, balconies and terraces make for a relaxing atmosphere and the rooms are not over crowded with a maximum of six beds to a dorm.
Owners Eugenio and Susi are originally from Milan and moved to Ragusa, leaving everything behind in the big city just a few years ago for a change of pace and a completely new lifestyle on the island. From the big smoke to the great outdoors, it’s clear that they are passionate about their new home and have put a lot of thought into the hostel. They too live on the premises and it’s clear that Susi has a background in interior design for the chic, retro feel of the hostel. Thought has gone into the little details with comfortable furniture, interesting artworks and vintage posters on the walls. Eclectic bits and pieces like an old type writer or an Italian sign ‘Olio di Oliva’ on the kitchen wall give a homey feeling to the place that is in no way sterile or generic like other hostels can be.
Eugenio explains that he wanted to open a hostel rather than a hotel because he prefers the hostel clientele for their relaxed, carefree nature, “when travellers choose a hostel, it’s because they’re interested in discovering the city and territory, their primary focus isn’t staying in a fancy resort with thousands of additional services. Instead, they just seek to find a comforting place with a relaxed atmosphere to share with others.”
That being said, the couple have gone above and beyond to provide everything that a traveller could ever want or need.
They chose Ragusa as their destination for its tourism potential thanks to the natural surroundings with canyons and mountains making it the perfect destination for an adventurous traveller. There are endless opportunities for activities like trekking, canyoning and cycling. There is also plenty to do in Ragusa for a more relaxed, slow pace trip including cooking classes, historical sites and stunning architecture to be admired.
Although the San Vito Hostel is in it’s first few months they have already had an enthusiastic response from guests Susi says,
“we’ve had people book for one or two nights and they often end up staying a week or more.”
The couple encourages ‘slow travel’ leaving time to make day trips to the other Unesco classified towns of the area with easy bus transfer to and from Ragusa. San Vito Hostel serves as a great base where travellers are welcome to stay long term and still be within 15 minutes to the beach.
There are already big plans for San Vito hostels future with a room dedicated to upcoming art exhibitions to allow guests to get a taste of the local art and photography without even having to step out the front door. An aperitivo bar and a second outdoor area to relax on the large rooftop terrace are just a few projects on the cards.
Other than it being the only hostel in Ragusa, you won’t find anywhere better to stay than San Vito Hostel. Between its modern, fresh design, newly renovated rooms and bathrooms, facilities including breakfast, free wifi and lockers, it’s a comfortable space for all kinds of travellers but most importantly, affordable for backpackers.
See their website for more information and bookings.
Via San Vito 176, 97100 Ragusa (Italy)
+39 345 723 9849