Baglio Spano, Sicily

You know it’s going to be a special place when you drive through acres of vineyards along a bumpy, gravel road to get there. You know it’s going to be something incredible when you drive through wooden gates 30 feet tall dating back to the 18th century. Special and incredible barely describe Baglio Spano, an old wine cantina in western Sicily, once used as a summer home residence by the noble family Montalto-Spanò. Baglio Spano has found a perfect mix between old and new, having modern conveniences in a historical setting. As a jump-off point to Marsala and Selinunte, this is a great location to lounge on the beach or explore archeological parks and ancient cities. After experiencing Baglio Spano, I’d have to argue that eating breakfast and dinner in an orange grove makes the food taste even better, if that’s even possible!