Driving along 115 highway, opposite the crossroad to Caved’Ispica, you can take Vanedda Amuri, the place name of the country road thatgoes winding up to the iron gate of Villa Giunta in Bugilfezza region. Once,Bugilfezza was a feudal estate as it is certified in the Diplomas of the year1303 and its name comes from Arab, that is Burg (land) and Feiz (proper andfamily name). A reliable source about the derivation of the word is certainlythe remarkable work by Raffaello Solarino “The Contea of Modica”.
We don’t know much about the denomination of the little roadVanedda Amuri. Some say that it is named after the sweet fruits (sweet as love)of the blackberry bushes that grow along the dry stone walls of the road,others speak of some love intrigues. Whatever the two stories may be told, itis worth going into the courtyard tolook at the magnificent manor house, a realexample of architectural style of those times.
The early building of the villa, in the middle of a silvergreen olive grove, dates back to the 18th century on commission of TommasoScrofani used to spend his summer holidays in the villa and there from thefront terrace of the house he enjoyed the beautiful sight of the Mediterraneansea. That sight made him live adventourous travels and he thought he was thestory teller of them. Later on the building was enlarged and at the end of the19th century it was inherited by the Giunta family after the marriage betweenBaronessa Maria Scrofani and Don Antonio Giunta. Data taken from the familytree Alagona-Scrofani-Giunta.
The villa has still got its original entrance and it hasmaintained the same architectural style in spite of the many works done in thecourse of times. The family used to spend their summer holidays at the villaand there they had a nice time. Agricultural works were important, too. Sowingseasons, harvest times followed one upon the others with differentcultivations, a rational method to make a good use of the land. The ruralbuildings near the villa and now used as farmhouse, date back more or less to thefirst years of the 19th century.
The careful restoration of the rooms, the traditional ruralequipment on show, the grindstones of the ancient oil mill are pieces of thehistory of Hyblean Terramare and they offer the opportunity to have a pleasantstay together with the warm hospitality one can find in Sicily.
Retired Teacher of Literature and Expert of History and Ethnography of the Province of Ragusa