Cummari women share their experiences
Photo by Callme Studio Sicily
Sustainable & Visual Fashion Expert/Professional English Tutor/Digital Nomad
- Based in USA & Germany
Having spent my summer at Cummari it’s been a crossroads of divine serenity and growth. Michelle provides a sacred space for women who are nomadic and traveling on their own. I have encountered so many amazing mutil-cultural women with one core essence in mind, soul growth and coming together as a community of powerful women.
My time here has been enriched as a woman and has provided more insights into my own life journey. I would recommend Cummari to anyone looking for a beautiful escape.
Chef "Dimmi di Più "/ Blogger/Astrologist/Professor
- Based in USA & Sicily
Michelle captures the magic and meaning of cummari providing a one of a kind travel and authentic Italian living experience. Each of us solo travellers arrives a stranger and leaves a cummari. Even Catania the city and the region became my cummari.
My experience staying at Cummari was everything I had hoped for and then some. From a spontaneous ski adventure on Mt Etna to a cooking lesson with Nonna Maria, Michelle imbues a lovely essence in everything she touches. I am looking forward to spending more time at Cummari.
Photo by Callme Studio Sicily
- Based in Germany, Sicily & Bali
My time in Cummari, Catania and with this being so close to the energy of Etna, moves me always deeper into my heart. And with this I let go of more and more things. And therefore becomes that, what is really, really important to me just more clear and with this bright.
Cummari makes me able to see so clearly how I want to live. In a physical sense of home and in a sense of connection.
I allow less to get my ego in the way. I am softer to myself and the world. I feel like that this shift happened over the last year, and when I am in Cummari pieces coming together.
E-Learning Specialist/Goddess/Digital Nomad
- Based in Canada & Europe
The second Coliving I came to was Cummari, I picked it on a whim which was very uncharacteristic for me but there was something so beautiful about it. My transition here was a bit rocky and I stumbled a few times (both emotionally and on the uneven sidewalks) but the lessons I learned here were incredible. There is a raw and gritty energy that gets into your veins and propels you out of your comfort zone while the space and the host Michelle offer a haven to process your feelings and ground.
There is some sort of divine, wild magic at work here and it gave me an opportunity to learn so much about myself. Cummari and Catania helped me heal and find my confidence. There are no words to describe the impact this place has had on me and I will forever be grateful for my time there.
Quality Assurance Manager/Digital Nomad
- Based in Germany
Cummari is more than a house for women travelling alone. It is a universe that opens up as soon as you open the heavy door and catch sight of a flowery old lampshade of the two sisters who once lived there. A place created by the hostess and former digital nomad Miche, who, full of heart and soul, tells the story of the creation of Cummari and creates a feel-good atmosphere for women from all over the world with her helpfulness, liveliness and creativity.
Living and working, but also exchanging ideas with women who could not be more different in some cases and yet sit together at a round kitchen table, laughing, eating pasta, exchanging ideas and learning from each other - that is what made my stay at Cummari an unforgettable time of my life. Never forget: "Eat spaghetti to forgetti your regretti."
Non-Profit Communications Expert/Digital Nomad
- Based in Sweden, Europe, World
Opening the gates to Cummari is a bit like opening the gates to Catania. Much like Catania itself, Cummari feels a bit like a little secret. Behind what an untrained eye can perceive as a rough façade opens a small world of beauty and warmth. It’s not an exclusive club, on the contrary, it’s a welcoming community, but you have to know what you are looking for to find it. And once you’re in on the secret, you’re in. Because once you have entered the door to Cummari, other doors in Catania will automatically open – secret spots, happenings and events– you will quickly become part of the city beyond tourist traps.
In a city full of bustle, Cummari is also a safe space to be in, and to come home to. It’s a calm haven to rest your head, while still managing to create space for social activities and connections to be made. It’s a space where women of all backgrounds come, but who have in common that they are independent, driven and adventurous. Cummari offers a unique combination of space to focus and be ambitious, but also to socialise, explore and go on adventures. Michelle and Igor are tireless, never-ending wells of information and will go out of their way to share their knowledge about the city, but also an insight to life in Sicily in general.
Cummari is the perfect place for someone who wants to connect with other remote-working women, learn about culture and life in Sicily, and who also want a tranquil space to call home during their stay.
Branding Design/Astrologist/Digital Nomad
- Based in France & Beyond
Cummari is one of those special places where you immediately feel at home: the cozy atmosphere, the small details brought to the decoration, the quietness of the space. Perfect to release and recharge, but also to work as it’s a space where it’s easy to focus on what you have to do. It became the perfect cocoon for me during my time there!
Michelle & Igor, the owners, are very kind and reliable, always here in case of any issues, and to give you the best tips to discover the treasures of Catania and Sicily. I already know that I will come back!
Freelance Journalist/Digital Nomad
- Based in Malaysia & Singapore
Cummari was home for me the few weeks I lived there. As a freelance journalist, I’ve been working remote for eight years, and as a Third Culture Kid, I’ve been living in different countries my whole life. It’s difficult to find places that feel like “home” when you’re traveling all the time, and this is an important feeling I look for.
I’ve stayed in many hotels and initially, I just wanted a place where I could do laundry and be surrounded by cozy furniture, but I found much more than that in Cummari – I found a community. Many of the women were in the same boat as me – veteran travelers who have seen the world and wanted a stable base for a bit while having adventures in Sicily. I appreciated having my own room and space at Cummari but it was nice having people in the house, too. Especially when Michelle and Igor dropped by to cook pasta and feed us yummy chocolate-filled Sicilian desserts. I can be a neat freak, and was glad that all my roommates tidied up after themselves and always left the kitchen clean. It felt so nice living with grown-ups! Not only that, I shared many deep conversations with my roommates about work, traveling, family, relationships, etc.
I loved exploring Sicily’s beaches and mountains but my best memories are of going out with my roommates to eat pizza and have an aperitivo (such a Sicilian practice). As women enter their 30s, there’s pressure to behave a certain way, to stop traveling and “settle down.” But I learned so much from this group of women in Cummari. It was nice seeing women my age living life on their own terms, doing what they want to do and simply being happy. We helped each other realize not to take life too seriously and find happiness in the little moments. Actually, one of the most fun nights was when we had been stuck at home for days because of a hurricane and one of my roommates cooked delicious risotto and we ate and drank wine.
I can’t wait to return to Cummari – hopefully next year – not just for the Sicilian treats and sunshine but also to see who else I’ll meet and what they’ll teach me. Grazie mille Catania and Cummari!"