Centro San Nicola Programma Terapeutico


Here, in a fully renovated farmhouse amid rolling hills and sun-drenched olive groves, you can benefit from the most up-to-date, intensive group and individual therapies, get fit, acquire life-enhancing skills and begin finding your way back to healthy living.

The Centre can accommodate up to 26 guests in comfortable en-suite bedrooms, and is equipped with all you need to get back into a healthy lifestyle and rebuild your self-confidence: a swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, football field, volleyball court, therapy rooms, art and craft studio, yoga and meditation room, auditorium, cinema screen, satellite TV, a large shared living room, a kitchen, a convivial dining room, and comfortable en-suite double bedrooms. We run cooking, language, yoga, pottery, photography and gardening classes. All activities (as well as all therapies) are provided in both English and Italian.




Villa SilviaVilla Silvia – where it all started

Villa Silvia was founded in 1963 by Prof. Nicola Aliotta as a neuropsychiatric private hospital. From the start, its basic approach has been to combine innovation with a focus on the well-being of the patient. Very unusually for that time, it admitted patients only of their own free will, and avoided imposing invasive therapies without the patients' consent. From 1978, it started to admit alcoholics. It became the only institution within hospital structures in Italy to adopt a multidisciplinary approach including CBT and the 12 steps, in connection with the newly born AA groups. This gave Villa Silvia a strong profile, and it soon became the Italian market leader. In 1983 it received the 'quality' award from the Italian government.


Vincenzo AliottaIn 1989 Prof. Nicola Aliotta's son, Vincenzo, took over. The hospital completely renovated its technology side, with new machines such as MRI and TAC, again raising its quality and professional standards. Villa Silvia became well known nationally, with more than 50% of its patients coming from other regions. RINA (a leading European assessment firm) awarded Villa Silvia the 'quality certificate'. In 1999 the San Nicola project started to take shape, as Vincenzo became interested in the idea of a rehab centre that would combine the multidisciplinary and the Minnesota methods. He visited the best addiction centers in France (multidisciplinary) and in the US (Hazelden clinics) in order to explore the potential of each approach.




San Nicola was opened in 2013. It is the only addiction rehabilitation centre in Italy that can offer continuity of care from detox to rehab, using the 12 step approach merged with the multidisciplinary one. Since then, San Nicola has performed so well that in 2014 it was awarded the certificate of 'Excellence' by the Italian Ministry of Health. In keeping with its innovative side, and always striving to identify the best treatment solutions, Villa Silvia/San Nicola has recently acquired the Brainsway Deep TMS System. New studies have shown the effectiveness of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on cocaine addiction. Our aim is to further research its potential with other types of addictions as well. San Nicola is also part of a project that offers graduate students a Master's in 'Group Therapy'. It is the only MBA of its kind in Italy that merges academic studies with practical, in-the-field activities.