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Sicily villa holidays

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, offering beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine, and fascinating history. The island’s rich and varied past has left a fascinating legacy of wonderful archaeological sites and majestic buildings, whilst Sicily’s most famous natural wonder – Mount Etna, has left a mark all of its own in the distinctive volcanic landscape that surrounds it. The people of Sicily are warm and friendly in nature and a villa holiday is a great way to meet the locals and experience the Sicilian way of life first-hand. You will also find plenty of opportunities to soak up the intriguing culture of the island by attending one of the many colourful festivals that take place throughout the year. Whether its culture, cuisine, countryside – or simply beautiful beaches you’re looking for - Sicily offers plenty for everyone.

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  • Scopello

    Scopello

    Scopello is a pretty hamlet in the north west corner of Sicily and lies on the coast between the bustling resort of Castellammare del Golfo and the Zingaro nature reserve. The village itself includes a couple o...

    8 villas 1hr Palermo
  • Acireale

    Acireale

    This ancient town sits at the foot of Mount Etna on the beautiful east coast of Sicily. Acireale boasts wonderful baroque architecture, whilst sights include the Zelantea art gallery, the baroque church of San ...

    2 villas 30mins Catania
  • Modica

    Modica

    The charming town of Modica is set between two valleys, amid beautiful scenery around 15 kilometres from Ragusa. Modica is characterised by its beautiful architecture including churches, palaces, and beautiful ...

    2 villas 2hrs Catania
  • Trapani

    Trapani

    The pride of Sicily's south-west coast, Trapani has been restored over the last few years to its original architectural splendour. many of the towns central streets, squares and boulevards have been pedestriani...

    2 villas 27mins Trapani
  • Trecastagni

    Trecastagni, Acireale

    Trecastagni, which means three chestnuts in English, is an ancient town standing on the lower slopes of Mount Etna. There are numerous shops, bars restaurants and banks in the town whilst Acireale and Catania a...

    2 villas 30mins Catania
  • Camastra

    Camastra, Agrigento

    Camastra is a busy little village in the Agrigento region of Sicily. There is a small selection of shops and cafes in the town and some local restaurants on the outskirts. The larger town of Naro is just a ten ...

    1 villa 1hr 50mins Catania
  • Castelvetrano Selinunte

    Castelvetrano Selinunte

    The most westerly of the ancient Greek strongholds in Sicily, Selinunte has a long and fascinating history. Originally the site of 5 Greek temples of which now just one remains, the impressive Doric temple of H...

    1 villa 1hr 5mins Palermo
  • Ganzirri

    Ganzirri

    This charming old fishing village is located on the north-eastern tip of Sicily, where the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas meet in the straits of Messina. Ganzirri is set beside two small lakes where local fishermen...

    1 villa 1hr 30mins Catania
  • Licata

    Licata

    The popular port town of Licata is located on Sicily’s beautiful south coast. Licata has been an important harbour since Roman times and over the years was a major crossroads for the corn and sulphur trad...

    1 villa 2hrs Catania
  • Marsala

    Marsala

    The pedestrianised old town centre of Marsala offers a variety of good restaurants, bars and shops and there are many historical sites and buildings to visit. The towns' cathedral is dedicated to Saint Thomas a...

    1 villa 20mins Trapani
  • Patti

    Patti

    You can enjoy a great relaxing or cultural break in the historic town of Patti. Imagine beautiful beaches of golden sand, backed by rocky cliffs and you’ll have an idea of what the coastline is like here ...

    1 villa 2hrs 10mins Catania
  • Rosolini

    Rosolini, Siracusa

    Rosolini is a small village located in the agricultural countryside just 40kms away from the bustling and popular city of Siracusa where there are many shops, bars and restaurants....

    1 villa 1hr 20mins Catania

Sicily Villa Selection

  • Del Sol
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
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    Del Sol

    Scopello, Sicily

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  • Delfino
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Delfino

    Scopello, Sicily

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  • Best of James
    Viagrande
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Viagrande

    Trecastagni, Sicily

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  • Luxury
    RosaEtnea
    Sleeps 13
    7 Bedrooms
    9 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    RosaEtnea

    Trecastagni, Sicily

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  • Il Faro
    Sleeps 7
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Il Faro

    Ganzirri, Sicily

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  • Verdemare
    Sleeps 8
    5 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Verdemare

    Patti, Sicily

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  • Luxury
    Elena
    Sleeps 12
    6 Bedrooms
    7 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Elena

    Camastra, Sicily

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  • Gabbiano
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Gabbiano

    Scopello, Sicily

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  • Luxury
    Ager Costa
    Sleeps 15
    8 Bedrooms
    9 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Ager Costa

    Trapani, Sicily

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  • Orca
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Orca

    Scopello, Sicily

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  • Luxury
    Eden
    Sleeps 10
    5 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Eden

    Acireale, Sicily

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  • Leone
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Leone

    Acireale, Sicily

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  • Rosa dei Venti
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Rosa dei Venti

    Scopello, Sicily

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  • Luxury
    Villa Spiga
    Sleeps 12
    6 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Villa Spiga

    Rosolini, Sicily

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  • Trombadore
    Sleeps 11
    4 Bedrooms
    5 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Trombadore

    Modica, Sicily

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  • Baia Chiara
    Sleeps 6
    3 Bedrooms
    2 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Advised

    Baia Chiara

    Modica, Sicily

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  • Masseria Falamandrina
    Sleeps 7
    4 Bedrooms
    3 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Masseria Falamandrina

    Licata, Sicily

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  • Best of James
    Selinunte Garden
    Sleeps 8
    4 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Selinunte Garden

    Castelvetrano Selinunte, Sicily

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  • Tamara
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Tamara

    Marsala, Sicily

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  • Conchiglia
    Sleeps 4
    2 Bedrooms
    1 Bathrooms
    Private Pool
    Free Air Conditioning
    Car Essential

    Conchiglia

    Scopello, Sicily

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About Sicily

Local cuisine in Sicily

The cuisine of Sicily is Italian in style, with distinct Greek and Arabic influences gained throughout the island’s history. Fish, olives and broad beans offer hints of Greece – particularly on the east coast that borders the Ionian Sea, whilst the use of apricots, rice, saffron, couscous, sugar and citrus offers comparisons with North African cuisine. Some of the best known Sicilian dishes include arancine (fried rice balls filled with meat), couscous al pesce (couscous with seafood), and caponata (a salad with aubergines, olives, capers, and celery). Sicily is also particularly well known for its excellent desserts that include Cannoli (pastry desserts filled with ricotta and sugar filling), Frutta di Martorana (marzipan and almond fruit shapes), and of course, gelato. All of this can be enjoyed with a delicious glass of the excellent Sicilian wine – the island has more vineyards than any other part of Italy.

Hints of history in Sicily

All over Sicily you will find historical sites that hint towards the island’s rich and diverse past. Evidence of Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Catalan, and Greek influences – to name just a few – are still visible in abundance across Sicily. The island’s strategic position on the Mediterranean trade routes has been coveted by many different rulers over time. Some of the fascinating sights to see include the Greco-Roman amphitheatre in Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, the Baroque architecture of beautiful Catania, and the many historic sites of ancient Siracusa. These include the temple of Apollo, temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman amphitheatre, and the 7th Century cathedral (which actually stands on the remains of a much older building!). Wherever you go in Sicily, you’ll find a wealth of sites where you can delve into the rich and varied past of this captivating island.

On the beach in Sicily

Sicily has a diverse coastline of fantastic sand and pebble beaches, interspersed with sections of dramatic cliff face and undulating rocky coastline. Even in summer months, it is possible to find quieter beaches in certain areas of the island, with plenty of room to relax. Bustling coastal holiday resorts mix with larger ports, and tiny, tranquil fishing villages. A great selection of both sand and pebble beaches are to be found on the east coast around Catania and Siracusa, whilst there are many popular pebble beaches around the resort of Taormina. Facing across the water to the Aeolian Islands, not far from the port of Messina, you’ll find a number of great sandy beaches. Further along the north coast, the resort of Cefalu also has a wonderful, long sandy beach.

Discover local charm in Sicily

Sicilians are a welcoming and friendly people who are proud of the island’s rich cultural heritage. A huge amount of festivals and events take place throughout the year, where locals and visitors alike can really feel part of the community and soak up some of the Sicilian traditions. Towns and villages large and small each have a patron saint, celebrated in varying different ways each year, with events such as processions and fireworks. Good Friday sees atmospheric masked processions that take place all over Sicily. The island also has a great number of food festivals celebrating the delicious local produce grown in different areas – giving you the opportunity to enjoy some of the typical Sicilian specialities. Outdoor music events are popular during summer months, including the wonderful Greek theatre productions that take place in the Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Siracusa.

James recommends
  • Visit Mount Etna - Europe's highest volcano, and home to the Greek god of fire, Vulcan, and the Cyclops from Greek mythology.
  • Spend a day in Taormina shopping for trinkets, and enjoy a lunch at one of the many renowned restaurants or pavement cafés. Whilst there, visit the Museo archeologico di Taormina.
  • Take the hydrofoil from Palermo to Ustica and enjoy the crystal clear, turquoise waters from a glass bottom boat.
  • Take a stroll through the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - a UNESCO site and home to a parade of ancient Greek temples dating back to the 5th Century.
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Beaches

Beaches in Sicily

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La Plaia Catania, Acireale

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San Leone, Camastra

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Porto Palo , Castelvetrano Selinunte

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Lungomare di Cefalu, Cefalu

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Sampieri, Modica

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Marina di Ragusa, Modica

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Marina di Modica, Modica

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Mondello, Palermo

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Public transport available, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Chargeable
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, 1 - 2km long
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk
Activities for hire:
Wind surfing
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Kiosk, Cafe
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 17 Feb 2014

Gioiosa Marea, Patti

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Marina di Patti, Patti

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Good wheelchair/disabled access*, Accessed via Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Chargeable
Beach type:
Sandy beach, Shingle beach, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long, Beach popular with tourists
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
Beachwear shop within 5 minutes walk, ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 13 Feb 2014

Spiaggia Mongiove, Patti

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Marinello , Patti

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Spiaggia di Guidaloca, Scopello

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Castellammare del Golfo, Scopello

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San Vito Lo Capo, Scopello

Access to the Beach:
Easy access by car, Public transport available
Parking: Within 5 mins walk, Chargeable
Beach type:
Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 1 - 2km long, Beach popular with tourists
Facilities:
Charged facilities: Parasol, Sun lounger without cushion
ATM within 5 minute walk
Food/Drink:
Beach front: Cafe, Bar
Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 17 Feb 2014
 
 

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*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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