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Villas in Sicily

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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Sicily - Natural beauty matched only by unique culture

Pristine beaches and brooding volcanic landscapes surround our villas in Sicily, making a dramatic first impression that the island more than lives up to. Ancient history still bubbles beneath the surface, while many cultures have left their own invisible mark for you to experience.

  • Sicily Food

    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.

  • Sicily History

    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.

  • Sicily Beaches

    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.

  • Sicily Local Charm

    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.

  • Sicily Holidays - Points of Interest

    • 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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Sights / Places to go
7.9
Night life
6.5
Overall rating
8.0
Scores 8.0 out of 10 based on 34 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10

Victoria

Cranleigh Friends
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Old Masala, the Islands boat trip was excellent, the salt beds and windmills and mama Caura restaurant and Mothia islands, SAN Vito lo Capo beach and town....plenty to see and do. Beautiful trip to Scopello on way back to Palermo.
The fact that the villa was in a slightly mixed area with nice and not so nice properties around it. Also the fact that you had to drive everywhere nothing is in walking distance at all.
Confirmed stay: 08 June 2019
Published on: 09 June 2019
6 out of 10

Nicola

Stoke-on-Trent Group
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Beautiful scenery.
Access to vllla.
Not really in season, so difficult to assess nightlife.
Confirmed stay: 01 June 2019
Published on: 06 June 2019
8 out of 10

Judith

Bedale Couple
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Landscape, wild flowers, ancient monuments, food, wine
Driving standards quite poor and nerve racking and too much rubbish - large skip areas overflowing and not being emptied.
Confirmed stay: 30 April 2019
Published on: 01 May 2019
8 out of 10

Jane

Chester Family (the eldest child is at school)
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Fabulous view, lots of interesting sights to see very locally, great food options close by.
The villa was difficult to access along a small track, heavy construction work happening all around made access more challenging and the noise levels were high.
Confirmed stay: 20 April 2019
Published on: 21 April 2019
8 out of 10

Laura

Family (with only pre-school children)
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Lots of things to do and they seemed to cater well for children
Quite a long drive between towns and sights, but not really anything that anyone could do anything about.
Confirmed stay: 13 April 2019
Published on: 14 April 2019
8 out of 10

Joanne

Ipswich Family (the eldest child is at school)
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Totally unspoilt, great food and weather
The Italian driving !!
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018
Published on: 28 October 2018
7 out of 10

Caroline

Scotland Couple
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The VIEW
Uneven access steps rather dangerous
Supplies could be better
No coffee machine a cheap filter machine would not be expensive
Confirmed stay: 27 October 2018
Published on: 28 October 2018
5 out of 10

Andrew

Friends
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Reviewer left no comment
Roads / Roadworks / Drivers
Confirmed stay: 13 October 2018
Published on: 21 October 2018
5 out of 10

Moira

Colne, Lancs. Extended family 3 generations
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Lidls. Nice local environment.
So mountainous. I didn't get to see any of the 3 things I wanted to - The valley of the Temples, the mosaics, or even Mt Etna. Didn't realise the island was so big. Local drivers are AWFUL.
Confirmed stay: 06 October 2018
Published on: 11 October 2018
7 out of 10

Michael

Carmarthen Couple
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Interesting historical sights
Traffic and particularly standard of driving.
Confirmed stay: 06 October 2018
Published on: 08 October 2018
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