sicilian gastronomy

Aside from the obvious advantages of holidaying in Sicily in May or June when prices are low and the beaches crowd-free, a Spring holiday in Sicily means gastronomy. Dip into your nearest trattoria for a dish of pasta con le sarde or wander along to the local market to stock up on the freshest seasonal ingredients for a gourmet al fresco meal at your own villa. So what are the traditional Sicily food in May?   Springtime traditional Sicily food products Fish plays a big part in the Sicilian diet year-round but tuna and sword fish are at their best…

taormina-blog-wish-sicily

Taormina, the jewel in the crown of Sicily’s east coast, is one of the island’s best loved towns, and for good reason. With its dramatic coastline, gorgeous beaches and enticing shops, the town offers endless possibilities for a perfect holiday. Choose your best time to visit Taormina Sicily and decide from a collection of luxury villas in Taormina with pools and sea views and pair a week of sun-drenched relaxation with some gentle sightseeing. Let’s see together which places to visit Taormina Italy.   Beaches in Taormina  Beaches in the area vary enormously, from sandy to pebbly and in size,…

sicily-villas

Grab a week in the sun at Whitsun half-term and take advantage of our discounts of up to 20% on a selection of villas in Sicily, some with pools, throughout the island.   Save £350 on the north coast A pool, table tennis and sprawling garden with a stunning fully-equipped outdoor kitchen are likely to keep all the family happy at Whitsun. Casa del Gelso is a 2-bedroom villa set between the coast and Sicily’s Nebrodi Mountains, which provide some of the island’s most spectacular and least visited landscapes.  For just 15 euros, including a picnic lunch, you can join…

holiday in sicily - gelato

Holiday in Sicily and wake up to the fact that choosing an ice cream flavour will never be the same again. From almond to zabaglione, pistachio of bronte, with basil, cinnamon, licorice along the way, best gelato (bread or cone) in Sicily is available wherever you go and at any time of day. Which gives you ample opportunity to try as many flavours as possible. The story goes that ice cream first came to Sicily by way of the ancient Greek or Roman foot runners who brought snow from Etna to Taormina and Catania, flavoured with nuts, berries and honey.…

most-beautiful-beaches-in-sicily

Sicily’s beaches are amongst the best in the Mediterranean, a wonderful collection of powder-soft stretches of sand and pebbly coves with translucent sea.  Away from the busier beaches, the coastline is punctuated by untamed nature reserves with sand dunes and hideaway bays barely touched by tourism. Before you pick your holiday villa in the sun, get the lowdown on some of Sicily’s top beaches. Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve Offering wonderful coastal walks and picture-perfect coves, Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve lies to the west of the island, bookmarked by Scopello to the south and San Vito Lo Capo to the north. …

Sicily-holidays

When is the Whitsun bank holiday? Whichever way you look at it, Whitsun weekend is a great time to head off for some sneaky early summer sun. Quite apart from setting you up for the summer, prices are significantly lower than in the peak summer months and, if you head for the Med, temperatures considerably less fierce. The important thing is to head far enough south, to a destination such as Sicily, where the weather is in full summer mode but the beaches still blissfully crowd-free. Get some inspiration from these Whitsun holidays in Sicily and start planning!   Take…

Villas-in-Sicily

When it comes to special occasions and family celebrations, staying in large luxury villas in Sicily is probably the easiest way to please everyone. Invest as much time as you can into choosing the right villa and the payoff will be a week full of memories that will last forever. We have picked out three of our top large villas to rent in Sicily for two families and big groups, each with their own individual attractions.   Le Case di Tindari – rural estate in north east Sicily Tucked away in the Sicilian countryside, the focal point of Le Case…

Vendicari, Sicily

Hugely varied Sicily’s landscape veers from sandy beaches and rocky cliffs to nature reserves, marine reserve, dramatic mountain ranges and rocky gorges and, of course, Europe’s largest active volcano. Get a complete overview of the wonderful nature island on a two-centre holiday in Sicily, combining a week in a holiday home on the beach with a week in a rural villa, close to one of the island’s top natural sights.   Sicily’s nature reserves The Vendicari Nature Reserve in southeast Sicily is a blend of rocky and sandy coastlines, sand dunes and lagoons. Carpeted in Mediterranean maquis and juniper bushes…

car-hire-sicily

We are often asked by our villa guests about driving in Sicily – what the roads are like, how driving differs from their own country and whether they would be better rental a car in Sicily Catania or Palermo airport. So here are a couple of tips to bear in mind before making any final decision on your car hire.   Most importantly, if you plan to stay in a holiday villa in the Sicilian countryside, you need to rent a car hire in Sicily. Sicily’s rail and bus network is still relatively unsophisticated and to get to the shops,…

SICILIAN-FLAG

Take a holiday in Sicily and you quickly realise that the island’s history stretches far back before the Greeks and Romans to a tangled web of myths and legends which are intrinsically linked to the island’s culture and geography. The history of Sicily has it that its distinctive triangular shape, symbolised by the Trinacria, was formed by three nymphs who, having gathered the best things from all around the world – earth, fruit, stones – flung them into the clear blue sea which lit up like a rainbow and subsequently gave rise to the three peaks from which the island…