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If you are planning a holiday to Italy this year, then the Times’ round-up of the 50 Best Holidays to Italy is an excellent place to start your search. Featuring trips for foodies, families and culture seekers, the enticing selection of holidays ranges from Trentino in the north to Sicily in the far south, with just about everywhere in between. We were delighted to see Wish Sicily’s Villa Idda included in the category of best new places to stay in Italy. Highlights of this fabulously stylish villa range from a master bedroom with sunken bath to a double height lounge…

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If you thought you had to wait till summer for a villa holiday in Sicily, think again. Carnival celebrations mean party time right across the island and although traditions vary slightly from one town to another, you’ll find a party-going atmosphere wherever you go. Unsurprisingly (this is Sicily!), traditional food has a leading role with some serious eating taking place before Lent fasting. Think macaroni, cavateddi (pasta) with meat sauce and pork rind, and chiacchere, strips of sweet pastry dough fried and sprinkled with sugar. These are some of the top carnivals in February, so snap up a holiday home…

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Here we are, back at the top of the calendar and fully immersed in holiday planning for 2017. If you’ve holidayed in Sicily before, you probably won’t need much inspiration, but just in case you do, here are a few ideas to get you started.   Carnival festivities Sicilians don’t hold back when it comes to getting the party started. Kicking off on 18 February, Sicily’s principal carnival celebrations take place in Acireale and Sciacca, although there are also festivities in smaller towns such as Avola, Palazzolo Acreide and, just outside Palermo, at Termini Imerese and Mezzojuso. Join in the…

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Christmas may be approaching fast but, according to the Sunday Times, now is the time to grab the best holidays in Europe. Although January is traditionally seen as the prime booking period for booking a European summer holiday, the paper reports that the quest for ‘safe’ destinations, and a situation in 2016 where demand outstripped supply, means that peak season villa holidays are selling at record levels. So if you are looking for good value in the most sought after destinations, it is definitely time to turn your thoughts from Christmas gift-buying to summer holiday bookings. We were thrilled to…

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Book your villa in Sicily by 31 January 2017 for a range of savings and special offers   Villa discounts, flexible arrival dates and under-occupancy savings are all on offer for anyone who books a Sicily holiday by 31 January 2017. The discounts are available on a selection of our most popular villas on all holiday dates excluding 1 July to 25 August, with prices starting as low as £25 per person per day. Commenting on the early booking offer, Gioacchino Sortino says, ‘Our Best Value early booking offer is designed to make some of our more affordable villas even…

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Be one of the first to stay in super-stylish Villa Idda.   We are delighted to introduce recently-restored Villa Idda, brand new to Sicily’s rental market and a great choice for anyone looking to experience a more authentic villa holiday in Sicily. The luxury villa is situated on Sicily’s east coast, close to the beaches along the dramatic Riviera dei Ciclopi and within easy reach of Catania, Taormina and Mount Etna. Set amongst the orange groves that surround the small seaside town of Acireale on Sicily’s east coast, the extremely stylish Villa Idda is composed of two separate structures, offering…

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Heavenly beaches, honey-stoned architecture and decadent lunches of succulent swordfish or pasta con le sarde are just some of the reasons that Sicily holidays have become so popular. The sheer diversity of the landscape – from the vineyard-covered slopes of Mount Etna to the pocket-sized hideaway bays of the Zingaro nature reserve – also makes it a must-see destination for 2017. Take a look at our pick of best villas in Sicily for 2017.   Best for luxury living Set amongst the citrus and olive groves of south west Sicily, Villa Agave’s perfectly manicured garden boasts a large infinity pool…

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Our recently-introduced cookery courses and gourmet experiences are proving to be a big hit with many of our guests who are keen to travel beyond the beach to explore more of the island. Spending a few hours visiting local vineyards and farms and tasting some of the island’s best food and wine provides the perfect opportunity to see more of the island’s gorgeous rural landscape and is also a great way of learning more about the island and its history. Our multi-sensory tasting and cooking experience close to Ragusa in south east Sicily is a popular option. As diehard Bake…

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We were delighted to once again see ourselves featured in the pages of the Times travel supplement, this time by way of a recommendation by the Times Travel Doctor to a larger group looking for a villa in Sicily with a pool. Situated on the outskirts of Trecastagni, on the slopes of Mount Etna, Villa Rosa Antica is a great option for a group of friends seeking plenty of living space and several en suite bedrooms – the villa actually has room for up to 13 people, with seven bedrooms and bathrooms. The gardens at Rosa Antica are equally spacious,…

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Tempted by the idea of learning how to whip up a paper-thin crispy pizza or a platter of creamy cannoli? Or perhaps you would prefer a couple of helpful hints about the most popular herbs and techniques used in Sicilian cooking? Street food tours, vineyard visits, cookery classes and multi-sensory food-related experiences are all options in our new range of special interest activities and excursions, designed exclusively for guests to our luxury villas in Sicily in 2017.   Street food Sicilian-style: Get the full street food experience on a tour of Palermo’s historic centre where arancini rice balls, meaty skewers…