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Hello! magazine, the go-to magazine for the latest celebrity and royal news, is currently turning its thoughts to Europe’s best family holiday destinations. And we’re delighted to see Sicily – and specifically Wish Sicily – on the list! The magazine flags up the fact that although best-known for its sun-drenched beaches, more active families may want to take advantage of the growing number of outdoor activities such as river trekking and body rafting. For anyone visiting Sicily for the first time, and staying on the island’s eastern side, a jeep tour on Mount Etna is a great way for families…

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There’s plenty of good advice in the Times travel section today on where to find the best last-minute budget breaks in school holidays and beyond. Wish Sicily is top of the list of 50 best budget holidays for summer. Suggestions include Villa Rebecca, a brand new 4-bedroom villa with private pool and Casa Sant’Anna, a family villa for 5. Finding high-quality villas with a pool is never easy at this time of year, so, not surprisingly, the villas are getting snapped up quickly. However, there are still several school holiday weeks available, as well as all of September, so the…

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Looking for a house that’s as gorgeous inside as out? A master bedroom with sunken bath and a galleried living room with double-height ceiling are just two of the interior design features at Villa Idda which caught the eye of House Beautiful magazine. Packed with the latest home inspiration and interior design ideas, House Beautiful is also a great source for travel ideas. The magazine’s feature on 5 European holiday villas with gorgeous interiors kicks off with Villa Idda, a 4-bedroom villa overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden with pool. The villa is divided into two buildings, one with a striking…

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Anyone who has holidayed in Italy in mid-August will know that 15 August is Ferragosto, the national Bank Holiday which sees most of the country shutting up shop and heading for the beach. Essentially marking Assumption Day, the national holiday is a religious one, but it also marks the beginning of Italy’s holiday period. Ferragosto celebrations take place across the country, ranging from local village-based events to huge crowd-pulling occasions such as Siena’s Palio. In Sicily, most activities are focused around the beach, with some towns and villages also organising festivals, processions and fireworks. Not surprisingly, the celebrations spill out…

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New villas with summer holiday availability! If you’re slightly late off the mark and still looking for a summer holiday villa, the good news is that we’ve added two new family villas to our portfolio, both with excellent availability and an introductory 20% discount. Menfi vineyards, Sicily: Save over £450 in July! Set in the heart of the wine-growing countryside around Menfi, 3-bedroom Casa Maoma is close to Selinunte and the beaches around Porto Palo.  The villa has a large shady veranda overlooking the pool and the surrounding vineyards. Book now and save 20% on all weeks up to 27…

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Walking is a great way to explore Sicily’s countryside, and while there are some challenging hikes to choose from, you don’t need to be a fanatical hiker for the best experience. Take a short stroll in early summer when hillsides and nature reserves are sprinkled with the last remnants of spring flowers; or an autumn amble through flame-coloured landscapes. The two latest additions to our portfolio – Villa Rebecca and Casa Maoma – which are both near to two of Sicily’s most striking natural sites, got us thinking about our favourite walks in Sicily. Necropoli di Pantalica A walk through…

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We’re well into summer here in Sicily, with temperatures creeping up into the mid-20’s and the sea gradually warming up. Villa rental rates and flights are considerably lower than in the peak season months and as an added bonus, we’re offering savings of up to 20% at a selection of some of our top villas.  So, if you’re free to travel at relatively short notice, this is the time to snap up a bargain! Visit Sicily in May or June and catch the first rays of summer sun while you idle away a few hours on a blissfully quiet beach…

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You don’t need to be a diehard foodie to recognise the role that food and drink plays in a holiday in Sicily. Part of its culinary attraction is the simplicity of the food and the fantastic quality of the ingredients, from the flavour-packed tomatoes and capers to the surrounding seas which are teeming with shellfish and seafood. The cuisine also provides a fascinating – and extremely enjoyable! – history lesson of the island, providing an invaluable insight into past invaders. Many of its natural ingredients can be traced to a former time, from the Greeks and Arab invaders to cooking…

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Our thanks to the Irish Times for including our gorgeous Casa Maoma, the latest addition to our portfolio, in its round-up of Great Escapes.  The final touches have just been added to this family-friendly villa, which is brand new to the holiday market, ready for the summer sunshine! With 3 bedrooms and a stunning pool, the villa is ideal for families still searching for summer holiday villas in Sicily. Located in the heart of the vineyard-carpeted countryside around Menfi, the villa is perfectly placed for exploring some of Sicily’s most remarkable ancient Greek sites, such as Selinunte and Agrigento. It’s…

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Hands up if you’ve just realised that Whitsun is fast approaching and you still haven’t got round to organising your family’s summer holiday! In common with most of the Mediterranean, the villas in Sicily that have a private pool or direct beach access are the first to get snapped up, but all is not lost! Meet the latest addition to the Wish Sicily portfolio: Casa Maoma. Contemporary, stylish and brand new on the holiday villa scene, the 3-bedroom villa in south west Sicily is tailor made for a family holiday. There’s a gorgeous private pool and plenty of space to…