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Thanks to Liz Boulter at the Guardian for her incredibly comprehensive guide to Eastern Sicily. Liz leaves no stone unturned, from Portopalo di Capo Passero in the south to Milazzo in the north. In between, there are plenty of excellent tips on what to see, where to eat and where to stay in the popular locations of Taormina and Syracuse and in towns and villages that are slightly more off the beaten track. For an affordable stay just outside Syracuse, the Guardian recommends our Villa Lo Scoglio, a spacious two-bedroom villa, set amidst bougainvillea-clad terraces and gardens, with sweeping sea…

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Syracuse is an extraordinary city by any standards, steeped in history and with a seemingly endless supply of sightseeing opportunities. It is one of Italy’s oldest cities and certainly amongst its most atmospheric, one of its main attractions being the web of alleyways on the island peninsula of Ortigia. The city’s vast archaeological park, with its Greek and Roman theatres, remain a top draw but if you are short of time and just want to grab a flavour of the city, these are some of our favourite things to do in Syracuse. What to see in Syracuse Sicily? Enjoy stunning…

Luxury sicily villa Dioscuri

Get ready for a sparkling new addition to our villa portfolio – a five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa with a stunning infinity pool and dazzling views over the Tyrrhenian coast! The recently refurbished Villa Dioscuri is an ideal option for extended families and larger groups still looking for a summer holiday in a luxury villa in Sicily. With a bathroom for every bedroom, a magnificent pool area and a 10% introductory discount for July, we expect this villa to be snapped up in record time! If you are not restricted by school holidays, why not rally together your closest friends for a…

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If you are panicking that you may have left it too late to find a two week holiday in Sicily this summer, think again. We still have several villas with pools available during July and August and splitting your stay across two locations means that you get to see more of the island and can enjoy two very different holiday experiences. How to spend two weeks in Sicily? Here are a few ideas and winning combinations to get you started. Two weeks in Sicily: city and beach Staying in a city such as Modica or Syracuse gives you plenty of…

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Half-term has been and gone and if you still have not booked a summer holiday, you may well be wondering if you have left it too late. The good news is that while you may not get your perfect villa with pool, there are still plenty of villas with pools in Sicily still available and if you can travel before the middle of July, or later in August, you may even bag yourself a bargain! Waterfront villa, Syracuse, eastern Sicily If you are looking for a family villa by the sea, we think Villa Plemmirio ticks all the boxes. This…

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We are thrilled to welcome two superb new Sicily villas, in two spectacular locations, to the Wish Sicily portfolio. Both have available weeks over the summer months so if booking a summer holiday has somehow slipped down your ‘to do’ list, this is your chance to make amends. Sicily villa for summer with terrace in front of the sea: near Acireale This two-bedroom villa is ideal for anyone who prefers to stay off the main tourist trail but is still within easy reach of some of Sicily’s top attractions.  A holiday here is all about popping down to the fresh…

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Packed with extraordinary art and architecture, Sicily’s south east coast corner is an ideal retreat at any time of the year. Try to find time for a few beach visits if you’re holidaying here in the heat of the summer but our guess is that at any time, you may still struggle to squeeze in everything there is to see in this unique region. If ever you needed an example of a silver lining to a natural disaster, the eight towns in the Val di Noto, a combined UNESCO site, are the perfect illustration. Flattened by an earthquake in 1693,…

The Greco-Roman amphitheatre in Taormina with Mt Etna behind.

With so much to see on one island, it is clearly not possible to see all of Sicily’s great sights in one go although with some careful planning, you can cover a fair bit in one trip. These are some of the things you might want to consider before you decide on the best place to stay in Sicily and book a villa for your holiday. Sightseeing v sunbathing Be realistic about how much time you want to devote to ‘seeing the sights’. If you prefer to do your sightseeing in small chunks and just focus on a couple of…

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With the summer season of flower shows fast approaching, this is the season to start thinking about green spaces and all things floral. Barbecues, outdoor kitchens, pools and Jacuzzis all add to the outdoor experience but some Wish Sicily exclusive villas go beyond the expected with gardens and outside spaces that really offer that ‘wow’ factor. Exclusive flower-filled gardens in north Sicily Tropical flowers, exotic palms and ancient loquat trees are just some of the attractions of the extraordinary botanical parkland surrounding Villa Cecilia Trabia. Cared for by its plant-loving owners, the gardens comprise a series of interconnecting ‘rooms’, set…

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Perched on Sicily’s north coast, just over an hour from Palermo city centre, Cefalù Sicily is one of the island’s top spots for a holiday villa in the sun.  Gorgeous sandy beaches are a major magnet but a fascinating historic centre and the city’s geographic location make it a great destination for anyone who finds it hard to choose between sightseeing and chilling on the beach. Make tracks for the beach The main beach at Cefalù is one of Sicily’s finest, a long sandy strip, overlooked by the lungomare promenade, which stretches alongside the town. Be prepared for the crowds…