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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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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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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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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…

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Our new range of adventure activities in Sicily is just the thing to keep energetic and inquisitive kids entertained on holiday. Choose from self-drive guided tours of Catania in an open-sided Ape Calessino, 4 x 4 jeep tours on Mount Etna and bike tours through the Alcantara Gorge. Each of these activities are perfect during October half-term and the cooler autumn months.   Exploring Catania, Sicilian-style: Whizz through the ancient alleyways of Catania’s UNESCO-listed historic centre in an iconic open-sided three-wheeler Ape Calessino, the ultimate tribute to vintage chic. The compactness of the vehicle means that you can easily access…

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If you’re lucky enough to have a big family, there are fewer more agreeable ways to spend a holiday than gathering everyone together in a loud, lively multi-generational melting pot of siblings, cousins and grandparents. The benefits are obvious: for the kids, spending time with favourite cousins means ready-made friends for daytime water fun and evening card games while for the adults, meal preparation takes on a whole new meaning – and there are babysitters on hand if one couple wants to slip out for a spot of sightseeing or a romantic dinner à deux. The question of pooling resources…

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Get ready to soak up the last of the summer’s rays in Sicily where temperatures can remain in the mid-20’s right into October and beaches and the most popular tourist spots are generally crowd-free. The good news is that we’re offering up to 20% off the price of some of our loveliest villas! A full listing of all our special autumn offers is available here or you can get inspiration on specific locations and villas below.   Grape picking on Mount Etna – save 20% Top of the pile of our new collection of activities and excursions in Sicily in…

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The summer sunshine continues right through September here but the heat is less fierce and the climate ideal for venturing inland to explore the island’s nature reserves and spectacular countryside. If you enjoy being active, why not combine a week in the sun with a selection of walking tours and hiking excursions at different spots on the island? For foodies, this is the season for hazelnuts, pistachios and almonds and harvest time for the olive groves and vineyards. October sees the start of the wild mushroom season, and of roast chestnuts and prickly pears. Take a look at our favourite…

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If you haven’t booked to get away this summer yet, we’ve tried to make life easy by picking a selection of top villas for autumn getaways. September and early October are great months to holiday in Sicily: you can still expect temperatures in the low to mid-20’s, up to ten hours of sunshine a day and quiet beaches and tourist attractions as Italians return to work. Of course if September seems too long to wait for warm sunshine, there is always the option of a quick getaway. Take a look at our collection of villas offering last-minute deals and promotions.…

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Still looking for a villa in the sun? Villa specialist Wish Sicily has added to its portfolio several new properties that are ideal for families and have excellent availability in July and August.   Family friendly villa in north Sicily Casa del Gelso is a newly-restored villa with a fantastic garden and pool with views over the Tyrrhenian coast.  A sure-fire hit with kids of all ages, the pool has easy access steps for younger children, and a diving board for the older ones. There is also table tennis and a stunning outdoor kitchen designed to make family catering that…