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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…

Noto

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…

Catania Fish Market

Strolling leisurely through food street markets and rummaging amongst piles of antiques is one of the great pleasures of being on holiday, and particularly when you are abroad. Buying food or other items is almost incidental – the thrill is often in the aromas, sounds and sights that attack you from all directions.  Messina, Trapani and most of Sicily’s main towns and cities have their own markets but none are on the scale of the fish markets and food markets those found in Palermo and Catania. Flea market in Palermo Sicily The city’s markets – Il Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria…

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There are still plenty of options if you are planning a week’s sunshine in a little hideaway retreat for two this summer. Stay in one of our smaller villas in Sicily for two persons and enjoy the luxury of having heaps of space and your own private terrace or garden where you can dine under the stars or just curl up with a book after lunch. Start the day by clocking up a few laps in your private pool or wandering down to the sea for an early morning swim before an al fresco breakfast with a view. These are…

south-sicily

It would be easy to overlook the stretch of southern Sicilian coastline between Selinunte and the dramatic white rock face of the Scala dei Turchi, lured instead by the baroque towns and the sandy beaches of the island’s south east.  Rich in its own historic sites, however, and with pretty fishing towns and picturesque beaches backed by white cliffs, it is a great place for a beach and sightseeing holiday in the Sicily south coast. Sicily Greek temples: history and archaeology Bookmarked by the great Greek archaeological sites of Selinunte to the west and the Valley of the Temples at…

visit-modica

Sicily’s south east corner is a treasure trove of baroque art and architecture and each of the region’s striking towns has its own specific charm. We have focused here on Modica Sicily, which has its own unique attractions but is also perfectly situated if you want to get out and about in the Noto Valley. Slightly confusingly for the first-time visitor, the town is split into two, Modica Alta which is the historic older part and Modica Bassa, the lower more modern part of town. However, it only takes ten minutes or so to walk from one to the other.…