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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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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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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…

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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…

Cala Rossa - beautiful bay of Favignana island near Sicily.

One of the highlights of a holiday in Sicily is taking to the seas and exploring some of the smaller offshore islands, either on a private charter excursion or as part of an organised tour. Several of the islands, such as Lampedusa and Pantelleria, are too far to visit on a day trip but the Aeolian Archipelagos and Aegadian islands are well within reach. These are a few of our guests’ favourite offshore excursions. Day trips Sicily from Aeolian islands The dramatic scenery and spectacularly clear waters around the Sicily Aeolian Island make them a popular choice with hikers and…

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In need of inspiration this summer? Find out what’s on offer in May and June! Warm sunshine, tranquil beaches and some seriously discounted villas all add up to a great holiday. Take a break in Sicily in May or June and you can save up to 20% on the cost of your villa. These are some of our top savings and most popular villas for an early summer getaway.   Villa Arte Mare Blue – save 10% before 2 June Pop down to Cefalù’s sandy beaches or explore the hilltop villages of the Madonie mountains from your base at Villa…

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Taormina, the jewel in the crown of Sicily’s east coast, is one of the island’s best loved towns, and for good reason. With its dramatic coastline, gorgeous beaches and enticing shops, the town offers endless possibilities for a perfect holiday. Choose your best time to visit Taormina Sicily and decide from a collection of luxury villas in Taormina with pools and sea views and pair a week of sun-drenched relaxation with some gentle sightseeing. Let’s see together which places to visit Taormina Italy.   Beaches in Taormina  Beaches in the area vary enormously, from sandy to pebbly and in size,…

holiday in sicily - gelato

Holiday in Sicily and wake up to the fact that choosing an ice cream flavour will never be the same again. From almond to zabaglione, pistachio of bronte, with basil, cinnamon, licorice along the way, best gelato (bread or cone) in Sicily is available wherever you go and at any time of day. Which gives you ample opportunity to try as many flavours as possible. The story goes that ice cream first came to Sicily by way of the ancient Greek or Roman foot runners who brought snow from Etna to Taormina and Catania, flavoured with nuts, berries and honey.…

Sicily-holidays

When is the Whitsun bank holiday? Whichever way you look at it, Whitsun weekend is a great time to head off for some sneaky early summer sun. Quite apart from setting you up for the summer, prices are significantly lower than in the peak summer months and, if you head for the Med, temperatures considerably less fierce. The important thing is to head far enough south, to a destination such as Sicily, where the weather is in full summer mode but the beaches still blissfully crowd-free. Get some inspiration from these Whitsun holidays in Sicily and start planning!   Take…