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best family activities in Sicily

One of the reasons that we think Sicily is so great for a family villa holiday is that it offers things to do so much more than a just a beach break. Like everyone else, we certainly need our dose of holiday inertia but throwing in a couple of activities is great for family bonding and having fun together. Not every activity needs to involve action man levels of energy – in fact some are distinctly laidback – but they are all guaranteed to keep everyone in the family entertained with exciting events.   Street food tour Start with the…

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If your first reaction to booking a holiday in Sicily is to head to the coast, think again: Sicily’s interior takes you right off the tourist trail, past hilltop towns and villages and across mountainous landscapes. Better still, you are more likely to get more for your money in the countryside where most of our villas have fabulous pools and views to match! These are some of our favourite hotspots in inland Sicily.   The mountains The island has three principal mountain chains – the Madonie, Nebrodi (with the national park) and the smaller Peloritani – with smaller ranges including…

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Sicily’s hugely varied landscape means that wherever you stay, you will never be too far from a gasp-inducing view. Ancient ruins dot the island’s dramatic coastline, imposing castles tower above hilltop towns and in the east of the island, the shadowy presence of Mount Etna looms large. Enjoy some stunning views from your luxury Sicily villa but if you are keen to explore more of the island, get inspiration here on some of Sicily’s most spectacular vistas.   Taormina Perched on the side of a mountain, the views from Taormina are dazzling.  Stop by the Greek Theatre to take in…

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Grab some early Spring sunshine in Sicily where mid-April temperatures start to climb into the 60’s, hillsides are covered in wild flowers, and Easter processions and celebrations take place throughout the island. Save up to 20% at selected properties and enjoy a wide choice of excursions and activities.   Cycling in eastern Sicily While thrill seekers and experienced cyclists may want to tackle Mount Etna or the Madonie Park, the 30km ride on the unsurfaced track through the Alcantara Valley is a great alternative for anyone looking for a gentler, more family-friendly option. Follow the trail through poppies and anemones,…

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Sicily is crammed full of some wonderfully unspoilt towns and villages, along its spectacular coastline and nestled in the hills and mountains of the island’s dramatic interior. Teetering medieval houses and churches tumble down hillsides and tiny cobbled streets lead up to picturesque squares and terraces with extraordinary views.  So tear yourself away from the pool or the beach and find time to visit just a few of Sicily’s most captivating towns and places. Where to go in Sicily?   Ragusa It is not surprising that Ragusa is one of Sicily’s most-visited towns and if you are staying in a…

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about romance, wedding proposals and starry-eyed adventures. Sicily’s winning combination of dreamy coastal views and atmospheric villages certainly beats a bunch of roses – here is the low down on the most romantic places and things to do on a Sicily holiday.   Stay in Stromboli Best remembered for the passionate affair between Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, which began during the filming of Stromboli, Land of God, Stromboli remains to this day a popular haunt for romantic interludes and celebrity holidays. Stay at Villa Stromboli, a traditional Aeolian…

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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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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…