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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.…

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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…

Vendicari, Sicily

Hugely varied Sicily’s landscape veers from sandy beaches and rocky cliffs to nature reserves, marine reserve, dramatic mountain ranges and rocky gorges and, of course, Europe’s largest active volcano. Get a complete overview of the wonderful nature island on a two-centre holiday in Sicily, combining a week in a holiday home on the beach with a week in a rural villa, close to one of the island’s top natural sights.   Sicily’s nature reserves The Vendicari Nature Reserve in southeast Sicily is a blend of rocky and sandy coastlines, sand dunes and lagoons. Carpeted in Mediterranean maquis and juniper bushes…

car-hire-sicily

We are often asked by our villa guests about driving in Sicily – what the roads are like, how driving differs from their own country and whether they would be better rental a car in Sicily Catania or Palermo airport. So here are a couple of tips to bear in mind before making any final decision on your car hire.   Most importantly, if you plan to stay in a holiday villa in the Sicilian countryside, you need to rent a car hire in Sicily. Sicily’s rail and bus network is still relatively unsophisticated and to get to the shops,…

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…

sicily-interiors

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…

sicily holidays

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…