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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…

The Times Wish Sicily

MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY Wish Sicily included in the Times’ round-up of family holidays with an educational twist   Just how educational do you want your holiday to be? As stories emerge of parents taking tutors on family holidays and holiday companies offering language lessons, there’s little doubt that just being in a different environment and absorbing the local culture can be hugely educational. Add to that some exceptional geographical features and a bit of ancient history, and you’re on to a winner! The Times newspaper’s feature on holiday breaks that inspire and educate includes staying in one of…

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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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Dear holidaymaker, The days are well and truly hotting up here in Sicily: air temperatures are rising daily and sea temperatures are creeping up to the balmy mid-20’s. Meanwhile, market stalls are packed with seasonal summer fruits and vegetables such as glistening red cherries, deep purple glossy aubergines and the first of the crop of velvety apricots. To celebrate the start of summer, we’re offering some great deals on a selection of villas, including several that have been recently added to our collection. Take a look at our selection below or visit the special offers section on our website for…

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Good to see our yoga villas featured in the May edition of the gourmet food and luxury travel magazine, Good Things. Packed full of great ideas for two of our favourite pastimes – eating and holidays! – the magazine is everyone’s answer to some serious daydreaming. Our yoga holidays are available at a selection of villas in gorgeous settings, overlooking the Nebrodi mountains or vineyards of western Sicily, and include between two and six hours’ yoga each day. For the ultimate feel-good holiday, we can even arrange an in-villa cook to organise your own bespoke detox menu!

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We were thrilled to see our new range of villa holidays with outdoor activities included in the Independent’s Family Holiday Guide this weekend!  While most people will know about our great beaches, not everyone is aware of the ever-expanding choice of adventure activities on Sicily, many of which are suitable for all the family. The Alcantara Gorge, near Taormina, is a particular hotspot, with body rafting, river trekking and canyoning all available, while the Madonie mountains are a great place for hiking. For families looking for a slightly different way to explore Mount Etna, a jeep tour is guaranteed to…

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If the prospect of a week on the beach or lazing by your villa pool is still not enough to tempt your teenage offspring away with you this summer, they may be interested in our new collection of adventure activities. Body-rafting, river trekking, and, for younger children, canyoning or a family jeep tour, are all guaranteed to keep everyone entertained for days.   Canyoning in the Alcantara Gorge: Introduce the younger members of the family (minimum age: 8) to the thrills of canyoning in the Alcantara Gorge.  This involves travelling through a dry section of the Alcantara river bed, past…