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Choose from these top 5 Sicily villas with pools If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet and are worried about running out of options, think again. These fabulous villas in Sicily are all located in the southeast of the island and have pockets of availability throughout the summer and into the early autumn months. All you need to do is decide how close you want to be to the beach and who you want to spend that precious holiday time with. Wellness area and rooftop jacuzzi With a lovely pool to keep the kids happy and a fantastic beachfront…

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Casa a Ortigia and swimming in Syracuse Unsurprisingly, most people typically associate Syracuse with extraordinary ancient Greek ruins, baroque palaces and, naturally, the mathematician and physicist, Archimede. Somehow, the sea and beach slip into second place. But if you’re visiting during the heat of the summer, a chance to cool off in the sea is just what you need at the end of a tiring day of exploring, as Shana reveals in her holiday review on The Mom Edit. And when kids are involved, the promise of fun in the water can be a wonderful incentive during a morning of…

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The hottest last-minute summer holidays under £1000pp Wish Sicily’s Aqua Turchina was in prime position in the Daily Mail’s weekend round-up of the hottest last-minute summer breaks for under £1000pp. A week’s holiday for up to 8 people at the seafront villa in Sicily was the first of 28 brilliant holiday ideas in the sunshine break article, with other holidays featured including Caribbean beach resorts, glamping in Istria and an all-inclusive holiday in Turkey. Set in a sea-facing position just outside the village of Finale di Pollina on Sicily’s north coast, Aqua Turchina is the perfect choice for families or…

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Short break in Syracuse Great to see Syracuse included as one of 20 recommended destinations in the Telegraph’s recent round-up of perfect places for a long weekend. With more flexible working available for many, and the welcome arrival of summer bank holidays, it’s easier than ever to add an extra day to make that weekend away last even longer. Significantly less crowded than some of Italy’s other hotspots such as Florence, Venice and Rome, and crammed with impressive sights, Syracuse ticks plenty of boxes for a weekend away. You’ll easily find enough to do to fill a couple of days,…

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Perfect Family-Friendly Villas and Adventures in Sicily If you feasted on images of Sicily’s gorgeous scenery, pretty towns and sun drenched beaches during the White Lotus TV series, the chances are you’ll have been tempted by the idea of booking your own holiday on the island. But although undeniably enticing for adults, if you’re organising a family holiday, you’ll inevitably have other criteria to consider. The good news, however, is that Sicily is also an excellent destination for kids. Fabulous food, a big warm welcome and family friendly beaches all add up to a wonderful family holiday and Sicily also has…

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Where to stay for beach fun and city culture Summer in Sicily means beach time, and wherever you stay on the island, you’re never too far from a fabulous sandy beach. But to go to Sicily and spend a week by the pool or on the beach without stopping by some of its amazing towns, even if just for an evening passeggiata, is to miss out on the essence of the island. Temperatures in July and August may mean you want to do little more than flop on a beach during the heat of the day, but if you’re close…

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Villas for every size group in our new collection How many times have you caught sight online of a dreamy villa, checked out the details and discovered that the number of bedrooms just doesn’t work for your group? Our new villas in Sicily for 2024 range from cottages for two to restored farmhouses with space for large groups, so there really is something for everyone. Best of all, each villa has its own hot tub or pool so you can enjoy relaxing in your own private space. Villas for two in Sicily Beachfront cottage The peak summer weeks are being…

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Feast on the best Slow Food in your Sicily villa Bronte pistachios, fava beans, thorny artichokes and manna from the Madonie mountains. Perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that in Sicily, where the sun-baked land yields produce that is simply bursting with flavour, there are a total of 56 products on the Slow Food Presidium list. So how many of them could you name? Here’s a quick introduction to the Slow Food movement and a brief overview of some of the items you’ll find on market stalls, at local festivals and as ingredients in traditional dishes. What is the…

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Enjoy a bucket list escape in Sicily We were delighted to see Wish Sicily recommended by the Jewish Chronicle in an article on the best Passover holidays. We all know that holiday prices – accommodation and flights – rise during peak holiday periods such as Easter or summer school holidays. But with the Jewish holiday of Passover falling several weeks later than Easter this year, families with children at Jewish schools have the flexibility to book lower-priced holidays when everyone else is back at school. Together with suggestions on visiting Canada, St Lucia and Sri Lanka, Sicily was the preferred short-haul…

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If you’ve experienced Sicily personally, the chances are you won’t need us to tell you how great the food is. But if you need written evidence, Amy Rose Everett’s recent article in Spectator World on eating her way through Sicily will leave you in no doubt that if you’re a foodie, this is the place to be! From simple snacks of doughy brioche rolls oozing with almond milk granita to Michelin-approved restaurants, Amy’s 3-week stay in Sicily was crammed full of mouthwatering experiences. Arancini, chocolate cannoli and pasta all norma all found their way on to her plate, providing the…

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Which is the best month for a villa holiday in Sicily? It’s that time of year when thoughts automatically turn to holiday planning, whether for a main summer holiday or possibly just squeezing in a tempting spring mini break to look forward to during what’s left of winter. Of course, planning a holiday isn’t just about working out where to go, but also when to go. Visit when a destination is overrun with tourists, or too hot or too cold to do what you want to do, and it can shape your entire holiday experience. So if you’re thinking of…

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It’s that time of year again, that pivotal moment in the annual calendar when so many of us turn our thoughts to holidays and travel. Maybe it’s the short days and cold temperatures but there’s no denying that planning and booking a holiday is probably the most effective way to get through January and February. For those looking for ideas for a family holiday, the Telegraph’s 50 best family holidays round-up is packed with inspiration. Organised into a selection of ideas for each main school holiday, you’ll find plenty of suggestions for the February, May and October 2024 half term…

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Low season sunshine and affordable prices Tempted by a low season sunshine break in Sicily? Journalist Bridget Galton describes in the Ham & High newspaper how her recent holiday at the fabulous Casa del Carrubo ticked every box, with special mention of the amazing hospitality extended by ‘the loveliest of hosts, Giuseppe’. Bridget took her family holiday in October, following the disappointment of a soggy August break in the UK. She stayed at one of our most popular family villas in Sicily, the fabulous Casa del Carrubo. Situated within walking distance of Noto beach, the 2-bedroom villa has a fantastic…

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Best beach villas in Sicily for 2024 Beach hungry? Around 95% of our 2024 villas in Sicily are within a 15-minute drive of the nearest beach, and many feature direct access to the beach, through the garden gate or along a private path. Better still, many of our beachfront villas also have a private pool. When should I book? So when is the optimum time to book your villa and which one is best for you? Timing is going to depend largely on how constrained you are by dates. If you’re limited to booking a week or two in August,…

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10 of the best things to do in Sicily in winter Most of us think of Sicily in terms of sunshine and beaches, so a winter holiday on the island may sound counterintuitive, but there are also plenty of things to do and reasons for visiting Sicily during the winter months. November to March is naturally low season which brings the obvious benefits of great value for money and very few tourists. And as well as being the best time to explore Sicily without the crowds, this is the period when you’ll get the most authentic experience. In terms of…

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Best family holiday in Sicily for 2024 It seems we’re not the only ones looking ahead to 2024. With news that British holidaymakers will have access to a record number of seats for 2024, the Telegraph has come up with 20 of the best summer holidays for its readers. Holidays featured included short and long-haul suggestions, ranging from Austria and Cyprus to Florida and Mauritius. Sicily – and specifically our Case di Tindari – was amongst those recommended for a break at May half-term, when families are most likely to enjoy gentle sunshine and value for money compared to the…

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Everything you need to know about Sicily So you’ve heard about the volcano, drooled over cannoli and arancini, and marvelled at the seascapes and idyllic sets in the White Lotus TV series. But how much do you actually know about Sicily when it comes to booking villas in Sicily? If you’re tempted by a trip to this extraordinary Mediterranean island but still have heaps of unanswered questions, read on. When is the best time to visit Sicily? Sicily is actually a year-round destination. Low season, from November to April, can be rainy but the daytime temperature rarely drops much lower…

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Looking for sunshine without the long-haul flight? Early autumn is the perfect time to catch some late summer sun in southern Europe before the nights draw in and temperatures drop. The Daily Mail has put together an inspiring list of destinations where temperatures are still in their mid-20’s in October, and the Med waters have retained the heat from the summer sun. While temperatures in Sicily in August are possibly too hot for some, in October they’re warm enough to bask in gentle sunshine over an alfresco lunch and soak up some rays on the beach, but not too hot…

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Our 25% promotional offer on selected villas in October earned us a place this weekend in a round-up in the Times newspaper of last-minute autumn deals. You can save up to 25% on several Sicily villas in October, including on a selection of family-friendly villas during October half-term week. Prices have been reduced to €3525 (sleeps 10) at Villa Dionisio, which has 5 luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, a stunning infinity pool, a small private gym and art-filled interiors. The villa also has a spectacular seafront location close to the Marinello Lakes Nature Reserve and is within easy reach of the…

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Five reasons to honeymoon in Sicily Getting married next year? If so, you may be putting the final touches to the wedding plans before moving on to the all-important task of choosing where to go for your minimoon or honeymoon. Which is where the fun really starts! If you’re lucky, you’ll be planning a couple of weeks away in which to unwind and spend time together after all the wedding activity. After what can be an extremely hectic period, possibly all you’ll want to do is soak up the sun on a beach or on a lounger alongside an infinity…