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So you’ve booked your villa in Sicily, organised your flights and sorted out your car hire. Now comes the fun bit – planning what you’re going to do when you get there! If you like keeping busy, there’s plenty of choice, from cookery classes to volcano climbs and boat trips. However, the good news is that there’s no need to spend a fortune if you want to do more than just chill by the pool. To help you plan your trip, here are a few of the best free things to do in Sicily. Visit a festival Local festivals and…

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Go for up-to-the-minute modern style this summer and splash out on a week of designer living under the Sicilian sun. Fortunately, there’s no need to spend crazy money to enjoy brilliant design features and impeccable taste. At Wish Sicily, we think it’s the tiny details and the ‘wow’ factor that count. So, no two villas in our stylish and contemporary villa collection are the same: while one might have striking modern art, another may be included for its state-of-the-art kitchen.  Nevertheless, when it comes to flair and sophistication, these villas are in a class of their own. Design extravaganza The…

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Whether it’s climbing a volcano or swimming with dolphins, everyone has a vague idea as to what should be on a bucket list. But does your bucket list really need to take you to the four corners of the globe? You may find that many of those thrilling moments and big achievements are closer than you thought. To get you started, read some of our guests’ favourite things to do in Sicily and get inspiration for your very own personalised bucket list. Climb a volcano Mount Etna isn’t just any volcano. It also happens to be Europe’s largest active volcano,…

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We loved Alex Peake’s review of his recent stay at Casa Turi. Situated between Palermo and Cefalù, Casa Turi is perfectly located for visiting so much of northern Sicily. Like Alex, you can spend time exploring the towns or just chill out on the numerous local beaches. Another option is taking a street food tour. While Palermo’s streets are lined with plenty of fascinating art and architecture, if you have young children, a street food tour is a great way of exploring the markets and learning about the island’s culture through its food. Contemporary yet oozing with atmosphere, Casa Turi…

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Lunch by the pool or dinner under the stars is one of the great treats of a villa holiday in the sun. In fact we think having an exquisite outdoor space is a real decider when choosing a holiday villa.  From May to September one of the big pleasures of life in Sicily is being outside from dawn to dusk, and beyond. Throw in the luxury of an outdoor kitchen and some dramatic coastal or rural views, and you’re well on your way to a holiday in heaven. Not sure where to start looking for your villa? Read on to…

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If you’re wondering whether you’ve left it too late to book a villa in Italy with a pool this summer, relax. We’ve added three new family villas to our portfolio, each with a fabulous pool and close to the beach. Villa for sharing Ideal for two families, 6-bedroom Villa Geranio has a stunning pool with views over the Nebrodi mountains, volleyball and, tucked away in a stone-walled outhouse, a jacuzzi spa area. With accommodation split over two floors, with a living room and kitchen on both levels, each family can be comfortably independent. Outside, there are spacious terraces and a…

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If you’re considering a holiday in Sicily this summer, the chances are that you’re going to want to be fairly close to the water. Temperatures in May and June are pleasantly warm but once you hit the peak summer highs, you’ll probably want somewhere to cool down. For those of you desperate to dip a toe into crystal-clear sea water, we have a great selection of villas which are either walking distance or just a short hop in the car to the nearest beach. Of course, there’s nothing quite like having your own private swimming space – we know that…

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Lower prices, fewer people and the first hint of gentle sunshine make spring a wonderful time to holiday in Sicily. Although cool, the sea is beginning to warm up, and in the countryside and national parks, wild flowers dot hillside slopes.  If you’re a foodie, you’ll find local market stalls piled high with mouth-watering fruit and vegetables. Tempted? Read on to find out more about our top villas in Sicily for a springtime break. Big savings on family-friendly villas If you have young children, make the most of the precious pre-school years by taking your main holiday in May or…

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There’s no question they can be tricky travel companions, but with a little careful homework, a holiday in Sicily with teenagers can be as enjoyable as holidaying with friends. Remove the pressure of exams and social arrangements and your teenage children may surprise you! Everything on tap Step one is to identify what makes them tick. Do they thrive on being active or would they like nothing better than lazy days by the pool or on the beach? If you have two or more children, the chances of them all agreeing is unlikely so a reliable compromise may be to…

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Some of the questions that crop up repeatedly amongst our guests involve driving in Sicily – particularly what it’s like to drive in Sicily, whether a car is absolutely essential and whether there are restaurants and shops within walking distance of the villa. The truth is that if your villa is in a rural location, a car is generally recommended. In fact, even if your villa is near to shops and other services, there’s no doubt that having the independence of your own rental car to explore will definitely enhance your holiday. Travelling by bus or train can take time…