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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…

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5 REASONS TO VISIT SICILY IN OCTOBER For most of us, October half-term week is usually one filled with pumpkins, crisp fallen leaves and organizing playdates. So why not think about breaking with convention and planning a sunny week in a Sicily villa? As thick coats are pulled out of wardrobes ready for the arrival of winter chills and long dark evenings loom ever closer, the prospect of waiting a whole 6 months for spring can be, at best, testing. Added to that, the challenge for both children and their parents of new classes and activities, maddeningly complex family timetables…

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Our top tips for happy villa holidays in Sicily The first trip abroad with a baby or toddler can often be somewhat daunting. You may just have got used to some sort of routine at home and the prospect of abandoning that framework is rather alarming. And if it’s your first attempt to holiday with a baby and a pre-schooler, then you’re forgiven for panicking! In fact, if you’ve done your homework and planned well, there’s no reason why your holiday shouldn’t be just as lovely as your now long-forgotten holidays à deux. Lovely, but different. But if you’re not…

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Explore Sicily’s nature reserves, mountain ranges and islands Best known for its beaches and extraordinary architectural legacy, Sicily is also a big crowd-puller when it comes to natural attractions. Everyone’s heard about Mount Etna but fewer are aware of the island’s superb natural heritage. In fact, Sicily has no fewer than four regional parks and 76 nature reserves. Add to that mountain ranges, marine reserves and astonishing offshore islands, and you start to get a bigger picture. Because of its remarkable natural richness, a visit in the autumn months brings with it a whole host of thrilling sights, from spectacular…

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8 fabulous villa pools in Sicily There’s only one place to be when the mercury starts to climb and that’s in the water! If your idea of heaven is topping and tailing your day with an early morning dip and a sunset swim in your own private pool, then the chances are your choice of villa will be strongly influenced by the pool. Most of our Sicily villas have a private pool but they can vary enormously. Not surprisingly, show-stopping infinity pools with a view remain a firm favourite with most guests but if you have toddlers, a lagoon-style pool…

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Find a last-minute villa in Sicily If you live in the UK, you may find that cloudy skies, scattered showers and cool temperatures are driving you to re-consider your summer holiday options. Worried you may have missed the boat for a holiday in the sun? In fact, once you start searching, you’ll probably find there’s more on offer than you first thought. You’d possibly expect prices to go through the roof at this point, but booking a last-minute holiday may not be as expensive as you think. And in fact, you may even pick up a bargain! And while you…

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Wine-tasting, cannoli and White Lotus sets in Sicily It was our pleasure to recently host Jess Wilson, the Associate Editor of the Sun’s Fabulous magazine, at Casa Franchina on the north coast. One of our most popular family-friendly properties, the villa is a short walk from the coastal town of Acquedolci and is brilliantly located for exploring the whole of the north coast, from Palermo to Cefalù and eastwards to Capo d’Orlando. Jess’s feature in Fabulous magazine highlights some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Sicily: strolling into town for a cappuccino and home-made Sicilian biscuits at the local…

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Top Sicilian experiences and places to visit Sicily’s location, geography and history go a long way to explaining just what makes the island so unique. Offering a vivid assortment of everything from Greek temples to jeep adventures, wine-tasting on the slopes of an active volcano, and some wonderful culinary traditions, the island provides holidaymakers with ample opportunity to peek into its fascinating culture. These are some of our favourite things to do and see in Sicily. Take a trip to Monreale cathedral A must for anyone staying in western Sicily, the UNESCO world heritage Norman cathedral at Monreale is an…