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What is it that makes Sicily so special? After all, it’s not just overseas visitors flocking to the island: around half of its visitors are Italians. The cultural attractions are certainly a big draw, but with one of the country’s highest records of sunshine, gorgeous beaches, sparkling clear seas and mouth-watering food, Italians know when they’re on to a good thing! In fact once you’ve visited Sicily, you may not be surprised to learn that many Sicilians stay on the island for their own holiday. Read on for some local tips on the best things to do and places to…

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It was great to see our Casa del Gelso named as one of the 10 best villas in Italy in the UK’s Times newspaper. In 4th position in an article that also included villas in Tuscany, Puglia, Umbria and Le Marche, the family-friendly villa is set in one of Sicily’s most unspoilt areas, with views over the Tyrrhenian sea and the Aeolian Islands. If you’re torn between booking a beach or sightseeing holiday, Casa del Gelso may be the answer. Its location between the relatively remote Nebrodi mountains and the northeast coast of Sicily means that it offers an excellent…

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Now that Christmas is done and dusted, there’s nothing quite like the thought of a sun-soaked summer holiday to get you through the hardest winter months. Admittedly, summer sunshine still seems a long way off and the temptation is to delay any decision making.  However, if you’re planning a family villa holiday in Sicily in the busier weeks of Whitsun half-term or July and August, our advice is to book as soon as you can for maximum choice. The next decision is where to stay. If you’ve been to Sicily before, you’ll know all about our beaches and delicious food…

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It looks like 2019 is going to be another action-packed year for Wish Sicily.  Our fabulous new villas in Sicily are available exclusively through us and range from affordable rural hideaways to ultra-elegant sea-facing holiday homes. Best of all, they cater for all budgets and group sizes, whether you’re holidaying with family or friends, with children or grandparents. So if you need inspiration, here are a few of our top picks for 2019: Glam it up Get that additional layer of luxury at Casa dei Sogni where contemporary, sophisticated design and extremely high-tech features sit happily alongside toys, games and…

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As the festive season gets underway, this seems as good a moment as any to look back over the past year and pick a few of our highlights for 2018. More villas, more choice As in previous years, we’ve continued to add new villas in Sicily over the course of the year so those who were a little late off the starting block were still able to find what they wanted. Not surprisingly, one of the main priorities for most of our guests is a private pool and in fact, over 80% of our properties do have a pool and…

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In this post, we take a look at the north coast of Sicily, with its UNESCO world heritage sights, beaches and hideaway mountain villages. Head away from the busier seaside resorts into the hinterland to explore a more authentic side of the island or hop across on a boat to the splendid Aeolian Islands for memorable views of one of Italy’s three active volcanos. These are some of our favourite things to do on holiday in northern Sicily. UNESCO world heritage sights The north of Sicily is home to the most recent addition to the island’s collection of UNESCO sites…

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New to our Sicily villas collection is Villa Dionisio which enjoys dramatic views over the Sanctuary of Tindari and the sea, and it is well-placed for exploring northern Sicily and the Aeolian islands. Exclusive to Wish Sicily, the newly-built villa has been designed to exacting standards. Bathrooms are worthy of a 5-star hotel, large picture windows let in streams of light and striking artwork adorns all the walls. The high-spec kitchen is also fitted out based on the highest of specs, with beautiful granite worktops and a separate utility room. Villa and separate guesthouse The villa’s layout works well for…

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While most people still associate a holiday in Sicily with a beach break, going rural in Sicily is one of the best ways we know to get away from it all. Tuck yourself away amidst a landscape of olive groves or vineyards, on the slopes of a volcano or nestled amongst one of the island’s mountain ranges and you’ll discover an inner calm that you never knew existed! Need more inspiration? These are some of our suggestions for the best rural retreats in Sicily. Mountains and medieval villages Sleepy medieval villages and flower-carpeted mountain slopes characterise Sicily’s Madonie mountains. Villages…

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If you’re parents of young children wondering if it’s time to wave goodbye to designer holidays, you can relax! Our newest villa, Casa dei Sogni, is a picture of sophisticated style.  Sleek modern lines and high-quality materials have been combined to create a light-filled contemporary villa in Sicily with everything you could need for an indulgent holiday – whether you’re a couple of families holidaying together, or a group of adults. Linger on the terrace or by the pool Outside, there are lush lawns and a spacious panoramic terrace – the perfect spot for a gentle snooze in the shade…

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If 2018 was the year to visit Palermo (Capital of Culture 2018), 2019 is the year to venture further afield in Sicily! Whichever direction you go in, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, contemporary art, natural landscapes and, of course, food and wine. Read on to learn more about Sicily and why our guests return time and time again. Heavenly beaches With over 1000km of coastline, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a beach that you like in Sicily. Choose between golden sandy beaches, idyllic pebbly coves and dark volcanic sands. If you’re looking for…