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Share special moments on holiday in Sicily If you’re finding yourself spending a disproportionate amount of time reminiscing about your last holiday, then it could be time to start planning the next one! The big question, of course, is what’s the best holiday to book this year? For many of us, the last year has turned our world upside down and the last thing we want is more uncertainty. So while you may at one point have earmarked 2021 as the year for the big adventure, here are a few reasons why we think it may be better to settle…

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Sensational Sicilian villas for smaller groups It’s easy to get swept up by the idea of planning a grand scale villa holiday for a large group. After a year of minimal socialising and even more limited hugging, reconnecting with friends or family seems irresistible. Plus those tantalising images of sprawling country estates, infinity pools and mini-gyms, together with poolside yoga and in-chef dining add-ons, are enough to send us into meltdown. Planning those big group holidays, however, can be complex and 2021 may just be the year to keep things simple. The good news though is that if you’re looking…

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Add these Sicily holidays for two to your post-lockdown bucket list In any ‘normal’ year, slipping from January into February can be a bit of a pendulum swing. Suddenly days are longer, spring is just round the corner and romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day looms. Things are far from normal in 2021 but perhaps that’s even more reason to treasure the prospect of spring and to add a romantic break for two to your post-lockdown bucket list. If you need inspiration, consider Sicily, where sensational sunsets and dramatic sea views, sun-drenched vines and food bursting with flavour,…

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Re-charge mind, body and soul on a villa holiday in Sicily January is often the time we take stock and assess our sense of wellbeing. Have we managed to achieve a healthy balance in our lives? Even in the midst of the turmoil of a pandemic, do we manage to find a little time for ourselves? Whether it’s home-schooling that’s getting you down, a stressful job or simply the need for a change of scene, this is the time when, for so many of us, thoughts turn to getting away from it all. In fact, rarely has there been a…

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Plan your holiday to Sicily now So you’re vaguely planning a holiday in Sicily but aren’t sure about the best things to see and do, or how easy it is to get around.  You’ve heard about the long hot summers, of course, and the delicious food and wine, but where are the best beaches and are some parts of the island better for sightseeing? The truth is that you’ll find great beaches and interesting thing to see and do wherever you stay in Sicily, but these are just a few ideas to get you started. Experience Sicilian street food Nothing…

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Stay in a seafront villa in Sicily with pool Who’s thinking about 2021 holidays? If you missed out on a holiday this year, the chances are you’ll be desperate for a change of scene, whether that’s in a city, in the mountains or by the beach. We may be biased, but right now, nothing seems quite as appealing as waking up to the sound of the sea and throwing open the shutters to bright sunshine and a brilliant blue seascape! Then coffee on the terrace and perhaps a dip before breakfast … it’s the stuff dreams are made of. Sicily’s…

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Take a look at some of the highlights of each season in Sicily Dreaming of a 2021 holiday in warmer climes? Just 100 miles from north Africa, Sicily’s location means that sunshine’s on tap for a good part of the year. Throw into the mix sandy beaches, delicious food and wine, stunning nature reserves, and a fascinating history, and you’ll soon see why Sicily is such an appealing destination for so many. In fact the biggest decision is not where to go in Sicily but when to go! Naturally, what you enjoy doing on holiday will have a bearing on…

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Take a mouth-watering culinary journey in Sicily Spend any length of time in Sicily and you quickly realise that no milestone passes without a substantial feast … and what a feast!  Sicilian cuisine wisely makes the most of what nature throws its way, packed with flavour-busting vegetables, fresh fish, and dishes and delicacies crammed with home-grown almonds and pistachios. Yet it’s also a cuisine that draws on its multi-layered history and so, in common with all Italian regions, has its own set of very unique flavours, traditions and recipes.  In Sicily, for example, you may find yourself starting the day…

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Dreaming of a 2021 getaway? We guarantee you’ll be inspired by this review in the New Zealand Herald, in which Anna King Shahab describes her stay with us in Syracuse! Amidst all the heartache and anxiety that has accompanied 2020, many of us have recognised the important place holidays hold in our lives. Exactly what we miss is, of course, hugely personal. It may be as simple as the warmth of the sun or a break in routine. While for others, it could be the pleasure of exploring new places, eating different food and experiencing another culture. Which is where…

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Oasivera featured in the 21 recommended pool villas by The Sun As we creep towards the end of a rather unpredictable year, it was heartening to see the Sun newspaper’s new series on planning for 2021 holidays. Just what we all need to look forward to! The series kicked off with 21 fabulous villas for 2021. Recognising the importance of having our own space, each of these villas has its own pool and plenty of room to kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Take your pick of villas from a selection that spans countries and continents, from Barbados to Portugal,…

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A practical guide to Syracuse and Ortigia, Sicily Unlike Rome, Florence and Venice, Syracuse – or Siracusa in Italian – still manages to hover slightly below the tourist radar, in spite of its enormous cultural wealth. At the height of its influence, it was the most important city of Magna Graecia with a population at times in excess of 500,000. Today, the city, with its 120,000 or so inhabitants, still boasts some of the finest Baroque art and architecture, and Greek and Roman ruins, although there’s also plenty to do beyond the cultural attractions. Basically, if you’re planning a holiday…

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The ultimate two-family villa in Sicily for rent! Of all the things we’ve learnt over the years of organising villa holidays in Sicily, perhaps the issue that stands out most is the importance of space – and never more so than when the villa is for a small group of friends or two families. Let’s face it, most of us appreciate being able to creep away to our own little corner, either inside or outside, even if just for a fleeting half hour. Which is why when a villa like Oasivera comes along, we know it’s going to be popular!…

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A few things to consider before you book your 2021 holiday in Sicily The 2020 summer holiday season is now well and truly over, leaving some of us yearning for an autumn break and perhaps even more of us thinking ahead to our dream holiday destinations in 2021. It’s going to feel like a long winter in the northern hemisphere and there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a holiday to pull us through. The fact is, though, that nothing is as straightforward as it was pre-Coronavirus. Most countries have seen the introduction of lockdowns, border closures and quarantine periods…

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As the fierce summer sun retreats and autumn colours appear, Sicily undergoes something of a personality shift. The sun is still warm enough for beach-goers but for visitors who want to hike across rural landscapes and along rugged coastlines, the temperature couldn’t be more perfect. In addition to the gentle temperatures, you’ll be treated to some dazzling colours. Warm reddish-brown hues shroud the slopes of the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, in sharp contrast to the island’s dazzling blue sea and rocky coastlines. Some of these trails are busier than others but visit in October and there’s a good chance you’ll…

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We were delighted to be included in the article suggesting different holidays in Sicily in this week’s Telegraph. With Italy’s Covid rate still sitting below the UK quarantine threshold, and the promise of sunny days through September and October, Sicily remains an obvious choice for anyone looking to re-charge their batteries. The selection of Sicily holiday ideas featured includes our Casa a Ortigia, a 2-bedroom seafront property in prime position on the tiny outcrop of Ortigia, the historic centre of Syracuse. Wander through Ortigia’s atmospheric winding streets and alleyways into the magnificent Piazza Duomo, or hop across the road for…

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Discover  our favourite Sicilian towns and villages Soaring mountain backdrops, dramatic sea views and historic hilltop towns interwoven with medieval stone lanes are familiar sights in Sicily. The fact is, if you’re looking for a small town that’s big on beauty, Sicily is jam-packed with options. Our favourite Sicilian towns and villages varies according to the season but these five generally feature in our top ten at any time of year! Baroque beauty in Ragusa Ibla You couldn’t fail to be dazzled by the sight of Ragusa Ibla, the jewel in the crown of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns in the south east…

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If you thought that chic went hand-in-hand with pricey, think again. We were delighted to see that the Times’ recent round-up of Europe’s chicest holiday villas for 2021 included our popular seafront Villa Carlotta, where you’ll find everything you could possible want for a relaxing week in the sun. The garden and pool are guaranteed to be a big hit with the kids, but up on the rooftop terrace, an away-from-it-all jacuzzi is the perfect spot to relax back, lulled by the sound of the waves below. For anyone who likes to kickstart the day with an energising swim, the…

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Our thanks to Girl About for including our lovely Casa dei Sogni in its round-up of October half-term holiday ideas. The sun’s still shining here in Sicily but for anyone who didn’t get away this summer, the idea of catching some last rays of sunshine when the kids are off in October is understandably appealing! Casa dei Sogni is a great option for families. It’s just a short drive from Catania airport so getting there is quick and easy and, if you enjoy sightseeing, there’s plenty to see nearby. Take the kids to climb Europe’s largest most active volcano or…

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Are you one of the unlucky ones who had to shelve plans for a special celebration in 2020? Whether it was a wedding, a milestone birthday or a family reunion, hopefully the disappointment has now faded, and you may even have started to think about re-scheduling. The numbers involved may be smaller but, on the upside, that possibly leaves a little bit of leeway for a more luxurious celebration and concierge-planned activities. With warm sunshine generally lasting into October, Sicily is still a good option for this autumn, but if you intend to wait until 2021, our advice is to…

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Here in Sicily, we’re still in the midst of long, lingering summer days, of sparkling sundowners at sunset, and al fresco lunches and dinners. For many of us, 2020 has been the year of the staycation, a time to enjoy holidays close to home.  If, however, you fall into the category of those who have watched the summer months slip by without taking any time off work, you may now be wondering how wise it is to miss out completely on this year’s holiday. The good news is there’s still time to book a holiday in September in one of…