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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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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 of the island. For a…

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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…

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We were thrilled to see our lovely Villa Dioscuri included in the Times’ ‘Best Villas in Italy’ feature at the weekend. As our customer reviews testify, this villa really is unique – from its extraordinary views to its superb 16m pool. Get ready too for an extra warm welcome from owner Filippo who always goes out of his way to make you feel at home, starting with some traditional foodie treats and also sharing tips and advice on his favourite local spots. The beauty of Villa Dioscuri is the feeling of space: outside, the pool is surrounded by large areas…

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What are your holiday plans this year? Have you plumped for a staycation, or are you still hankering after a week on foreign shores? The fact is that however much we’ve adapted to our much-changed world, few of us can resist the lure of a temporary escape from routine to a place of new sights, tastes and experiences. If you are tempted by a last-minute holiday in Sicily before the kids go back to school, several of our properties still have pockets of availability in August. Italian holidays generally end after the week of Ferragosto so from 22 August, beaches…

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We’ve all had to face plenty of challenges over the past few months, including missing meet ups with family and friends and the stress of juggling work with homeschooling. But how have you adjusted to being mainly confined to your local neighbourhood? If you’re used to travelling abroad, or even taking regular domestic holidays, the chances are you’ll be craving new horizons. So it’s great to see borders re-opening, with flights starting up again, and self-catering accommodation and hotels throwing open their doors. We all need that little escape from reality to look forward to, and we can’t think of…

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Sicily literally bursts into life in the spring months of April and May, when fields and nature reserves are sprinkled with wildflowers, and market stalls are piled high with delicate spring flavours. Towns and cities are still relatively quiet compared to some of the tourist-packed cities of northern Italy, and mild temperatures and gentle sunshine allow you to indulge in the first of the season’s al fresco lunches. Need any more reasons to visit Sicily in April? Read on to discover our favourite things to see and do in Sicily in April and May. Spring sunshine The good news is…

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How do you go about planning your family holiday?  Does the destination or the villa take priority? And what about the kids – do you involve them or decide that too many opinions will just complicate matters? Finding the right holiday for all the family is never easy so we’ve tried to simplify things by going through some of the questions which crop up year after year amongst our clients. Can we walk to restaurants and the shops? If you want to keep driving to a minimum, you’ll certainly want some shops and a few restaurants within walking distance. In…

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Learn about Sicilian food and culture through cookery classes, market trips and private guided tours with Wish Sicily. Instead of staying in a hotel, enjoy the luxury of staying in a private villa in north east Sicily surrounded by all your favourite people! Wish Sicily’s new Cooking & Culture week is available throughout the year for groups of between 10-30 people. Comments Wish Sicily director, Gioacchino Sortino, ‘We organise a wide range of tours and activities for many of our guests who, increasingly, want to do more than just sit by the pool. We’ve designed this comprehensive itinerary for private…

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What sort of holiday person are you? Are you the first to stake your position by the pool, ready for a week of basking in the sun? Or do you devote months before your trip to planning a week crammed full of activities and researching the best local restaurants? The truth is that while some of us are firmly in either the chill-out or action-packed camp, many of us fall somewhere between the two. Catching up on local culture is always welcome but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to spend every day sightseeing. Similarly, while you might like…

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While Taormina, Palermo and Sicily’s south east grab most of the headlines, the north east coast tends to stay slightly under the radar. If you want to find out more about it, Lisa Kjellsson’s article in the Sunday Times is a good place to start. Based at our Villa Dioscuri, Lisa found herself well-placed to explore the archaeological ruins of Tindari, try wine-tasting on the slope of Mount Etna and to discover the delights of the pistachio-producing town of Bronte. There was also time to hop over to the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands, all visible from Villa Dioscuri’s magnificent terrace, either…

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We’re thrilled to start 2020 with some excellent coverage for Case Fil, one of our newest properties, in two of the UK’s best-read national newspapers, the Times and Telegraph. The Times kicked off the year with a round-up of the best holidays for Italy for 2020, including Case Fil which heads up the article’s Best for Budget section. The property is ideal for a multi-family stay, thanks to its separate accommodation blocks, stunning 18m pool and starting price of just £431 per family per week. In the Telegraph, journalist Catherine Cooper inspires readers with suggestions for 50 of the best…

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What will your New Year resolutions be when the clock chimes at midnight? If travelling responsibly is one of them, you may be wondering about the best holiday options for 2020. The fact is that plenty of short-haul destinations, from northern France to the most southerly point of Italy, are still easily accessible by train if you’re prepared to spend a little longer getting there. A train journey to Sicily, for example, takes around 28 hours, but when you factor in a night’s sleep, you realise that you won’t actually miss out on that much holiday time. Once you’ve worked…

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Are you, or is a member of your family hitting a special milestone in 2020? If so, why not make it even more memorable by celebrating together under one roof? Check in to a villa in the sun and mark the occasion with a relaxing break with all your favourite people. Of course, organising dates and other logistics can be tricky while you’re juggling normal life, when both physical time and mental space are under pressure. However, with time off work and fewer everyday stresses, the Christmas break is a good opportunity to think carefully about what works best for…

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Do you like to work out even when you’re on holiday? If sport is a big part of your everyday routine at home, the chances are you’ll want to maintain fitness levels while you’re away. The good news is that it’s easy to do that in Sicily where there are plenty of options for anyone who loves an active or outdoors lifestyle. Rocky ravines and spectacular seascapes are obvious backdrops for adventure and water sports and there are also national parks, marine nature reserves and, of course, the thrill of Mount Etna. But the action doesn’t stop there. Find out…

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If there’s nothing you like more on holiday than a mooch round a market, Sicily certainly ticks plenty of boxes. Most towns have a market, even if just once a week. At the bigger markets, where coloured tarpaulins provide shade from the fierce morning sun, get ready for a maelstrom of noise, colour and activity. Some of the markets’ names, such as Palermo’s Ballarò, date back to the Saracen rule of the ninth century and in fact the atmosphere isn’t much different from their Arab counterpart. Stalls display a dazzling range of exotic spices, glistening olives and a rainbow assortment…

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There are plenty of reasons for getting ahead of the crowd and booking your 2020 villa in Sicily now and here’s one more! If you book a 2020 holiday at one of our Early Booking Villas by 29th February 2020, we’ll give everyone in your party a fabulous free Sicily Experience. The offer is available on all holiday dates excluding 27 June – 29 August. Participating in an activity or excursion is a great way to get a feel for the island and there are so many to choose from. Find out about Sicily’s history and culture, get an in-depth…