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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…

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Anyone who has holidayed in Sicily will agree that the island has an altogether different feel to the rest of Italy. On the surface, the food and wine, the beach culture and the traditional ‘passeggiata’ are still very much in evidence, but dive beneath the surface and the island’s multi-layered and utterly fascinating character starts to unravel. Of course, where you stay on the island will make a big difference to your overall experience. While the seaside resorts of Cefalù and Taormina have featured on the tourist map for many years, a holiday outside these towns will probably leave you…

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Sicily and summertime go hand in hand but with a warm weather season that stretches from April to October, the summer months are by no means the only time to visit this vibrant island. We take a look at each of the seasons and weigh up the pros and cons of visiting Sicily at different times of the year. Spring Possibly the loveliest time of year to visit Sicily, the months of April and May are bathed in gentle sunshine and so ideal for walking or exploring the island’s fascinating sights. This is the time to drink in the sight…

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If you’re planning a family holiday with a baby or toddler, the chances are that gentle sunshine and a short-haul flight will be top of your list of priorities.  With blissfully quiet beaches and temperatures that hover in the low to mid-twenties in autumn and spring, Sicily is an obvious choice. These are six of the best reasons we can think of why a holiday in Sicily works so well for young families. 1 – Beaches While some of the beaches on Sicily are pebbly, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to big sweeping stretches of sand with gently…

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Sicily’s reputation as the go-to destination for beach-lovers is well-known. Stretching for an eye-catching 1,000km or so, the island’s coastline is a wonderful combination of sandy beaches, pebbly coves and untamed nature reserves. Yet it only takes one visit to Sicily to quickly realise that its towns and cities are as big a draw as its beaches. While away the hours wandering through narrow winding streets and explore the magnificent squares and imposing cathedrals that dominate ancient historic town centres. To help you on your journey, we highlight some of the best villas and locations for a city break in…