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There’s plenty of good advice in the Times travel section today on where to find the best last-minute budget breaks in school holidays and beyond. Wish Sicily is top of the list of 50 best budget holidays for summer. Suggestions include Villa Rebecca, a brand new 4-bedroom villa with private pool and Casa Sant’Anna, a family villa for 5. Finding high-quality villas with a pool is never easy at this time of year, so, not surprisingly, the villas are getting snapped up quickly. However, there are still several school holiday weeks available, as well as all of September, so the…

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Looking for a house that’s as gorgeous inside as out? A master bedroom with sunken bath and a galleried living room with double-height ceiling are just two of the interior design features at Villa Idda which caught the eye of House Beautiful magazine. Packed with the latest home inspiration and interior design ideas, House Beautiful is also a great source for travel ideas. The magazine’s feature on 5 European holiday villas with gorgeous interiors kicks off with Villa Idda, a 4-bedroom villa overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden with pool. The villa is divided into two buildings, one with a striking…

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Anyone who has holidayed in Italy in mid-August will know that 15 August is Ferragosto, the national Bank Holiday which sees most of the country shutting up shop and heading for the beach. Essentially marking Assumption Day, the national holiday is a religious one, but it also marks the beginning of Italy’s holiday period. Ferragosto celebrations take place across the country, ranging from local village-based events to huge crowd-pulling occasions such as Siena’s Palio. In Sicily, most activities are focused around the beach, with some towns and villages also organising festivals, processions and fireworks. Not surprisingly, the celebrations spill out…

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New villas with summer holiday availability! If you’re slightly late off the mark and still looking for a summer holiday villa, the good news is that we’ve added two new family villas to our portfolio, both with excellent availability and an introductory 20% discount. Menfi vineyards, Sicily: Save over £450 in July! Set in the heart of the wine-growing countryside around Menfi, 3-bedroom Casa Maoma is close to Selinunte and the beaches around Porto Palo.  The villa has a large shady veranda overlooking the pool and the surrounding vineyards. Book now and save 20% on all weeks up to 27…

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Walking is a great way to explore Sicily’s countryside, and while there are some challenging hikes to choose from, you don’t need to be a fanatical hiker for the best experience. Take a short stroll in early summer when hillsides and nature reserves are sprinkled with the last remnants of spring flowers; or an autumn amble through flame-coloured landscapes. The two latest additions to our portfolio – Villa Rebecca and Casa Maoma – which are both near to two of Sicily’s most striking natural sites, got us thinking about our favourite walks in Sicily. Necropoli di Pantalica A walk through…

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We’re well into summer here in Sicily, with temperatures creeping up into the mid-20’s and the sea gradually warming up. Villa rental rates and flights are considerably lower than in the peak season months and as an added bonus, we’re offering savings of up to 20% at a selection of some of our top villas.  So, if you’re free to travel at relatively short notice, this is the time to snap up a bargain! Visit Sicily in May or June and catch the first rays of summer sun while you idle away a few hours on a blissfully quiet beach…

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You don’t need to be a diehard foodie to recognise the role that food and drink plays in a holiday in Sicily. Part of its culinary attraction is the simplicity of the food and the fantastic quality of the ingredients, from the flavour-packed tomatoes and capers to the surrounding seas which are teeming with shellfish and seafood. The cuisine also provides a fascinating – and extremely enjoyable! – history lesson of the island, providing an invaluable insight into past invaders. Many of its natural ingredients can be traced to a former time, from the Greeks and Arab invaders to cooking…

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Our thanks to the Irish Times for including our gorgeous Casa Maoma, the latest addition to our portfolio, in its round-up of Great Escapes.  The final touches have just been added to this family-friendly villa, which is brand new to the holiday market, ready for the summer sunshine! With 3 bedrooms and a stunning pool, the villa is ideal for families still searching for summer holiday villas in Sicily. Located in the heart of the vineyard-carpeted countryside around Menfi, the villa is perfectly placed for exploring some of Sicily’s most remarkable ancient Greek sites, such as Selinunte and Agrigento. It’s…

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Hands up if you’ve just realised that Whitsun is fast approaching and you still haven’t got round to organising your family’s summer holiday! In common with most of the Mediterranean, the villas in Sicily that have a private pool or direct beach access are the first to get snapped up, but all is not lost! Meet the latest addition to the Wish Sicily portfolio: Casa Maoma. Contemporary, stylish and brand new on the holiday villa scene, the 3-bedroom villa in south west Sicily is tailor made for a family holiday. There’s a gorgeous private pool and plenty of space to…

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How much do you know about Sicily? The Mafia, beaches and great food immediately spring to mind but delve further and you may be surprised by what you find.  In fact, holiday just once in Italy’s southernmost region and you may find yourself curiously addicted. Read on for some insider tips on some of the best things to see and do in Sicily. Visit some of the Med’s top archaeological sites Sicily was the star of Magna Graecia and rivals Greece for ancient Greek architecture.  At the Valley of the Temples near Agrigento, the remains of the Doric temples are…

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If, like us, you’re longing for bright skies and warm Spring sunshine, the chances are you’ll be poring through online magazines and websites for holiday inspiration. Luckily for us, Spring comes early to Sicily so while much of Europe is still wrestling with late April showers, our thoughts are turning to fresh Springtime flavours and flowers. Read on to discover just five of the many reasons why Sicily is perfect for a holiday in May or June. Top tourist attractions Sightseeing in May or June means relatively crowd-free attractions. Sites such as Segesta and Selinunte are fascinating for anyone interested…

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After a long, cold winter, most of us are more than ready for some warm summer sun. Here in Sicily, temperatures start to creep up as early as April which means that by June and July, you can be sure of long sunny days on the beach and balmy evenings. Here are just a few of our best villas in Sicily for summer sun. Pool with a view in chic Taormina If you are looking for glamour and sophistication, head straight for Taormina. Perched high on a rocky promontory, with sweeping sea views and Mount Etna as a backdrop, the…

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If you want to really get under Sicily’s skin, there’s no better way than being around for one of the big patron saints’ celebrations. Visit Ragusa Ibla during the 3-day festivities for the much-revered San Giorgio and you’ll experience one of the most colourful, atmospheric events anywhere in Sicily. The town of Ragusa Ibla is extraordinary even without a festa.  Lively and crammed with fascinating sights, this is one of south east Sicily’s finest Unesco-listed towns. At the heart of the town stands the magnificent baroque Basilica di San Giorgio, its portal depicting a carving of San Giorgio on horseback,…

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We think Spring is one of the most enchanting times to visit Sicily and it looks like the Sunday People agrees with us! The paper’s recent round-up of Easter and Spring holiday ideas includes our family-friendly Casa Gialla, a villa for 8 with a private pool. A small children’s play area is a welcome attraction to the leafy garden. Situated on the slopes of Mount Etna, the villa is ideally placed for visits to the coastal towns of Catania, Acireale and uber-chic Taormina and there are also shops and restaurants at nearby Giarre. Its location on Mount Etna opens up…

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When it comes to holidays in the sun, we’ve always known that a villa holiday in Sicily can offer excellent value for money – which is why it was great to see our Casetta in Pietra included in an iNews article on the best European summer villas for under £1,000.  One of our most popular budget villas, Casetta in Pietra is set on the hillside, backed by the Monte Cofano Nature Reserve, and overlooking the beach. With two bedrooms and a living room that leads straight on to a secluded shaded veranda, the villa is a great option for a…

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For families looking for sunnier climes without the cost, Sicily is an inspired choice. With April temperatures nudging 18°C, the weather is ideal for a family adventure on one of Europe’s most fascinating islands. Climb a volcano Wander across the lunar landscape of Europe’s highest active volcano. Choose from a selection of jeep tours and guided walks, depending on the age of your children, to explore the smoking craters and snaking lava flows of Mount Etna. Villa Viscalori is a traditional Sicilian villa, with antique furniture and ceramics with a pool and huge garden that overlook the slopes of Mount…

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Springtime in Sicily is awash with spectacular processions, floral displays and warm sunshine. Take a look at some of our favourite Spring events. Easter on Sicily’s north west coast The Procession of the Mysteries in Trapani on Good Friday is amongst the most evocative and traditional of Sicily’s Easter celebrations. The 24-hour event sees a two-mile procession of thousands of people and marching bands follow the 20 wooden ‘Mysteries’ as they are carried on volunteers’ shoulders through the streets of the city. Nearby, there are also Good Friday processions at Erice and Buseto Palizzolo. Cupole Arabe’s unique dome-shaped accommodation is…

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Looking for the perfect holiday villa? Hot off the press this weekend is the Times newspaper’s selection of the 50 best villas in the Med, including our very unique Cupole Arabe in Sicily. Set on the edge of the Monte Cofano Nature Reserve, the three-domed property leads on to a huge terrace with views across plant-filled Mediterranean gardens to the sea. Wander down to the beach or choose from a superb selection of fabulous sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance and ranging from the pocket-villas in sicily sized bays that fringe the Zingaro Nature Reserve to the vast expanse…

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If you think that Sicily is just for honeymooning couples, think again. Alongside holidays in Malta, Montenegro and Greece, our Villa Cocuzzolo was included in The Sun’s round-up of best short-haul sunshine breaks, with or without the kids. Situated close to glamorous Taormina, the three-bedroom villa is also within easy reach of many of eastern Sicily’s coastal towns. There’s plenty to do locally when you want a change from the beach. Etnaland is southern Italy’s largest theme park, with everything from rollercoaster and rapid rides to fabulous water park with slides and pools. Mount Etna remains a constant presence on…

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We’re only a couple of weeks into the New Year but we reckon it’s never too early to start planning a spring or summer break – and it seems that the UK press agrees with us! Media pages over the last two weeks have been jam-packed with great holiday ideas, for families, couples and for groups of friends, with several Wish Sicily villas amongst them. In case you missed them, here’s a selection of the best. Daily Telegraph – 75 Greatest Family Holidays for 2018 The Telegraph’s round-up of 75 Greatest Family Holidays was every parent’s answer to organising their…