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Wish Sicily’s broad portfolio ranges from budget beachfront apartments to rambling countryside estates.  These are some of the top new properties in the collection for 2016.   Best for outdoor living:  Casa Zen Blu is a modern villa that opens out on to a huge veranda, with lounge-style seating and a majolica tiled dining table.  Wander down through the extensive jasmine-scented gardens to the pool, sip a drink or snack at the poolside cocktail bar and linger over leisurely meals prepared in the gorgeous outdoor kitchen and dining space before retiring to the shady outdoor lounge for a snooze.  The…

2016 Villas in Sicily

– New budget beach-front properties – One of a kind: unique villas with distinctive features – Just for two: expanded collection of villas for couples With a new BA flight from Heathrow to Palermo starting in May 2016 and an ever-expanding choice of high quality self-catering villas and apartments, Sicily is set to continue on its upward trend as a popular holiday destination.  With warm weather from April to October, it is equally appealing to holidaymakers in search of low-cost holidays outside of the peak school holiday period and to families looking for school holiday breaks. Amongst its new accommodation…

Ronald McDonald at Villa Arte Mare Blu

Sicily’s art scene is thriving, with innovative modern galleries extending from Palermo and Trapani on the west coast across to Modica, Syracuse and Catania in the east.  Check out also the Fiumara d’Arte, a dramatic open air sculpture park in the province of Messina. AND STAY IN AN EXTRAORDINARY VILLA  Forget run of the mill … stay somewhere extraordinary in summer 2016.  Quirky, contemporary and ever so stylish, our art and design villas range in style from vintage art to eco extraordinaire.   Quirky but cool An outside kitchen with traditional wood-burning pizza oven, glorious rural views towards the sea…

Beachfront villa in Sicily - Casa dei Nomadi

Get ready for 2016!  We’ve expanded our collection of beachfront villas in Sicily and added several really exciting new properties where you can amble from bedroom to beach in seconds and back in time for your morning cappuccino on the terrace.   White sand and turquoise seas in south east Sicily In prime position for beach lovers, Casa Ulisse hovers on the edge of a sandy beach near Ispica.  Outside, large shady gardens, with terraces and an outdoor kitchen, lead directly on to the beach. Several of the island’s top beaches, including the white sandy beaches and translucent seas at…

Sicily villas for foodies

From its creamy risotto filled arancini to its prolifically-growing zucchini, Sicilian food is packed with flavour.  Fresh sun-ripened tomatoes, shiny silver sardines and sweet fat pistachios have been incorporated into a distinctive cuisine that has been shaped by centuries of foreign rule.  Events such as San Vito lo Capo’s Cous Cous Fest and sagre celebrating everything from artichokes to onions punctuate the calendar but every day in Sicily brings another gastronomic treat. Villa specialist Wish Sicily has brought out a new collection of villas for foodies, where guests are never more than a bite away from the top foodie hotspots…

Honeymoon villas in Sicily

Move over Mauritius … keep your honeymoon travelling time to a minimum and head for our gorgeous vineyard-carpeted island, where hilltops are dotted with medieval villages and coastlines fringed by white sandy beaches and translucent seas. For the ultimate romantic escape, retreat to a bolthole for two and while away lazy days on secluded beaches, feasting by night on seafood and dishes packed with glossy aubergines and sun-ripened tomatoes. Here are our top three love nests for 2016.   The island villa Blessed with simple rustic charm and breathtaking sea views, Ulivo di Pollara is a white-washed Aeolian villa on…

Casa Turi's pool area

Our three new villa collections mean that there are even more villas to choose from this autumn and for your 2016 holiday. VILLAS FOR FOODIES Palermo street food, chocolate from Modica and an increasingly exciting wine industry are all part of the year-round appeal of Sicilian food. On top of that, each season brings its own tasty mouth-watering treats, not least autumn, when crowds flock to the Couscous Fest in western Sicily or to the Madonie and Nebrodi mountains where mushrooms, chestnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios feature in local sagre celebrating the best local produce. Visit our new collection of Villas…

Villa Cecilia Trabia, Sicily

DESPERATE FOR SOME SEPTEMBER SUN? Grab the last few rays of summer sunshine in September when temperatures in Sicily are still in the 20’s and the crowds have dispersed. And if time is at a premium, you can keep your transfer times to a minimum by flying to Palermo and hopping across to one of our villas in Scopello, close to some of Sicily’s top natural and historical sites.   BE A CULTURE VULTURE IN SICILY If you thought that the majority of Sicily’s cultural attractions were in the south east of the island, think again. Last month, Sicily boosted…

Luxury Villa La Belsia, Taormina

With sterling soaring against the euro, warm sunshine and a selection of attractive discounted villas, Sicily is an excellent destination for a holiday this September.   Wish Sicily offers the largest specialist collection of villas and apartments in Sicily that are booked directly with their owners, and at the lowest available rate.  Comments Gioacchino Sortino, Wish Sicily: ‘Booking a September holiday in Sicily this year offers excellent value for money.   With Wish Sicily, bookings are made directly with our villa owners so there are no fixed tour operator fees and any benefits in currency fluctuations are passed on to the…

Villa La Belsia

Fill in some of the gaps in your kids’ education with a visit to Sicily where you can squeeze in a session on the Greeks, Romans and Normans, or a volcano-themed geography lesson, without so much as a mention of books or homework. Sicily’s extraordinary past and its hugely varied land and seascapes make it a fascinating island for all ages. If you have not booked anything yet, there are weeks available right up to early September at a selection of Wish Sicily villas.   Escape the crowds and head for the heartland of Sicily Head inland for peace and…

Glen's house panoramic terrace

Wish Sicily’s large collection of villas in Sicily ranges from standard affordable villas with a pool to some exceptionally designed luxurious properties with unique features.  Choose one of the following to ensure that you have something to shout about when you return – or better still, when you are still there.   My villa has … A pool to outstrip all pools.  Although not quite Olympic-sized, the pool at Villa Stella Marina is 20m long, with lane markings and picture perfect sea views of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve.  If you are more of a wild swimmer, head for the turquoise…

Villa Pizzo Rocca, Sicily

Great beaches, water sports, outdoor activities and child-friendly attractions are just part of the picture.  Wander into town for an ice-cream, check out the menu and bambino-adoring welcome at the local trattoria and you will soon see why Sicily is the obvious choice for a family holiday! See our selection of family-friendly villas.   Activities for all the family If you are holidaying in Sicily with young children during our hottest months, a couple of cultural visits may be enough.  Intersperse them with days by the pool or on the beach or head for the Parco Avventura Madonie, an adventure…

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The ideal solution for anyone who gets excited at the prospect of Wimbledon, villa specialist Wish Sicily has launched a new collection of villas in Sicily with a private tennis court. Several of the villas have discounted rates in June and July. Family villa with tennis and 5-a-side football: In addition to a private tennis court, Villa Il Gorgo has a 5-a-side football pitch and a large 18m pool guaranteed to keep the children (and some adults) amused for hours. Set in the countryside of the Monti Sicani Reserve, the beach at Sciacca is just 18 miles to the south.…

Villa with Pool in Sicily

If you are planning a late summer or early autumn break, it is time to get cracking.  September weeks are selling fast and flights are trailing close behind. For those who are unencumbered by school holidays and able to take advantage of great prices and late summer sun, September and October are gorgeous months to visit Sicily. Temperatures remain high and in September, the sea is still a balmy 25⁰. Autumn also brings with it several lively events and festivals such as the Cous Cous Fest at San Vito Lo Capo and the Sagra del Pistacchio at Bronte on the…

Stunning views from Casetta Gibbia in Tindari, Sicily

Sicily in June is jam-packed with colourful events and warm sunshine and low prices make the island a great destination for an early summer break. Villa specialist Wish Sicily features a large collection of apartments and villas for two to four with flexible arrival dates and, in some cases, three night minimum stays.   Beachfront on a budget:  Stay in a seafront cottage at Fontane Bianche on the outskirts of Syracuse, home to Italy’s leading Greek Theatre Festival (15 May-28 June) at the ancient theatre. The Case Maraldo cottages each have a private sea-view terrace and steps down to a…

The large terrace with sea view at Casa Blu

May and June are the best months to head for Sicily, when the days are long and sunny and local markets are laden with cherries, asparagus and artichokes.  Stay in a villa with views over the flower-carpeted slopes of the Madonie Mountains or the sea at the southern tip of the island, close to Syracuse and its spectacular Greek Theatre Festival. Villa specialist Wish Sicily picks five of its top Spring time villas with views.   Contemporary class: Within easy reach of performances at Sicily’s prestigious Greek Theatre Festival (15 May-28 June) in Syracuse, Casa Blu is a stunning two-bedroom…

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With warm temperatures and sunshine for at least six months of the year, finding the right villa holiday in Sicily is as much about checking out the outdoor space as the villa interior. Not everyone needs a pool, but shady summer kitchens, garden gazebos and pergolas, and terraces with coastal views all add up to a great al fresco style holiday. The following is a selection of some of the best Wish Sicily villas for outdoor living.   Garden dream: a poolside pergola, barbecue corner and a hidden away Jacuzzi with a view are just some of the highlights of…

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Book a Wish Sicily villa in western Sicily for Easter and save up to 20% on the cost of your accommodation. Wish Sicily is offering discounts on a large selection of properties in and around Scopello up to the end of May. Several Easter events take place in western Sicily ranging from the very spiritual to highly dramatic. Save 20% at Villa Margherita, a two-bedroom villa with pool in Scopello. One week in April and May starts at £696 (sleeps 4) reduced from £870. Save 20% at Casale del Ponte, a five-bedroom coastal villa with pool between Palermo and Trapani.…

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What does a family holiday mean to you? An all-singing, all-dancing affair punctuated by activities, excursions and an endless flow of friends and family? Or a simpler, slightly more chilled experience, marked by leisurely al fresco mealtimes and the odd visit to the beach? Wish Sicily’s extensive collection of villas and apartments mean that you can choose the style of holiday and accommodation to exactly suit your family’s needs. This is a selection of some of the best. Sporty families: Team up with another family and the kids will have hours of entertainment at Villa Il Gorgo, thanks to its…

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Sicily’s villa rental market continues to flourish, with increasingly stylish properties popping up all around the island. In local towns and villages, traditional trattorie and cafés now sit side by side with ever more sophisticated restaurants and for those who do want to explore beyond the beach, activities range from wine-tastings and jeep safaris on Mount Etna to helicopter and quad bike tours. Wish Sicily offers one of the largest collections of rental properties in Sicily, including a good choice of villas aimed at the luxury market. Stylish island retreat: Hide away from the rest of the world on Favignana,…