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6 ways to find an affordable Sicilian villa Everyone’s feeling a little squeezed at the moment when it comes to household budgets, but at the same time, on the back of the restrictions of the last few years, a holiday abroad has never seemed more enticing. On the whole, a villa holiday in Sicily is generally going to work out more affordable than staying in a hotel, not least because you can stay more in control of your daily budget by self-catering. But, once you’ve made the decision to stay in an apartment or villa, there are plenty of other…

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If you’re looking for a great family getaway in Sicily that’s not going to break the bank, the May issue of Prima magazine is packed with ideas, including our Case Fil. The contemporary villa is a popular option among families with young children who want nothing more than to spend days splashing in the fabulous 18m pool or on one of the many local beaches. Children share a studio-style bedroom with parents but there’s a large communal living and dining room and very well-equipped kitchen. The real highlight, however, is the garden, with its huge pool, large grassy lawn and…

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8 of the best luxury villas for couples in Sicily Here in Sicily, there’s a definite feel of spring in the air and holidaymakers looking for sunshine are flocking back to our shores. Of course, for families, any thoughts of beaches and poolside lounging are being put on the backburner until school’s out, but if you’re able to snatch a romantic break for two, there couldn’t be a better time to visit Sicily than in May and June. Need inspiration? Take a look at some of our top Sicily villas for two. La Nave, Tindari With breath-taking views over the…

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5 reasons to book a Sicily holiday in springtime Holiday in Sicily during the months of April, May and June and plunge into a world of scented floral blooms, blossoming trees and the fresh flavours of springtime. Visit over the next couple of months, before the fierce summer heat takes hold, and you’ll find local dishes featuring the delicate flavours of artichokes, spring peas, and wild fennel and asparagus, and a heavenly backdrop of hillsides and mountain slopes carpeted with colourful spring flowers. Quite simply, spring is one of the loveliest times to holiday in Sicily. Here are just a…

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The best luxury villa holidays in Sicily with teenagers They can be a tricky breed, teenagers, and finding a holiday that delivers a steady flow of good-tempered sweetness and light on their part can be challenging. Throw in some younger siblings and you’ve got your work cut out. So we’ve done the homework for you and come up with a selection of luxury villas in Sicily that are a sure-fire way of keeping teenagers, and everyone else in the family happy. Juke box vibes Sicilian villas don’t come much cooler than Villa Arte Mare Blue, a 5-bedroom villa set in…

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Luxury villas in Sicily made for living outdoors For those of us who inhabit cooler climes, the mere thought of a summer holiday spent under dazzling blue skies by day and inky twinkling skies by night is quite irresistible. So while luxury bedrooms and bathrooms are very welcome, sometimes it’s worth giving a quick glance at what’s on offer outside. A pool is at the top of most people’s wish lists, but if you plan to self-cater most of your meals and really want to spend most of your time outside, an outdoor kitchen and living room can be the…

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Indulgent extras in your Sicily luxury villa Not surprisingly, we’ve all got our own very individual tick box when it comes to selecting a luxury villa in Sicily to rent and what’s essential for one person may not have even occurred to someone else. Great views, infinity pools, outdoor kitchens, jacuzzis … while any of these might be completely indispensable for your best friend, you may be more interested in checking that every room has an ensuite bathroom. However, while many of these features are a given, there might be just one extra detail that you didn’t even realise you…

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Family holiday for Easter in Sicily A holiday in Sicily at Easter always feels like a bit of a bonus – a chance to bask in some unexpected sunshine way ahead of the main summer months – so the Times got a big thumbs-up from us at the weekend for including us in their round-up of Easter family holiday ideas! Amongst the suggestions for holidays in the Bahamas, Costa Rica and the UK, the Times agreed that a holiday on the southern tip of Sicily ticked every box for families looking for early spring warmth combined with sightseeing and countryside…

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Looking for holiday inspiration in the Med? With a mild climate throughout the year and an average of up to 7 hours of daily sunshine as early as April, Sicily is a great place to make up for lost time by squeezing in an extra sunny break. While most tourists, including Italians, flock to Sicily in August, the island is at its best between April and June, and later in the year during the autumn months. Easter celebrations and a villa with heated pool Enjoy all-out luxury at half the price of an August holiday on a family Easter break…

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Sicily’s Tastiest Foodie Retreats selected by Suitcase magazine The gastronomic scene in Sicily is continuing to expand, becoming ever more adventurous whilst still remaining true to its traditional roots. And the good news is that you don’t need to head for a Michelin-starred restaurant to experience it – you’ll find fantastic ingredients on market stalls and simple but delicious dishes at the local trattoria. But what if you want to dig deeper into Sicilian gastronomic culture, to find out what to buy at the market and learn how to prepare some of the dishes for yourself? Cue Cooking & Culture, a…

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Top things to look for in your Sicily holiday villa Have you started thinking about your summer holiday? Of all the things guaranteed to lift your spirits in January, booking a holiday is right up there! And with life beginning to feel that it could be approaching something like normal, we’re delighted to see so many people already taking a peek at what’s on offer in 2022. So what are the main things to look for when it comes to picking a villa holiday in Sicily? We’ve listened to your top requests and comments, all of which add up to…

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6 villas in Sicily to put on your radar for 2022 As we hurtle towards the year end, it’s a good time to reflect back on the past 12 months, but also to look forward. Once again, the year has not been without its share of challenges but with lows come highs and we’re confident that 2022 will bring plenty of those. So while you may not be ready to book a 2022 holiday, having a little rummage around to see what you might fancy can be useful and is certainly very enjoyable! To help get you started, we’ve pulled…

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5 reasons to stay inland in Sicily How much do you know about Sicily’s extraordinary interior? While most visitors to Sicily flock to the coast, shunning its mountains and rugged landscape for its beaches and inviting seas, its heartland remains delightfully unexplored and tourist-free. Venture inland and you’ll find mountain ranges, limestone plains, hilltop villages, and olives groves and vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. If you choose to stay on the coast, you can of course still easily access the island’s interior but if you’re looking to get under Sicily’s skin, then inland is the…

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The best Sicily holiday ideas for 2022 As the world starts to peer cautiously round the corner, just the thought of booking a summer holiday for 2022 is one that fizzes with excitement. Where to book? The sunny shores of the Mediterranean are tantalizingly close, but perhaps something that promises a little more activity or culture might be more appealing. A city break perhaps? Or an away-from-it-all destination where you can delve deep into the local culture or natural world? The good news is that Sicily ticks all these boxes, so read on for inspiration. The family holiday Pick somewhere…

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The best things to see and do in Catania Catania may technically be Sicily’s second largest city but its lashings of Baroque style, dark lava stone buildings and elaborate architecture elevate it to one of Sicily’s must-see destinations. Undeniably lively and perhaps slightly chaotic, the city today blends history and art with contemporary living, showcasing extravagant palazzi and churches, authentic markets and designer boutiques. In the 17th century, the city was devastated by a volcanic eruption and, less than 30 years later, a major earthquake, resulting in much of the city being rebuilt into one of black and white palazzi…

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Is Sicily the best place for a big family holiday? After 18 months of uncertainty, enforced lockdowns and at worst, oceans between us, there’s never been a better time to plan a holiday with our loved ones. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who have missed out on sharing those landmark moments with the special people in your life, this is your chance to catch up on memory-making. Close the generation gap Let’s face it – no one’s going to spoil your kids as much as their grandparents! If you’ve got young children who have been deprived of the…

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Take an alternative Italian city break With one of the biggest historic centres in the whole of Italy, atmospheric markets, a fascinating food culture and the second largest opera house in Europe, Palermo is increasingly a strong contender when it comes to Italian city breaks. At times, it can seem a little rough round the edges but that’s all part of the attraction and quickly overshadowed by magnificent UNESCO World Heritage architecture and a buzzing restaurant scene which sets the city up as the perfect introduction to the rest of the island. When is the best time to visit Palermo?…

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5 of the best Sicily villas for an October half-term break The summer sunshine tends to linger just that little bit longer in Sicily compared to the rest of Italy, which means that October is still a very pleasant month to holiday here. Days can still be warm and sunny, with temperatures reaching up as high as 25˚C, and the sea temperatures, at around 23˚C, tend to be higher than in May. The summer crowds, however, have all headed back home which means that you get to see the real Sicily. Enjoy the luxury of having beaches almost to yourself…

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Save up to 20% on Wish Sicily villas Italy’s recent announcement that it has dropped its 5-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Britons puts Sicily firmly back on the holiday map. Villa specialist Wish Sicily is offering up to 20% off selected apartments and villas in September and October when, given Sicily’s location just 100 miles or so northeast of Africa, you can expect temperatures in their early 20’s and sea water that has been warmed by the summer sun. Discounts are available on the following holidays: City break in Syracuse Feeling culture starved?  Make up for lost time with…

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Welcome to our world of gelati, granite and cremolate It’s crazy to think anyone would plan a holiday in Sicily based on ice-cream, but who doesn’t give a little whoop of joy at the thought of everyone flocking from far and wide for a scoop of gelato from your local gelateria! Sicilians take their gelati very seriously and even if you’re not a mad ice-cream fan, we suspect you’ll struggle to resist this frozen treat. Historically, gelato was probably first introduced to Sicily by the Arabs and was more of a granita than a creamy ice cream.  Mount Etna came…