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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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2022 adventures from the inewspaper Ready for an adventure? After almost 2 years of holiday uncertainty, the prospect of a big trip in 2022 is infinitely appealing and this weekend’s press was full of inspiration on where to find adventure. The i Newspaper delivered a great round-up of tempting ideas, from family adventures in Jordan and Costa Rica to a gastronomic tasting holiday in Siri Lanka. And having recently launched our new collection of adventure experiences in Sicily, we were delighted to see our 4×4 ‘Bandit Tour’ included in the feature! The tour’s a great option if you’re one of…

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Experience Sicilian food, culture and nature If a holiday in Sicily has been on your radar for a while, you’ll already know how much there is to do. Long lists of ancient temples, baroque churches and Roman amphitheatres trip off the tongue and before you know it, you’re feeling stressed about how you’re going to fit everything into a mere week on the island! But what about activities that don’t involve traditional sightseeing? It seems that while many visitors may not necessarily want to delve back into ancient history, they may equally want to do something other than flop on…

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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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5 reasons to visit Sicily in September and October Here in Sicily, we’re hopeful that travel discussions are moving in the right direction. In Italy, we’re getting ready to welcome overseas visitors with open arms and without the need for quarantining. But if you’re still a little nervous about travelling abroad, why not plan ahead and book a September or October break? Here are 5 good reasons why. The last of the summer sun After a challenging winter, the idea of extending summer as long as possible is hugely appealing. Luckily, our southerly location just 100 miles northeast of Africa,…

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We’re ready to organise your perfect week in Sicily! How many times over the past year have you daydreamed about past holidays? More to the point, what are the high spots that most stand out within those memories?  Maybe a really outstanding meal, an extraordinary artwork, or perhaps even something as simple as a scenic drive? Often, of course, it’s the people that we remember, perhaps a friendly local shopkeeper or a tour guide, who are frequently responsible for breathing life into a holiday destination. They can, in fact, enrich your holiday in so many ways, from showing you how…

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Alternative summer escapes in Sicily Mention a holiday in Sicily and up pops an image of Taormina in many of our minds. Just a hop from Catania airport, the town has been a tourist destination since the 18th century and a firm celebrity favourite since the 1970’s. Add to that its impressive clifftop location, glamorous Gucci and Prada window displays, and pretty squares and alleyways, and it’s not hard to see why it continues to be a winner. But if you’ve ever been to Sicily, you’ll know how much more there is to the island. Travel beyond the best-known towns…

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Share special moments on holiday in Sicily If you’re finding yourself spending a disproportionate amount of time reminiscing about your last holiday, then it could be time to start planning the next one! The big question, of course, is what’s the best holiday to book this year? For many of us, the last year has turned our world upside down and the last thing we want is more uncertainty. So while you may at one point have earmarked 2021 as the year for the big adventure, here are a few reasons why we think it may be better to settle…

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Plan your holiday to Sicily now So you’re vaguely planning a holiday in Sicily but aren’t sure about the best things to see and do, or how easy it is to get around.  You’ve heard about the long hot summers, of course, and the delicious food and wine, but where are the best beaches and are some parts of the island better for sightseeing? The truth is that you’ll find great beaches and interesting thing to see and do wherever you stay in Sicily, but these are just a few ideas to get you started. Experience Sicilian street food Nothing…

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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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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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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…

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So you’ve booked your villa in Sicily, organised your flights and sorted out your car hire. Now comes the fun bit – planning what you’re going to do when you get there! If you like keeping busy, there’s plenty of choice, from cookery classes to volcano climbs and boat trips. However, the good news is that there’s no need to spend a fortune if you want to do more than just chill by the pool. To help you plan your trip, here are a few of the best free things to do in Sicily. Visit a festival Local festivals and…

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Whether it’s climbing a volcano or swimming with dolphins, everyone has a vague idea as to what should be on a bucket list. But does your bucket list really need to take you to the four corners of the globe? You may find that many of those thrilling moments and big achievements are closer than you thought. To get you started, read some of our guests’ favourite things to do in Sicily and get inspiration for your very own personalised bucket list. Climb a volcano Mount Etna isn’t just any volcano. It also happens to be Europe’s largest active volcano,…

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Spring is on the doorstep and if you haven’t already done so, it’s definitely time to start planning a holiday. The good news is that, if you’re thinking of staying in a holiday villa, there’s no need to splash the cash. In fact, a villa holiday with your family or a group of friends is an excellent option if you’re looking to keep costs down.  Choose exactly how much you want to spend per person before you book and then, when you’re on holiday, enjoy browsing in local markets for delicious ingredients for poolside lunches and dinners under the stars.…

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If sunshine is top of your wish list but you’re looking for something more than a straight fly and flop holiday, a week in Sicily may be the answer. One of the best things about the island is its incredibly broad appeal.  For nature lovers, there are mountains and volcanoes, national parks dotted with picturesque hilltop villages, and a 1000km-long varied coastline.  Meanwhile, in its towns and cities, the island’s fascinating history has left its mark on its stunning art, architecture and cuisine. The fact is that whether you’re into food, wine, walking or culture, there’s a huge range of…

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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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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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Warm weather in Sicily summer with temperatures currently nudging 30° plus, the only way to really cool down is to make tracks for some water.  Most of our Sicily villas with private pool have a direct access to the sea but if you are looking for something a little more active, there are also water-based activities for everyone in the family. Sicily water activity in the Alcantara Gorge Situated on the east coast of Sicily, just inland from Taormina, the Alcantara Gorge is the place for adrenalin-charged activities.  River trekking and body rafting are both on offer and canyoning can…