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Like the idea of using your holiday as a way of reconnecting with nature? A beach holiday is certainly a change of scene for most of us but what if you want to combine that with staying in some of Europe’s top natural spots? Immerse yourself in the scent of green forests or the beauty of a landscape unspoilt by modern development and you’ll benefit from a double whammy of health benefits. The Times suggests that one way to ensure a good dose of natural beauty is to seek out Europe’s national parks and nature reserves. Some of us may…

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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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If you’re attracted by the idea of staying in a villa where you can either walk or rely on public transport to get around, then this week’s Sunday Times round-up of no-drive villas is just what you need. Choose from a selection of villas in Sicily, France, Croatia, Portugal and Greece, including our Casa Franchina. Without a hire car, your main priority is probably being able to walk to the beach and also to at least one or two local shops that will cover your immediate needs, particularly if you’re holidaying with children. If there’s a pizzeria and/or gelateria within…

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If you’re desperate to feel the sun on your face and catch a whiff of sea air, get some inspiration from Prima magazine’s April issue in which travel editor Jane Anderson selects some of the best places to stay in special locations, all just a few hours away by plane. The suggestions in the round-up of Great Getaways includes two Wish Sicily villas, both situated on the east coast of Sicily. For a truly away-from-it-all location, Terrazza sul Mare is a two-bedroom villa perched above the fishing village of Pozzillo where the sea is literally on your doorstep and the…

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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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The Daily Mail recommends the carnival at Acireale Tempted by the idea of a change of scene this half-term? Skiing is the most popular option but a skiing holiday can be fairly full-on. Sometimes just grabbing a few days in a different setting, with new sights and experiences, can be just as invigorating but infinitely more relaxing. Obviously, you won’t get wall-to-wall summer sunshine in Sicily in February but if you pick the right location, you certainly won’t be short of things to do. As recommended by the Daily Mail at the weekend, the Acireale carnival (12 February to 1…

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The Guardian recommends a half-term break in Syracuse, Sicily Who wouldn’t enjoy some October sunshine, a last chance to swim in balmy seas before winter sets in and a daily fix of a brioche bun crammed with gelato? Those are just three of the reasons the Guardian chose to include Sicily, and specifically Syracuse, in its recent round-up of ten best half-term holidays. Guests at Casa a Ortigia in October can hop over to the urban beach across the road from the villa and enjoy dips in waters that still retain some of the summer heat. Alternatively there are baroque…

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The Guardian recommends Pozzillo for a late sunshine break For anyone desperate for a few last rays of sunshine and a change of scene, the Guardian’s recent round-up of autumn sun holidays is packed with inspiration. Sarah Baxter picks 10 of the best characterful locations where you can live like the locals, and still enjoy sea dips, beach excursions and lingering alfresco meals in balmy temperatures. If it’s authenticity you’re after, Pozzillo ticks every box. This tiny fishing port on Sicily’s east coast is close to some of Sicily’s most popular attractions, but also perfect if you want to experience…

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Wish Sicily featured in the Telegraph’s 20 Italian villas The announcement at the end of last month that the Italian government was extending its 5-day quarantine mandate for UK visitors to the end of August was bitterly disappointing for many, but as the Telegraph reports, an initial 5-day enforced respite from the outside world may not be such a hardship. According to the Telegraph, the secret lies in picking the right villa. Once you’ve got that sorted, the prospect of chilling over leisurely breakfasts on the terrace and catching up on poolside reading, rather than dashing off to the beach…

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We always love seeing our villas featured in the press and the in-depth review of Rocca di Pietra in the current edition of CasaAntica magazine is no exception. Each issue, the bi-monthly publication turns its attention to the restructuring and renovation of timeworn but lovingly restored homes, exploring the use of ancient materials, and in particular terracotta, wood and stone. In the article, owners Giovanna and Luigi discuss the restoration of their much-loved property, situated 16km from their home in Ragusa in south east Sicily. The country house dates back to 1930 although its original foundations go back much further.…

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The Times includes Casa del Carrubo in its September suggestions It’s no secret that there’s nowhere we’d rather be in September than in Sicily, so we were thrilled to see the Times newspaper include a Wish Sicily holiday in its recent round-up of top September breaks for 2021. With temperatures reaching up into the mid-20’s and the sea pleasantly warmed by several months of sunshine, a September holiday in Sicily will extend your summer well into the autumn months. Beaches at this time are blissfully quiet and the atmosphere in towns pleasantly laidback. On cooler days, you can step back…

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Dreaming of a 2021 getaway? We guarantee you’ll be inspired by this review in the New Zealand Herald, in which Anna King Shahab describes her stay with us in Syracuse! Amidst all the heartache and anxiety that has accompanied 2020, many of us have recognised the important place holidays hold in our lives. Exactly what we miss is, of course, hugely personal. It may be as simple as the warmth of the sun or a break in routine. While for others, it could be the pleasure of exploring new places, eating different food and experiencing another culture. Which is where…

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Oasivera featured in the 21 recommended pool villas by The Sun As we creep towards the end of a rather unpredictable year, it was heartening to see the Sun newspaper’s new series on planning for 2021 holidays. Just what we all need to look forward to! The series kicked off with 21 fabulous villas for 2021. Recognising the importance of having our own space, each of these villas has its own pool and plenty of room to kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Take your pick of villas from a selection that spans countries and continents, from Barbados to Portugal,…

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We were delighted to be included in the article suggesting different holidays in Sicily in this week’s Telegraph. With Italy’s Covid rate still sitting below the UK quarantine threshold, and the promise of sunny days through September and October, Sicily remains an obvious choice for anyone looking to re-charge their batteries. The selection of Sicily holiday ideas featured includes our Casa a Ortigia, a 2-bedroom seafront property in prime position on the tiny outcrop of Ortigia, the historic centre of Syracuse. Wander through Ortigia’s atmospheric winding streets and alleyways into the magnificent Piazza Duomo, or hop across the road for…

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If you thought that chic went hand-in-hand with pricey, think again. We were delighted to see that the Times’ recent round-up of Europe’s chicest holiday villas for 2021 included our popular seafront Villa Carlotta, where you’ll find everything you could possible want for a relaxing week in the sun. The garden and pool are guaranteed to be a big hit with the kids, but up on the rooftop terrace, an away-from-it-all jacuzzi is the perfect spot to relax back, lulled by the sound of the waves below. For anyone who likes to kickstart the day with an energising swim, the…

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Our thanks to Girl About for including our lovely Casa dei Sogni in its round-up of October half-term holiday ideas. The sun’s still shining here in Sicily but for anyone who didn’t get away this summer, the idea of catching some last rays of sunshine when the kids are off in October is understandably appealing! Casa dei Sogni is a great option for families. It’s just a short drive from Catania airport so getting there is quick and easy and, if you enjoy sightseeing, there’s plenty to see nearby. Take the kids to climb Europe’s largest most active volcano or…

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We were thrilled to see our lovely Villa Dioscuri included in the Times’ ‘Best Villas in Italy’ feature at the weekend. As our customer reviews testify, this villa really is unique – from its extraordinary views to its superb 16m pool. Get ready too for an extra warm welcome from owner Filippo who always goes out of his way to make you feel at home, starting with some traditional foodie treats and also sharing tips and advice on his favourite local spots. The beauty of Villa Dioscuri is the feeling of space: outside, the pool is surrounded by large areas…

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While Taormina, Palermo and Sicily’s south east grab most of the headlines, the north east coast tends to stay slightly under the radar. If you want to find out more about it, Lisa Kjellsson’s article in the Sunday Times is a good place to start. Based at our Villa Dioscuri, Lisa found herself well-placed to explore the archaeological ruins of Tindari, try wine-tasting on the slope of Mount Etna and to discover the delights of the pistachio-producing town of Bronte. There was also time to hop over to the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands, all visible from Villa Dioscuri’s magnificent terrace, either…

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We’re thrilled to start 2020 with some excellent coverage for Case Fil, one of our newest properties, in two of the UK’s best-read national newspapers, the Times and Telegraph. The Times kicked off the year with a round-up of the best holidays for Italy for 2020, including Case Fil which heads up the article’s Best for Budget section. The property is ideal for a multi-family stay, thanks to its separate accommodation blocks, stunning 18m pool and starting price of just £431 per family per week. Read the full article here. In the Telegraph, journalist Catherine Cooper inspires readers with suggestions…

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If you’re beginning to regret not having booked a summer holiday in the sun, don’t despair. This Saturday’s weekend travel section of the i newspaper was packed full of last-minute summer holiday bargains, including two of our top villas in Sicily, Casa Franchina and Casa del Carrubo. Read the full article here. NE Sicily Casa Franchina is the latest addition to our portfolio. Guaranteed to be a hit with families, the 4-bedroom villa has a private pool, toddler play area and table tennis but is also within walking distance of the beach and local shops and restaurants in Acquedolci. With…