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Short break in Syracuse Great to see Syracuse included as one of 20 recommended destinations in the Telegraph’s recent round-up of perfect places for a long weekend. With more flexible working available for many, and the welcome arrival of summer bank holidays, it’s easier than ever to add an extra day to make that weekend away last even longer. Significantly less crowded than some of Italy’s other hotspots such as Florence, Venice and Rome, and crammed with impressive sights, Syracuse ticks plenty of boxes for a weekend away. You’ll easily find enough to do to fill a couple of days,…

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If you’ve experienced Sicily personally, the chances are you won’t need us to tell you how great the food is. But if you need written evidence, Amy Rose Everett’s recent article in Spectator World on eating her way through Sicily will leave you in no doubt that if you’re a foodie, this is the place to be! From simple snacks of doughy brioche rolls oozing with almond milk granita to Michelin-approved restaurants, Amy’s 3-week stay in Sicily was crammed full of mouthwatering experiences. Arancini, chocolate cannoli and pasta all norma all found their way on to her plate, providing the…

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It’s that time of year again, that pivotal moment in the annual calendar when so many of us turn our thoughts to holidays and travel. Maybe it’s the short days and cold temperatures but there’s no denying that planning and booking a holiday is probably the most effective way to get through January and February. For those looking for ideas for a family holiday, the Telegraph’s 50 best family holidays round-up is packed with inspiration. Organised into a selection of ideas for each main school holiday, you’ll find plenty of suggestions for the February, May and October 2024 half term…

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Low season sunshine and affordable prices Tempted by a low season sunshine break in Sicily? Journalist Bridget Galton describes in the Ham & High newspaper how her recent holiday at the fabulous Casa del Carrubo ticked every box, with special mention of the amazing hospitality extended by ‘the loveliest of hosts, Giuseppe’. Bridget took her family holiday in October, following the disappointment of a soggy August break in the UK. She stayed at one of our most popular family villas in Sicily, the fabulous Casa del Carrubo. Situated within walking distance of Noto beach, the 2-bedroom villa has a fantastic…

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Best family holiday in Sicily for 2024 It seems we’re not the only ones looking ahead to 2024. With news that British holidaymakers will have access to a record number of seats for 2024, the Telegraph has come up with 20 of the best summer holidays for its readers. Holidays featured included short and long-haul suggestions, ranging from Austria and Cyprus to Florida and Mauritius. Sicily – and specifically our Case di Tindari – was amongst those recommended for a break at May half-term, when families are most likely to enjoy gentle sunshine and value for money compared to the…

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Looking for sunshine without the long-haul flight? Early autumn is the perfect time to catch some late summer sun in southern Europe before the nights draw in and temperatures drop. The Daily Mail has put together an inspiring list of destinations where temperatures are still in their mid-20’s in October, and the Med waters have retained the heat from the summer sun. While temperatures in Sicily in August are possibly too hot for some, in October they’re warm enough to bask in gentle sunshine over an alfresco lunch and soak up some rays on the beach, but not too hot…

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Our 25% promotional offer on selected villas in October earned us a place this weekend in a round-up in the Times newspaper of last-minute autumn deals. You can save up to 25% on several Sicily villas in October, including on a selection of family-friendly villas during October half-term week. Prices have been reduced to €3525 (sleeps 10) at Villa Dionisio, which has 5 luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, a stunning infinity pool, a small private gym and art-filled interiors. The villa also has a spectacular seafront location close to the Marinello Lakes Nature Reserve and is within easy reach of the…

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Wine-tasting, cannoli and White Lotus sets in Sicily It was our pleasure to recently host Jess Wilson, the Associate Editor of the Sun’s Fabulous magazine, at Casa Franchina on the north coast. One of our most popular family-friendly properties, the villa is a short walk from the coastal town of Acquedolci and is brilliantly located for exploring the whole of the north coast, from Palermo to Cefalù and eastwards to Capo d’Orlando. Jess’s feature in Fabulous magazine highlights some of the simple pleasures of holidaying in Sicily: strolling into town for a cappuccino and home-made Sicilian biscuits at the local…

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CNA suggests 6 magical spots to visit in Sicily The smash HBO TV hit White Lotus (series 2) may have finished but the magic of Sicily lives on. The satirical series is hugely entertaining (we can’t wait for series no. 3!) and not surprisingly, has generated a huge amount of interest in Sicily. Apart from attracting big box office ratings, it has also pushed Sicily to the top of many viewers’ ‘must visit’ wish list. In fact, much of the series was filmed at the San Domenico Palace in Taormina but there are plenty of other alternatives, and you may…

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Wish Sicily in LoveExploring LoveExploring, the inspirational guide to independent travellers, has included a Sicily villa stay with WishSicily in their recent round-up of best places to visit in October. October is a delightful time to visit Sicily. Days are still filled with sunshine, the most popular tourist sites are now crowd-free, and the sea still retains some of the summer heat. In the southeast of the island, the Vendicari Nature Reserve welcomes the arrival of thousands of flamingos and other aquatic birds en route for warmer climes in Africa. October is also the time when many of the smaller…

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Good to see another great round-up of some of the best places to stay in Sicily in the weekend’s Times newspaper, including our villa Nefele. The feature looks at some of Sicily’s most stylish accommodation, from modest villas to the island’s new generation of wine resorts and luxurious hotels. Wine experiences, extraordinary ancient sites and striking scenery are also par for the course – we’ve even caught the attention of Mick Jagger who last year bought a property near the south eastern tip of the island! A new addition to our collection this year, Nefele continues to attract rave reviews…

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Summer holidays are drawing to a close. However, for those who still have the wonderful prospect of a late summer break to look forward to, journalist Anna Selby has pulled out a few suggestions in her Telegraph article on how to holiday like an Italian, including a stay at our Sicily Luxury Villa Dionisio. Yes, we certainly know how to holiday! Years of practice makes perfect and we’ve really turned the concept of ‘dolce far niente’ into an art form! Here, a summer holiday is all about leisurely sea dips, delicious meals with friends and family, and enjoying a simple evening…

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Best Villas in Sicily We’re delighted to be featured again in a Times newspaper round-up of top villas in Sicily, this time with our highly sought after Villa Arte Mare Blue. The villa for 10 is perfectly positioned with rural views over the Madonie mountains, yet is just a short drive from the bustling seaside resort of Cefalù – really the best of both worlds! Its traditional exterior nestles amidst the hills, set in secluded gardens which include a stunning infinity pool and enviable covered outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. Step inside, however, to interiors that are far from…

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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…