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HOLIDAYS IN SICILY

Sicily is considered to be one of the most fascinating places in Italy, where there can be established the most fulfilling holidays. If you are planning a Sicily vacation you might want to know that the beautiful region consists of a mixture of landscapes, history, architecture, and other unique attractions. In fact, Wolfgang Goethe said about Sicily:

"To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything."


 

With a wonderful climate, Sicily trips can be made all the year round and each season will offer you its own distinctive charm, with eternal crossroads that will continue to seduce travelers with dazzling diversity and wonderful treasures.

If you love art or if you're looking to soak up a little culture on your summer holiday, you cannot go wrong if you are planning a holiday to Sicily. A Sicily vacation is also amazing because of the mythical history which has resulted in some fantastic sights. Trips to Sicily will amaze you with pretty piazzas, picturesque regions, with some of the most breathtaking sights in Europe. Explore its fascinating history on a day trip to the Valley of Temples in Agrigento, browse the stylish boutiques of Taormina, or get to admire the Mediterranean sun on the sandy shores of Cefalu beach. These are just a few of the attractions and places where to go, and of course don't forget to taste a glass of the local wine.

The best time when you can travel to Sicily, is from March to October when days are brighter and sunny. That is why, during this period of the year one can't miss the chance to explore the way in which nature has endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, clear-crystal waters, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily - The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica - offers unique and intense sceneries, scents and flavors; its great volcanoes are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region.

Luxury holidays to Sicily are an excellent choice for delving into the far-reaching history discovering dramatically-perched cliff top villages amongst citrus-fruit studded groves and basking on seemingly endless stretches of beautiful beaches. Each coast is quite distinct, from the rugged and mountainous north to the sandy shores of the south, so we recommend exploring a little during your stay. Make sure you explore our wide range of luxurious villas, before exploring the depths of this marvelous region.

THINGS TO DO IN SICILY




There is nowhere quite like Sicily that is why the Mediterranean island has become one of Italy's top tourist attractions. If you have decided to explore Sicily's beauty you must be aware of what to do and where to go and the list of the things not to be missed in this place of ravishing beauty, high style, great ice-cream and fabulous food. Boasting everything from nature reserves to archeological ruins, Sicily has the best places dedicated to science and for those in love with history, as well as everyone in between. Be aware of the fact that most of the Sicily's attractions are cultural or scientific; aside from a couple of summer water parks, there is not much in the way of family fun days out.

This is the kind of destination where sightseeing is always more than just sightseeing. Sicily is a combination of balmy climate, vibrant contemporary eating, drinking and shopping scenes that gives this island wine, citrus fruits and ancient landscapes. The top tourist attractions are quite unique. At the crossroad throughout time the best things to do in Sicily can be found throughout the island. Sicily is one of the best kept secrets in the modern world and here are the top attractions and the most beautiful places which will become your ideal vacation ideas.


AGRIGENTO AND PIAZZA ARMERINA

Step back in history and discover the ancient ruins at the Valley of the Temples, which lie on the outskirts of the modern city of Agrigento. Witness 2600 years of history as you wander past well-preserved temples such as Concordia, Olympian Zeus and Hercules, before witnessing the intricate mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale in the nearby town of Piazza Armerina.


PALERMO AND CEFALÚ

In the city of Palermo witness the unique Arabic and Norman monuments, including the Martorana church and the cathedral. You should also visit the vibrant market that takes place in the city's oldest neighborhoods - Il Capo. In the afternoon head along the coast to Cefalú where you can discover the historic city center which is overlooked by the ruins of an ancient castle.


SYRACUSE

The city of Syracuse is known for its rich history, ancient Greek and Roman remnants and being the birth place of the mathematician Archimedes. Once you get to experience this city you will get to visit the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Altar of Hieron II. Your next attraction should be the historical center of the city which is situated on the island of Ortygia, home to the cathedral, the Temple of Apollo and Arethusa's Fountain.

MOUNT ETNA

If you're looking for a stunning panorama which embraces the complete landscape of the eastern Sicily, one should not miss the chance of exploring the sacred mountain, Etna. Located on the east coast of Sicily, Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe, visible also from the moon. Mount Etna has snow on it for most of the year. The sides of the volcano are also home to a large number of animal species, and there are vineyards and olive groves near the foot of the mountain.

SICILY BEACHES

With a wonderful and spectacular coastline Sicily is also designated for those in love with the beauty of sunny days, golden sandy beaches, pebbly coves, natural reserves and bustling seaside resorts. From North to South Sicily has some excellent beaches to choose from. If it's long sandy beaches you're after, head to the beaches in the north of the island, though these do tend to be the busier parts of the coast. If it's wild and untouched beaches, the south could appeal more, while the east has a greater number of rocky beaches and charming fishing villages.


ACCOMMODATION IN SICILY



Discover with us a great variety of Sicily villas for rent, available throughout the year. Our villas are located close to each destination you might want to visit. The selection of villas in Sicily will bring you comfort and a mix of distinctive and unique feelings, in order to transform your holiday into your best experience. With surprising views and with stunning comfortable interiors, no matter if you are on a relaxing or on a business trip, the experience will be far beyond your expectations.

We also offer a unique value proposition to guests: Leave out the unnecessary and enhance the quality of the necessary. Our goal is to provide our quests with a simplified-but also impeccable-villa experience, while they decide to rent our luxury villas. All the details regarding the villas are chosen based on their form, taking into consideration to offer you high quality services and functionality.

It is also very important to add the fact that each villa is designed with a pool, which will provide a lot of satisfaction. We make it our mission to offer an outstanding experience for our guests, so we invite you to explore a variety of places where to stay in Sicily.

If you are found of history and you are willing to discover the ancient ruins of the city of Agrigento here are some recommendations:

CASA MANDARINO

Casa Mandarino
 located in the Agrigento area, is a magnificent property, near the agriculture center on the southern coast of Sicily. The villa is part of a country estate with wonderful views, a place where you can definitely stay and with the facility of having your own swimming pool. Guests can dine "al fresco" on the large terrace and cool off in the large swimming pool. The villa is decorated in country style, with original ceiling beams and simple rustic elegance. There are four comfortable bedrooms, with the living room and kitchen opening onto the terrace with pergola. A delightful rural location like this is the perfect refuge from the stress of everyday life. It also offers excellent regional products for organic food lovers, such as the popular local cold-pressed olive oil used for cooking and cosmetics.

CASA LEONE

Casa Leone is an old country house where guests can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the sea, reachable directly by a path. The villa develops on two floors: the first floor consists of a living room, a spacious well-equipped kitchen (4 stove burners type gas, fridge, freezer, toaster and microwave) and one bathroom with shower; on the second floor there is a living room, one double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and bath tub, one twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, one triple bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. It boasts a large terrace (50smq) with stunning views over the sea.

VILLA VENTOSA

Villa Ventosa is a lovely property set in an attractive setting with an old town running down the side of the hill to the harbor below. The town is surrounded by walls; the most recent of which date from the mid-16th century, which were superimposed on older ones from the first half of the 14th century. There are three gateways into Sciacca through these walls: Palermo Gate, in baroque style and with columns adorned with a large eagle; the Porta San Salvatore, rich in Renaissance sculpture and built in the 16th century and through which we access the Piazza Carmine; and the Porta San Calogero, dating from the first half of the 16th century.

You will definitely want to discover Palermo, the city with a wonderful coast and the ruins of a magnificent castle. Discover beautiful villas for rent:

VILLA ROSALINA

Villa Rosalina is located in the area of Scopello close to the sea and about 6km from the village of Scopello and the Natural Reserve park. The picturesque small town of Scopello is on the unspoilt coastline close to the Zingaro Nature Reserve with panoramic walks and an estimated 30 species of birds can be found. Snorkeling and scuba-diving in the crystal clear waters will offer unforgettable views of the underwater grottos. Within approximately 100m from the villa is a well-stocked shop.

The villa has a large covered veranda which offers shade on a hot summer's day. There is a lovely private swimming pool (4m x 8m) with large paved area equipped with sun lounges and umbrella where you can relax with a good book. Outdoor shower. The garden is a mixture of Mediterranean planting of palm trees and natural vegetation.

IL VELIERO

Il Veliero is located near Scopello, with a short walk, crossing the road you will reach the sea and the private rocky beach shared between three villas, from where you will enjoy your own private view of the picturesque coast and one of the famous sea stacks that characterize the area. Il Veliero sits on a large patio area with private swimming pool and consists of the main villa and an annex. From a spacious veranda, which runs along two sides of the building, you will access the bright and tastefully furnished living/dining room. Next to it there is a modern well-equipped kitchen (oven, microwave, toaster, gas cooker, fridge and freezer) that is accessible from the veranda too.

IL PONTICELLO

Il Ponticello is a beautifully restored property located on a hill in the countryside with views of the vineyards and fruit trees. Access to the property is via a non-asphalted road. The villa is about 600m from the main road close to the beach resort of Balestrate where there are bars, small shops, and restaurants. The sandy beaches are popular with crystal clear waters, while in the countryside the landscape is a patchwork of vineyards.

The city of Syracuse is known for its rich history, ancient Greek and Roman remnants and being the birth place of the mathematician Archimedes.

VILLA SALVIA

Villa Salvia is a lovely and well-presented private villa with pool near Floridia, on the beautiful East Coast of Sicily, not far from Syracuse and the sought-after sandy beach of Fontane Bianche. Its privileged position is synonym for peace, tranquillity, and fantastic views over the surrounding landscape. It is the perfect accommodation for families willing to enjoy a relaxing holiday, while exploring the area with its history and traditions.

VILLA CUCCIA

The sea is only few minutes away from the property of Villa Cuccia and offers, with its numerous enchanting creeks, the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to spend a holiday away from the larger beach resorts. Plemmirio guarantees a regular bus connection with Syracuse every 90 minutes. The next sandy beaches are about 8km (Lido Arenella) and about 11km (Fontane Bianche) from La Cuccia. Lido Arenella is one of the best-organized and most beautiful private beach clubs of the eastern Sicilian coast. Restaurants and pizzeria circa 10km and bar 4km away.

VILLA ALFA

Villa Alfa is situated in a quiet location, in a lovely part of Sicily, near to Syracuse and less than 1km from the sandy beach of Fontane Bianche. The villa has a lovely, well maintained garden with palm trees and swimming pool. At the bottom of the garden (around 30m) there is another apartment for 2 people with its own separate entrance and fenced off by a hedge/fence for privacy. The use of the pool is reserved for the guests staying in the villa, unless the villa and the apartment are rented together by the same party.

One should not miss the chance of exploring the sacred mountain, Etna. Take a look at our recommendations.

VILLA NOMEA

Villa Nomea is a charming villa located in a splendid housing complex right on the coast with the most extraordinary views of Mount Etna and the beautiful crystal clear blue sea. This is the unique location of Villa Nomea, between Siracusa and Catania. There is an inviting terrace offering plenty of well-furnished areas for relaxation and enjoying a perfect outdoor living experience. Comfortable interiors blend perfectly with these charming exteriors. The villa is decorated tastefully throughout in cool Mediterranean colors and style with modern living in mind.

VILLA BELMONTE

Villa Belmonte is a charming farmhouse located on the slopes of Mount Etna, amongst lemon trees. The property is on different levels with a wonderful swimming pool where guests can enjoy amazing sea views and the coastline between Acireale and Taormina. Acireale is an ancient small town situated on the eastern coast of Sicily, about 20 km north of Catania. Its history is characterized by the earthquakes and the eruptions of Mount Etna that, several times, have upset the order of the territory. The town has been rebuilt and is one of the most beautiful in Sicily boasting several Baroque buildings. The town is well known for its carnivals with beautiful floats and displays from the local inhabitants.

VILLA GRANVIA

Villa Granvia is located on the slopes of Mount Etna only 1.5km from a quiet village. The villa enjoys a privileged position and is near to many historical attractions that Sicily has to offer. It is an ideal starting point for exploring the Etna Park with its impressive natural scenery but also the charming, beautiful towns of the south-eastern side of Sicily, such as Taormina, Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa.


 

Events in Sicily

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Catania TEATRO MASSIMO BELLINI All seasons Via Perrotta 12 - 95131 Catania Tel. +39 095 7150200
Fax +39 095 321830
Ticket Office: +39 095 7150921
www.teatromassimobellini.it
Agrigento ALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVAL First half of February Agrigento (Sicily) Folk festival of song, dance, costumes, fireworks
Palermo TEATRO MASSIMO All seasons Via R. Wagner 2 - 90139 Palermo Tel. +39 091 6053315
Fax +39 091 6053324
Information on ticket availability
+39 091 6053249 by phone
+39 091 6053325 by fax
www.teatromassimo.it
e-mail: infotm@teatromassimo.it
Palermo FEAST of Santa ROSALIA 10th to 15th July Palermo (Sicily) Procession, bands, fireworks in honor of the patron saint of the city.