Sicily

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“Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures.

Classical Crossroads

Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been luring passersby since the time of legends. The land of the Cyclops has been praised by poets from Homer to Virgil and prized by the many ancient cultures – Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elymians, Romans and Greeks – whose bones lie buried here. Whether in the classical perfection of Agrigento’s Concordia temple, the monumental rubble of Selinunte’s columns or the rare grace of a dancing satyr statue rescued from Mazara del Vallo’s watery depths, reminders of bygone civilisations are everywhere.

Mediterranean Flavours

A delectable layer-cake of culinary influences, Sicily’s ancient cuisine continues to rely on a few key island-grown ingredients: shellfish and citrus, tuna and swordfish, pistachios, almonds and ricotta. Talk to the septuagenarian chef at a Catania restaurant and she’ll confide that she still uses her grandmother’s recipe for pasta alla Norma, joyfully sharing the poetic imagery that links it to Mt Etna: the tomatoes are lava; the aubergines, cinders; the basil, leafy greenery; the ricotta, snow. Modern chefs may play with the details, but Sicily’s timeless recipes – from the simplest cannolo to the most exquisite fish couscous – live on.

Sparkling Seas, Restless Mountains

Sicily’s varied landscape makes a dramatic first impression. Fly into Catania and the smoking hulk of Etna greets you; arrive in Palermo and it’s the sparkling Golfo di Castellammare. This juxtaposition of sea, volcano and mountain scenery makes a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. Hikers can wind along precipitous coastlines, climb erupting volcanoes and traipse through flowery mountain meadows; birders benefit from the plethora of species on the Africa-Europe migration route; and divers and swimmers enjoy some of the Mediterranean’s most pristine waters. Whatever your personal predilections, Sicily and its dozen-plus offshore islands offer enough activities to build an entire vacation around.

Byzantine to Baroque

As if its classical heritage weren’t formidable enough, Sicily is bursting at the seams with later artistic and architectural gems. In a short walk around Palermo you’ll see Arab domes and arches, Byzantine mosaics and Norman palace walls. Circle around to southeast Sicily and you’ll find a stunning array of baroque architectural masterpieces, from the golden-hued domes and palaces of Noto to the multi-tiered cathedral facades of Ragusa and Modica. Meanwhile, throughout the island you’ll find yourself stumbling upon the evocative remains of Arab and Norman castles. This embarrassment of cultural riches remains one of the island’s most distinctive attractions.”

Written by Lonely Planet

Casa Angelica

Casa Angelica

Sicily
The house is independent with Art Nouveau façade, adjacent Corso Vittorio Veneto and just 200 meters More info
Casa Caprifoglio

Casa Caprifoglio

Contrada Farlì 97018 Scicli RG, Sicily
Casa Caprifoglio is located on the first floor and has a private terrace overlooking the countryside More info
Casa Fico d'India

Casa Fico d'India

Contrada Farlì 97018 Scicli RG, Sicily
Casa Fico d’India is conditioned and have a living area with futon sofa bed and armchair bed, More info
Casa Gelsomina

Casa Gelsomina

Contrada Farlì 97018 Scicli RG, Sicily
Casa Gelsomina has all comforts, air conditioning, living area with sofa bed and 1 single bed, King More info
FROM: 504€
Cottage Melograno

Cottage Melograno

Giarratana, Sicily
The beautiful and comfortable cottage with exposed stones is based around a 300 year old Sicilian fa More info
Cottage Quercia

Cottage Quercia

Giarratana, Sicily
The beautiful and comfortable cottage with exposed stones is based around a 300 year old Sicilian fa More info
Cottage Timo

Cottage Timo

Sicily
The cottage consists of a unique living room-kitchen area with a sofa (a queen-size bed), a bathroom More info
Cottage Zagara

Cottage Zagara

Giarratana, Sicily
Cottage surrounded by greenery with an exclusive view of the pool. Relaxation area and private BBQ. More info
FROM: 1.050€
Villa Corallo

Villa Corallo

Giarratana, Sicily
A charming 1800 Sicilian cottage entirely built in white stone ideal for couples or for families wit More info
Villa Palazzola

Villa Palazzola

Sicily
Our Villa is perfect for large families or groups of friends. Villa Palazzola, suspended between sky More info
FROM: 1.100€
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Villa Rossella

Villa Rossella

Sampieri, Sicily8 / 10
The interior of the villa is about 185 M2, consists of 4 bedrooms, all equipped with air conditionin More info
Villa Vitabella

Villa Vitabella

Playa Grande, 97018 Scicli RG, Sicily
Villa Vitabella is located in Playa Grande. The Villa is 60 square meters, built on an area of about More info