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Sitting at the toe of Italy's boot, Sicily has been the jewel in the Mediterranean Crown since the Phoenicians first settled on the island in 900B.C. Within an area the size of Switzerland, something can be found to satisfy every travellers appetite - well preserved historical sites from the Phoenician period; Greek temples; Roman amphitheatres; Norman Towers; Mediaeval towns; Baroque architecture. All set in countryside as rich and diverse as anywhere in Europe. From rolling pastoral countryside to smouldering Volcanic Mount Etna, from long sandy beaches to small shingle coves, arid countryside to reservoirs 4 kms long, providing water for rich valleys resplendent wheat, olives and vines and rolling hills where cattle and sheep graze; and ghostly plains white with salt - you will find all this and more .

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Meat from the hills and fish from the sea appear on the menus of every restaurant and Pizzas as thin as a whisper can be enjoyed everywhere. If you are going on a diet then go to Sicilybefore you start! Sardinian patisseries are a treat to the eye, filled with marzipan confections, cassata jewelled with candied fruit and luscious canola a tube shaped thin pastry filled with ricotta. The islands proximity to Africa has influenced its cuisine and you will find fragrant and lightly spiced seafood cous cous on many menus in the north of Sicily, of which Rick Stein was much enamoured on his recent series on the best cooking in the med. San Vito Lo Capo, in the north even plays host in September to the implausible World Cous Cous Festival when the streets are lined with every conceivable variety imaginable.

One of Europe's oldest wine producing regions, Sicily's wine has been improved over recent past years by grapes imported from elsewhere in Europe. The producers are now justifiable proud of their skills and are applying these to their roots to produce great traditional wines such as the spicy Nero D'Avola. Many wineries now open their doors to the public and a very agreeable day can be spent visiting the wineries on the wine route of the Strada del Vino Alcamo DOC, inland from Castellemare del Golfo. Making a come back as a fashionable aperitif or desert wine, the sweet red fortified Masala wine, produced in the town of the same name in the area of Trapani was formally relegated to a culinary ingredient.

Sicily's gangster past has been well documented, on paper and film; probably the most famous movies being The Godfather series whose Corleone family was named after a town 30 mins drive from Palermo and where some scenes of the films were shot. All this does nothing to prepare you for the geniune friendliness and hospitality which you will encounter throughout your stay these days, if you see someone walking towards you with a violin case, rest assured that it will contain a musical instrument. 


See all the areas we go to in Sicily and where are Sicily Villas are located:

Aci Castello, Sicily
Aci Castello

Aci Castello

a small fishing village in the Eastern coast of Sicily, shoreline area is particularly rich in lemons – hence often referred to as the “Lemons’ Coast” – agaves and palm trees.

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Acireale, Sicily

Acireale is an ancient spa town on the eastern coast of Sicily, 20 km to the north of Catania. Its history has been scarred by earthquakes and the volcanic eruptions of Mount Etna that have redesigned the area on several occasions. The most recent reconstruction – following the earthquake in 1693 – gave rise 

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Fontane Bianche, Sicily
Fontane Bianche

Fontane Bianche,

A charming seaside village of Fontane Bianche , names after the natural fountains is a 14 km south of Syracuse and its white sandy beach boasting many lidos. Fontane Bianche boasts a great selection of supermarkets, bar-gelaterie, pizzerie and fish restaurants.

Noto and ragusta (baroque UNESCO world heritage towns) are all within easy drive.

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Licata & Agrigento, Sicily
Licata & Agrigento

Licata, a seaside resort located almost in the center of the southern coast of Sicily, in the coastal area of Agrigento,  full of historical sites and natural beauties

The city has its roots in prehistory and its beautiful sea often returns precious treasures: from the anchors of the ancient Roman and Byzantine ships, to the relics dating back to a famous naval battle between the Romans and the Carthaginians, which took place right in Licata coastline


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Marzamemi, Sicily

Life in Marzamemi, one of Sicily's prettiest fishing vilages, is centred around the horseshoe shaped harbour beside the 10C ‘tonnara’, built by the Arabs and now converted into a hotel. The tonnera was the reason for the towns conception and  tuna dishes, as well as a wonderful variety of fresh sea food,  still figure large on the menus of many of the little restaurants around the harbour. 

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Noto & Calabernardo, Sicily
Noto & Calabernardo

A first glimpse of Noto and it is love at first sight! This hillside town in southern Sicily, one of UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage Sites, is the undisputed capital of Sicilian baroque: Elaborate decorations, statues and grotesque figures adorn the majestic facades and swollen balconies of churches and aristocratic buildings.

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Ragusa, Sicily

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San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
San Vito lo Capo

On the north-western coast of Sicily, huddled in the shelter of the bay between the Zingaro Nature Reserve to the west and the Mount Cofano Nature Reserve to the east, lies the first international capital of couscous, the dish of peace that symbolises integration between different peoples and cultures.

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Syracuse & Fontane Bianche, Sicily
Syracuse & Fontane Bianche

Syracuse – one among the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean Sea – is situated right on the coast facing the sea, it is rich in history and monuments and expresses the whole range and cultural complexity of Sicily from prehistory up to present days.

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Taormina, Sicily

The east coast of Sicily offers a variety of charming villages and well-known sea resorts. Just a few kilometres from Messina, on the banks of two salt water lakes, Ganzirri, a characteristic sea village, lies at the point where the Tyrrhenian meets the Ionian sea. To the south of Messina the coast meanders through rugged cliffs and coves and long sandy beaches, like that of Giardini Naxos and of Letojanni, lively seaside towns just a few kilometres from Taormina.

Known as “The Pearl of the Ionian”..........

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Villa Caro, Sicily Latest review - Villa Caro, Sicily
More beautiful than pictures
"It was even more beautiful then on the pictures and the house was a wonderful place to stay in, even for the few rainy days we had. The teams communication and response on everything was quick and helpful. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Carolina, Alfonso and the Freelance-Holidays Team"
Alexander P - Oct 2017