Introducing Sicily: a fantastic new Villa Plus destination
Fascinating ancient ruins, beautiful beaches and awe-inspiring Mount Etna… Sicily has all the hallmarks of an unforgettable villa holiday. And that’s why we’ve just added it to our great range of destinations! To celebrate the launch, let’s take a look at what the largest Italian region and Mediterranean island has to offer.
Ancient history and charming towns
Italy has no shortage of historical wonders and Sicily is no exception. To begin with, there’s atmospheric Siracusa (Syracuse) on the south-eastern coast next to the glittering Ionian Sea. This ancient city is famous for its captivating archaeological park where you can step back in time and discover ruins like the monumental Greek theatre and intriguing Ear of Dionysus.
The southeast is also home to Val di Noto, one of the island’s 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After the area was destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1693, charming new towns were built with striking Baroque-style architecture. Visit Noto, the most famous of them all, to climb the bell tower of Chiesa di San Carlo Borromeo and soak up the unrivalled rooftop views.
Active volcanoes and beautiful beaches
No trip to Sicily is complete without a visit to Mount Etna, the highlight of the island’s natural landscape. The largest active volcano in Europe, this spectacular peak stands over 9,000 feet high on the east coast. To reach the summit and marvel at the dramatic surroundings, jump in a cable car, book a 4×4 jeep excursion, or – if you’re an adventurous sort – hike from the base station!
For a more relaxing way to admire the island’s beauty, take a trip to one of the gorgeous beaches all around the coast. The small resort of Fontane Bianche, in the south east, is known for its fabulous stretch of powdery white sand and dazzling clear waters. Or head to nearby Calamosche, a quiet little sandy bay in Vendicari Nature Reserve that’s flanked by two rocky headlands and perfect for a spot of snorkelling.
Delicious food and delectable drink
With its Arabic, French and Greek influences, Sicily’s cuisine has something to delight all taste buds. Snack on Arancini, the famous rice balls bursting with ragu, pistachio nuts, cheese and spinach. Feast on a bowl of Pasta alla Norma, the island’s signature pasta dish featuring a rich and delicious sauce made with aubergine, tomatoes and salted ricotta. Or indulge in some infamous Cannoli, deep-fried crispy pastry tubes filled with creamy sweetened ricotta.
And then wash it all down with a glass of wine from one of the island’s vineyards. You’ll find plenty across Sicily growing its most well-known grape varieties, including the flagship red Nero d’Avola. Visit a few to admire the glorious views, enjoy some tastings and pick up a few bottles to take home as a reminder of your trip. Not that you’ll forget it in a hurry!
Tempted to spend your next villa holiday in this magical Italian island? Check out our brand new range of Sicily villas and be one of the first to book.