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Crossing Together

Santa Maria La Scala
Crossing Together, luxury sea-front villa in Santa Maria La Scala, Sicily
Sleeps    16
Bedrooms  8
Bathrooms    7
8 Reviews
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Service Daily maid service
  • Panoramic sea-front position
  • Large pool and grounds
  • Exquisitely finished and furnished
  • More features

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 1/35 The pool in the evening.  2/35 The pool area features plenty of sun loungers.  3/35 The pool in the evening, with palm trees illuminated.  4/35 The main terrace lit for evening drinks.  5/35 The pool and the house behind.  6/35 The main terrace.  7/35 Lunch under a shady pergola.  8/35 Candle lit dinner on the terrace with a view of the sea.  9/35 The sea views are superb from every angle.  10/35 The main terrace is stylishly furnished.  11/35 The living room in Crossing is bright and communicates directly with the main terraces.  12/35 The dining room in Crossing has its own terrace overlooking the harbour.  13/35 The kitchen in Crossing is equipped with everyting you will need.  14/35 The master double bedroom in Crossing...  15/35 leads onto a summer house with unbeatable views.  16/35 A double bedroom in Crossing.  17/35 A bathroom.  18/35 Another double bedroom in Crossing.  19/35 The palazzo seen from the harbour.  20/35 The terrace of Casa alla Scala.  21/35 A lawned garden of Casa alla Scala.  22/35 More outside living areas at Casa alla Scala.  23/35 A living room at Casa alla Scala.  24/35 The dining room at Casa alla Scala  25/35 A double bedroom at Casa alla Scala  26/35 A bathroom at Casa alla Scala  27/35 Another bedroom at Casa alla Scala  28/35 The thrid bedroom at Casa alla Scala  29/35 Dining on the terrace at Casa alla Scala  30/35 The chidrens play area at Crossing.  31/35 The fishing port in front of the palazzo  32/35 The fishing harbour and Crossing seen from above.  33/35 The fantastic sea front location.  34/35 The rocks Polyphemus threw at the fleeing Odysseus in Aci Trezza.  35/35 Twilight in Catania with Mount Etna in the background.

An elegant, beautifully finished villa with full service, stunning sea-front position that is ideal for large groups seeking space, pampering and luxury.

Crossing Together (Crossing the Rock and Casa alla Scala taken together) is a rare find indeed: top quality accommodation with plenty of space for large groups of friends or family, sensational views, extensive panoramic grounds and terraces and a large pool... all on one of Sicily's most desirable stretches of coastline!

"I just wanted to let you know we had a fabulous week at Crossing Together. Sometimes you see a place to stay and it has a few disappointments when you arrive, but Crossing Together met all our expectations and more. The staff at the villa were delightful and accommodating. I would certainly be happy to refer Think Sicily to friends in the future." Sue Milne, Australia, June 2013

Crossing the Rock in the press:
Condé Nast Traveller, March 2013 >>
Departures, October 2012 >>
The Sunday Time Travel Magazine, May 2011 >>

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About the Property

Crossing Together is formed by two large independent apartments in a late 19th century palazzo overlooking the sea.

Crossing the Rock
Inside: Crossing the Rock occupies the second (top) floor of a sea-front villa and is accessed either via an internal staircase or a private lift. The apartment is organised in a U shape, at the centre of which is a large, fully-furnished terrace looking out to sea. The entrance hall, at the bottom right of the U leads on the right to two large, interconnecting, high-ceilinged drawing rooms, both comfortably furnished with elegant sofas. The first has views onto the harbour, while the second has both sea and harbour views and access to the central terrace. Behind the smaller of the two drawing rooms is the dining room which has its own terrace looking over the harbour and access, via a corridor, to the wonderful kitchen where the cook will prepare your meals. A corridor at the base of the U is home to a single and two double bedrooms, each with large French windows onto the central sea-view terrace. Opposite them are two beautifully fitted bathrooms. At the end of the corridor is the kitchen and snug room with large flat-screen TV and access to a series of terraces, the gardens and the pool. A corridor leads up the left-hand side of the U, where there is a children’s bedroom with twin beds, a bathroom and, at the end, the large, stunningly designed master suite, with en-suite bathroom, access to the central terrace and a private sitting area looking out to sea. Furnishings and fittings throughout are of the highest quality.

Casa alla Scala
Casa alla Scala is on the first floor of the same handsome sea-front house. Stairs lead to the main entrance which opens into the comfortably furnished living area offering views of the harbour. A central partition wall divides the living area from the luminous sea-view dining area, which itself accesses a wonderfully panoramic, covered sea-front terrace. A small corridor leads from the living room to the well-equipped kitchen, perfectly placed for keeping an eye on the fishing boats arriving back in port! Next to the kitchen is the guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Heading back to the living room one accesses the main sleeping area, composed of a master double en-suite and a twin/double with bathroom across the corridor, this latter featuring a wonderfully capacious walk-in shower. Both bedrooms have sea views and access to the balconies and terraces that run along in front of the apartment. The master bedroom may also host a single children's bed on request, bringing the total capacity up to 7. Fittings and furnishing throughout are of the very highest quality.

Outside: Crossing the Rock offers no end of outside space. The central sea-view terrace is perfect for dining, lounging, aperitifs or just gazing out to sea, the dining room terrace is a great spot for al fresco meals, while the series of terraces, walkways and gardens to the left of the U are home to the large pool and a canopied sea-view pergola, all ideal for soaking up the sun, relaxing or indulging in fun and games! A sea gate leads from these terraces down to the large lava stone rocks and the limpid sea beyond.

Casa alla Scala boasts three fabulous outside areas, all sea-facing and all interconnected via a walkway and accessible from Crossing the Rock via a series of gates and steps. The first terrace is accessed directly from the indoor dining room and offers the perfect shady spot for breakfast or an evening aperitif. Its views of the harbour and the sea are spell-binding. Following along a path one arrives at the solarium, a lawned terrace with sun-loungers with yet more divine sea views. The two front bedrooms both have direct access to this area. Continuing along the path one comes to what will probably become most guests' favourite spot, a large fully-furnished covered terrace with cushion-strewn lounge furniture, dining table and a fabulous outdoor kitchen including sink, dishwasher, hobs and a barbecue. The icing on the cake is the proximity of the fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala (just outside your door), offering a series of excellent sea-front fish restaurants, bars and lidos with bathing platforms.

Service: Crossing the Rock offers an impeccable level of service, including a member of staff who will prepare breakfast, and a maid who will carry out daily cleaning. A cook is available on request.


Accommodates (max) 16 Microwave oven 
Bedrooms 8 Satellite TV 
Double/Twins 8 DVD Player 
Bathrooms 7 Stereo 
... of which en suite 3 Lift 
Daily cleaning * Safe 
Cook  ADSL Wi-Fi Internet 
Breakfast preparation ** iPod docking station 
Direct access to sea *** Lap-top computer 
Pool (LxW in meters) 10x5 Printer 
Air Conditioning  Outdoor kitchen 
Heating  Barbecue 
Open fireplace  Think Sicily local support 24/7 
Washing machine  Walking to shops/restaurants 

=yes/present     = optional/on request    

*6 days per week (from 10am to 3pm) and twice weekly change of bed linen and towels (normally on Tuesdays and Thursdays). If you stay two or more weeks there will also be a clean and change of linen on Saturdays too.
**a member of staff is available 6 days per week from 8am to 10.30am. Their duties include assisting guests throughout their stay, shopping for and preparing breakfast (food payable by guests).
***sea access across the rocks in front of the house, or from the bathing platforms along the sea-front of Santa Maria La Scala.

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The pool is natural and free of chemicals of any kind. It is filled with either sea water or with fresh water (depending on the season) which is completely changed every 3 to 4 days.

The Area

Exploring the local Area

Santa Maria La Scala, on the sea below Acireale, is a delightful fishing village, still relatively untouched by tourism except during August and summer weekends when it fills up with people from Catania in search of the sea. Its harbour (where you can hire a boat), sea-front fish restaurants, bars and bathing platforms are on Crossing the Rock's doorstep.

Other lovely fishing villages, such as Aci Castello and Acitrezza, dot the coastline, while nearby Acireale is great for food shopping.

Taormina is just a short drive up the coast, fascinating Mount Etna awaits exploration behind you and Catania is just a short drive down the coast. Further afield, Siracusa is about an hour's drive away, but also suitable for day trips are the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Noto, Ragusa, Modica and Scicli. There's even a golf course within striking distance if you fancy a round!


Catania airport: 35km-22miles-36mins
Palermo airport: 260km-161miles-3hr
Trapani airport: 339km-210miles-3hr45
Taormina: 43km-26miles-40mins
Mount Etna cable car: 57km-35miles-1hr
Catania centre: 21km-13miles-35mins
Siracusa: 87km-54miles-1hr05
Noto: 112km-70miles-1hr30
Modica: 154km-96miles-2hr20
Shops/restaurants: just outside your door

Crossing Together, luxury sea-front villa in Santa Maria La Scala, Sicily


8 clients have rated Crossing Together

Jane Jackson, United States of America, 13 July 2013
"Quite a fabulous property. We had both my son and daughter's families with us and the space for everyone to be together or private made the stay a success."

Sue Milne, Australia, 29 June 2013
"Hi Rosanna & all the team at Think Sicily, I just wanted to let you know we had a fabulous week at Crossing the Rock. Sometimes you see a place to stay and it has a few disappointments when you arrive, but Crossing Together met all our expectations and more. The staff at the villa were delightful and accommodating. I would certainly be happy to refer Think Sicily to friends in the future."

Joseph Simone, United States of America, 22 June 2013
"The 13 members of our family had a wonderful time... The space inside and out was far more than expected... Our cook, Rosa Maria, was outstanding. She was flexible and a master cook."

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2014 Prices

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Bedrooms: 8
Sleeps: 16
01 Jan - 03 Jan:    € 13,140
04 Jan - 04 Apr:    € 11,830
05 Apr - 23 May:    € 13,760
24 May - 27 Jun:    € 16,240
28 Jun - 18 Jul:    € 18,030
19 Jul - 29 Aug:    € 21,230
30 Aug - 12 Sep:    € 17,560
13 Sep - 26 Sep:    € 16,240
27 Sep - 31 Oct:    € 13,760
01 Nov - 19 Dec:    € 11,830
20 Dec - 31 Dec:    € 13,140

Prices include all sales taxes, electricity and gas, linen, bath towels, pool and/or beach towels, a comprehensive written guide to the villa and the local area, our award-winning service and specialist knowledge pre and post-booking, the opportunity to book our unique Think Experiences and 24/7 local support while you’re on holiday.

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