Sicily
Sicily

Sicily

Villas with soul in Sicily

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Our guide to Sicily

Sicily is the largest and the most diverse island in the Mediterranean. With its intriguing history, enviable climate, stunning beaches, active volcanoes, idyllic archipelagos, mouthwatering cuisine, and excellent wine, it has just about everything you could possibly wish for, and it’s no coincidence that so many of our clients return year after year, always finding something new to explore.

Getting there

Fly to Sicily (Palermo, Catania, Trapani or Comiso airports).

Good to know

  • Capital: Palermo
  • Surface area: 25,078km2
  • Population: 5 million (approx)
  • Highest point: Mount Etna (3,320m - the highest active volcano in Europe)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 7
  • Famous Sicilians: Archimede, Vincenzo Bellini, Luigi Pirandello, Leonardo Sciascia, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Giuseppe Tornatore, Frank Capra, Joe di Maggio, Andrea Camilleri, Domenico Dolce of D&G

Our locations in Sicily

Syracuse and around

Once-mighty Syracuse is one of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating and historic towns. Its beating heart, the tiny island of Ortigia, is a maze of picturesque streets running between splendid piazze, while its Graeco- Roman archaeological site is remarkable. Nearby are sandy beaches, charming seaside villages and the ancient Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica.

The Aeolian Islands

Unique beauty, fascinating geophysical characteristics, including a pair of active volcanos, a wealth of history, myriad Greek myths, wonderful sea swimming, great beaches, stunning views, inspiring hikes, mouthwatering cuisine and luscious wines: despite all this, the Aeolian Islands remain fairly unknown outside of Italy and surprisingly unspoiled outside the peak weeks of August.

The Egadi Islands

Immersed in a marine park and famed (amongst those in the know) for their electric blue waters, their gentle pace of life, and their gastronomic traditions, the picture-perfect Egadi Islands of Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo are just a short hydrofoil crossing from Trapani on the west coast of Sicily and not to be missed.

The Ionian Riviera

The Ionian Riviera runs up the east coast of Sicily, from the bustling lava-stone city of Catania to the enchanting hill-top town of Taormina. In between is a series of charming fishing villages, a diverse range of evocative beaches, and a coastline of elemental beauty. Surveying all this from on high is the magnificent, mythical wonder of Mount Etna, whose presence has shaped the entire area geologically, culturally, gastronomically and historically since time immemorial.

The north coast

From Palermo, Sicily’s magnificent historic capital, in the west, to Milazzo, gateway to the Aeolian Islands, in the east, the north coast of Sicily is home to a varied coastline of shingle and sandy beaches, fascinating towns, such as Norman Cefalù, ancient archaeological sites, and two towering, off-the-beaten-track mountain ranges.

Val di Noto and the southeast

In 1693, an earthquake destroyed Noto, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli and other towns in the southeast of Sicily. They were rebuilt in splendid baroque style and today they form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is not only home to architectural delights, however, but natural ones too, including sandy beaches, coastal nature reserves, deep gorges, and rolling hills of almond, olive, and carob trees.

Western Sicily

Stepping westward, Sicily’s mountainous hinterland mellows into the large fertile plain of the Val di Mazara, which is carpeted with vineyards and olive groves. The western point of the island’s triangle boasts numerous fascinating towns, some of the best preserved and most impressive Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, varied landscapes, seemingly endless sandy beaches, and an action-packed history.

From our local specialist

Tree Doorway
"Go to the buzzing little fishing village of Marzamemi for dinner one night. Two of my favourite restaurants there, both on the seafront, are Taverna La Cialoma and Cortile Arabo."
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