Sicilian villa embraces history, hominess

Miami Herald

Carol Ann Davidson tells the Miami Herald of her experience with The Thinking Traveller's splendid and unique villas.

"Don Arcangelo all'Olmo, or L'Olmo, as he is affectionately referred to, is actually a villa located near the town of Taormina on Sicily's east coast.
Not far from Mount Etna, we visited another "Don" in The Thinking Traveller collection. Don Venerando's interior designer created a subtle but rich palette of colors and textures by combining the finest linens, silks, furniture and ceramics in this five-bedroom, five-bathroom home with its massive pool parallel to the sea.
As part of The Thinking Traveller group, the professorial and patient Max Lane escorted us to all these places as well as tours of other villas, as diverse in design as their nearby towns. Crossing The Rock: all white and airy, like a massive sail overlooking the small fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala; La Limonaia in Pozzillo: a comfortable restored lava stone farmhouse surrounded by luxuriant gardens and lemon orchards; Sighilli: situated in the Vendicari Nature Reserve with 1,000 year old trees and overlooking salt pans where flamingos frolic; Casa Vera near Noto: Ultra-modern, streamlined perfection built high on a hill with 360-degree views; and last, but certainly not least, one of my favorites, Ortensia, in Giarre: the lovely villa created by the renowned Milanese architect, Crispi, filled with the touches only a true artist can provide

20th June 2016

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