In Departures October 2012 Special Edition on the Mediterranean, Sicily featured prominently and Think Sicily's villas took a starring role where accommodation was concerned. Here are a few snippets:
Eastern Sicily, from the slopes of Mount Etna to Syracuse
"Villa rental agency Think Sicily has the pick of the area's properties. Our favorites: the airily elegant Crossing the Rock, a nine-berth Belle Epoque villa built into the cliffs overlooking the charming fishing port of Santa Maria La Scala and, for aristocratic seclusion amid citrus groves, Don Arcangelo all'Olmo, which with its 12 bedrooms, is perfect for a family celebration..."
The Baroque triangle of the southeast
"The real Sicily is in the handsome towns of the Ragusa and Modic or in the grand palazzos of the aristocracy... Our pick of the villas is Palazzo Hedoné, a restored mansion in Scicli that features a heated pool in a partly covered courtyard and unrivaled service."
The north coast from Palermo to Cefalu
"Enlcaves of aristocratic splendor still embody the spirit of Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), Giuseppe di Lampedusa's 1958 novel about the twilight years of the feudal system. One is Villa Tasca, where Wagner finished writing Parsifal in 1881. Back then it was surrounded by fields and woodland: today it has been engulfed by suburbs. Its 25-acre private park acts as a welcome buffer. In the winemaking Tasca d'Almerita family for generations, the flamboyantly frescoed 18th-century mansion sleeps eight guests, with four more double bedrooms in an annex in the park..."
The laid-back charms of the far west
"It's the coastal area around Menfi, on the southern shore of Sicily's western bulge, however, that's generating the most buzz. The reason is simple: besides its lively wine scene, plus sightseeing draws like the historic town of Sciacca, the temple of Selinunte and the atmospheric Greek-era quarry of Cave di Cusa, it also has some of the best beaches on the Sicilian mainland.... The region's standout accommodations are Acquamarina and Profondo Blu, two romantic villas on a private coastal nature reserve between Selinunte and Menfi. These seaside charmers are elegantly appointed, but it's what's outside that counts. Each has a decked seating area that seems to float over the aromatic Sicilian maquis, plus a path down to a sandy beach that, at times, seems more Maldives than Mediterranean."