The Perfect Palazzo

Food and Travel

"Rocca delle Tre Contrade delivers an all-out assault on the senses. Firstly: sight. It offers a 360-degree wrap-around panorama of the turqouise Ionian Sea, and the lush flanks and lava peak of Mt Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Second: scent. The mid-19th century summer mansion, occupying a commanding hilltop perch on Sicily's east coast, is infused with the heady aroma of lemon groves and fruit orchards. And finally: taste. Not just the optional seasonal fare of the house chef, but its enviable recently renovated interiors. The coolly contemporary, light, bright rooms combine terraces and balconies with perfectly pitched art and sumptuous bathrooms of local marble and lava stone. They're matched by striking communal areas, including a vast kitchen-dining room that blends glass walls and restored heritage features, It's only surpassed by the L-shaped infinity pool. Perhaps the most spectacular in Sicily, it gives the impression you're either swimming directly into the ocean or against the 3,329m slopes of Mt Etna."

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