Zu Nillu in the Financial Times, 31 July 2011


"Better still would be to stay for a week and rent Zu Nillu a villa for eight that sits alone on the rocks above Cala Rossa.

Owned bu the Italian actor Ricky Tognazzi, it is being rented out for the first time this summer and must be one of the most unusual villas anywhere in the Mediterranean. The house is built into a tufa-stone quarry that dates back to Roman times. The highest rooms, and roof terraces, poke above ground level and so get sea views and breezes, but others are concealed in the quarry, among extensive gardens of fig, carob, palm and pomegranate trees.

Hidden between trees and columns of cream-coloured rock are outdoors showers and a swimming pool while indoors the decor is a quirky mix of the rococo and the rustic (which works better that in sounds). Best of all, though day-trippers come by yacht, bicycle and Vespa to swim at Cala Rossa - some stopping to take photos of Tognazzi's front door - no one can see into the utterly private sunken gardens.

At night, when the day-trippers have disappeared and you have the cove to yourself, you can sit on the roof, look back to the bright lights of the mainland and toast your escape.


Zu Nillu in the Financial Times, July 2011 | Think Sicily

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