Nuvo Magazine, 25th February 2013


 Framing Sicily

The definitive collection of Italian villas.

"On the horizon, the brilliant blue sky, freckled with pillows of white, meets the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea. A sprightly bird flits across manicured gardens to a crystal clear swimming pool. Olive trees, centuries old, tower in well-groomed patterns. A lizard crawls into a small alcove beneath the stone wall that meanders across a verdant lawn. The smell of lemon groves wafts across the surrounding estate. I am taking it all in on the balustrade terrace of this 18th-century villa, enjoying the solitude, the colours, and the atmosphere particular to this dramatic Italian island. I think I’m dreaming, until I hear the church bells toll. ...I’m staying at Don Arcangelo all’Olmo, a 12-bedroom palazzo of aristocratic seclusion on the island’s east coast, located midway between Catania and Taormina.

...The first impression of approaching Rocca delle Tre Contrade at nightfall is a scene to be remembered. The master of the house descends the gradient cobble walkway with a towering lantern.

...Cubo al Mare (“cube by the sea”) is a contemporary villa on the coastline of the Lido di Noto. This white cube, aptly named, is awash with light and space, and sits in a lawned garden, the property perimeter lined with 1,000 distinctive cipressi trees."


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