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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