Masseria Gargallo



  • 8 Sleeps
  • 4  Bedrooms
  • 4  Bathrooms

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About the Villa

Character in abundance at this lovingly restored masseria with pool near Syracuse.

Masseria Gargallo has been conceived by its owner, a well-known jewellery designer, as a colourful and ingeniously inventive homage to Sicilian artistry and craftsmanship. The original features and floors of the property have been retained wherever possible, and furnishings, fabrics and fittings are a fascinating mix of the contemporary and the traditional. Outside, beautifully tended gardens wrap around the property, culminating in the pièce de résistance, an utterly irresistible pool.

"Masseria is a beautiful villa with a sense of place. Very comfortable. Gorgeous baths. Stylish property with history. Close to Siracusa and many sites. I love the services of The Thinking Traveller staff. Everyone is gracious and efficient." Michelle Lovelace, US, August 2019

The Leopard Collection: the history of Masseria Gargallo

Internet Connections Explained


All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.

3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 


Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 

WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.

Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.



  • Accommodates (max)  8
  • Bedrooms  4
  • Double beds  2
  • Flexible doubles/twins  2
  • Bathrooms  4
  • ... of which en suite  4
  • Daily maid service ¹
  • Cook 
  • Breakfast preparation ¹
  • Pool (LxW in metres) ² 18x6
  • Air conditioning ³
  • Heating 
  • Open fireplace 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Home cinema 
  • Satellite TV 
  • Satellite Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Wood-burning pizza oven 
  • Barbecue 
  • Private Parking 
  • Table tennis 
  • Table football 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ daily from 10.00 to 13.00, including breakfast preparation (ingredients not included and should be paid locally on presentation of receipts)
² single depth 1.40m. Chlorine-free - a saline filtration system is used
³ in all bedrooms
in the indoor kitchen


Inside: accommodation at Masseria Gargallo is spread over two, lovingly restored floors. The ingenuity and invention of the interior design ensures that wherever you look, you’ll find something fascinating, something to make you smile in wonder: exquisitely embroidered table cloths and bedspreads from another era are illuminated by ultra-modern lighting; age-old, time-worn floors support state-of-the-art bathroom fittings; and antique, hand-painted Sicilian bedsteads frame the latest in mattress technology.

The main entrance takes one from a courtyard into the splendid living area, which is at once cosy, voluminous, welcoming and stylish. Once home to the wine press, evidence of which remains, this grand space features lofty ceilings, original stone flooring, an impressive fireplace, a TV and projector, modular sink-in sofas, and direct access to the outdoor sitting area and pool. A door to one side of the living room leads into an attractive dining room, which is decorated with gilt-framed mirrors and antique plates and served by a triple-sized kitchen-diner. Fully-equipped with all mod-cons, the kitchen nevertheless retains a distinctly traditional feel thanks to the presence the original red-brick floor, antique tiles, and an impressive pot-bellied wood-burning oven. Doors at either end of the kitchen create a luminous, airy atmosphere and provide seamless access to the al fresco dining area. A short corridor leads from the kitchen past a guest bathroom to the first bedroom, called Perle (Pearls). Here, accessed by an old cast iron staircase, is a double bed on a mezzanine level, and, down below, a mightily impressive en-suite bathroom with giant walk-in shower and a tub with its own window overlooking the gardens. Back in the living area, an open flight of stairs leads to the first floor and a double bedroom with balcony overlooking the courtyard. Ambra, as this bedroom has been named, also features a truly magnificent en-suite bathroom, complete with a reclaimed 15th century font as a sink, a sensuously rotund tub and a separate walk-in shower. Coming back down the stairs, a door in the living room leads to the third bedroom, Corallo, also accessed directly from the courtyard. As you might have come to expect by now, Corallo also boasts a highly original en-suite bathroom, this time with a sunken stone tub and a large, glass-cased shower. The fourth and final bedroom, Acquamarina, is accessed from the courtyard, and includes an in-room tub and an adjacent bathroom with shower.

Outside: Masseria Gargallo sits amidst a large, beautifully tended garden. To one side of the house is a large rectangular courtyard, at the centre of which is a landscaped area and a towering Meditteranean pine, The grounds fan out around house, leading, eventually, to the focal point of the outdoor areas: two large expanses of lawn, planted with gnarled old olive trees, and sitting either side of the magnificent pool, whose steps and floor are formed of reclaimed stone. Immediately outside the living room is the al fresco sitting area, furnished for lounging under a shady pergola. Further along this stone-paved terrace, which runs along the entire façade of the house, is the shady al fresco dining area. Accessed conveniently from the kitchen and offering views over the gardens and pool, it offers the perfect relaxing environment for long convivial meals. Exploring the grounds you will come across a series of other delightful spots, including a second, walled courtyard, a small kitchen garden and an orchard.


Think About

There are three double bedrooms at Masseria Gargallo and one room where the beds can either be arranged as a twin or a double bed. There is also a single bed that could be added to one of the doubles in order to render that room a twin (within the maximum occupancy of the property). If you would like to use this bed for an additional guest, please do contact us and we would be happy to check with the owner and confirm the supplement for this.