Di Casa In Sicilia’s private villas explore the hidden treasures of Sicily

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Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a variegated world of landscapes and colours: from the snowy peak of Mt. Etna to the warm and wild coast of the Zingaro nature reserve, from the parched mountains of the hinterland to the verdant Madonie, from the Greek temples of Agrigento and Segesta to the windmills and salt pans of Trapani. Few other regions can boast such a variety of natural landscapes and nature reserves like Sicily.

A stay in a vacation rental on the outskirts of a nature reserve could be the ideal place to discover another side of Sicily, the one with unspoilt nature, with small mountain villages full of history and culture situated in the Parco delle Madonie or on the slopes of the Mount Etna, or also to enjoy a memorable holiday exploring the unique landscape of Trapani salt pans. DiCasaInSicilia offers a great variety of accommodation in the vicinity of the regional parks and of the island’s nature reserves.

Mount Etna National Park is a protected nature reserve of around 60,000 hectares that rises on the slopes of the highest volcano in Europe. The park has many natural attractions, among them are several small towns such as Trecastagni, Nicolosi and the “Grotta del Gelo,” a cave with a perennial glacier where the temperature is always chillingly below zero.

Di Casa In Sicilia‘s private villa Casa di Filli is located in Nicolosi, a picturesque hill town situated at 700 metres above sea level on the southern side of Mount Etna, is a quaint, charming villa surrounded by a wonderful garden with low stone walls, aromatic, ornamental plants and the local species of trees of the national park.

Just a few kilometres away, close to Ragalna, is Vigna Mascalisi, a romantic nest for two on the slopes of Mount Etna. The private villa is constructed entirely from lava rock and blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape of Mount Etna with its vineyards, oak trees, olive groves and low stone walls. Enjoy tasting a whole range of regional products and there is also the possibility to buy excellent olive oil, wine, fruit and vegetables among other tasty treats.

The Madonie mountain chain tumbles along the northern Sicilian coast in the Palermo province. For those who would like to stay just a short way from the Madonie and enjoy the wonderful view of Cefalù, one of the Sicilian pearls, the exquisite private villa Arte Mare & Blu is the ideal choice. It is situated in the medieval centre of Cefalù, in a stunning location with sweeping views of the medieval town, the Norman cathedral and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The furniture and the warm interiors create a pleasant, cosy atmosphere that blends effortlessly into the enchanting landscape.

Set up in 1995, the Saline nature reserve of Trapani and Paceco offers some really unforgettable backdrops including mountains of salt, sunset views, sparkling lagoons and delicate windmills. Explore the entire area devoted to the traditional salt cultivation from Trapani to Marsala. Di Casa In Sicilia‘s Casa del Passito, situated just outside Marsala, gives one of the most charming landscapes of the western Sicilian coast: the Egadi Islands looming on the horizon and the ancient salt pans standing out in the mainland. The view is fascinating and the house complements its surroundings, with its two floors featuring original porthole windows.

Marettimo is an island in Sicily belonging to the Egadi archipelago that is a protected area because of its unique botanic species. Hiera is a private villa dating back to the early 1900s. The holiday rental boasts a great example of decorated concrete floors and is furnished with country Tuscan style furniture of the eighteenth century and with ancient ethnical pieces, such as the head of the beds coming from Morocco.

To book any of these private villas in Sicily, contact Di Casa In Sicilia on their Paradizo profile. Photos courtesy of Di Casa In Sicilia.


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