Val di Noto, Sicily
Beautiful Sicilian villa with a pool offering groups of up to six a relaxing, comfy stay on the island.
Pink Lemonade is listed in affiliation with Plum Guide.
This beautiful family-sized villa on the outskirts of Sicily's Syracuse really is as good as it gets. It's surrounded by manicured gardens and stone terraces, so you can soak up the sunshine in peace and quiet. The home conquers indoor-outdoor living, with an alfresco dining area, equipped with a pergola and BBQ, a large swimming pool, and several furnished patios, which are the perfect outdoor spaces to unwind, watching the late afternoon sun go down.
Old at heart, but with modern comfort at the forefront, the home blends stylish furnishings with antiques and bespoke features – we're particularly fond of the wood beams and winding wooden staircase in the cosy living space. Rustle up a hearty meal in the rustic kitchen, or if you don't feel like cooking, head into town for a bite to eat.
Beyond this achingly gorgeous home, you'll find a local area bursting with life and things to do. You're a short walk from Fontane Bianche’s sandy beach, while the charming towns of Syracuse, Noto, and Modica are a short drive from the villa. That's if you can pull yourself away from this Sicilian treasure.
Encompassing the south-eastern third of Sicily, Val di Noto is one of the three historic regions of the island. Many of the region’s towns were destroyed during an earthquake in 1693, meaning that they were rebuilt in the Baroque style they have since become famous for.
There are eight UNESCO-listed towns in Val di Noto, including Modica, Scicli and Catania, the second-largest city on Sicily. Although each town has its own distinct character and local history, you’re sure to find excellent wine, food and architecture in all of them. Grab a scoop of gelato and stroll through the streets, ducking into churches and museums as you go, or sip an espresso at a café and watch the world go by.
If you head out of the city, you can discover hiking trails through Val di Noto’s pine forests, woodlands and dry volcanic deserts shaped by Mount Etna. And don’t forget to visit some of the beaches too – Marina di Ragusa has golden sands and a lively nightlife scene, while Sampieri is a quiet, unspoilt stretch of shoreline.
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