Val di Noto, Sicily
This charming Sicilian villa offers groups of up to six guests a peaceful place to stay with an abundance of outdoor areas and a sleek, modern pool.
Sit Amongst the Ancient Olives is listed in affiliation with Plum Guide.
Lounge around the pool and enjoy this stylish home's beautiful Sicilian countryside vistas. Then savour an alfresco lunch amongst the ancient olive trees in the pretty gardens or simply relax to the sound of bird song. Inside, large arched windows allow the views to be enjoyed from the living room.
This home is full of character, from the vaulted, whitewashed beamed ceilings, to the exposed stone walls and antiques. We love how your hosts have combined the old with the new here. Whip up some pesto alla Siciliana in the blender in the kitchen and enjoy it with some pasta. This home is perfect for entertaining your family and friends.
If you tire of the pool (is that possible?), then there are a number of beaches nearby. Head to Pantanello Beach, where you’ll find sunbeds and a bar or spend the day on Old Beach Marina di Avola – both have gorgeous pale golden sands and crystal-clear waters (five minutes by car).
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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