Patti is a small coastal town in the northeast of Sicily, well known for its beaches, historic buildings and medieval streets. The centre of Patti was founded in 1094, and though rebuilt several times over the years, traces of its ancient past are clearly in evident in the narrow medieval lanes, alleys and stone churches. Ancient Roman ruins can also be seen in the area. Patti sits on the Golfo di Patti, a large broad sandy bay with beautiful clear water. Over the centuries the Romans, Greeks, Normans, Arabs and Spanish have all called this place home.
Beach life is revered here and HomeAway has a selection of Patti holiday apartments that will satisfy all lovers of sand and surf. Some are within 100 metres of the beach and all are equipped with every modern convenience to make any stay in Patti a memorable one. These include televisions, air conditioning and coffee makers. The town is also surrounded by a green carpet of countryside with vineyards, meadows and olive groves. Apartments and holiday villas in Patti in rural areas are also available. For beach lovers there are more glorious sands over at Milazzo, where HomeAway also has an excellent selection of rentals. The town is just 25 kilometres from Patti.
-Beaches: Soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea are among the favourite activities of residents and visitors to Patti. There are long stretches of sand as well as small lagoons and bays to explore. This is possibly the foremost reason tourists choose to stay in Patti holiday apartments.
-Historic buildings: One of the most popular historic sites is the cathedral. There has been a place of worship on the spot where it stands since the 12th century. Many of the structures seen today date from renovations in the 15th century and later. Inside is the sarcophagus of Queen Adelasia, the wife of Roger I, a ruler from the 11th century.
-Ancient ruins: There are ancient ruins of two Roman villas in the area. The Roman Villa of Vigliatore Spa dates back to the first century BC and consists of living quarters and spa installations. Parts of the heating system are visible today. Villa Romana di Patti was discovered during construction of the motorway and some of its columns, porticos and mosaics have been preserved.
-Museums: Located inside the Bishop’s Palace is the Patti Museum. It houses a rich and varied collection of artefacts from monasteries, convents and churches in the area. They include gold candlesticks and bells, paintings from the 18th century and vestments from the 16th.
-Family attractions: A popular family attraction for those with holiday villas in Patti is to take a boat trip to the nearby volcanic Aeolian islands such as Isola di Lipari, Salina, Vulcano and Stromboli. Each of these Mediterranean islands has its own distinct personality, character and attractions.
When staying in holiday villas in Patti guests can enjoy great weather for most of the year. Sicily has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and plenty of sunshine. The winters are warm and rainy. The northern parts of Sicily, where Patti is located, are cooler than the rest of the island.
Tourists can fly into Sicily from mainland Italy or drive or take the train from there. Trains drive onto the ferries. The town of Patti has its own train station (San Piero Patti) which is well connected to the rest of Sicily.