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The head-on view over the sea to Etna was for us the most special thing about this accomodation. A good base to explore all the East of Sicilly, in particular Syracuse (~40 mins), Nota (60), Catania (30) and Taormina (60). Well equiped if not modern kitchen - and outside stove, barbicue, and sink. Plenty of space for the three of us, and certainly would be for four.
Limitations: Apart from a short walk down to the sea over some waste-land, one could only walk from the house around the estate on roads. Nearest shop some 20-30 minutes drive. Paulo was friendly and in general accomodating, though having to wait until 8pm to get in was not ideal. (Perhaps we could have pushed). Nevertheless, these limitations (except the last) were acknowledged on the listing, so we were not disappointed.
Overall a pleasant place to stay.
Villa Bella was a fantastic home from home to stay whilst we were exploring Sicily; from Corleone and Palermo in the northwest to Syracuse and Taormina in the east. The grounds of the villa are beautiful and extensive, even nicer than the pictures with the added luxury of seeing Etna from the lawn! The property itself is very stylish and airy and has every amenity you will need. Francesca and Giuseppe are exceptional hosts and Francesca’s Mother presented us with a wonderful breakfast on our first day of Granita and warm brioche which was truly memorable - Thank You ! We will remember our visit to Sicily and Villa Bella with great affection, Thank you Francesca & Family for your generosity and kindness, Denise & Tony Edwards.