|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Our holiday cottage «Casa La Zagara» („Orange Blossom“) consists of three storeys with just one room each. The lower floor levels to the main street while the upper floor levels to the back front with the main entrance. Enter the building by the back front door and you'll find yourself in the spacious kitchen-cum-livingroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with 4-plate-stove, oven, dishwasher and washing machine. Here you also find the cosy pellet fireplace, which heats the whole house in winter. In the warm seasons the balcony invites to breakfast while enjoying the view over the Straits of Messina and watching the village life. To the right of the main entrance door the stairs run down to the lower floors. Both storeys consist of a bedroom and a bathroom with shower, water closet and bidet. The middle floor bedroom has a matrimonial bed and a small balcony. Downstairs there is a bunk bed, suitable for (not too small) children or (not too tall) teenagers/adults, and a bedsofa.
Enrica is a natural-born Italian and a lawyer in Frankfurt, Germany. However, she'd always rather been an architect, so it's no surprise that with our 'Casa La Zagara' she's already refurbished the second cottage in Forza d'Agrò with great detail and love.
Jonas is the first son out of Enrica's second husband's first marriage. Works as a neurologist in Malaga, Spain. Being forced to speak Spanish all day he's forgotten almost all his Italian but never his love with Sicily.
Sometimes also Gunther (E.'s second husband and J.'s first father) or Daniel (E.'s first and G.'s second son) will pick up the phone.
Fresh mountain air, clean and peaceful. Cold in the winter - but the stove soon warms it up. Very helpful people.
We loved our stay at Casa la Zagara in Forza d'Agro! The town is the prettiest little town, easy driving distance from Taormina but much quieter. And Casa la Zagara is a great cottage! Very spacious and comfortable, and so well-equipped! I even managed to cook a 3 course meal on New Year's Eve. Highly recommend it! And the locals were very friendly and helpful too!
We had a wonderful time in Forza D'agro and enjoyed staying in this beautiful and very well kept cottage. If we were to plan another trip to Sicily we would not hesitate to stay at casa La Zagara. We loved the hospitality and friendliness of the people of Forza D'agro and loved experiencing the daily village life. It was nice meeting Franca and her family and enjoyed buying our daily groceries from her small market. Our 12 month daughter loved the crib (we were surprised how much she slept). The house was very clean and all amenities worked perfectly. Jonas was a pleasure to work with from the time when we planned our trip until the very end. Overall, this was an amazing vacation!!!
What an amazing and surprising stay we’ve had at Casa La Zagara! To boot, a wave of ease has come over me; my shoulders are surely three inches lower than they were upon arrival. I’ve enjoyed the littlest things about Sicily and Forza d’Agrò the most: hanging our laundry out to dry, buying groceries from Franca, being invited by a stranger to share the fruit of his orchard, and negotiating the difficulties of translation. This has been an amazing time of joy and relaxation and discovery for the both of us. We came with mere curiosity for Sicily and leave with deep appreciation and affection for this exceptional land. Thank you so much for an introduction we will never forget...
Das absolut stilsicher und vollständig eingerichtete Ferienhaus hat uns im Sommer 2016 einen erholsamen und kurzweiligen Aufenthalt in Sizilien ermöglicht. Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder :)
wir hatten zwei wundervolle Wochen auf Sizilien, wenn auch mit wechselhaftem Wetter. Die ersten sizilianischen Herbststürme haben uns einige bleibende eindrückliche Erlebnisse auf überschwemmten Autobahnen, Städten und Wanderwegen beschert. Forza d´Agro ist ein nettes kleines Dorf mit funktionierender Infrastruktur (kleine Lebensmittelläden, gute Restaurants. Die Zeit in ihrem gemütlichen Häuschen haben wir sehr genossen, vielen Dank dafür!
Our Cottage lies inmidst the little town of Forza d’Agrò, housing its 900 inhabitants 420 metres high above the eastern Sicilian coastline on a prominent rock, 15 kms off Taormina. Looking down from the balcony on the narrow main street you may watch Carmela, friendly and helpful owner of the small alimentari on the other side sitting on the curb and cleaning her vegetables for the minestrone. Apart from the occasional motorino roaring past, the only noise you might hear is the kids and cats playing in the sunshine. The view stretches over the roofs and way down to the coastline, where one beach town strings to another, and over the Straits of Messina to the calabrese mainland coast.
Starting directly at the back front door, a footpath leads you all the way up to the ruins of a normannic-saracenian XII century fort, which is completely dilapidated and only erratically open for visitors. Inside the castle walls the locals until recently have run their cemetery, now too falling apart, so the innocent visitor should prepare to stumble over some creepy bones...
The town itself builds in a concentric manner around the castle, the inner layer consisting of predominantly derelict simple stone cottages. Meanwhile, some of the houses and palazzi of the Sicilian Baroque built around this inner layer have been refurbished in a quite impressive fashion. The outer shell consists of rather carelessly architected modern buildings which should not deceive your first impression of the place.
Forza d’Agrò’s town centre is dominated by the church of „Santissima Maria Annunziata e Assunta“, which despite its impressive architecture, is much more often visited by fans of the „Padrino“ saga, where it has short appearances in all three parts.
Perched on a hill opposite the town centre is a recently renovated XVI century Augustinian convent. To get to it, you will have to walk beyond a fine Durazzesco gate.
However, Forza’s real attractions are the spectacular views on the Mediterranean Sea, to Taormina and over to Mount Etna, and its relaxed village atmosphere, far from being spoiled by the occasional day tourist. And still, you will find everything in this place you need, two small „alimentari“ shops, a butcher, a pharmacy, even a tiny petrol station. And an amazing number of simple to excellent restaurants catering to every taste.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£173|
Reinigung (verbindlich) 50,-- EUR
Internetzugang (fakultativ) 15,-- EUR für maximal 10GB während maximal 1 Monat
Ggf. Heizung über Pelletofen, 1 Sack Pellets ca. 8,-- EUR
Aufbettung für maximal 2 zusätzliche Personen nach Absprache