There's only one place in the world where, after anoriginal granita-based breakfast, you can spend the morning walking amid the magnificent mosaics of afourth century Roman villa; then lunch on the delicacies of the area, excellent fresh fish accompanied by a wine tha will take you by surprise.
where you can pass trough mediaveval villages and pristine historics centres, wheter you are on your way down to crystal-clear seas lapping white sandy beaches, or to anature reserve where the Mediterranean vegetation provides a backdrop of colour and fragrance to the nests of breeding flamingos. Where you can end the day surrounded by the sheer perfection of a Greek amphitheatre, watching a Classical play of unparalleled charm.
Or where you can end the evening strolling trough enchanting streets, following in the footsteps of Federico fellini and Greta Garbo, Oscar Wilde and Goethe , overwhelmed by the at once disturbing and breathtaking presence of Europe's largest active volcano. The place, wth all its seductive beauty, is Sicily. But one thing at a time. Let's start at the end.
There is a lesser-know side to this land lessed with a beauty and abundance- the surprisingly beatiful little mountain or fishing villages, each of which seems to hold an architecultural or landscape-related gem. Take for exampleCefalù, with its famous Duomo, Gangi with its town houses, the village of Longi and its castle wich belong to the exclusive circuit of the most beatiful villages in Italy. Add to that Montalbano Elicona, proclaimed Italy's Borgo dei borghi (or topo village) in 2015 and its mysterious Argimusco megaliths.
It's really a rather daunting task to choose just a few of vthe profusion of places, emotions and opportunities that Sicily offers. Not so much and island as a continent - multifaceted, overflowing and seductive. Now the choise is up to you.
Sicily,island sublime. No place for clichés.
The house is an ideal place to enjoy fishing line on the rocks around, a few steps from the shore you can enjoy the surf when the wind blows during the late night catching octopus until the birth of dawn is a beautiful spectacle you can also see from the balcony terrace of one of the bedrooms from where it overlooks a picturesque seascape, this being at the center of the gulf that stretches from Capo Zafferano in Punta S. Elia and that in the days of strong wind comes alive flicker of multicolored sails came to seek shelter in this gulf.
The sea which is accessed directly from the villa through a staircase of about eighty steps it is crystal clear and it is really difficult to resist its call. Have a drink on the terrace at sunset with the lights softened by sunset the sea lapping on the stones of the coast the dim lights of the boats of fishermen is an experience that is desired that the time to stop we have a large patio where you can cook with a wood oven and barbecue bon appetit!
Going up the few steps that lead on the road, turning their backs to the sea, lies on the North side of the mountain with its Catalfano walls rarely attempted even by the ancient inhabitants who preferred to settle opposite side. Solunto is an ancient settlement, because the remains of ancient civilizations are named Solunto, Solanto, Head Zafar, Sant 'Elia, Santo Nicolicchio remains a mystery. Ancient Greek colonies? Sacred place of meeting of the Eastern peoples? (A Solunto the remains of a temple to Isis think they do).A few meters from Solunto: Bagheria and its beautiful villas of the'700. And again on the provincial direction of Termini Imerese is the ancient river Imera and the Roman waterworks, Cefalù with its magnificent cathedral and its beautiful sand beach.From the balcony and from the roof terrace there are stunning views of the sea and the bay of Capo Zafferano. The beach is right below the house. Palermo distances only 20 km.
Further information: In Sicily, 20 minutes from Palermo, a few steps from the seaside village of Porticello is the 'ZOOVILLA' BA.BU. RESORT considered one of the most beautiful mansions on the sea of the place. Owner in his travels around the world has dealt with the sale of rare animals that's why we called the house 'Zoovilla'.
There is also a short stretch of beach along the shore with very fine gravel where children can play safely. Our guests will have the opportunity to go trekking in the nearby nature reserve of Mount Catalfano.Inside the villa you will find an extensive collection of books on animals and on Sicily guides and magazines written in Italian and English. Going up the few steps leading up on the main road, turning their backs to the sea, lies the North side of the mountain with its walls Catalfano rarely attempted even by the ancient inhabitants, who preferred to settle on the opposite side. Solunto is an ancient settlement, because the remains of ancient civilizations are called Solunto, Solanto.
Further information: The villa is near Santa Flavia a small fisheman village and the archaeological site of Solunto, Bagheria with his beautiful villas is a ten minute drive, Palermo with different museums is a 30 minute drive by car, the small medieval town of Cefalu' is a 45 minute drive and is worth seeing, it is possible to go to Agrigento with his Temple Valley 1 hour drive, on the western side Trapani with the small medieval village of Erice another 1 hour drive, looking over Palermo there is Monreale with his beautiful cathedral, looking around Palermo there are San Giovanni of Lebbrosi, San Giovanni of Eremiti wonderful examples of Arab Norman style, and Palazzo dei Normanni with the Cathedral.
Further information: The house is equipped with a wireless service available 24 hours a day 24 still in the living area has a three sofa, a working fireplace, a corner bar with refrigerator and freezer also have the opportunity to consult numerous guides written in Italian in Sicily in English. In the days of south wind from behind the living room windows you can sight the island of Alicudi and when you are lucky also to Filicudi, when the sea is calm far north-east, can be seen from a terrace formation of sea foam The waves constantly slamming on a rock piercing the water rises to the surface (local fishermen the appointment 'ant', as if to establish an 'analogy between the tiny insect and the rock in the vastness of the sea). The villa has a large patio where you can cook with a wood oven and six large loaves a barbecue for excellent grilled fish, bon appetit! The villa has its own reserved parking space in the parking lot.The sea is very iodate and on some rocks.
The terrace has an area of about 200 square meters including 70 square meters were shaded by a canopy under which you can eat your meal. Is equipped with garden furniture including: comfortable chairs for sunbathing, a large umbrella, a wooden table with eight chairs, your privacy is ensured by a lush barrier of evergreen plants and trees typical of this area. The boats at anchor or in transit and the deep blue of the sea offer the eyes of the guests a magnificent spectacle. The house is an ideal place to practice angling on the rocks scattered, steps away from the shore you can surf when the wind blows, during late night and caught the octopus until dawn rise is an enchanting place you can also admire the balcony terrace of one of the bedrooms from where it overlooks a beautiful seascape, find this in the middle of the gulf .
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