|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Villa "Le Zagare" is a luxurious building with swimming pool, it's the perfect house to rent for your holidays in Sicily. It is built on the Thyrrenian coast of the beautiful Messina province, from which the Eolie islands and Taormina stand out.
Villa "Le Zagare" has terraces and porches facing the Mediterranean Sea, all surrounded in a beautiful garden with an orchard. If you love good food and a healthy environment, you will be amazed by the variety of fruits you can find inside the garden: oranges, lemons, tangerines, peaches, figs, plums, and many more. You can also bring your pets with you, animals are welcome here.
The villa is provided with internet connection, dishwasher and linens. Villa "Le Zagare" is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with your family or your friends. The place can easily host up to 15 people and it's all surrounded by nature, the sea, and the Sun. You will stay in a prestigious building, with all the comforts at the cost of a B&B.
Arranged on two floors, the villa is provided with the following features:
• a swimming pool
• 6 large bedrooms
• 3 comfortable bathrooms with showers and all the optionals
• 1 Jacuzzi (outside)
• sauna room
• private tennis field
• private car park
• wi-fi and internet station
• plasma TV 50"
• microwave oven
• espresso coffee machine
• wood oven
• washing machine
The villa is only a few kilometers away from Villafranca motorway tollbooth, from which you can reach Messina. We suggest you to rent a car, so you can visit all the splendid locations that the province of Messina has to offer, they are all easily reachable from the villa.
Villa "Le Zagare" is located in the Sicilian province of Messina, one of the richest area of the island. Among the most famous touristic attractions here, there are: Taormina, the Eolie island (Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano), but also Milazzo – recently added to the rankings of "most beautiful Italian villages" -, Tindari with its sanctuary of "black mother Mary", and Marinello where you can find a natural reserve.
Eolie islands: how to reach them
The islands can be reached from Milazzo. Villa "Le Zagare" is near the A20 motorway that connects Messina to Palermo, and Milazzo is only 20 minutes away by car from there. Once you're in Milazzo you can choose how to reach the Eolie islands, you can rent a private boat with a skipper that will allow you to visit more islands in a single day, this allows you choose the itinerary "on board", the alternative to this is to buy a ticket for the most common tourist vessel: the hydrofoil.
Eolie islands: what to do and what to see
You've reached one of the 7 islands, what now? Since the islands have a volcanic origin (Vulcano and Stromboli are still active!), one of the main attraction are hot springs and mud baths: these are a 100% natural health spa. If you prefer trekking we suggest you to join one of the many visits to the crater of Stromboli or Vulcano, where you'll enjoy the most beautiful view of the whole archipelago, don't forget your camera!
If you are the earth-loving type and want to stay in an uncontaminated environment, Alicudi is the place for you. Since on the island there are no ATM points and no pharmacy, make sure you land on the island with money and whatever you need. Even without those commodities Alicudi is still great and maybe that's her beauty, here you can live the nature and the sea on an island that stopped following the flow of time.
The island of Filicudi offers you crystalline waters, a coast full of little bays and life. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful scuba diving experience: Grotta dei Gamberi (32meters deep) houses the wreck of an ancient Roman boat (dated II centuy b.C.).
A visit to Panarea “the VIP's island”, is another unforgettable experience. Here you can relax on its sandy beaches, Capo Junco, Cala degli Zimmari and Calcara beach are the most famous locations. Panarea is important even on the cultural side, as you can find the ruins of the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese (XIV century b.C.).
Last but not least, Lipari. The biggest island of the “7 Eolian wonders”. Lipari offers you every kind of attractions: from the beautiful Marina Corta with its realistic nativity scenes, to the fortified city with its castle. The citadel is also an open air museum full of churches and cloisters, you'll love to get lost inside its alleys.
Milazzo: what to do and what to see
Milazzo is filled with history and culture, it was first founded by the Greeks in the VII century b.C. Here you can walk on the Lungomare Garibaldi tasting the “granita” a typical Sicilian sweet breakfast, while also appreciating the baroque architecture of the city center.
On top of the city center you can find the Castle of Frederick II, the building that allowed Milazzo to enter the rankings of the “most beautiful Italian villages”, from here you can enjoy the most amazing view: the sea in front of you and the majestic mount Etna behind.
Other great place to visit here in Milazzo are : Polifemo's cave, the Dome (one of the few baroque building of the XVI century in Sicily), the ruins of “Palazzo dei Giurati”, the church of Madonna del Rosario and the church of S.Francesco di Paola.
Tindari e Marinello
Gently placed on a promontory overlooking the sea, the Sanctuary of Tindari rises up. It is famous for the wooden statue of the “Madonna Nera” (black mother Mary). The legend says that the statue came ashore from a shipwrecked boat sailing from Asia and it quickly became a spiritual point of reference for many Sicilians.
In Tindari there is also a Roman-Greek theater inside the archaeological area, from which you can enjoy the view of the Eolie islands, but also the salty lakes of Marinello, that are part of a natural reserve.
In this area you can also find the Cantine Gaglio, a famous wine-producing site that is the reference point for the Mamertino Doc. The winery manages to blend the bucolic beauty of the vineyard on the sea with a modern cellar where excellent wines are made. The owner will accompany you inside the vineyard, explaining you the history of the place and allowing you to taste the production, while allowing you to taste wine and other local products.
What to eat
One of the reasons why Sicily attracts so many tourists is food. In Sicily you can eat like a king without spending like one. Street food in Messina? Granita, focaccia, pitoni and arancini.
Even though you can eat granita (a typical Sicilian ice-cold dessert) everywhere in Sicily, the granita of Messina is considered the best on the island, it's best in its coffee flavor, but you might want to try strawberry, lemon, and fruits.
Focaccia and Pitoni? Have you ever heard of them? These are two specialties of the Sicilian gastronomy. The first one is very similar to pizza, while the second one is a fried “calzone”; both of them are made with scarola (a kind of salad), chopped tomatoes, anchovies and cheese.
For what concerns typical products, the Messina province offers you the delicious salame Sant'Angelo and the Nebrodi black pork. Don't forget to ask for a glass of Faro wine after your meals and, of course, don't forget to order the dessert! Messina is all about desserts, we suggest you to try the Pignolata, Cannoli, Bianco e Nero (similar to profiteroles) and Pasticcini with cream.
During the afternoon you might want to try a real gelato, you won't regret it.
Recommended among the tours, is a visit to the city of Messina itself. You will be amazed by the beauty of the “city of the strait”. Messina is in fact only 3 kilometers away from the Italian peninsula and, although you might have the impression that you can swim to the other side of the strait, the strong streams that run in the strait makes it almost impossible.
That generated, during the centuries, many legends about the two monsters Scilla e Cariddi that made boat shipwreck in this part of the sea. Maybe we'll tell you the story, while looking at the sunset near Torre Faro, where you can enjoy the most beautiful view, while also relaxing or having a swim in the sea.
Here we are in the land of Faro Doc, a wine that you can taste at the winery “Tenuta Rasocolmo” while walking through the vineyards overlooking the sea. Not far from Torre Faro you can find the lakes of Ganzirri, two small salty lakes, famous for being a farm for sea food. We suggest you to stop here for lunch, to taste the amazing fresh fish.
There are a lot of restaurants that you won't forget easily. After lunch, you should go to the center of Messina, the city was rebuilt almost completely after the 1908 earthquake. Here you can visit the Dome that houses the biggest astronomical clock in Europe (still working!), the Church of Catalani, built before the earthquake, and the Sacrarium of Cristo Re (King Christ) that dominates the city, giving an incredible view on the strait.
All of this and much more awaits you in Sicily, in a villa you can only dream about, with your family or your friends. Villa le Zagare is the perfect place to relax and have fun, an unforgettable experience, among the perfumes of the “zagare” (the orange blossoms), the hot Sicilian sun, and the unique sunsets of the Thyrrenian sea.
My family of 15 from Australia stayed in the beautiful Villa Le Zagare in July of this year. I had commenced my search to find the perfect villa for us all about 12 months out from our arrival date. Initially my dream had always been to rent a villa in Tuscany to celebrate my 50th birthday with my immediate family. I spent many days, weeks and in fact months searching through all the many booking sites and locations that the amazing Internet has to offer.
My criteria was however quite specific, I wanted a villa with a pool as I knew it would be hot in Italy in July, a large and spacious villa with nice outdoor entertaining areas so that it didn't feel like we were on top of each other. I wanted to be near to local amenities and places of interest without being in the centre of a busy township. I also had on my list a tennis court as our 5 children who range in age from 10years old to 30 ( and partners) like to be active and enjoy a social hit up.
I wanted to be within close driving distance to places of interest and day tripping options so our party could head off during the day to explore and discover.
Whilst pouring over the Tuscan options it also occurred to me that being from Australia, my family all love being close to the ocean and are drawn to it. As I was searching, I kept being drawn to sites in Sicily that were showing stunning coast lines crystal clear water and beautiful long beaches as well as islands that lay close by.
Sicily was also a place that none of my family had been to before, unlike other parts of Italy and this also appealed to me as it was an opportunity for us to discover and explore it together for the first time.
There was something about Villa Le Zagare that kept me coming back to it. I began to converse with Maurizio the owner about the villa, it's location and what it had to offer. He was very helpful, informative and honest about his property. I also found the reviews very personable and genuine which gave me the feeling this was a special place.
The villa could not have been more perfect for us. It is a beautiful grand old home without being too precious or pretentious. It sits on a lovely property with only a few hundred metres walk to the Aeolian sea and a quaint local beach of Orto Liuzzo.
Each morning we walked down the road to "Celona" the Mecca for all things Sicilian in the way of pastries, pizza, pasta, gelato and bread as well as good coffee ( once we got the order right!
It was a 10/10
We were a party of 3 families from England - 13 in all.
Villa le Zagare is a large elegant villa, well equipped and with great communal areas but plenty of space to spread out and relax. The views out to the sea and the Aeolian Island across the gardens are breathtaking.
The grounds are beautiful and immaculately maintained. Every morning (we were there late August) we could pick figs and grapes for breakfast - the best figs we have ever tasted. The tennis court and pool were well used by our party.
Maurizio is a charming and attentive host who looks after you above and beyond what you would usually expect from somebody renting you a villa. Our group was pretty independent, but if you would like him to organise trips he will gladly do so. Maurizio's wife cooked us a fabulous Sicilian meal one evening.
From the villa you can walk down to a great local bakery (Pane Nostrum) and an excellent butchers/general store. There is also a very good Pizzeria which also sells bread/patisseries. You can also walk to the local beach (10 minutes or less) where you can buy ice cold granite from a beach shack. There is also a nice beach at Santa Saba a few km east.
Places easily reached from here (if you are heading towards Palermo you need to drive the other side of Villafranca and pick up the Rometta motorway interchange) include the Greek theatre at Tindari, Milazzo (and boat trips to the islands) and Taormina. I wish we had gone as far as Palermo - another time maybe.
In all a wonderful place to stay in beautiful surroundings and perfect for big groups.
Booking an vacation rental online can be difficult because you are not quite sure what you will be walking into, but Maurizio's home surpassed our expectations and dreams the second we pulled up the driveway. Our family of 14 stayed very comfortably in the villa, and we made sure to enjoy every inch of space provided to us both indoors and outdoors. Our family not only enjoyed cooking meals in the kitchen, but also utilizing the outdoor pizza oven, grill, pool and basketball courts! We made sure to also catch the amazing sunsets from the home's terraces in which the sun drops directly into the ocean. Maurizio's passion for Sicilian tourism was welcomed as he helped up organize tours and other excursions during our time at Villa Le Zagare. Maurizio made sure our stay in Sicily was nothing less than perfect. We could not have asked for a better, more responsive, and personable host than Maurizio; we can not wait to return to his home and spend time with someone whom we now consider a friend. If you're looking for the perfect 'home base' with easy access to major motorways and true country living while you are in Sicily, look no further. Grazie!
Maurizio and his family were simply wonderful during our stay at their villa. We arrived very late the first evening and were not able to fully appreciate the grounds and the view but him and his sister welcomed us with a late dinner and great recommendations. When we woke for our first full day we were simply stunned by how beautiful and relaxing the property was. It was truly a spot for connecting with family, appreciating the gardens and watching the sun set as every night it seem to be spectacular.
The age group of our family ranged from 10 to 86 and there was something for everything. My 3 sons went swimming, played basketball, and just explored the grounds. My 86yr old father in law enjoyed sitting outside and appreciating the view.
Maurizio and his father showed us around the property, told us about the variety of different edible fruit trees, although some things were not quite in season we were still able to sample many wonderful fruits straight from the trees. We never lacked for fresh fruits and vegetables. A couple of nights Maurizio beautiful sister cooked a lovely meal for our family and we dined outside and just enjoyed each others company.
The weather was hot the whole time which we didn't mind. Some mornings we would walk down to the nearby bakery and have breakfast. We did a couple excursions during our time at the villa which included a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands and stopped to swim and eat lunch. We visited 3 of the islands, but would have loved Stromboli so maybe on our next trip. We also took a day trip into Taormina which was about 45minutes from the villa. The city was beautiful but very touristic. Then we took a day trip to Mt. Etna which was enjoyed by all family members, it was about 1.5hours from the villa.
Our trip to Messina and Villa Le Zagare will be a memorable trip for so many reasons and our family greatly appreciates the hospitality that Maurizio and his family showed us.
May 2015. 5 adults, 3 young children. The property itself and surrounding grounds are magnificent with views of the sea and the surrounding fruit gardens. The villa and grounds are spacious with plenty of space for my young children to explore. You can walk through the gardens and pick fresh fruit right off of the trees.
Given it was only May and the weather was not yet too warm, the large was a bit chilly but there is also a large hot tub that the children used every day, which is also a great place to take in the sun setting into the sea behind the islands.
The asset is conveniently located close to the autostrada which made it very easy to explore many different parts of the island within 60 minutes - ranging from Cefalu to the west and Taormina and Etna to the south.
Maurizio and his family were extremely helpful in arranging matters from a boat trip to the islands to excellent Sicilian meals cooked at the villa. He cares not only about your satisfaction with the villa but your entire experience in Sicily, which we found to be an interesting and inviting island, rich with history and culture. Overall an excellent stay.
August 2014. 4 adults, 5 children.
From the moment we arrived and throughout our stay at the beautiful Villa Le Zagare we were treated like old friends. Maurizio really went out of his way to make our stay fun, relaxing and welcome. No request was too great: from taking us to and around the local supermarket, arranging water-skiing sessions, snorkelling, vine yards, booking restaurants to sourcing raw pumice stones as souvenirs. The family that run this incredible estate are testament to its natural beauty.
The stay was full of many memorable moments and incredible food. Our first night, Sonia cooked an incredible dinner (banquet would be a better word!) for us all. We also ate at the family restaurant: Solo Sophia. Again, the food was fantastic; our children still talk about the many courses of delicious, local food. We enjoyed regular visits from Elio, often bringing fresh produce from the garden, and on a couple of wonderful evenings, he taught us to cook local dishes and joined us for dinner.
The villa was stunning, the photos do not do it justice, and the pool, gardens and hot tub were equally fabulous. The kids loved playing tennis and basket ball in the garden and we equally loved picking fruit and vegetables from the garden for lunch or dinner. Watching the sunset from the hot tub whilst sipping prosecco is a must!
The villa has ample accommodation. It is light and airy and very clean.
We have left our two weeks with a love of the island, the food, the sunsets, and the knowledge that in Maurizio, Elio and their family, we have true friends. We hope to return soon.
The villa is very close to Messina (12 km), whose Cathedral is very famous. From villa le Zagare it's easy to reach Taormina (30 minutes), Milazzo (20 minutes), Tindari (30 minutes), Capo d'Orlando (1 hour), Cefalù (1 1/2 hour), Palermo (2 hours), Catania (1 hour), Siracusa (1 hour). Capo Rosocolmo beach, near to the villa, is very famous for the sand mountains.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£866|