The best villas for couples, families, large groups and more
If you’ve never been to Sicily before, prepare to be wowed!. With the toes of Italy seemingly tapping the island, the largest in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been a cultural crossroads for centuries, so you’ll find Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Arab and Norman influences still evident today.
As well as a rich cultural heritage, Sicily boasts a diverse landscape, including three active volcanoes, 5 regional parks and 77 nature reserves, a place where you’ll find gently rolling hills covered by citrus, nut and olive trees, as well as more rugged, mountainous terrain.
As an island, though, there’s no escaping the maritime influence. Sicily is surrounded by azure blue waters and hugged by sandy and / or pebbly beaches, so great swimming and sunbathing opportunities as well as an abundance of freshly-caught seafood.
Without doubt, Sicily is a place which appeals to all; couples, families, those wanting to get away from it all in the rural interior or with a front-row position by the sea. We think we’ve curated an exceptional collection in Freelance Villas Sicily portfolio, take a look at just a few examples to see why.
Best for couples
Dimora di Circe, Ragusa
With the beach literally a few steps from the villa, is Dimora di Circe in the island’s south-east the most romantic villa in Sicily? Large panoramic terraces and huge glass windows offer panoramic sea views, all framed by a garden of natural and indigenous plants – where better to enjoy the exclusive outdoor hot-tub? Recently renovated, the villa has a ‘beachcomb’ feel, with local handicraft materials and the creative recycling of antique pieces all curated by a top interior designer. The beachfront villa is located in Ragusa province, just off the coastal road that joins Pozzallo and Pachino. In a word: Extraordinary.
Take a look: Dimora Di Circe, Ragusa
Best for large groups
Villa Maddalena, Syracuse
5 bathrooms! 6 bedrooms! A split-level 3 storey villa! A newly converted annexe. Villas Maddalena isn’t just luxurious, it’s huge, making it the perfect place for families holidaying together or other large groups. The setting is exceptional, too. There’s the pool which looks like it’s been carved out of the rock, palm trees which rustle in the gentle sea breeze and exceptional gardens make this a very hard location to leave. If you can tear yourselves away from this split level, three-storey building and newly converted annexe, though, it’s a short walk to the crystal-clear sea beyond, whilst a fully equipped Lido is nearby. A fabulous base from which to explore Syracuse and the Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa.
Take a look: Villa Maddalena, Syracuse
Best for families
Villas Timo, Marzamemi
Although there is beach access from the gate of this lovely modern villa, the grounds are fully enclosed, making this a great option for families even with younger children. There’s a pool, garden, furnished terrace and, our favourite, a first-floor sun terrace with jacuzzi from which to enjoy the flawless sea views just beyond. San Lorenzo itself is a relatively quiet resort (although busy high season), with soft sand, serviced lidos and free beach, whilst restaurants are within easy walking distance for those times you don’t want to cook. Picturesque Marzamemi, with many more eateries and shops is also just a short drive away.
Take a look! Villa Timo, Marzamemi
Best off the beaten track
Corte Moscata, Rosolini
An oasis of calm surrounds villa Corte Moscata thanks to its being surrounded by extensive grounds of native olive and carob trees, the perfect shady retreat. As well as the pool and gardens which act as a natural focal point, there’s a large covered outdoor seating area for relaxing or dining. Inside, pale stone walls make for a luxurious yet cool interior, whilst the stylish kitchen tiles and individually designed bathrooms pop with colour. French doors enable seamless outdoor / indoor living. Corte Moscata sits in the south-east of Sicily, just 4 kms from the small, historic town of Rossellini and within the gorgeous Noto Valley .
Take a look! Corte Moscata, Rosolini
Want to find out more about each area? Take a look at our Sicily destination guides!