Spectacular oasis in the midst of amazing beauty, culture, history, and cuisine, with a phenomenal host and guide – Maurizio – who is passionate about the area and all it has to offer. Our family of three generations – including ages 17 through 89 – had high and varied hopes for our gathering in Sicily and they were delightfully exceeded.
The villa is a lovely, comfortable and intriguing place that invites and accommodates group gatherings as well as independent wandering and quiet time – all with spectacular views of the extensive gardens, sea, sunsets and the Aeolian Islands. We availed ourselves of so many of the villa’s wonderful features, including the many gathering spaces inside and out, the refreshing pool, the fabulous pizza oven with our pizza master chefs, and the abundant and well-tended garden providing delights of fresh lemons, oranges, kumquats, plums, pears, among other fruits not yet ready and awaiting other guests. The villa also provided a much welcome retreat after a full day of adventure in the surrounding area – and we took great advantage of its great location near the variety of destinations offered.
During our two-week stay, every day we were treated to a new adventure – almost always recommended by Maurizio. We enjoyed delicious local dining and wine tasting, visiting fascinating historically significant towns, land marks, museums, and archeologically rich sites, as well as enjoying breathtaking views from huge stone monoliths, diverse island destinations, and small towns and large churches perched against the rugged landscape.
Maurizio, as well as his father, and all of the wonderful network of people who are as passionate about this beautiful part of Sicily and providing quality experiences, service, and local products, are incredibly gracious, kind, and generous with their time and assistance with enabling a most memorable trip. They are rightly proud of this wonderful villa and the surrounding areas, and we have come away feeling enriched, renewed, and relaxed with an abundance of memories and hopes to return some day soon.