Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Are you searching for a comfortable villa with a view of Cefalu, one of Sicily's most historic coastal towns? Villa Rita provides everything you could require of a Mediterranean villa, with plenty of comfortable rooms spread over two floors.
It also boasts many fine features – not least access to an infinity pool and the use of a relaxing terrace – accessible from every single one of the bedrooms. What better way to start each day on your Sicilian holiday than to walk out of your bedroom and feel the soft green grass beneath your feet?
The ground floor is perfect for relaxing and sharing a meal together. It offers a sizeable kitchen, not to mention a dining area and living area. There is also a convenient guest bathroom. When you head downstairs you will discover the bedrooms – two large double rooms, one of which has a full en-suite bathroom including a shower and Jacuzzi. The twin bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath, while you will also have the use of a separate bathroom featuring a shower.
There is plenty of room for parking and you'll enjoy making good use of the terrace as well. There is a shaded area featuring top quality and comfortable patio furniture, perfect for enjoying an evening meal while watching the sun gradually set over the water. With ample room to spread out and relax as you enjoy the blue, blue skies and rugged scenery offered by the Sicilian coastline, Villa Rita in North East Sicily is the ideal base for your holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||S.ambrogio 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Palermo 100 km, Nearest railway: cefalu 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Sicily region
Sicily is a land of extremes and contrasts, a magnification of all things Italian.
It is also an island of enormous intensity, a concentrated distillation of history, architecture and gastronomic delights, where incandescent volcanoes light up the night skies, mountain ranges jostle for supremacy, and where the sea has sculpted a coastline of stunning variety and beauty.
With its wonderful climate, Sicily is eminently visitable all the year round and each season has its own distinctive charm.
There is always something to do, whether it be lounging on golden beaches, hiking in the mountains, visiting ancient archaeological sites, skiing on Mount Etna or shopping in Palermo's fashionable boutiques.
Wherever you turn you will see evidence of Sicily's 3,000 years of history as the strategic crossroads of Europe. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British, left such an enormous collective legacy. The island is a vast open-air museum, a testament to nearly every Mediterranean civilisation of the past.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and the largest region in Italy. It's packed with things to see and places to go, so you shouldn't expect to “do” it all in one go.
Just one hour's drive east of Palermo, sitting serenely between its natural bay and the towering rocky granite mass of La Rocca, is Cefalù.
For a small town, Cefalù offers a great deal, including sandy beaches, winding Mediaeval streets flanked with all manner of shops, excellent restaurants serving the freshest of fish and last but probably first, its unique Norman cathedral.
While Cefalù's origins go back to at least Greek times (the name derives from the ancient Greek word for "Cape"), the town we now know and love was built at the behest of the Norman King, Roger II. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1131 and is an exquisite example of what has been termed "Sicilian Romanesque". Thanks to the splendid mosaic of Christ Pantocrator above the altar, it is twinned with the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Duomo in Monreale. Seeing all three on a trip to Sicily is strongly recommended.
Also of interest is the Mediaeval wash house - "lavatoio" - which is fed by a natural spring and the Osterio Magno which, according to tradition was King Roger's very own residence. It now houses art exhibitions.
An ascent of La Rocca presents quite a challenge (especially in the hot summer months) but is an absolute must: the views are spectacular, while the walls of the old Saracen stronghold and the remains of a Temple of Diana (which supposedly dates back to Sicanian-Greek times) are of no little interest.
Directly south of Cefalù is the wonderful Madonie National Park with its charming villages and towns, such as Castelbuono, its delightful scenery, its impressive mountains and some wonderful walking.
It is no coincidence then, that after Taormina and Palermo, Cefalù is probably the most popular tourist town in Sicily, offering, as it does, something for everyone.
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