The classic Ridocco farm, built in the mid 19th Century and occupied by the same family, stands in the majestic mountains of central Sicily a few kilometres from Corleone.
A working farm of cows and horses surrounded by 200 hectares of unspoiled countryside.
For the first time in its history the farm has opened its doors to accommodate guests. Keeping the architectural integrity 3 double bedrooms and an independent suite newly fitted. Plus a restaurant preparing Sicilian cuisine at its best. Farm House guests can also enjoy a relaxing stay in the little open-air swimming pool. Thanks to its extent and charming surroundings Ridocco Farm offers a journey back to another Era: the Ancient Rural Tools Museum is a precious cultural heritage of times gone by.
The family is ready to welcome you and ensure your stay is a most pleasant experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Menfi 45 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Falcone Borsellino 85 km, Nearest railway: Palermo 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (6), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 50|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
Sicily is one of the few places in Europe that genuinely can be called unspoilt! Its scenery has a natural and varied beauty that is truly breathtaking. Rugged, sometimes snow-capped mountains reaching for the sky are interspaced with rich meadows, adorned with wild flowers: during spring and autumn, spectacularly green and lush, yet during the sun-scorched summer, transformed into pastel shades of greens, yellows and browns. Citrus and olive groves stretch into the distance and abundant pine forests lend the air that unmistakeable Mediterranean aroma. Punctuated by the occasional farmhouse and Tuscan-like hilltop village the countryside is remarkably empty. The island has a spectacularly indented coastline, with sweeping bays and blood-red volcanic rocks plunging into the deep blue sea, and snow-capped Mount Etna providing a magnificent backdrop. At the crossroads of almost every Mediterranean civilisation, home to the richest cities in the Greek Empire, Sicily was conquered by Rome, the Moors, Normans, Spanish, French and finally the Italians. Their magnificent relics include temples, amphitheatres, churches, monasteries, villas and atmospheric old towns, with many being the most outstanding of their type in the world.
With an enviable climate, a fabulous cuisine plus some of the most accommodating and friendly people you will find anywhere, Sicily is an excellent destination to discover and you will be made welcome on this beautiful island.
Ridocco Farm is 60 km. from Palermo, 110 km. distant from Agrigento, 105 km. from Trapani. PALERMO (1 hour in car) In the city there are so many monuments such as the Cathedral, made built in 1184 by the archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio and the Chiesa of St. Giovanni degli Eremiti (Church of St. John of the Hermits) in typical Norman style. Of the same period there are the Chiesa di St. Maria dell'Ammiraglio (Church of St. Maria of the Admiral), known like the Martorana from the name of the homonimous Eloisa Martorana founder of the next benedectine convent. Beautiful is the Chiesa del Magione (Church of the dwelling) of the XII century Romanesque made. Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) or called Normans', residence of Sicilian Parlament and the Fontana Pretoria (Praetorial Fountain) of 1500 placed in Pretoria square. Very important are Massimo Theatre, one of the greatest and enchanting theatre of all Europe, and Politeama Theatre both neoclassic. There is also Palazzo Abatellis (Abatellis Palace) an imposing building in Gothic, Catalan, that houses the Galleria Regionale di Sicilia (Regional Gallery of Sicily). Many poets, artists and men of letters mention Palermo in their works, from Dante to Petrarca, to D'Annunzio, but in particular Wolfgang Goethe, in one of his letters of 1787 addressed to his friend Carlotta von Stein, wrote that Palermo and all the Sicily were ein unsäglich schönes Land, that is "a land unutterably beautiful". MONREALE (55 mins in car) it is a village famous from its Arab Norman Dome, an architectural jewel commissioned by Norman kings to Arab architects. A catholic church made by Arabs! CORLEONE (5 mins. in car) Corleone, thanks to its geographical position, represents an important centre of cattle and sheep breeding and produces dairying products. Famous is in fact the festival of these products that takes place every year in May and June. Its very fruitful soil produces cereals and grapes of different sorts. Important it is also local handicraft of wood and iron. In the artistic field there are the Church of St. Rosalia that dates back to the XVII century and the Church of St. Andrea that according to tradition was built on the ruins of an old mosque. Also the remains of the Torre Saracena (Saracen Tower) which is called "Soprano Castle". FICUZZA Wood and Royal Mansion (20 mins in car) At the base of 'Rocca Busambra' you'll find the Natural Reserve of Ficuzza. The Glorious history of what remains the only Sicilian Forest begins at the end of the 18th century when Ferdinand III de Borbon created a huge royal hunting reserve of 12000 hectares entirely veiled by woods where abounded wolfs, deers and roes, his preferred prays. You'll find it 20 km from Ridocco Farm. PALAZZO ADRIANO (30 mins in car) It is a town founded in the 15th Century by catholic Albanian refugee escaping from the Ottoman persecution that was taking place in Greece and Albania. The characteristic of the village is that two different cultures live together is harmony: the traditional Italian and the Greek Albanian one. This bivalence is expressed trough the spoken language as well as the religious traditions. It's very interesting to observe how the cathedrals (the Latin, roman one, and the Albanian orthodox one face each other in the main place of the town. By the way, this place is the one is the one that you can admire in the film of Giuseppe Tornatore 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso' that won the Oscar in 1990 as the best foreigner film. You'll find it 30 km from Ridocco Farm. MONTE JATO (30 mins in car) 30 km away from Ridocco you'll have the opportunity to visit the works of a archaeological expedition that is unveiling the rests of a Greek theatre able to host more then 4000 people. This is a theatre that was built on the model of the Dionysus theatre in Athens