A stone's throw from the beach of Tonnarella you can find the Sunflower House, a villa where you can spend a holiday in complete relaxation.
The family-run villa, welcomes its guests feel fancendoli in an intimate and familiar. Impeccable hospitality, rooms design inspired by a delicate contemporary creativity and fresh air summer: these are the traits that will mark your days of vacation at Casa del Girasole.
The facility can accommodate up to 9 people, the rooms divided by colors such as orange, blue and green make it feel fresh and harmonious.In addition, at your disposal a rustic kitchen and a barbecue suitable for outdoor grilling.
Finally, the villa is not only near the beach of Tonnarella, but it is located 15 minutes from the historical center of Mazara Del Vallo.
A due passi dalla spiaggia di Tonnarella potete trovare la Casa Del Girasole, una villa dove potete trascorrere una vacanza nel pieno del relax.
La villa a conduzione familiare, accoglie i propri ospiti fancendoli sentire in un luogo intimo e familiare.
L'impeccabile ospitalità, le camere design animate da una delicata creatività contemporanea e l'aria fresca estiva: sono i tratti distintivi che scandiranno i vostri giorni di vacanza a Casa del Girasole.
La struttura può ospitare fino a 9 persone, le camere divise per colori come l'arancione,il blu e il verde rendono l'atmosfera fresca e armoniosa.
Inoltre, a vostra disposizione una cucina rustica ed un Barbecue adatti a grigliate all'aria aperta.
Infine, la villa non si trova soltanto vicino la spiaggia di Tonnarella, ma è situata a 15 minuti dal centro storico di Mazara Del Vallo.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tonnarella Beach 300 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Trapani - Birgi 37 km, Nearest railway: Mazara 5 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
|General||Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1)|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
An introduction to Sicily!
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.
This is especially true if we include Sicily's delightful off-shore islands and archipelagos, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria and the Pelagie, all supremely worth a visit.
Expect to be surprised...
Expect to be enchanted...
Expect to come away wanting more...
This is what Sicily does best and we hope it will do it for you!
Exploring the town of Mazara del Vallo, Sicily
With the largest fishing fleet in Italy, a world famous Dancing Satyr netted from the sea, a labyrinthine North African Kasbah in the town centre and some delightful architecture, Mazara del Vallo offers a fascinating mix of culture, history, ethnicity and art.
Mazara del Vallo (spelt Mazzara until the Second World War) was founded in the 9th century BC by the Phoenicians, who used it as a strategic emporium for their trans-Mediterranean trading interests. Floating along on the familiar tide of Sicilian history, Mazara soon became part of Magna Graecia, when it served as a port for nearby Selinunte, and then to the Romans, during whose dominance, in the 3rd century AD, the town's most famous son, San Vito, was born. After a life of miracles, including curing Diocletian's son of epilepsy, San Vito was martyred in Rome in 303 AD by the same, ungrateful Emperor.
It was under the Arabs, who invaded in 827, however, that Mazara's potential was fully realised. Under their rule the town assumed an importance on the island second only to Palermo. Still today Meghrebian influences course through the town's streets, not least in the historic Kasbah quarter, where around 3,000 (mainly) Tunisians live, work and study. The Arabs developed the traditional maritime and commercial activities of Mazara, but also made it an important administrative, cultural and juridical centre.
After the Arabs? The Normans, of course! They arrived in 1027, led by King Roger I. A cathedral was built on the site of a mosque and many other churches soon followed, including a couple that can still be seen today: the Chiesa di San Nicolò Regale, built in 1124, and the 11th century Chiesa della Madonna delle Giummare. While researching his famous 'Book of Roger', commissioned by the Norman King Roger II, the great explorer, traveller, geographer and cartographer Ibn Idrisi visited Mazara and concluded that it was "a superb and sublime city".
Following the reign of Emperor Frederick II 'Stupor Mundi', Mazara del Vallo fell into a gentle decline and provincial anonymity. Passing quietly through all the hoops, trials and tribulations of Aragonese, Bourbon and Habsburg rule, it was eventually 'liberated' by Garibaldi in 1860 to become part of the new united Italy.
The next truly big event in Mazara del Vallo's history came on the night of 4th March 1998. Captain Francesco Adragna and his crew set out on their regular nightly trip, heading to their preferred fishing grounds off the coast of western Sicily. Everything was business as usual and the catch was satisfactory. But then, while pulling up one of the nets, the crew got the surprise of their lives: rising out of the sea, head first, was a remarkable 7-feet tall bronze statue of a dancing satyr! The only thing more incredible than this, was that a few months earlier, the same Captain Adragna had fished out a bronze leg belonging, as it would later turn out, to the very same statue!
The Dancing Satyr is a superb work of art, full of vigour, delight and motion. The head is flung back in bacchanalian glee, the caprine ears delimit a sweep of flowing locks and the eyes, remarkably intact, are piercing and slightly crazed. The perfect torso is pushed forward mid-leap, balanced by a rounded buttock and an air-born trailing leg. Little is known of the statue's exact provenance or period of manufacture, though experts believe that it dates back to some time between the 4th and 1st centuries BC.
After five years of restoration the Dancing Satyr was exhibited for a few months at Palazzo Montecitorio, home of the Italian parliament in Rome. Since then, when not on tour (it has been a guest of honour at the National Museum in Tokyo, at the Louvre in Paris and, in 2012, was part of the Royal Academy of Arts 'Bronze' Exhibition in London), the statue resides at the Museo della Satira Danzante in the centre of Mazara del Vallo.
Apart from the Dancing Satyr, Mazara del Vallo offers a really good day out. Its old town centre, flanking the banks of the Mazaro river, has much to see, including a variety of churches, the beautiful Piazza delle Repubblica with its cathedral and Spanish baroque seminary, a fascinating, bustling fishing harbour and, thanks to the presence of so many Tunisians, some excellent fish couscous! (Thinksicily)