Villa Flavia Zagara
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Apartment 'Zagara', centred on the farmers' old sleeping gallery, has a spacious open plan living/dining room. Leading off from this room are two bedrooms, a beautiful large double and a small double.
A corridor leads to the well-equipped kitchen which has double doors leading to a courtyard, where a table and chairs provide an ideal setting for outside dining. A bathroom with shower completes the accommodation.
Additional beds can be provided in the living/dining room if required.
Cots can be provided if required.
Located in Grazia, on the outskirts of Milazzo, Sicily, the family-run self-catering apartments of Villa Flavia are set in the grounds of a main villa built in 1926, alongside mature gardens with palms and prolific fruit trees. Their rural setting is ideal for a relaxing holiday, whilst only a short drive from the motorway, the centre of the town and the sea. Converted from a farmhouse and barns, parts of which date back to the 18th century, the apartments retain many of their original features, such as the 'palmento' used in wine production and the farmers' old sleeping gallery. Al Torchio restaurant, also family-run, is just a short walk up the lane and serves fantastic food at reasonable prices.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 141 km, Nearest railway: Milazzo 2 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
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
About this location
The Sicily region
Sicily is a culturally rich, beautiful island. Throughout its history it has absorbed many influences in its architecture, food and culture. Everybody has left their mark here, from the Arabs to the French. Most famous for Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands, you can visit Sicily throughout your life and always discover something new.
Milazzo is a charming little town at the beginning of a 6km long peninsula on the Northern coast of the island, situated some 30km west of Messina. Known mainly for its port, it is the main link to the Aeolian Islands. Often overlooked by mainstream tourism, it is a little haven with a thriving town and a splendid 2km tree-lined promenade where you can enjoy watching or joining in with the classical Italian “passeggiata”. Fishermen still haul in their catch and sell a vast array of fresh produce in the lively market most mornings. An ample selection of boutique-style shops and supermarkets is available within a short drive from the property.
The old town is stunning, buzzing with life on long summer evenings. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. The castle, which dates back as far as Byzantine times, provides an other-worldly setting for concerts and plays during the summer months.
Even in high summer Milazzo, offers relaxation and tranquillity. There are fabulous long pebble beaches and secluded coves along the 6km promontory.
Like most Italian towns, Milazzo has its own good share of history. Inhabited from very ancient times, its historical origins are Greek, with a colony which settled there in around 750 BC. In the surrounding waters, Caius Duilius defeated the Carthaginian fleet in 260 BC and more recently, during the Napoleonic wars, a 15,000-strong British Army was stationed there from 1802 until 1812. It was from Milazzo that the Army moved and defeated Napoleon at the battle of Maida in nearby Calabria.
In Milazzo too, in 1860, Garibaldi won a decisive battle against the Bourbons of Naples to secure Sicily to the newly born Kingdom of Italy.
Due to its convenient geographical position, Milazzo is an ideal starting point for innumerable enjoyable journeys of discovery. By sea to the nearby Aeolian Islands, by land to places of interest, easily reachable thanks to a network of good roads and motorways.
View of Peloritana Mountains from the end of the property
The fertile plains inland from the town stretch back to the Peloritani Mountains, an impressive chain that divides the eastern part of Sicily from the straits of Messina to Mount Etna. This offers a hidden paradise to nature lovers who can discover it on foot, horseback or mountain bike.
In the surrounding area or perfect for a day trip.
Aeolian Islands, Mount Etna, Gole Alcantara, Taormina, Catania, Palermo, Messina, Tindari, Castello Nelson, Santo Stefano.
Diving/Snorkelling, Climbing, Mountain biking, Sailing/boat hire, Kayaking, Fishing.
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