Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Blu is an exclusive villa on the sea in Fontane Bianche, a well-known beach resort just to the south of Syracuse. Its splendid location, in a quiet residence, overlooking low rocks and sparkling waters makes for a perfect, unforgettable, beach holiday. The sea is just a few metres away and ideal for swimming. The villa prides itself on its beautifully planned garden and outdoor facilities with comfortable sofas, chaises longues, armchairs, chairs and tables for use all through the day and in the evening. A freestanding veranda, extending from the lounge, creates a harmonious continuum between the interior and exterior of the villa. The veranda leads into the living area and through to the kitchen and to both bedrooms. Tastefully furnished in a contemporary, elegant style, the villa's all-white finish gives light and freshness creating a refined, welcoming atmosphere. Casa Blu is also an ideal base for discovering the enchanting artistic and architectural delights of south-east Sicily and of its Baroque towns such as Syracuse, Noto, Modica, Ragusa-Ibla, all part of UNESCO's cultural heritage. Other important places to visit include lively Catania, charming Taormina, the characteristic fishing villages of Portopalo and Marzamemi, the nature reserves of Cavagrande del Cassibile and Vendicari, the beach at Calamosche, the natural park of Etna and the island of Capo Passero.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 80 km, Nearest railway: Syracuse 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Sicily region
All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination,” wrote the Sicilian author Leonardo Sciascia (1921-1989) of his island, summing up its very nature. Has any other island in Europe captured our imagination over so many hundreds of years as Sicily?
Its sun-drenched landscapes and rich cultural heritage have always attracted travellers from the North, hungry for learning. As early as the 18th and 19th centuries, Sicily was an essential stop on the ”Grand Tour”, the long educational trip around Europe that young aristocrats – mainly from England and France – took before starting out in life. And Germany’s great writer Goethe (1749-1832) embarked on a study trip around Italy over several years, which also took him all the way to Sicily. Not only thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Sicily is still a very popular destination today. The island’s main attraction is its wealth of archaeological and culturally significant sites – many of which are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Over the centuries, the island saw many different rulers, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. All of them left their mark on its character, alongside rich testimonies to their settlements. This wealth of cultural delights ranges from the magnificent palaces and baroque churches in Ragusa-Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Noto, Syracuse and Catania to the archaeological excavation sites in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigent, in Selinunt and Segesta, from the ancient villas and Roman baths in Piazza Armerina to the stylised architecture of the Norman cathedrals of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù. Among the most beautiful resorts on the island, or perhaps in all of Italy, are without a doubt Taormina and Cefalù. Taormina, with its bright terraces high above the sea, offers an absolutely stunning scenic view: beyond the blue bay of Isola Bella, Mount Etna rises majestically in the distance.
Cefalù, with its magnificent cathedral, well-preserved medieval town centre and old harbour quarter, is often called the pearl of the northern coast. Sicily’s inland regions are just as attractive for visitors. Across the broad, softly rolling hills stretch citrus plantations, vineyards and fields of grain. Alongside them are nature reserves perfect for long walks on signposted paths, such as the Parco delle Madonie, planted with manna ash trees cultivated for their sugary sap, or the Parco dell’Etna on Europe’s highest active volcano. The greatest attraction of all, however, remains the sea. Be it bays with wide, white sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs or isolated rocky bathing points – Sicily has something to offer for every ocean lover. Among the best sites are Scala dei Turchi, the Riserva Oasi Vendicari nature reserve, San Vito lo Capo with the nearby Riserva dello Zingaro and the coasts of the 15 smaller islands surrounding Sicily itself. To make your stay on Sicily absolutely perfect, don’t forget the irresistible delicacies of the island’s cuisine. And why not take time to explore the local traditions, with popular and church festivals, markets and folk songs giving a first-hand taste of authentic Sicily.
Syracuse - one among the most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean Sea - is situated right on the coast facing the sea, it is rich in history and monuments and expresses the whole range and cultural complexity of Sicily from prehistory up to present days. The ancient small town of Greek origin was founded by the Corinthians in 734 B.C. and in the course of the years underwent several rules: Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans… The town was razed to the ground by the tragic earthquake of 1693, soon afterwards was rebuilt according to a prevalently baroque style and still nowadays its historical downtown pervades with a pretty fascinating eighteenth century atmosphere. Numerous are its monuments worth visiting: the Duomo (Cathedral), the Fonte Aretusa (Fount of Aretusa), the Castello Maniace (Castle of the Maniace family), the Teatro Greco (Greek Theatre), the Orecchio di Dioniso (Ear of Dionysus' cave), the Castello Eurialo (Castle of Eurialo). To those ones who are fond of nature and trekking we recommend, besides the renowned bathing localities, the Riserva Naturale di Cavagrande del Cassibile (Natural Reserve) crossed by a short river which in its course creates
some natural small lakes where one gets the chance to take a bath surrounded by an oasis of sheer Mediterranean vegetation. At late evening it is really nice taking a walk along the sea-front promenade of Ortigia Island where one may taste the sesame flavoured "torrone" (kind of nougat) or drink a glass of "Rosso di Pachino" (red wine). Cultural events take place all the year long but the classical plays of the Greek tragedies - staged in the ancient theatre of Syracuse during the months of May and June - have international fame.