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"This was the best trip I have ever had. I’m ready to go back tomorrow!" Linda L. TX

2018 Hosted Tour of Sicily


 

Dates:

May 12 - 19, 2018

Our Setting

Our Luxury Villa in eastern Sicily


Front of Villa



Villa Gardens




Al Fresco Dining



Main Living Room



Villa Dining



Villa Grand Salon



Villa entry hallway

Sample of Bedrooms (8 total)





View from Master with Balcony







View from one of the Master Bedrooms





Sample of Bathrooms - All with ensuite bath












Beautiful Villa Pool




Villa Location - Eastern Sicily

Inside: the accommodation is in two main buildings. We will be in the main house with 8 bedrooms.  The original Casale is structured as follows: the main entrance takes you left into the house and straight on to the garden. Inside the house, on the ground floor is the wonderfully fitted kitchen, dining room and a sequence of reception areas leading through arched doorways to a large living area with open fireplace and doors leading to the garden. Upstairs is accommodation for eight in four double bedrooms. Above the main living area is accommodation for a further six people in three beautifully appointed rooms with en-suite bathrooms and an 8th double bedroom with en-suite bathroom is situated on the ground floor. All bedrooms have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. 8 bathrooms have a shower and a tub while the other 4 have commodious showers.

Outside: you will be absolutely charmed by the colourful, fragrant grounds whose design harks back to the Arabic belief that gardens should be a place of delight and wonder. Extensive outside living areas, with terraces for dining and relaxing, lead down, via manicured lawns and lush, perfumed Mediterranean flora, past the panoramic Jacuzzi, to the beautiful heated pool and yet more flourishing, luxuriant greenery. The views from the gardens to the sea are interrupted only by large expanses of citrus groves,while in the opposite direction, you will become transfixed by the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Etna... All in all this is one of the most spectacular locations in Sicily.

 

Service at Our Luxury Villa in Sicily


What you can expect

Arrival at our Villa augurs well! The gracious owner and her discreet, efficient and ever-smiling staff are waiting to greet you and whisk you off to the panoramic garden terrace for some well-deserved refreshments.

As you take in your magical surroundings with a glass in hand, the staff delivers your luggage to your rooms and the kitchen and dining room, making preparations for your first memorable dinner.  Earlier in the day, the cook and the owner visited their trusted suppliers to source the evenings ingredients, a daily ritual that ensures only the freshest and finest produce finds its way to your table.  Most of the dishes you will enjoy during your stay follow recipes that have been passed down through generations of the owners aristocratic family. You will not find them anywhere else.

At 7.30pm aperitifs are served on the sea-view terrace (weather permitting) and then, as the gong for dinner sounds, you are invited to be seated. You may choose to dine al fresco under a canopy of scented jasmine, or in the warm, welcoming dining room. Your white-gloved, uniformed (but ever smiling) waiters bring you course after delicious course and ensure there is always a good supply of excellent local wine on the beautifully prepared table.

The staff

Our Sicily villa is a fully staffed villa with a team of cooks, maids, waiters and a gardener. Professional, discreet and with many years of experience, they offer an impeccable level of service that is at once efficient, welcoming and pampering.

The staffs main duties are as follow:

  • Daily maid service throughout the property
  • Supervision of the perfect functioning of the villa, the swimming pool and other facilities
  • Food shopping and preparation of all meals
  • Waiter service at dinner
  • Maintenance of the gardens (a gardener will usually come early morning)
 

Meal times

Meals are generally served at the following times:

  • Breakfast* between 8.00 and 9:00AM
  • Lunch* at around 13.00 & usually we eat lunch during our outing
  • Dinner at around 20.00 with aperitif from 19.30
Activities

Below are some of the great experiences we can easily do from our base.  5 - 6 activities will be chosen for our week.  You will receive a full listing once the villa is booked.  
 
  •   Journey to the biggest active volcano peak, Mount Etna via 4X4s followed by tour/tasting or cooking class at a local winery.
 
  •   Wine tastings at Benanti winery, based at their family home in a charming village on the flanks of Mr. Etna and touted as the father of the new era of Etna quality wines.  Another famous winery, Planeta where we will visit their new winery, Feudo di Mezzo and the historic vineyard where we will enjoy a tasting and lunch
 
  •   Day trip to Siracua, a 2,700 year old city near the sea touted by the Greek world.  We'll visit archaeological museum, main park of Neapolis to name a few.  Onto the island of Ortygia and the Apollo Temple, the famed Arethusa fountain & Baroque Piazza del Duomo.
 
  •   Day trip to Taormina, guided by an archaeologist offering insights into Tarominas outstanding historical, architectural & cultural heritage, which made it a compulsory stop on the Grand Tour. 
 
  •    Cooking & Food Tasting. There are a variety of cooking and food tasting opportunities in local markets in Catania & Ortygia. 
 
  •   Relax at our luxury villa and enjoy all it and the grounds have to offer. 

Pricing:

The per person rate will be 3800 - 4200 euros/person double occupancy excluding airfare.  Single suppliments are 2500 euros additional & limited.  There are 2 Master bedrooms; 2 Superior and 4 Deluxe bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms.  Doubles and Twin beds are available.  Deposit of $2000/person will reserve your spot.  Fully refundable if cancelled due to low occupancy.

The week will include all breakfasts and dinners and most lunches during excursions and of course Sicilian wine with dinner.  Transfers, excursions, wine tastings and cooking class(s) included.


Conditions:  It is important you are in good physical condition.  There will be moderate to active walking and standing.  This is an adults only week offering.

To reserve your spot please fill out the form.  Space is limited and expected to fill quickly! 
http://designingitaly.com/form.php?id=2

Looking forward to welcoming you in Sicily!

Guest Testimonial from 2017 Sicily hosted week:

 
Dear Ginger,
We have been meaning to drop you a heartfelt note of thanks for the wonderful job you did in curating Sicily for us! As we reviewed the many interesting and informative sights and experiences, we realize that you must have been planning these many outings for months in order for them to go off without a hitch, as they did! It was a masterful production, and we enjoyed all of it!

From the villa, which was gorgeous and gracious, to the many tours of historic sites, to the thoughtful stops along the way for caffe and gelati, we thought the trip was well paced and curated. The remarkable mix of food, wine and history came alive for us, and we appreciated the skill of the tour guides, especially Alexandra. Pizza making was a hoot, arancini with Silvo was fun despite no common language, and the pasta-making session at Bernanti was terrific. The meal at Planeta was top-notch, but really, the food at the villa was beyond our expectations—almost every night!

We want to thank you for being the endlessly gracious host of this trip.

It was great fun traveling with you.  Thanks again for a wonderful time!
Anne


Designing Italy LLC
Ginger Pozzini, Italian Travel Specialist
1645 Century Avenue, Newport, MN
Phone:651-768-0542 Fax: 651-769-2863
E-mail:
ginger@designingitaly.com

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