A Picciridda

Panarea, Messina

A sparkling house for two and a guest house overlooking azure waters, starry skies and Stromboli’s light show - that’ll do nicely grazie


2 places


Sleeping from 2 – 4

The Experience

Twist and turn through the mazy streets of blindingly white houses dripping with bright bougainvillea, framed against cerulean skies and say to yourselves, ‘we are on HOLIDAY!’ For the tiny, car-free, carefree island of Panarea is picture postcard perfection. A Picciridda or ‘the little one’ in Sicilian is an enchanting love nest with a blue and white theme: find a bedroom with magnificent sea views from the well-dressed bed and a small but perfectly-formed kitchen with a nice line in tiles and a stunning terrace. It’s here above the rocky cove where you will spend most of your time being captivated by Stromboli puffing away in the distance, stargazing or toasting your good fortune over dinner. Carolina, who is passionate about the island, lives two minutes away and really looks after guests. She also has a guest house, with two stylish bedrooms and a kitchen, attached to her own home but nicely private. In August, the island is lively and fun while other months are more relaxed and there’s oodles to do: swimming, boat excursions, mountain walks. Totally dreamy…


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Children over 6 welcome.
Mid-Nov to mid-March.
Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €86
Weekly price
from €600
1 House for 2
From €861 bedroom
1 Apartment for 4
From €1362 bedrooms



The apartment and its setting were beyond our expectations. We wanted a relaxing end to our holiday in Sicily and this was the perfect place. In late summer we really enjoyed the outdoor living and were mesmerised by the spectacular views from the large terrace/living area, of Stromboli and the port, with large vessels regularly on the horizon. It is difficult to drag yourself away, but we managed an evening boat trip to Stromboli, and walks to a couple of beaches and the spectacularly sited bronze age village. Carolina was charming and helpful. We will be back.

Elizabeth, Oxford

We had the most fabulous and relaxing holiday on Panarea. Caroline is a fantastic host and provided a wealth of practical information. A Picciridda is a wonderful apartment with spectacular views. The bed was comfortable bed, the shower good and the kitchen perfectly equipped. We look forward to visiting again.

Louise, Devizes

To us, having stayed at “A Picciridda” on the island Panarea, is tiny and remote Mediterranean island living and tranquility at its best. Endearing owner Carolina has lovingly crafted this little and beautifully appointed haven, which is situated on a high sea-side cliff with a 180-degree unobstructed view of the Tyrrhenian Sea including a spectacular view of Stromboli and the surrounding islets. Very private, quiet and perfectly obscured from the daytime island buzzing of scooters and 3-wheel “Ape” traffic.A memorable experience and highly recommended!

Suenette, Cape Town

We had an amazing stay in the apartment in May. Carolina was very welcoming and is a great host. The accommodation is beautiful - perfectly appointed with stunning views. It is well equipped with everything you need, there are shops and restaurants within walking distance, if you can tear yourself away from the view!!

Simon, Liverpool

This is an absolutely spectacular place to say, cannot recommend it highly enough. The photos really don't do it justice, it must be seen to be fully appreciated. The setting is quite amazing and the apartment is beautifully furnished and very well equipped. It was also immaculately clean. We absolutely loved our stay here, our only issue was that we wanted to stay longer!

Lizzie, London

We stayed at the apartment for a week and had the most wonderful time. I hadn’t known of Panarea until we found the location on Sawdays and I’m so happy we did. Set in a cluster of volcanic islands above Sicily, we arrived via boat to a magical place. Carolina was a wonderful host; she is an incredible woman and her taste faultless. The rooms are beautifully decorated and surrounded by a lovely terraced garden with views of the sea + Stromboli, it is a total pleasure just to be there. Carolina went out of her way to make us feel at home and gave us useful tips about the island and things to do

Emma, London

We had a wonderful stay at the apartment, beautifully and tastefully done out with a gorgeous terrace to sit outside with plenty of space to dine and relax. Great location with a short walk to shops and restaurants and plenty of places to swim off the rocks near the apartment. Carolina was very helpful with lots of tips with where to eat and swim. I highly recommend hiring a small boat to explore around the island, we had great fun and a great way to see Panarea. The island and the apartment is perfect if you want a relaxing break at the end of the busy season.

Nikki, Cirencester

We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this beautiful apartment directly overlooking the sea and a view of Stromboli. The owner was very charming and made sure we were comfortable. We would certainly return as the island is interesting and magical.

Loredana, London

We stayed for a week in the guest house, which was in fact one end of Carolina's home. We had a huge bedroom, small bathroom & kitchen, terrace, access to a delightful garden and Carolina's roof terrace with views of Stromboli erupting at night. Carolina was a charming and generous hostess who gave us lots of advice about what to do and where to go. We swam locally and hired a small boat to go out to the tiny rocky islands nearby. Altogether highly recommended - very quiet (apart from a few motorcyclists and the occasional manic taxi driver in a golf buggy!) and stunningly beautiful.

Joanna, Addlestone

My daughter and I spent a week in Carolina's guest rooms at the quiet end of the season. We can highly recommend Carolina, her hospitality and her guest-house. The rooms and kitchen are attractive and authentic and the beds comfortable. The house is a short walk from the port, shops and restaurants and a comfortable one from the sandy beach. We particularly enjoyed the Grand Panoramic Terrace which has a fantastic view of Stromboli’s eruptions, visible at night, and the Milky Way, wonderfully clear in the dark, un-streetlight-lit sky. Carolina is well-known and gives excellent recommendations.

Catherine, London

A Picciridda is a small perfectly formed diamond in a paradise : it is very difficult to find a villa for just 2 people so we were thrilled when we came across this villa in Alistair Sawdays website . It a beautifully proportioned , beautifully presented villa with a breathtaking view including the port and the bay on the right and the ever smouldering volcanic island of Stromboli on the left . Carolina is a warm welcoming hostess with A huge affection for this little villa which shows in the way she has lovingly restored it a few years ago . We will definitely return !!

Lucilla, Henley-on-Thames

Sunshine and bougainvillea, October in Panarea – quirky, charming and full of late summer delights. Carolina and Luciano are the kindest and most hospitable hosts. I stayed in their charming, ultra-stylish guesthouse; high ceilinged, billowing voile curtains and tastefully decorated in traditional Aeolian style. Best of all, the brilliant white-washed roof terrace and its endless horizon of cobalt blue skies, sea and islands. You will be entranced by the beauty and pace of life on Panarea – a touch of la Dolce Vita in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea. An idyllic place to stay.

James, Welwyn Garden City

We stayed at the guest house as a family of 4, and were very impressed with the high level of service, the friendliness and helpfulness of the owners, and the comfort of the accommodation. Our rooms were cleaned twice during our stay and sheets and towels changed which was wonderful. Panarea is beautiful and the views were stunning, even at night as the stars are very bright. Carolina and her husband are kind and helpful hosts and booked taxis (golf buggy's) and restaurants for us. We would like to visit again and would thoroughly recommend it.


We spent a week as a family of 4 at the guest house. It was wonderful, we were really impressed with the level of service, our sheets and towels were changed. Carolina and her husband were really helpful and friendly and booked tables and taxis (golf buggys) for us. Panarea is a beautiful place during the day and at night when the stars light up the sky. We would recommend this place to anyone looking for somewhere magical to stay


After the stress and excitement of planning our wedding, the peace and tranquility of A Picciridda was just what we needed for our honeymoon. The house itself is all about the view and made it very difficult for us to move away from the comfort of the terrace. It has been restored sympathetically and to a high standard. Clean, well appointed with a simple but well equipped kitchen. Crisp, smart linen with a cleaner twice a week. All makes this a perfect place to relax and enjoy this beautiful island. Carolina was a great host/translator/tour guide! All in all a perfect retreat!


This is a really excellent place to stay in Panarea. The views are fantastic, and the apartment was delightful, clean and very comfortable. The apartment is well-located in a quiet residential setting a short walk from the port, shops and restaurants. Carolina was a great host, really helpful and friendly, and her English is fantastic too. Even though we chose to visit Panarea out of season, meaning it was very quiet with several restaurants and shops shut, we loved the tranquil setting, friendly locals and beautiful scenery. Thoroughly recommend!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Carolina Abiosi

  • The Aeolian Islands are a little corner of paradise and have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with Panarea often considered to be the most beautiful of these islands.
  • Street lamps and cars are banned on Panarea, creating a peaceful atmosphere and clear views of the starry night sky.
  • From A Picciridda’s eastward-facing terrace observe active volcano Stromboli, catch the morning sunrise or watch as the island of Dattilo is lit up by the red sunset, a truly breathtaking sight.
  • Explore Panarea’s rocky coastline and beautiful beaches or go hiking in the beautiful mountains and immerse yourself in the beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, rich with olives, prickly pears and capers.
  • If you want to explore the clear blue ocean there is a diving centre on the island not far from A Picciridda.
  • Take day trips by seaplane to the nearby islands of Stromboli, Salina, Lipari and Vulcano or visit a prehistoric village from the Bronze Age in Panarea’s famous Cala Junco Bay.