Your semi-detached villa stands just 20 metres from the sea on a stretch of Sicily’s northern coastline that’s famous for its turquoise waters. Floriana and her family live in Palermo but their summer house is next door, and she’ll greet you with a glass of chilled white wine or freshly squeezed orange juice and some local cookies.
Find a welcome basket in the small galley kitchen with typical Sicilian products – olive oil, wine, sodas and fresh fruit. Here, it’s all about outside living, with shaded pergolas, sunbeds on the lawn and a jacuzzi on the back porch. You’ll find snorkelling equipment, canoe, mountain bikes and surfboards too.
Barbecue your supper in the garden or walk ten minutes to the nearest village for restaurants. Hiking and biking trails leading to Madonie National Park start about 15 minutes from the house – discover authentic mountain villages away from the summer crowds. You’re only 20 minutes’ drive from picturesque Cefalù, with its cathedral and shops selling colourful ceramics and great food.