The feel is remote, the views are superb. From the infinity pool and through the glass walls of the living area you look over a canyon, typical of the area and archaeologically fascinating; the Ionian Sea is to your left, hills all around. You just want to stand, or float, and stare. To reach this dramatic spot – only 10 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches – you wind slowly up through the Monti Iblei – the Hyblaean Mountains.
The villa is on two levels, its crisp lines inspired by contemporary architecture, the bathrooms with Mount Etna lava stone sinks, and simple, comfortable bedrooms (two on the ground floor, one up a few stairs); bedheads are colourfully tiled Sicilian-style. Living spaces are uncluttered, open plan and full of light – and those stunning views.
There’s a playground under the shade of olive trees and a garden; you can shop in Cassibile (where the armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed in 1943). Nearby are UNESCO historic towns Syracuse and Noto to explore.