Inspector Montalbano fans will already be familiar with the delights of Sicily, but for those of you who have yet to discover Andrea Camilleri’s wonderful stories of the life of a Sicilian detective, you are in for a real treat. Sicily is a beautiful island with a long and bloody history. Baroque cathedrals, ruined temples, coffee shops, gorgeous beaches, and the most active volcano in Europe, all combine to make Sicily a fascinating destination for your next villa holiday.
Mainland Italy is a favourite with many tourists looking for the perfect combination of history and great vino, but you will find this – and more – in Sicily, minus the crowds.
An Undiscovered Gem
Sicily has long been an undiscovered gem, lying at the foot of Italy and largely forgotten about by the main tour operators. It’s a sleepy island, but the locals are friendly and the food is to die for. Fresh seafood takes pride of place in most restaurants. Pasta with sardines and Involtini di PesceSpada are both delicious, and with so much delicious pasta dishes, this is not the best time to be on a diet.
Renting a Sicilian Villa
Renting a villa on Sicily is the best way to discover the charms of this beautiful island. Whether you want a beachfront villa with a private pool or a secluded villa nestled in a sleepy olive grove inland, you will be spoilt for choice if you visit the Scent of Sicily villas.
Take your time browsing villas in Sicily for your next Sicilian vacation. The rugged coastline offers numerous photo opportunities and endless sandy beaches that are largely unspoiled and free from the crowds that blight the popular Italian resorts on mainland Italy. Head inland, though, and you may find yourself staying near a local vineyard or farm, where you can buy fresh produce and relax in the hypnotic scent of bougainvillea flowers at dusk.
Sicilian Food and Drink
Sicilian chefs are also famous for their delectable pastries. Sicilian ricotta cannoli is to die for. You will find a pastry shop on every corner of every street. Buy a plate of cannoli and prepare to be in heaven for a few blissful moments.
After all that carb-loading, you will need a few glasses of local wine. The good news is that you have come to the right place. Sicilian grapes flourish on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna and Sicilian wines are some of the best in the world. Take a tour of some local vineyards – this is the birthplace of Marsala wine!
Finally, while we are on the subject of food and drink, we have to mention the wonderful Sicilian coffee. Sicilians love their coffee. It is practically a national institution. Local coffee tends to be hot and very strong. Order a pot of coffee and watch the world go by; that’s what the locals do.
Once you have your villa all sorted, don’t forget to book a rental car so you can explore the Valley of Temples, the Teatro Greco, and other famous Sicilian landmarks.
—This post is being sponsored by Scent of Sicily