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Villa Ama is set on the foothills of Mount Etna, a fertile landscape of citrus groves, vineyards, and lava-rich soil, and enjoys lovely views of the Ionian Sea, Taormina and the grandeur of the volcano. It provides an ideal base from which to explore Sicily’s captivating natural and architectural sites.

The villa was acquired by Alessandro Tasca di Cutò in 1992. Born into one of Sicily’s oldest princely families of Norman origin, Alessandro emigrated to New York in the 1920s following the dilapidation of the family fortune by his father, an idealistic Socialist politician dubbed “The Red Prince”.

A cousin of the novelist Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of the classic novel The Leopard, Alessandro entered the film world, working alongside some of the greats of European and Hollywood cinema, and was noted for his forty-year collaboration and friendship with Orson Welles.

After almost a century of adventure and travel, Alessandro retired to Villa Ama, today run by his descendants who divide their time between Italy and London and are involved in the arts. 

Villa Ama reflects the life and travels of its cosmopolitan owners who have welcomed guests here from all over the world for more than twenty years.

The house is imbued with charm and character and is ideal for groups of friends or families - and their pets - who enjoy the texture and patina of a home over a soulless holiday rental.

Featured in The Times, The Daily Telegraph & London Review of Books.