Located on the route that connects the Ionian coast to Mount Etna, and within easy reach of the motorway, Villa Ama is well placed for exploring Sicily’s remarkable historic sites and natural beauty spots. Uniquely, skiing and beaches are within easy reach, as is Sicily’s loveliest resort Taormina, about a 20-minute drive. Several of the island’s UNESCO heritage sites are within an hour or two of Villa Ama: Mount Etna, Catania’s historic centre, the beguiling Siracusa and the baroque gems of south eastern Sicily such as Noto, Modica and Ragusa.
Sicily’s multicultural history emerges especially alluringly in its delicious cuisine. For gastronomes, the hill towns and flourishing vineyards of Mount Etna offer wine tasting and first-rate trattorie, while Taormina provides more sophisticated dining and entertainment, including an international film festival and concerts in the unique setting of the Greek amphitheatre.
Michelin-starred restaurants are in nearby Linguaglossa, Taormina and, slightly further afield, Ragusa.
Mount Etna can be experienced in various entertaining ways – on foot, by bike, or atop native Sicilian donkeys and horses.
Also within around half an hour of the villa are the 18-hole golf course Il Picciolo, the striking Alcantara lava gorges, a boutique spa in Linguaglossa and the lovely Castello degli Schiavi, a location for two of The Godfather films.
Closer to home, the unspoilt nearby town Piedimonte Etneo has shops for essentials and excellent gelato in the town square. Please ask if you would like recommendations according to specific interests throughout Sicily.