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Villa with private pool in Sicily
Let an incredibly kind hearted host family show you a side of Sicily that so few visitors get to experience. Villa la Perla is a contemporary home with its own private swimming pool in southeastern Sicily, just over a mile from the Baroque town of Modica. The house is enveloped by a garden of succulent fruit trees and the scent of jasmine. Sicilians love to eat outside and Villa la Perla is perfectly suited to do so. Along with a covered dining terrace equipped with two grills, one gas and the other charcoal, there is also a poolside gazebo. Thanks to the warm and temperate climate, the salt water, chlorine-free pool stays open from April 1 to October 31.
The friendly, English speaking owners of la Perla spent many years in Canada before moving back to Sicily. Their home is set back a few yards from the pool area and is separated from la Perla by greenery. In addition to being very hospitable, they truly enjoy sharing their deep knowledge of the area and upon request, can organize visits to local producers, such as an organic ricotta farm, a nearby winery or horseback riding. All guests are given a gracious welcome that includes a pre-made dinner ready for guests to warm up on the arrival night. At the time of booking, additional dinners may be arranged along with cooking classes or house cleaning.
The boundaries of the owner's land reach far beyond the villa and the land has been put to good use by incorporating a number of family friendly amenities. Among the most appreciated are: a small, fenced petting zoo located 150 yards from the house, a goldfish pond, a child height zip line, ping pong, tree swings and a tennis court with evening lighting (for summer 2017). For a nominal fee, the owners are available from mid June to early September to conduct morning classes for the kiddies on how to care for farm animals and tend to the garden. Classes take up to six children who are of walking age and require at least a month's advance scheduling.
Inside, this non-smoking house is simply and comfortably furnished with air conditioning in four of the five bedrooms. The bedroom without AC is accessed from an independent entrance on a semi-interred, lower level and stays cooler with one wall built against the hillside; this room has a portable fan. All the windows throughout are screened. The home is conveniently equipped with an iPod dock, Netflix, hairdryers and a US style coffeemaker and toaster.
This pocket of Sicily, known as the Valle di Noto, is one of the world's oldest settled areas (3000 BC) and is blessed with access to some of Italy's best kept beaches. Already old when the Greeks found it, Modica is a vibrant city of 50,000 that's filled with restaurants and ancient wonders. Within 20 minutes is Ragusa with an abundance of majestic Baroque churches and monuments, a variety of restaurants, cafes, shopping, patisserie and chocolatiers. A history buff's exploration of this corner of Sicily is incomplete without visiting Ragusa's archaeology museum brimming with artifacts from the Bronze Age to Greek and Roman periods.
For golfers, only 30 minutes away is a resort with two 18-hole championship courses; one is a Gary Player signature course. The Baroque city of Noto lies 30 minutes east; Siracusa or the ceramic workshops in Caltagirone: 60; Catania: 90; the Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina: 100; Taormina or Mt. Etna: 2 hours and the Greek temples in Agrigento: 2.5 hours.
Within 30 minute drives are some of Sicily's best beaches. They all have wide sandy stretches of coastline and trattorie serving the freshest daily catch. The closest beach town of Marina di Modica, 20 minutes away, is abuzz with nightlife. Pozzallo's shore has earned the Blue Flag environmental award for exceptional water quality and safety. Its small port offers high speed, 90 minute catamaran service to Malta, one of the most historic locations on earth. It's worth a venture on Sunday for the open air market with its vast array of wares. Another must-see is an afternoon on the islet of Ortigia in Siracusa. Once one of the most important Greek cities, it is now a maze of ancient lanes leading to the ruins of a Greek temple, a 13th century castle, a Jewish quarter, unique boutiques and a colorful outdoor food market.
Lower level annex: Independent entrance into sitting area with fireplace that leads into a bedroom with two single joinable beds and portable fan. One bathroom with shower. All bathrooms have a hairdryer.