Villa Splendida Italy, Sicily

As you walk through the gates of Villa Splendida, it’s obvious what earned this comfortable residence its name. The views are stunning, stretching across the terracotta rooftops, sandy beach and handsome Duomo of Cefalù to the blue sea and Aeolian islands on the horizon. From your first morning coffee on the terrace to siestas by the pool and barbecues on the lawn at sunset, it’s a glorious evolving backdrop of light and colour.

Outside summer living is irresistible here. The decked terrace, with a pool and surrounding lawn, is framed by mature olive and pine trees, making it a wonderfully private setting to stretch out in the sun after a cooling swim. Birds and butterflies are regular visitors from the surrounding countryside. Warm sunny days last from April to November so the summer kitchen is the place to cook like a true Sicilian, with aromatic herbs from the garden and fresh fish from the market or enjoy a barbecue or two, dining on the covered terrace.

Inside, the cosy, open-plan living areas are white and luminous, a welcome and practical space for family gatherings with an additional self-contained annex, ideal for visiting grandparents or a couple.

The local area

If you prefer a little guidance when you’re getting to know a new area, speak to our local representative based in Cefalù. He can point you towards the best restaurants, markets, beaches and historic attractions and arrange fishing trips, winery tours and the services of your own private chef.

Medieval Cefalù, featured in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film Cinema Paradiso, is just a 6km drive away. As well as enjoying time on its long sandy beach, you can shop like a local and buy fresh fish, fruit and vegetables from small street stalls or park and shop for everything from a supermarket. Or if you prefer to eat out, there’s a good choice of restaurants along the cobbled streets of its historic centre, home to the impressive Arab-Norman Duomo, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

And don’t miss out on a day trip into the mountains of the Madonie National Park, home to the winery of Sant’ Anastasia, walking trails and mountain villages. Or, for a taste of city life, Palermo is just an hour away by car or train where you’ll find Sicilian street food, lively markets and the famous Teatro Massimo, a location in The Godfather III.

Accommodation:

  • 4 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-8)

Ground floor:

  • Open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen area; opens out to terrace
  • Kitchen includes hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • 3 double bedrooms
  • 2 shower rooms

Guest cottage:

  • Living/dining/kitchen area opens out to garden
  • Kitchen includes hob, fridge
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected

General:

  • Air-conditioning in all bedrooms and living room
  • Wifi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Washing machine
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Barbecue
  • Summer kitchen and outdoor dining area
  • Pizza Oven
  • Private swimming pool 8m x 4m (depth 1.4m – 2m)
  • Security deposit (£500) required 3 weeks prior to departure
  • There are some drops and walls that are lower than 1m in height, so children should be supervised at all times

Location:

  • Cefalù (restaurants/shops/supermarket/beach) 15min drive
  • S.Ambrogio (restaurants/bar/beach) 25min drive
  • Palermo City 1hr drive
  • Palermo airport 1hr 30min drive

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below is our suggestion of the most convenient airport to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Palermo

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season

 

For an introduction to Sicily, take a look at our guide.

The north coast of Sicily boasts some of its most spectacular scenery, from soft sandy beaches to sweeping plains and soaring mountain ranges – and Cefalù, just an hour from Palermo, offers you an opportunity to explore it. Whether you like following winding hiking trails, sipping a glass of the rather excellent local wine in a sleepy village square or tracing a path back in time in the impressive Duomo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Get in touch with us on 020 8392 5858 to find out what’s there for you and enjoy a personal recommendation or dig a little deeper with our guide below.

Overview

The jewel in a town of treasures

Surrounded by numerous beach resorts, Cefalù stands out from the crowd thanks to a reminder of its former place among the rich and powerful. It was here in 1131 that one of Sicily’s Norman rulers, Roger II, decided to build the glorious cathedral that, nearly nine centuries later, is still imposing dramatically on the skyline of what might otherwise be little more than a bustling fishing village. The gleaming Byzantine mosaics inside are considered one of Sicily’s greatest sights.

Elsewhere, substantial and elegant buildings rise out of a tangle of medieval streets and a culinary melting pot evokes the many cultures that have influenced life along this stretch of coastline.

The view from the rock

The Duomo might dominate the town’s architecture, but the twin towers of the famous cathedral are dwarfed by Cefalù’s other distinguishing feature: the presence of a giant rock, rising majestically out of the ground as if to shield the town from prying eyes. Submerged in a golden glow by sunrise and tinged pink by sunset, La Rocca rewards the determined hiker with glorious views of the town and its surrounding coastline. Welcome breaks along the route to the summit are found at The Temple of Diana, a romantic monolithic shrine, and various Norman ruins.

Beach life to suit every taste

As picturesque as they are unpretentious, as accessible as they are traditional, the beaches of the commune of Cefalù offer something for everyone. One of the most popular, thanks to its fabulous setting, is that of Cefalù town itself. Overlooked by the Cathedral-dominated skyline and towering La Rocca beyond, these golden sands are a major draw in part because you can step off the beach and be right in the heart of the Old Town.

For those who prefer to be a little more off the beaten track, a string of idyllic beaches can be found within a short drive; long stretches of sandy and pebbles, along with sparklingly clean water.

An oasis of calm, rural life

The sweeping pine plains of the Madonie National Park are to authentic rural life what Cefalù is to relaxing beachside holidays. For anyone in need of unwinding and letting go, a stroll among its carpet of spring wildflowers, autumn foliage and winter snowfall is just the ticket, while summer offers a welcome break from the more trodden coastline.

The sprinkling of hilltop towns and villages offer a glimpse into a slower slice of Italian life – explore their cobbled streets, verdant slopes and picturesque squares and you’ll discover local crafts, agricultural life and fine Sicilian home cooking.

A city of contrasts and clashes

The crumbling, grandiose streets of Palermo have been likened to a giant film set and the true story of the town is just as dramatic as any silver screen production. From the Arabic street-food stalls and Norman towers, to tours of the city’s Mafia hotspots and Spanish streets still being rebuilt following Allied bombing during WWII, evidence of clashes and occupations both past and present can be witnessed at every turn.

The true architectural treasures are those left behind by the Norman kings who conquered Sicily in 1072. The legacy of their sophisticated royal court can be seen in the Arabic domes, Romanesque churches and Byzantine mosaics.

Map

A taste of Cefalù

At first glance, typical Sicilian fare is based on the principle of simple homecooking, using fresh, local ingredients and put together according to the recipes handed down through generations. But any local menu or farmer’s market reflects the more historic cultural influences, with methods and flavours that draw on Greek, Arabic, African and Spanish cuisines to name but a few.

Fish and seafood, especially tuna, sardines, clams, anchovies, swordfish and prawns are typically served in harbour towns and coastal villages in and around Cefalù and the humble aubergine is likely to appear in many of your evening meals. Meat was once too expensive for Sicilians, so this versatile vegetable took its place in pasta and other dishes, and is given a helping hand in the taste department with the addition of raisins, capers, herbs, seeds, fava beans, chickpeas and pistachios – or head into the villages of the Madonie National Park for exceptionally tender spring lamb and pork, as well as fresh local ricotta and plenty of other fine sheep’s cheeses.

Must tries include arancini, rice balls whose fillings vary all over the island; here in the north east you’ll commonly find them stuffed with meat in a rich tomato and mozzarella sauce. Typical of Palermo is delicious pane con la milza, a sandwich of slow-cooked pork on brioche, often served by street vendors. Granita is a treat indeed on a hot day, a slush of fruit and ice often featuring the zingy blood orange, locally produced and supplied to most of Europe.

Cefalù tipples

Sicily’s wine scene has undergone something of a revolution. There was a time when the island’s grape output came in the form of vini da taglio (‘wines of cut’), produced in bulk and mixed with French wines to boost their colour. But the introduction of progressive methods over the last twenty years has seen a shift in the respect commanded by Sicilian wines. Production occurs mainly in the island’s east – look out for the red (and a fairly rare rosé) produced in the foothills of volcanic Mount Etna. Elsewhere, the famed Sicilian dessert wine Marsala is found in abundance.

Eating locally

From simple pizzas to fine dining, Cefalù’s atmospheric restaurants are one of its finest features. Hidden down winding cobbled streets, many of these excellent eateries also have their own wine cellars: a chance to sample a few local tipples. Gelato and cassata – sponge cake soaked in fruit and liqueur and served with ice cream – is a wonderful accompaniment to a leisurely evening passeggiata along Cefalù’s picturesque promenade.

Alternatively, for a more traditional ambience, make the ten-minute drive to the lovely village of Sant’Ambrogio for the dramatic views and the chance to tuck into hearty local fare with the locals in the piazza. Or explore the family-run restaurants dotted around the Madonie National Park, where dinner can be preceded by a hike through the lovely countryside.

Beaches

Cefalù Town

One of the Mediterranean’s favourite town beaches, these golden, gently shelving sands are framed by the Old Town and overlooked by the mighty La Rocca mountain beyond. It can get busy here in high season.

Getting there... Accessed via the A20, you’ll find free parking around the port, or paid spaces in the area alongside the beach.

Footnotes... You may hear this long beach referred to as ‘Il Lungomare’, meaning ‘the promenade’. Loungers and parasols are available for hire and there’s a good selection of cafés and shops.

Caldura

Generally much quieter than nearby Cefalù Town beach, this part sand, part pebble and part rocky bay has an unspoilt, authentic feel and is great for snorkelling.

Getting there... A six-minute drive from Cefalù square, pass the harbour and follow signs to the hotels Le Calette and Kalura. A path leads to a staircase winding down to the beach.

Footnotes... One part of this beach is organised with rows of pristine loungers overlooking a giant rock; the other has no facilities and a more relaxed vibe.

Mazzaforno

This large beach is separated by rocks and pools from many other smaller coves, so there’s always space to find the perfect spot of sand.

Getting there... From Cefalù drive along the state road towards Palermo for about three kilometres. It’s a 15-minute journey with parking adjacent to the beach.

Footnotes... This is an organised beach, where you’ll also find a handful of bars and cafés, making it ideal for a traditional family day out by the sea.

Sant’Ambrogio

A local favourite, this beach in two halves – part pebbly to the east; sandy to the west – has a relaxed, restorative atmosphere and lovely views of Cefalù’s mountain.

Getting there... A 15-minute drive from Cefalù. Exit Sant’Ambrogio village and continue downhill until you reach an olive grove where you can park for a small fee.

Footnotes... The rocky end of the beach has no facilities. If it’s shade, loungers and snacks you’re after, head west to the organised sandy stretch.

Capo Playa

One of the longest stretches of sand on this area of coastline, Capo Playa’s unsheltered position makes it popular with surfers, but it’s a generally uncrowded family favourite too.

Getting there... Also a 15-minute drive from Celafù, follow the main road SS113 in the direction of Palermo, where you’ll find beachside parking.

Footnotes... The beach shelves gently into the water before suddenly dropping off, so families with young children or novice swimmers should take extra care.

Pollina

Calm, turquoise waters sheltered by verdant cliff-faces make this one of the region’s most picturesque bays. Part sandy, part pebbly, it’s another snorkelling favourite.

Getting there... A 20-minute drive from Cefalù, follow the SS113 in the direction of Messina. To access the beach, turn left after the third railway crossing.

Footnotes... Artificial rocks calm the sea here, making it ideal for family swimming and anchoring up during a boat trip. Parking is found alongside the beach, which has no facilities.

Things to do

Explore a nature reserve

The Parco delle Madonie is a cluster of 15 towns and villages of medieval origins around several mountainous peaks, which are home to over 2,600 species of flora. Particularly beautiful in spring and autumn, the region is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

Wonder at Cefalù cathedral

A fine example of Romanesque architecture, the 12th-century monument was built, according to legend, by Roger II as an act of gratitude for the survival of his fleet during a storm. A towering Christ dominates the central apse, surrounded by elaborate Byzantine mosaics. 

Climb La Rocca

Take an early morning hike to the summit of Cefalù’s mountain, the slopes of which offered refuge from pirates after the fall of the Roman Empire. On this three-hour adventure you’ll also see the sacred Temple of Diana and a ruined Norman castle.

Enjoy a historic stroll

From 4BC, the megalithic Temple of Diana (or Artemis in Greek) is located on the La Rocca’s west side. Originally a sacred building associated with water worship, its strategic position and the addition of fortress walls suggest it later played a more combative role.

Visit a street market

Ever since the Saracens ruled 9th-century Sicily, the island’s had a tradition for frenetic, colourful street markets not unlike Arab souks. Vendors such as those at Ballarò market in Palermo, sell fruit, vegetables, meats and vintage clothes, and are characterised by high-energy sales pitches.

Revisit the Renaissance

Formerly the residence of a passionate 19th-century collector, Cefalù’s Museo Mandralisca houses one of the most distinctive paintings of the Italian Renaissance, Portrait Of An Unknown Man. There’s also a collection of furniture and precious objects belonging to the Mandraliscas.

Soak up the ambience in Palermo

Start your day with a walk through one of the capital’s boisterous street markets, before taking a turn around the bling Palazzo deo Normanni on Piazza Indipendenza. At sunset make your way to the impressive opera house, whose rooftop provides panoramic views for a fee. 

Explore an open-air museum

Six miles west of Palermo, the Roman ruins of Solunto are the most excavated on the island. Wander through courtyard villas with painted walls and mosaic floors, an overgrown amphitheatre and a marketplace complete with columns and stalls – an entire town, lost to history.

Bathe in volcanic springs

The thermal waters of Termini Imerese, about half way between Cefalù and Palermo, can be bathed in or drunk at the Grand Hotel Terme and are said to cure ailments including skin and respiratory conditions. The 7th-century cathedral and Roman amphitheatre are also worth seeing.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?

Towns and villages

Cefalù Town

Combining the rustic charm of an authentic Italian town with a sprinkling of natural and historic wonders, Cefalù Town is a rare treat indeed. As you wander the medieval streets leading down to the harbour and the pretty beach beyond, there are plenty of reminders why this fishing town gives its name to an entire region of northeast Sicily. An inspiring gem-filled cathedral, the looming presence of La Rocca and a melting pot of cultural influences make this one of Sicily’s most unique resorts.

Palermo

The passeggiata – a traditional evening promenade for the soul purpose of socialising and entertainment – is very much in operation in the island’s capital city. Elegance and a more down-at-heel appearance blend fabulously here, with vibrant street life and art vying for attention with splurges of graffiti on every rococo corner. Around a one hour and fifteen minute drive from Cefalù, it’s well worth the visit to experience Italy at its most raw.

Isnello

At first glance, this quaint town, clinging to a rock in the middle of a gorge and surrounded by high limestone walls, is just another picturesque resort town. Scratch the surface and you’ll discover narrow streets typical of the medieval layout, caves inhabited since prehistoric times and a 13th-century castle built on the site of both a Greek and Arabic settlement. A good starting point for on-foot exploration of the surrounding area.

Castelbuono

A jumble of sand-toned streets cascade down the slopes from 12th-century Ventimiglia Castle, the former court of one of Sicily’s most influential families. Colourful frescoes have been wonderfully preserved within its vaults, while the chapel remains the final resting place of the skull of the village’s patron saint Anne. Elsewhere you’ll find a 4th-century church and a clutch of patisseries and bakeries making sweet use of manna, the medicinal resin of the ash tree harvested in nearby Pollina.

Pollina

Named after a Norman Princess who eloped here with an Arab vizier, Pollina boasts breathtaking mountain views all the way to Etna across the island. Explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, passing the theatre built from quartz arenite, a local stone that gives the art house its pink-orange glow. One of the few places that still harvest the sap of the ash tree, the town celebrates its medicinal crop in the annual August Manna festival.

Bagheria

A few kilometres from Palermo, in north-west Sicily, Bagheria is best known for its wealth of imposing villas, erected and occupied by Palermo’s nobility who enjoyed the hilly, seaside location for their second residences. Arguably the most famous is Villa Valguarnera, built in 1709 by Princess Marianna. Also noteworthy is Villa Palagonia, accessed through a large arch leading onto a long avenue lined with around two hundred Baroque statues of grotesque monsters.

Festivals

What’s on in May

Throughout May: The hairpin bends and sheer drops of the Madonie Mountains welcome daredevils taking part in the Targa Florio racing rally.

What’s on in June

Jun (exact date varies each year): Carb free isn’t an option as Cefalù celebrates Fruottula, its Feast Of Bread and one of the town’s oldest culinary traditions.

Jun (exact date varies each year): The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated in Castelbuono with the stunning creation of vast and colourful paper floral displays.

Jun (exact date varies each year): Boiled broad beans and potatoes are eaten on the squares of Castelbuono – all in honour of St John.

Jun (exact date varies each year): Dairy products are processed and prepared according to ancient recipes for San Mauro Castelverde’s Festival of Caciocavallo.

What’s on in July

Last weekend of Jul: Set against the lovely backdrop of Castebuono’s castle, the DiVino Festival is a truly indulgent celebration of Sicilian wine and music.

What’s on in August

First weekend in Aug: Cefalù’s Feast of the Holy Saviour in Cefalù sees the historic basilica become a scene of sacred worship.

Aug (exact date varies each year): Cefalù Town’s waterfront is taken over by folk music performers and Sicilian cuisine in honour of the Sea Festival.

End Aug (exact dates vary): Pollina’s annual celebration of the traditional medicinal manna harvest otherwise known as the sap of the ash tree.

What’s on in September

First weekend in Sep: An array of tours, competitions, shows and demonstrations take over Cefalù for the International Festival of the Sea and the Wind.

Second weekend: Treat your tastebuds to a vast array of classic Sicilian food and drink at the town’s popular Street Food Festival.

 

  1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 April
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  6 May 13 May 20 May 27 May
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  5 August 12 August 19 August 26 August
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 3,171 6,342
  2 September 9 September 16 September 23 September 30 September
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   3,171 5,878 2,707 5,414 2,707 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  7 October 14 October 21 October 28 October
Villa Splendida 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
Accommodation only   SOLD SOLD 2,533 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

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  • Complimentary welcome pack
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