We could not offer a higher recommendation for a vacation villa than we do for Villa Ficondindia. Elio was a tremendous host and surprised us with treats during our entire stay. I won't say more about that so I don't ruin the surprises.
It was quite hot while we were in Sicily so having the pool with a covered seating area with a view of the sea and constant breezes countered any concern that we had with the heat. The presence of a lovely grassy area surrounding the pool was also very nice for our dog that accompanied us on our visit. Also, having a bathroom and an outside shower next to the pool was great.
While we didn't cook while we were there the presence of both an inside and outside kitchen area seemed splendid for those that want to do so. The villa has an unusual location near a cemetery but is very secluded in a delightful location once you arrive at the villa itself. The villa is also within walking distance of Nicola's butcher shop and restaurant and other places offering great street food and fruit.
The villa is also very secure with a gated entrance with space for parking inside the gate. Personally, I didn't see a need for extensive security in the neighborhood in which the property is located but having the security should lessen any concern guests might have in that regard.
While we did not personally see this as any negative it is important to know that the villa and grounds are not particularly conducive to persons with physical disabilities as the pool is on an upper level reached by a pretty stone and tile walkway and with the bedrooms on an upper level. One should also be aware that the deposit needs to be in cash to be paid upon arrival or shortly thereafter so be prepared so that you are not surprised by that requirement.
Overall, this villa was the highlight of our all to brief stay in Sicily. Thanks Elio!