We were traveling with two families of 4, plus my mother-in-law. Kids ages were 6, 8, 16 and 18. This villa is the perfect sicily experience. The driveway is a little hard to find.
the street number is spray-painted on the wall. also, there are two security gates to get in. Have the phone number for the property manager upon arrival to call to get in. Because it is an active vineyard, there are grounds people daily tending to the area. They are very nice and helpful if needed. We loved walking the grounds to see the vineyard. The roses and flowers among the grounds are very well kept. The views of both Mt. Etna and the city are spectacular. One night we were able to see a lava flow from Mt. etna from a recent eruption. There is even a small cave! (formed from a lava flow years and years ago we are assuming). Utilizing the smaller house as well, we we had more than enough sleeping space and bedrooms. We also ate dinner in the villa every night. The kitchen was clean and functional and we were able to use to heat up food, etc. We usually went into the town and brought back food. None of know how to speak Italian. Everyone in the restaurants, shops, etc. were very nice and we found at least one person in every location that could speak a little english so we could order what we needed to. The eating area inside fit our family. Additionally, there is a large table and eating area one one of the decks. The villa was very clean, keep in mind it is and older home. Some things to consider is the bathrooms (specifically the showers) are kind of small. Coming from the US, were bathrooms and showers are larger, this is something to prepare for. We had a couple larger men (over 6 foot) in our party, and the shower was a little tight.
However, there is a bathroom with an open handicap shower area as an option if the shower is too small. Also, the staircases to get up to the roof-deck is very narrow as well.
The pool area is very nice, and the grounds-person skims and maintains it daily. There are also bathrooms under the pool which are great as well. We were very happy with our stay here. We have never been to the area before and felt like staying here gave us a local Sicily experience and great quality family time.
Very well maintained property in a good location, but you must have a car to move around. Convenient to shopping and good access to highways, 20 (no traffic) to 30 short minutes from the airport.
Dealing with the property managers prior to arrival was very easy and the owners greeted us warmly upon arrival. Everything was in top shape, including the yard and beautiful swimming pool, in this very spacious and well appointed house (actually four “apartments “ in one property). We used a daily cleaning service and it worked out perfectly for us.
I highly recommend this property for multi-family vacations, or large group of adults. It offers space and privacy, but also plenty of room to gather as a group.
Thanks Enzo and Andrea for the hospitality!