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The villa was lovely. It's rural setting afforded lots of peace and quiet.
The house was well laid out out, especially the bedrooms. The lemon trees and vineyard outside gave it so much character. It was perfect for 3 couples, each couple having the same equivalent of bedroom w/ensuite. The house is very roomy as well.
We enjoyed the fireplace in the "foyer" but found it difficult to sit around it since the seating arrangement was not conducive to more intimate gatherings.
Really enjoyed the rural aspect of it. The smaller towns in the area were also fun to visit and explore. Randazzo had a wonderful Sunday market. Castiglione De Sicilia was fun to walk thru and explore with its pastry shops and cafes that we could stop at. Luciano was able to set up a BBQ for us in the town nearby at a butcher shop. Lots of fun and nice to talk to some of the locals.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Moio Alcantara. probably walking distance but we didn't attempt it.
Tips or Restaurants:
Would highly recommend Ristorante da Antonio and Veneziano in Randazzo. Excellent food.
If coming in the cooler months, have the place start heating it prior to your arrival that day as it takes a full day to heat the house and you will be shivering for the first 12 hours. I believe the house is made of concrete or stone so once it heats up, it is very comfortable.
Come prepared with at least a day's worth of groceries, preferably from a larger town. The grocery stores in the area were very limited in their selections.
The directions given to us were good up to a point. We only found the place after hours of driving and luckily running into a local who spoke English. He could only guess that it was the villa we wanted and gave us fairly good directions. We felt very lucky that we found him.
Check In Out:
It went smoothly so no comments.
We got lost on arrival day. However, the key holder came to our rescue.