We visited this Agriturismo on the recommendation of a friend who was living in Italy and had visited there for a Sunday dinner. She had purchased cheese there and when she brought it back to Rome and shared it with friends, the natives were crazy about it. We were looking to see the countryside of Sicily, take a one day cooking course and relax. Villa D'afne fit the bill. Yes the accommodations were a bit rustic, and there was a barking dog, but one would know that if they read the reviews on this site. And, the price reflects the quality of the lodging. The food there, typically Sicilian, was superlative. Country fare for sure, but one should expect such at a farm hotel. Fresh tomatoes, eggplant and delicious cheese, all produced on site come to the table in the traditional style. We went to visit their cheese production where we met some other guests who were filming a television segment for the Australian TV show: "Cheese Slices" (unfortunately not available in the US.) Later that day we had the cooking class which was also attended/filmed by the Aussies. The class was hands on and was great fun. The "Nona" came to show us how to make the dough for the homemade pizza which would be one of about 8 courses served at dinner that evening. The food was truly "farm to table" --authentic and delicious! Incorporated into several courses, the cheese was superlative. The sheep's milk ricotta was served in the pastries at breakfast - also delicious. The staff was delightful and helpful.
Our priorities for travel are food are good people, great food and wine, and beautiful settings - Villa D'Afne met all of these. The Ritz is the Ritz whether you are in New York, Paris or Rome. At Villa D'Afne we had a unique experience well suited to our travel priorities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A recently restored farmhouse which combines healthy rural simplicity with comfortable hospitality, surrounded by delightful countryside and green pastures between Palermo, Agrigento and the unique coastline of Cefalù. The farm is organically run, and also rears sheep and cows.The farm, with a scenic view of the valleys, has 25 rooms with bathrooms, furnished in an Arte Povera style, with air conditioning, heating, safe, minibar, television, hairdryer and telephone and 5 apartments with kitchenettes. Adults and children can relax in the agriturismo’s 2 swimming pools, while the riding school offers horseback excursions. The pastoral farm, dairy farm and fruit and vegetable orchards and gardens provide produce for the restaurant's traditional rural dishes, which guests can learn how to recreate in the farm's cookery courses.The farm produces and sells typical regional produce, such as traditional Sicilian cheeses, preserves and organic tomato sauce.A perfect location for those who want to experience a region rich in culture and natural beauty, which spans from the crystal sea of Cefalù to the inland countryside, from the sandy coast of Agrigento to the volcanic summit of Etna, from the Madonie Regional Natural Park to the Monti Sicani nature reserve, and the fascinating Palermo with its history of past civilisations such as the Valley of the Temples.At Villa Dafne, guests can enjoy horse riding, hiking, and a holiday surrounded by nature, wonderful food and wine and the utmost relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Azienda Agrituristica Villa Dafne Alia, Sicily, Italy