Sicily is a big island. If you do not have several weeks, we don't recommend trying to get to all corners of the province. For a focused experience of the Northeastern area, this is the best option. We have traveled throughout Italy and France staying mostly in agriturismi. Villa Rica may be the best one yet. The structure is new and impeccable. The rooms are very big. You will not find air conditioning or stand-up showers but if you travel in Europe you will know this is not uncommon. The food was excellent. The rooms were very spacious. The land has excellent hiking right from your room. The view are fabulous. I don't think it's possible to find better service. Alfredo, Linda, and Natoli are top notch service providers. From this Agri, you can reach on day trips some great areas. Cefalu, Tindari, capo di Milazzo, Messina, Isole Eolie, Catania, the Nebrodi, the Madonie, Taormina. However, to experience Catania, we recommend staying at The Liberty Hotel for a few days. Catania is a bit "casino" to drive in but the city center is well worth the experience. Some additional opinions and commentaries - Please note, this was our first time there so our sample size is small. In addition to the NE quadrant, we spent time in Aceriale, Siracusa, and Agrigento: For those of you who have experienced small Italian towns in the Veneto, Alto Adige, le Marche, Tuscony, Emilia-Romagna, and the like, Sicilian cities are going to be out of sync with your expectations. The larger towns are chaotic in the genre or Naples. Also similar to the popular areas of Compania, we found most cities in Sicily had challenges with trash collection. The natural beauty of the land, warmness of the people and consistently outstanding food more than made up for this observation. We will return to Villa Rica. The experience was exceptional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Rica is an ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday in Sicily, in contact with nature and away from the city noise. You will find yourself in a peaceful oasis among secular olive, orange and fruit groves, a typical Mediterranean scenario. Seven km ahead of you the sea and the Eolian Island will render magic and unforgettable this corner of Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Rica Patti, Italy - Sicily