Our first sight of the Agriturismo was of the large farm buildings and machinery which didn't look too hopeful. We looked round for someone and found one of the Savoca sons, Marco. What a wonderful, cheerful and helpful person he is - and he spoke some english. He made our stay really enjoyable. The purpose-built rooms were fine, roomy with all the required facilities and it was pleasant to be able to sit outside the door. Cars are parked just in front which is very convenient.
Above the rooms is a huge swimming pool with surounding tiled areas and gardens and at the end of the pool is the breakfast room which was often open during the day with Marco or one of his brothers offering gratis tea or coffee. Lots of opportunity for lounging and swimming. Some non-residents also used the pool but they were few in number and well-behaved.
The evening meal, which we decided to try on the first evening is priced at Euro 20. This included as much of his locally produced wine and bottled water as you could drink. It was confusing at first because there was no menu, just course after course kept appearing. Not knowing this we ate too much of the earlier courses and couldn't manage much of the later ones. The food was very varied and of good quality so we decided to continue to eat there for the rest of our stay. It was nice not having to drive into town (only 3km) and find somewhere to park and the meals varied every evening. The Savoca family also dined there and always came across to chat to guests.
There is plenty to do in the area in addition to the Villa Casale. In particular the museum at Aidone and adjacent Greek site of Morgantina is well worthwhile (the museum holds a statue which was returned to the town recently after a battle lasting many years with a museum in the USA). Also the nearby town of Caltagirone famous for its ceramic steps.
We enjoyed staying there but it does tend to be a bit disorganised and needs a good tidy up. It is clean enough but broken things round the pool haven't been repaired etc.
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- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Savoca Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy