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Agritourist apartments & pool, unspoilt countryside, great food. Laura loves Angela and the Il Paesino owners, who are "just the nicest people in the world ".
Il Paesino is close to so many hidden secrets of Sicily, as well as some more famous ones. Near the spectacular limestone Pantallica Gorge, with its prehistoric tombs and cave dwellings from the Byzantine period, it is a paradise for walkers. Also quite nearby is the Nature Reserve of Cava Grande. Sicily's version of America's Grand Canyon perhaps, it is an even deeper gorge and visitors have to sign in before they are allowed to descend it! They tell me it's worth the effort just to see the stunning clear water natural swimming pools at the bottom, but I will let others be the judge of that!
The historically significant town of Palazzolo Acreide is 18km from Il Paesino. The lively, Baroque town is very atmospheric, with its Greek theatre, old streets and squares, good restaurants and really friendly locals. Only about 30km from Siracusa and Noto, Il Paesino is well situated for exploring the whole of this Baroque south-east corner of Sicily.
Il Paesino is a great example of agriturismo and the 50 hectare farm cultivates 2,500 olive trees. In a truly lovely, rural and unspoilt part of Sicily, the delightful apartments are in the ancient farmhouse and its stables and outbuildings. Scattered around the well-kept gardens and painted in vibrant blues, reds and yellows, they create the perfect picture. Inside, they are simply furnished, but are tasteful and of good quality. The lawns lead down to the large swimming pool, which has lots of sunny terraces and is surrounded by conifers, lemon trees and olive trees.
Il Paesino's beautiful agritourist restaurant, in the grounds, is where guests may book breakfast or dinner. Well-known in the area for traditional Sicilian cuisine, most vegetables served are grown on the farm, and food is locally sourced, or home-made by the lovely Angela, who also manages the agriturismo. A delightful place to enjoy a good meal (and boy, is it good!), there is even a glimpse of the sea, in the distance, from the restaurant terrace.
The adorable Giuseppe, Antonio and Nuccio own the farm and are very kind and hospitable people. They live at Il Paesino for some of the year (with their friendly dogs), and when they are not on hand guests are cared for by the lovely Angela. Passionate about their grounds, they tend every little corner. Antonio is a dead ringer for Burt Lancaster and Giuseppe is Picasso's double - how surreal is that in the middle of the Sicilian countryside?
If you want a peaceful and relaxing holiday, in a rural setting, with easy to reach places of interest and fantastic food on your doorstep, Il Paesino is the place for you.
Places of Interest:
Palazzolo Acreide, Noto, Siracusa
Distance to Coast:
Approx. 30 minutes
- 14 apartments
- Air-conditioning in some apartments €10 per day; other apartments have fans
- All apartments with hairdryer
- Restaurant open to public, dinner approx. €20 per adult, €10 per child (under 13 years)
- Swimming pool mid-May to end of September, weather permitting
- Wi-Fi, free of charge, only available around the restaurant
- Communal laundry, approx €6 per wash
- Communal barbecue and a portable one, on request
- Italian bowls (“bocce”)
- Small play area for children
- Mountain bikes for guests’ use (limited number)
- Sometimes hosts weddings and functions
- Stays of less than a week (min. 3 nights) and flexible changeover day possible
Il Paesino's delightful apartments are in the ancient farmhouse and its stables and outbuildings. Scattered around the well-kept gardens and painted in vibrant blues, reds and yellows, they create the perfect picture. Inside, they are simply furnished, but are tasteful and of good quality.
Studio apartments (sleep 2)
Spacious ground floor, studio apartments comprising living/dining area with simple kitchen corner; double bed; shower room.
One-bedroomed apartments (sleep 2/4)
Comprising living/dining room with double sofa-bed or two single beds and simple kitchen corner; twin/double bedroom; shower room. Some of these apartments are all on one level (ground floor); others are on two levels, with the double/twin sleeping area on a mezzanine floor and a double or single sofa-bed downstairs, in the living room.
Two-bedroomed apartment (sleeps 4/5)
Split-level apartment comprising living/dining room and simple kitchen corner; shower room; open-tread stairs lead to large double bedroom and twin mezzanine bedroom.
Open staircases and mezzanines not always suitable for small children but sleeping arrangements can often be rearranged to suit your requirements, please ask us for further details.
"We were mesmerised by the dragonflies, butterflies and swifts around the pool during the day and by the stars at night in the clear unlit skies. It was such a peaceful place - it was good for the soul! " Carlo & Janet, London
"The accommodation was excellent. Giuseppe was the perfect host and made us feel welcome from the first minute we arrived." Ian & Cheryl, Hereford
Richard Hammond, wrote for The Guardian, "The old farm buildings have been converted into plush apartments, there's a large olive grove, a swimming pool, and a restaurant that serves meat and veg from nearby farms and local Sicilian wine. "
“We thought we might be going too early but we had such lovely weather and spent a lot of time lazing round the huge pool. I was amazed how ell kept the gardens were” Colin & Miriam, Leominster
Our 2016 prices are now available.
Apartment for 2 from £689 per week, including car
Apartment for 4 from £827 per week, including carApartment for 5 from £925 per week, including car