March 5, 2018 | Sunvil Holidays
Those wishing to explore the delights of eastern Sicily can, from May 2018, fly direct from London Southend to Catania with Sunvil.
The new Air Malta flight will bring holiday-makers from the south and east of England straight to the vibrant coastal city of Catania, overlooking the Ionian Sea, in just 3 hours, 15 minutes.
Catania is the lively second city of Sicily, sitting at the foot of Mount Etna and boasting some of the most wondrous ancient sites on the island, including the Amphitheatre in Piazza Stesicoro, the Baroque Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Agatha, where the composer Bellini is buried.
Sunvil offers a variety of holidays in eastern Sicily, whether you’re looking to explore the beautiful beaches, visit the many ancient sites or meander through winding medieval streets.
Here are three hand-picked properties from Sunvil, all within easy driving distance of Catania airport.
Commenda di San Calogero, North Syracuse
For a relaxing holiday in beautiful, lush surroundings, this charming villa, set in 110 acres, boasts lavish gardens with orange and olive groves, views of Mount Etna and gentle hills and valleys. Located in north Syracuse, only a short distance from Catania airport, the estate is next to the small village of Commenda di San Calogero, and makes the perfect base to explore the sites of southeast Sicily, including the many archaeological ruins and ancient architectural spots, along with iconic Mount Etna.
Price from £838pp based on two sharing (May departure), including seven nights’ B&B accommodation, car hire and flights from London Southend to Catania (Air Malta).
Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel, Syracuse
This refined hotel, in the historic centre of Syracuse, is the ideal setting for those looking to explore the city’s rich cultural past, including the Roman Amphitheatre, the Teatro Greco and the Orecchio di Dionisio, a limestone cave shaped like a human ear. Facing the seafront on Ortigia island, the Algilà is a five-minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo, home to the wonderful cathedral built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena. The guestrooms are beautifully designed with antique furniture, decorative tiles and The Deluxe Spa Rooms feature a private terrace with hot tub overlooking the Ionian Sea.
Price from £1188pp based on two sharing (May departure), including seven nights’ B&B accommodation, car hire and flights from London Southend to Catania (Air Malta).
Agriturismo Fondo Cipollate, Castiglione di Sicilia
Those wishing to enjoy natural surroundings and experience local life can venture a little further and stay at this wonderful farmhouse, set in the gentle hills of the Alcantara valley, overlooking the Ionian Sea. Friendly owners Gabriella and Francesco will welcome guests and make them feel right at home, offering a delicious breakfast, prepared using fresh ingredients. Guests can relax in the hammock, swim in the pool or read in one of many outdoor spaces. For day trips, nearby Taormina offers art, shopping and nightlife, while Mount Etna and the Alcantara river gorges are ideal for those looking for more adventurous excursions.
Price from £599 pp based on two sharing (May departure), including seven nights’ B&B accommodation, car hire and flights from London Southend to Catania (Air Malta).
To book or talk to an expert at Sunvil, please call 020 8758 4722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk.