Instant Escapes , Secret Sicily

Discover the beaches and hill towns the crowds haven’t found yet .
An hour’s heart-racing drive east from Palermo, along terrible roads with worse drivers ,lie Cefalu’ and the Madonie Mountains.

Sunday Times Travel SEPTEMBER 2017

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A family trip to Cefalù

Spring is an ideal time for visiting Sicily. The town of Cefalù on the northern coast is particularly charming before the temperature soars and the hoards descend. Lorenza Bacino and her family enjoyed the April sunshine exploring this delightful town and the nearby Madonie Regional Park.

Lorenza Bacino

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Sweet Northern Sicily – where the mountains sweep to the sea

Villa Charme lives up to its name for Neil Sowerby as he chills out near Cefalù
LOCATION, location, location. Some film scenes are so luminous you never forget them. Turn the corner onto Cefalù’s Porta Marina and it all comes flooding back almost 30 years on from Cinema Paradiso’s debut. Director Giuseppe Tornatore’s Oscar-winning homage to the power of moving pictures was shot in several places in the north of Sicily, but none etches on the mind like this stunning seaside resort.

NEIL SOWERBY 30 August 2017

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Villa Vittoria – a luxury villa in Sicily

This is a guest post by Anglo-Italian journalist Lorenza Bacino, about the villa where she stayed near to the beautiful coastal town of Cefalù, Sicily. You can read more about Lorenza’s trip in her post Cefalù, Sicily: travel tips and things to do. ‘The family and I (two kids aged 11 and 14 and my husband) stayed in Villa Vittoria which is one of the villas managed by Massimo Villas near the small town of Cefalù on Sicily’s northern coast. Cefalù is about one hour’s drive from Palermo, the Italian island’s main city.
Sunset from Villa Vittoria, Sicily. Copyright Lorenza Bacino

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The 50 best villas in the Med

A former chapel has been converted into a teenager-friendly games room at this chic five-bedroom villa in Madonie national park. The accommodation is ideal for a large family or for several sharing. There are three rooms in the main villa.
Details A week for 13 costs from €2,250 (020 3529 8013, massimovillas.com). Fly to Palermo

The Times
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Delicious Sicily: Part 2- Palermo Market and Cooking at Massimo Villas

This is probably the highlight of my Sicilian trip and it’s because of the wonderful home cooking experience. Since the cooking was in the evening, we decided to visit Palermo, more precisely the street market, yipeeee!

Before I start, I’ll share the video of the home cooking, Private Chef, Cefalu by Joolzy on for those who prefer to watch rather than to read. Julian did a great job in delivering the true atmosphere of the evening in his short video, and I’m looking forward to seeing more videos  on the rest of the trip soon.

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Ask the experts

I want to rent a villa in Italy . Can you suggest some expert operators?

Katie Bowman  Sunday times travel

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A Family Holiday in Sicily with Massimo Villas

Arriving at night into the airport at Palermo, we did not see the mountains of Sicily which came to characterise our stay in the country.  Even in the dark we could tell this country was full of mountains because we soon found ourselves driving into and out of tunnels hewn through the stone.  From Cefalu, a small town about 40 minutes from the capitol city of Palermo, we headed off the main road further into the inky darkness.  Our car wound threaded its way up the side of the mountain in search of the villa from Massimo Villas which would be our home for the week.

JustGoPlaces  

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Sicily inside out

Because : Local boy and founder ,Massimo knows Sicily intimately, you shouldn’t be surprise butcher or gelato seller
ask how he’s doing  once you’ve checked in your villa. more………

Katie Bowman  Sunday travel magazine july 2016

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Jamie magazine Italian issue

Sicily  keeping it real in Catania and Siracuse , authentic food and lovely accommodation from the beautiful south .

Pubblish May 2016
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Sicily is the perfect location for a super family break.

Despite being only 3km wide the Strait of  Messina that separates Sicily from the mainland you’d be forgiven for thinking they were a million km away. Yes, there are traces of Italy here for sure but Sicily is so much calmer, more laid back but there is still that golden thread of culture that runs through both.

Neil Hennessy vass  9-5-2016
http://neilhennessyvass.com/sicily/

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A Sicilian Sojourn

Inspired by the new British Museum exhibition on Sicily’s eclectic cultural heritage, Estella Shardlow heads to the island for a front-line look at its unique cuisine and culture…

BY ON

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Searches for the real thing in Sicily

With Flamingo interiors still in demand, Tania O’Donnell searches for the real thing in Sicily.

Tania O’Donnell   Monday , April 18  2016

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Tara’s busy kitchen and other stories

Last weekend I spent a glorious few days in the idyllic town of Cefalu on the northern coast of Sicily. We were staying in the gorgeous Villa Borghetto about 6km out of the main town up in the hills. My sister and I were holidaymakers on a foodie mission and were hungry to try some local delights. We were lucky enough to have a guide to show us the sights of the town and also the good places to eat and drink.

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Sicily – Find Your Perfect Holiday

Sicily is a unique Mediterranean island. Few who visit fail to be surprised at what awaits them there. With beautiful weather on offer for most of the year, you are virtually guaranteed a pleasant stay. The island is beautifully accessible, too, especially since it has several major airports. Throughout the year, many tourists arrive via flights into Catania, Palermo and Comiso. All are well-placed to provide easy onward journeys to the tourist’s ultimate destination – their holiday accommodation.

March 2016  thegoodwebguide.co.uk

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Angels and urchins

www.angelsandurchins.co.uk  , spring 2016  AU Travel director mention for Massimo Villas Sicily

” Sicilian Specialist with over 50 villas sumptuous villas owned by themselvesve or there friends”

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Travel Doctor

Q. We are trying to organise a family gathering next summer in France or Italy. We are a group of eight 50-60ish active people. Can you advise of any villas in or near places of culture and beauty that are at least four-star and have four double rooms (no twins or bunks), of which at least two are en suite? We also need wi-fi, a good kitchen and a dishwasher. A swimming pool and air conditioning would be good too.
Angela Rolf, via email

The Times
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20 best places to stay in Sicily

This stylish villa is ideal for a multigenerational family, with a double and twin in the main house, a cottage with a double and bunk-bedded room and a one-bed annexe. Inside it’s light and airy with traditional terracotta tiles and colourful tiled floors, giving it a traditional Sicilian feel.

Liz Bird
Published at 12:01AM, March 19 2016

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Ten new villas for 2016

Be one of the first to stay in these eye-catching european properties newly available this year.
Massimo Villas has been mention

House & Garden , March 2016

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What’s hot in 2016

What’s Hot in 2016 , the new year means 366 fresh days to explore the world. Need a little inspiration?
you will find it here ! reason to visit Sicily
Massimo Villas has been mention !

The Sunday Times Travel magazine – Feb 2016

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Travel Special Woman and Home

Your year in Holiday , where to go in 2016 from a romantic breaks to getaways in the UK and Europe. plus bucket-list adventures around the world
our month by month guide to what’s new in travel . Pack your case now
Massimo Villas has been mention in July special !

Woman & Home Feb 2016

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12 completely spectacular places to propose

Up A Volcano

Not many people can say they got engaged on a volcano – especially not an active one. When it’s not erupting, Mount Etna – Europe’s highest active volcano – is a good bet. Stay in nearby Villa Carmela with The Massimo Villa Collection, who can organise a tour with qualified volcanologists.  You’ll discover dramatic lava flows, caves and craters – then taste the Etna Rosso wine, made from the fertile slopes of the volcano. The villa – which has lava stone walls and an outdoor jacuzzi – sleeps two and costs from €2,065 (£1,588) for a week’s self-catering.

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Best for food and drink 15 Chocolate in Modica

Best for food and drink -15 Chocolate in Modica

Couples with a sweet tooth should head for Villa La Grotta, a townhouse with an interior carved out of rock in the historic centre of Modica — a town famous for its chocolate. Visit the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto (bonajuto.it), which has been making chocolate since 1880; chilli flavour is the house speciality. Modica is one of the locations for Inspector Montalbano, now filming its tenth series.
Details A week’s self-catering for two at Villa La Grotta costs from £481 (massimovillas.com). Fly to Catania

Published at 12:01AM, January 9 2016
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Massimo’s January press release

MASSIMO’S VILLAS ON VOLCANOES

One of the most dramatic and awe inspiring locations for a holiday villa is a volcano.  For independent  adventurers, nature lovers, foodies and wine buffs, the Massimo Villa Collection’s growing portfolio of villas on Mount Etna and Stromboli are ideal holiday homes.

 

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Villa are on the up

Having launched with just 20 properties 12 ago, the  Massimo Villa Collection’s portolio in Sicily will triple on the size  this year offering a greater selection  of Villas.  Hand-picked private Holiday villas , either with pools or beside the sea  , are located by national parks,beaches and historic villages.

Sunday 24 January 2016   ( THE SUN)

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Notable places to visit “beaches of Sicily”

20 Countries You Should Visit At Least Once In Your Lifetime

“An investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”
-Matthew Karsten
We have so many amazing places to travel all around the globe that even if we have ten lives, it won’t be enough for us to visit each of them. So we have to make choices.

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Massimo’s December press release

The Massimo Villa Collection triples in size for 2016

Having launched with just 20 properties this time last year, the Massimo Villa Collection’s portfolio is to triple in size for 2016 offering a far greater selection of beautifully situated Sicilian villas.  Hand-picked private holiday villas, either with pools or beside the sea, are located by national parks, beaches and historic villages.

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Relax in the Sicilian countryside

Top places to spend Christmas in the sun , Relax in the Sicilian countryside. A dreamy Sicilian retreat with easy access to Noto and the island’s best beaches, Villa Orizzonte Blue is wonderful for a family escape this Christmas.

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More Massimo in 2016

Having launched with just 20 properties this time last year, Massimo Villa Collection’s portfolio is set to triple in size for 2016. On offer will be a greater selection of beautiful Sicilian villas and handpicked private holiday villas, either with pools or beside the sea.

BY ON

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Massimo’s November press release

PISTONS, PASSIONS, PLEASURES PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON SICILY

Classic car enthusiasts inspired by the long awaited, recently released Pistons Passions Pleasures – A Sicilian Dream can head to Sicily with the Massimo Villa Collection to see the areas where filming took place. This drama documentary, featuring Alain de Cadenet and Francesco da Mosto, explores the rise and fall of the Targa Florio, a Sicilian mountain road race held between 1906 and 1977 which gave birth to an era of motorsport that is still popular today. While early races toured the whole island, in later years much of the racing took place in the Madonie mountains.

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Massimo’s October Press Release

Winter Warmers

Summer may be a distant memory, but there is no need to feel glum at the thought of winter approaching. The season is a surprisingly good time to visit Sicily according to rental specialist, the Massimo Villa Collection, because there is so much to see and do, yet the crowds are smaller and the weather cooler for sightseeing. Everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the Normans and Arabs have left their mark on this small island, and the important archaeological and historical sites are wonderfully free of tourists in the winter months.

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Massimo’s Sept press release

With summer having come and gone, those yearning for sun, sand and sea should look no further than Sicily this autumn, when prices tumble, the crowds melt away and the temperatures are warm, but more comfortable than the highs of summer. Sicily villa rental specialist, the Massimo Villa Collection still has availability left for September, October and November, with jaw-dropping villas available at affordable prices. A collection of new properties are also introduced this autumn, with the portfolio now featuring 60 properties, from designer villas to converted farmhouses, and seafront pads, townhouses and sprawling countryside retreats, sleeping between 2 and 28 guests.

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Interview “Massimo”

It all started several years ago in a square in the town of Cefalu in Sicily, where I then lived.I sat and drank coffee and began after a moment talking to some tourists on sightseeing and accommodation facilities in the area.

The blog behind Doers Magazine

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Top 20 last-minute family hols to the Med

It’s not too late to bag a bargain if you know where to go  ,SCHOOL is almost out for summer – the time of year holiday firms ramp up prices because the head can’t fine you for taking your brood away.
But it is NOT too late to bag a bargain. With the next couple of months being when Mediterranean resorts are at their best, PETE BELL has picked his top 20 family med getaways.

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Cefalu – Sicilian Town a Unesco site… & San Pellegrino

After years in the shadow of other major Sicilian attractions, the historic Sicilian seaside town of Cefalù – which is home to the founder of the Massimo Villa Collection – has finally been put on the map.

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Cefalu, Triumphs sicilian town put on the map by unesco & san pellegrino

CEFALU TRIUMPHS – SICILIAN TOWN PUT ON THE MAP BY UNESCO… & SAN PELLEGRINO

After years in the shadow of other major Sicilian attractions, the historic Sicilian seaside town of Cefalù – which is home to the founder of the Massimo Villa Collection – has finally been put on the map. This is in part thanks to the announcement that UNESCO has awarded World Heritage status to its Arabic and Norman cathedral. Particularly admired for its mosaics and the spell binding Christ Pantokrator, the newly crowned Duomo di Cefalù (pronounced chef-a-loo) is bound to give a boost to this northern coastal town.

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The Dream of Sicily

The Italian, Massimo Provenza, runs the villa rental company, The Massimo Villa Collection, a concept which is winning much ground in UK.  Now his sights  are set on the Swedish population, to whom he wishes to show the true side of Sicily: A paradise that is much more than just a home for the mafia.

The Dream of Sicily
By Johanna Järvstråt

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Seduced by Sicily’s wonders

With yet more of its historical wonders recognised by Unesco, now’s the perfect time to return to Sicily

By Claire Wrathall
August 19, 2015
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Organic farming boom in Sicily

Organic farming is booming in Sicily, with the island home to approximately one third of Italy’s organic farms and 50% of the country’s fruit producers. According to new regional specialist on the scene, the Massimo Villa Collection, the growth and conversion to organic has much to do with the Libera Terra co-operatives, a network of organic farms re-using confiscated Mafia land.

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Top 10 holidays with teens: The perfect breaks to keep a youngster entertained

SICILY – A week from £200 (flights extra) Villa Terra del Sole is a renovated farmhouse split into two apartments on a 20-acre olive estate at the foot of Mount Petrulla. It has an outdoor pool with tennis, horse-riding and the beach nearby, plus paintballing in nearby Licata. If you’re staying in September or early October you can help harvest olives and learn how olive oil is made.

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You can gain a lot by renting a villa during your vacation abroad, instead of checking into a hotel

You can gain a lot by renting a villa during your vacation abroad, instead of checking into a hotel
Massimo Provenza is the CEO of Massimo Villas, a company that specializes in renting holiday villas to travellers from all over the world.It´s obvious that he loves Cefalu, situated on the Island of Sicily.It´s the town where Massimo Provenza is born and where he has been raised. Many people from Sweden have rented a villa thanks to him through the years. The Swedish tv-series Mästarnas Mästare was recored at one of the villas on the list of rental properties.

Sweden June 2015
Writer: Nina Jansdotter
Translator: Mikael Drakenberg

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Art, theatre and dance: Europe’s best festivals

Spandau Ballet in Sicily
Taormina, a small town on Sicily’s east coast, hosts an arts festival of opera, dance, theatre, exhibitions and music, which this year encompasses Spandau Ballet, Mika, Toto and Damien Rice as well as the operas CarmenDon Giovanni, Nabucco, The Barber of Seville, La traviata and Aida.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/travel/article4481093.ece

 

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Sunday Travel Magazine

Totaly guide in Italy, the five killer villas -La Dolce vita starts here

July 2015 – Katie Bowman
Features Editor, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

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MASSIMO’S MAY(2015) PRESS RELASE

MASSIMO VILLAS WELCOMES THE RETURN OF MONTALBANO TO SOUTH-EAST SICILY

Fans of the hugely popular detective series, Inspector Montalbano, broadcast by BBC TV between 2008 and 2013, will be overjoyed to hear that a 10th series is in the pipeline. Filming of the series, based on the best-selling detective novels of Andrea Camilleri, has already resumed in Ragusa, putting the spotlight firmly back on this stunning area of south-eastern Sicily where Sicilian specialist, the Massimo Villa Collection has a tempting selection of some 40 quality rental properties. Although the stories are set in the fictional Sicilian town of Vigàta, much of the show is filmed in the province of Ragusa including the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of Noto and Ragusa while Montalbano’s own headquarters are shot in neighbouring Scicli.

 

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The world’s best villas

Villa Degli Agrumi, Sicily
Sleeps 20, ten rooms
From £7,500 per week
Fusing history and modernity, the faded red façade of this classic Sicilian house has been nudged into the 21st century with the addition of chic glass balconies. Inside, the exposed old stone brickwork contrasts with — while also complementing — the contemporary furnishings.   www.highlife.ba.com/articles/the-world-s-best-villas

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The benefits of renting a house when you are on a vacation abroad

There are many benefits when it comes to renting a house abroad during your vacation instead of checking into a hotel, according to Massimo Provenza, who is the owner and CEO of Massimo Villas on the Italian Island of Sicily. Renting a house make you feel much more at home even when you are on a vacation abroad. Here Massimo Provenza shares with us the five major benefits. 

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Fabulous large family villa in Northern Sicily

Take advantage of the current favourable exchange rates and book a half term holiday for the whole family in a stylish Sicilian villa.

 

May 2015  Admin http://www.havekidscantravel.co.uk/

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The Biggest Villas

Sleeps 20 , ten rooms from £ 7,500 per week fusing history and modernity, the faded red facade of this classic Sicilian house  has been nudged  into the 21 st century
with the addition of chic glass balconies . Inside the exposed old stone brickwork contracts with – while also complementing  the contemporary furnishings .
F. Times   May 2015

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Villa Jamal is the perfect bucolic retreat

Property of the Month: Villa Jamal
April-2015 – Julia Spence Public Relations

With the temperatures rising in the UK you may think what’s the point of spending your summer holiday abroad, but for those who yearn for (almost) guaranteed sunshine, a swimming pool to call your own, idyllic landscaped gardens, a beach close by and delicious regional cuisine, a villa in Sicily is the way to go. Why not take a look at Villa Jamal, our Property of the Month for April.

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