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Set in the DOC wine region on the slopes of Mount Etna, and approximately 20 km north of Catania, the second largest city of Sicily, Villa Maude offers the ideal balance between the sea and the countryside, the traditional and the modern. Located in an area of great natural beauty, this newly restored independent villa is a haven of calm and serenity. Crossing its gates you will think the time here stopped a while ago. The façade of the property remains in fact unchanged retaining the structure of a typical wine making facility. The interiors have been completely renovated with a contemporary eye, and this juxtaposition creates a nice and dramatic contrast. This three-story villa can accommodate a total of 8 guests, and also includes a separate annex ideal for weddings or large group celebrations.

  • Off Street Parking
  • Air Conditioned
  • Central Heating
  • En-suite x 3
  • Queen x 3
  • Air Conditioning
  • Queen/Twin x 1
  • Shower x 4
  • Hair Dryer x 4
  • Dishwasher
  • Fully equipped
  • Barbecue
  • Central Heating
  • Al fresco dining
  • TV
  • Stereo
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fireplace
  • Washer
  • Swimming Pool
  • Boating
  • Sightseeing
  • Volcano
  • Walking
  • Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Nature
  • Gym

BEDROOMS
First Floor: 1 queen bedroom, with walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with double sink and large shower
1 queen bedroom, with en-suite bathroom with shower
Second Floor: 1 queen bedroom, with private adjacent bathroom with large shower
Third floor: Very large queen/twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower

All bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi; all bathrooms are supplied with hair dryers.

LIVING SPACES
First Floor: 1 queen bedroom, with walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with double sink and large shower
1 queen bedroom, with en-suite bathroom with shower
Second Floor: 1 queen bedroom, with private adjacent bathroom with large shower
Third floor: Very large queen/twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower

OUTDOOR FEATURES
The villa boast a 30,000 sq feet manicured garden where a generous infinity edge salt-water swimming pool, complete with sunbeds and umbrellas, is the belle of the ball. Just next to it, a beautiful sun room with glass walls, a great space to enjoy when tired of sunbathing or willing to just lounge in the shade. An additional lovely terrace with an ancient well is located next to the kitchen, and it is an ideal place for having morning breakfast and dinners under the stars.

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS
The villa is located in a tranquil outskirt area only a 5 minute drive from the town. The beach establishments and Taormina are 30 minutes away. Its quiet location is ideal for those guests whom want to spend time relaxing at the house, touring this old wine region or visiting the eastern side of Sicily. However you envision your vacation, you will appreciate the great quality and comfort offered by Villa Maude.

INCLUDED WITH RENT
Electricity, heating, water, A/C, heating, and final cleaning
Daily housekeeping service, in the afternoon
Wi-Fi access
Weekly gardener and pool maintenance

NOT INCLUDED WITH RENT
Cook services
Cost of food and beverages
Personal laundry: €10/hr

NOTES
Security deposit: €1,500 held at the agency
Pets allowed
Laundry (washing machine) for staff’s use only
Caretaker lives on the premises, privacy of the guests is guaranteed
Check-in: between 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Check-out: before/by 10:00 am – Supplement for late arrival (after 7:00 pm): €100 to be paid at arrival. No check-in accepted after 10:00 pm
All extra services must be paid locally, prior to departure, unless otherwise arranged

Nearest Airport: Catania Fontanarossa 33 min
Nearest serviced town: within walking distance
Nearest major city:  Taormina 58 min
Nearest beach: Santa Tecla 24 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps

The island of Sicily offers a number of wonderful places to visit on daytrips or excursions, including Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa and the utterly unforgettable volcanic peak of Mt. Etna. As the highest active volcano in Europe and Sicily's tallest mountain. Mt. Etna is a true natural wonder: don't miss the chance to explore it by booking a guided excursion with our concierge.
Taormina, one of the most famous towns in Sicily, is located high atop Mount Tauro. The magnificent Mediterranean blue bay and the nearby smoldering Mt. Etna merge into a spectacular view that can be seen from almost any point in the city. A renowned archaeological destination backed by incredible history, Taormina is home to one of the most famous Greek Theaters in the world. This remarkable theater hosts "Taormina Arte," the town's annual summer international arts festival of film, music, dance and theatre. Taormina is a haven for tourists, offering a great number of restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment and sport venues. Take a stroll along the Corso and be sure to stop at one of the local cafés for a taste of granite (the original version of Italian ice!) and a piece of frutta martorana (marzipan sweets).
The distinctive beauty of Syracuse, rich with history and artistic presence, was featured in Giuseppe Tornatore's movie "Malena", starring Monica Bellucci. Since 1914, from early May to the end of June, the city has staged ancient comedies and tragedies in its Greek theatre. A stroll through the streets of Ortigia leads to the fascinating baroque cathedral that incorporates an ancient temple to Athena. Make sure you check the Fountain of Arethusa, site of the Greek legend.
Noto is the undisputed capital of Sicilian Baroque. Generally listed as one of the 'must-see' tourist attractions on the East coast of Sicily. The town was declared humanity heritage by UNESCO in 2002. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful non equipped beaches of the island, Eloro, Cittadella or Calamosche inside the natural reserve of Vendicari, which is also home to thousands of migrating flamingos and sea turtle nests. If you prefer the comfort of equipped beaches, check the ones in Noto Marina or San Lorenzo. If you are in this area on the third week of May, take note of the famous and suggestive "Infiorata", a picturesque festival to welcome the spring, where local artists work overnight to prepare colorful real flower carpets all over the streets. Other sites worth visiting in the surroundings of Noto (by car) include Noto Antica - the older town - Modica, Palazzo Acreide, Ragusa - a similarly-appealing Baroque town - the necropolis at Pantalica and Ispica Caves.

WHERE TO EAT
Il Barcaiolo - Enjoy typical Sicilian cuisine at this family-owned romantic trattoria and enjoy views of the Mazzarò bay from the terrace!
Via Castelluccio 43, Taormina mare (Spiagga Mazzarò - 150 steps to the beach) - +39 0942 625 633
Villa Antonio - Delightful cuisine and a terrace offering breathtaking views.
Via Luigi Pirandello 88 (at Hotel Capo Taormina), Taormina mare - +39 0942 625 502
Don Camillo - Elegant and refined, this restaurant is famous for seafood dishes and a rich wine list - try seafood risotto and the ricotta dessert.
Via Maestranza 96, Siracusa - +39 0931 67133
Baqqalà - For a nice fish lunch or dinner, try this rustic trattoria which serves superb food!
Piazzetta Ficili, Scicli - +39 0932 931 028
La Locanda Don Serafino - Romantic Michelin starred restaurant, ask for a table in the cave.
Via Avv. G.Ottaviano, Ragusa Ibla - +39 0932 248 778

WHERE TO SHOP
Food – Campisi canned food. This company is still proudly using ancient techniques dating back to the Arab period to produce and processes a wide range of fish and vegetable based products. Also, sauces, honey and wine are all worth bringing home.
Via Marzamemi 12, Marzamemi - +39 0931 841 166
Ceramics from Caltagirone - decorated entirely by hand, with nice vibrant colors (green, yellow and light blue being the traditional ones) and classical shapes, are a touch of Sicily you can bring home! Check Ceramiche Artistiche Sammartino e Delfino.
Via Roma 32, Caltagirone - +39 0933 21 067
Silk in Ortigia - One of a kind scarves that are so beautifully crafted they become true works of art. Wear or hang them, it is your choice!
Via Roma 27, Siracusa - +39 333 594 4518
Chocolate - Sotto San Pietro, visit this elegant store and you will find exquisite chocolate and other local products. Scents and flavors...from Sicily with love!
Corso Umberto I 136-138, Duomo San Pietro, Modica - +39 0932 946093

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