The local area


Villa Anna is set in a quiet haven yet close to the spectacular beaches and attractions of eastern Sicily. Less than 5 minutes drive (2 km) down the hill are the coastal towns of Villafranca Tirrena, with its sandy beaches, shops and restaurants, and Ortoliuzzo with its beautiful sandy beach. Here you can sunbath or swim in the crystal-clear warm waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea which make swimming pleasant from mid-April through October. The villa is within easy driving distance from the breathtaking sandy beaches of Venetico (15 mins drive), Milazzo (at 25 mins) and Tindari (at 35 mins), with its extraordinary sandy “tongues” (a sandbank stretching 1.5km into the sea which is now a nature reserve). Just past Tindari is the charming seaside resort of Capo d'Orlando, with its magnificent beaches and turquoise waters, while the stunning Aeolian Islands are only a short hop on the hydrofoil from Milazzo, making it ideal for a day trip. On the Ionian side, the world famous beaches of Taormina are 40 mins drive away.

Apart from the beaches there are numerous attractions within easy driving distance of the property including the stunning medieval town of Taormina (40 mins drive), Messina and its Strait (at 20 mins), Tindari, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Sicily, with its magnificent Sanctuary and Greek-Roman remains (at 35 mins), the Nebrodi nature reserve with its wonderful walking routes and unspoiled hill towns (1 hour drive). Also very easily accomplished are day trips to the charming Cefalų and to Mount Etna volcano, which are a little over 1 hour's drive away. A visit to the small hill-top village of Serro (a fascinating 10mins walk from the property) will give you a unique opportunity to sample rural Sicilian life as it has been lived for centuries.

The long sandy beach of Villafranca is 5mins drive down the hill

Another view of Villafranca beach with the Aeolian Islands in the background

At sunset

Another view of the beach at Villafranca

View of Villafranca from the villa

An aerial view of Villafranca

The sandy beach at Ortoliuzzo, 5mins drive away

The crystal-clear warm waters of Ortoliuzzo

Another shot

Tindari, 35mins drive away, features a stunning Greek theatre...

numerous Greek-Roman remains...

a magnificent Sanctuary...

the stunning sandy “tongues"...

and a superb beach.

The famous Isola Bella bay in Taormina, 35mins drive away

The Greek theatre in Taormina with Etna Volcano in the background

The main "corso" in Taormina

Mount Etna volcano is little over 1 hour's drive away

The charming town of Milazzo is at 25mins drive

Milazzo and his stunning Ponente beach

The sandy beach of Tono in Milazzo

A visit to the stunning Aeolian Islands is a must!

The Aeolian Islands are only a short hop on the hydrofoil from Milazzo

The breathtaking sandy beaches of Capo D'Orlando are 50mins drive away

The unspoiled hill towns of the Nebrodi are a little over 1 hour's drive away

The Nebrodi nature reserve is ideal for hill walking

Messina with its elegant shops and superb strait is 20mins drive away

The Cathedral of Messina

The charming fishing village of Cefalų is a little over 1 hour's drive away

The magnificent Cathedral of Cefalų

Cefalų beaches

The small hill-top village of Serro is a 10 mins walk from Villa Anna




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