Il Nido

Sicily

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Accommodation

  • Accommodation: Living/dining room (TV, DVD) with patio doors to terrace and pool. Kitchen area (oven, dishwasher) with door to summer kitchen. Bathroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with patio door to terrace. WiFi.
  • Steps up to … Shower room. Twin bedroom (A/C) with patio door to garden. Heating (payable locally).
  • Outside:  Summer kitchen (wood oven, barbecue, sink, hob, washing machine) and covered dining terrace. Decked terrace to front. Garden. Private parking. 
  • Private infinity edge swimming pool (3m x 2m)

Nestled on the hillside between Cefalù and Sant’Ambrogio, Il Nido is a stunning coastal retreat, cleverly designed to take advantage of the glorious uninterrupted sea vistas from every corner.   Whether in the pool on the deck, sat under the olive tree in the pretty garden, lying in bed or even at the washbasin in the bathroom, a view of the aquamarine waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea can be enjoyed.

Large picture windows and patio doors wrap around the villa blurring the line between indoor and out.   The living room becomes an extension of the terrace, whilst to the rear, a fabulous summer kitchen may make the kitchen redundant.  Contrasting with the more contemporary style found inside, it has a rustic appeal with a cobbled floor, fired roof pantiles, wood beams, and colourful patterned tiles.  Rustic in style but there is a variety of cooking facilities (hob, barbecue, wood oven) to delight all cooks.  An archway leads to a covered terrace where meals can be enjoyed under dappled shade. 

The sleepy village of Sant’Ambrogio provides the essentials in the form of a small supermarket and a couple of restaurants. A mixture of pebbles and sand, the beach here is less well known and therefore quieter than those around Cefalù (5.5km west).

A daily dip in the sea followed by a siesta back at Il Nido will be a tempting way to spend a week but take some time to explore the hills and countryside of the ‘Parco delle Madonie’,  the ‘centro storico’ of Cefalù, bustling Palermo (1hr 20mins) and perhaps a boat trip to the Aeolian Islands.  Further afield,  the ‘Valle dei Tempi’ at Agrigento (2hrs) is one of Sicily’s most famous attractions: the incredibly well preserved Greek temples (eight in total) are truly a sight to see.

  • Please note:  there is a small wooden house about 15m from Il Nido which is occupied by the owner during the weekend.  The driveway is shared by the two properties but the pool is not visible from the owner’s house and your privacy is assured.
  • Flexible start dates are possible. Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Il Nido

Visit Cefalù’s Cathedral

The two towers of the 12th century Romanesque Cathedral stand proud over the rooftops of Cefalù. Inside, features include elaborate mosaics and a depiction of Christ which dominates the central apse. According to legend, Roger II built the cathedral in gratitude after his fleet survived a terrible storm.

The Museo Mandralisca

This small museum in Cefalù houses a collection of artwork, furniture and precious objects, including a famous Renaissance painting entitled ‘Portrait Of An Unknown Man’.

Climb the Rocca!

La Rocca is the rocky hill behind the town. The climb to the summit takes about three hours and takes you past the 4th century BC ‘Temple of Diana’ and a ruined Norman castle.

Go to the beach

Your nearest beach is at Sant’Ambrogio, where there is a mixture of sand and shingle and a generally relaxed atmosphere. Or head to Cefalù, either the main bay, Lungomare, which is long and sandy and family friendly, or the smaller beach near the port, Caldura, which is usually a little quieter and is great for snorkelling.

Madonie National Park

This designated natural park just south of Cefalù has a varied landscape of mountains and gorges, open plain and woodland. Great for spotting wildlife, and for outdoor pursuits including walking, mountain biking, and horse riding. Also wonderful for a scenic drive, stopping off along the way at traditional towns and villages for local crafts and great home cooking.

Water park and spa

‘Acqua Verde’ is a small water park about 25 minutes’ drive from Cefalù, with a swimming pool, waterslides, a baby zone, snack bar and picnic area. There is also a spa centre here for some grown-up relaxation or beauty therapies.

Termini Imerese

This town, about halfway between Cefalù and Palermo, is known for its thermal waters. Drinking or bathing in the water is said to cure ailments including skin and respiratory conditions. Also to visit here are the 7th century cathedral and the Roman amphitheatre.

Sightseeing in Palermo

The island’s capital is a beautiful city to stroll around, with impressive architecture to admire and a vibrant atmosphere to soak up. Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni, Zisa castle, Pretoria fountain, and numerous churches. And a fascinating but slightly macabre visit can be made to the Capuchin catacombs under the city.

Food and drink in Palermo

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and great street food for a more informal option. Make a point of experiencing the vibrant colours, sounds and aromas of one of the authentic outdoor markets held in different quarters of the city.

Sicilian puppet show

Book to see a traditional Sicilian puppetry show at the Teatro Argento in Palermo, a local artform which has kept alive to the present day.

Monreale Cathedral

This cathedral a little outside of the city centre is one of nine religious and civic structures in Palermo which are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a great example of Norman architecture, with a superb interior featuring ornate cloisters & bright gold mosaics of biblical stories.

Agrigentro and Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples)

This outstanding archaeological site, listed by UNESCO, comprises a series of Greek temples, standing up to 30 metres tall, in varying states of preservation, having stood firm since the 6th century BC. There is also an archaeological museum to visit. It is about 2 hours' drive from Cefalù and well worth the journey.

Nearby

Towns

Sant'Ambrogio 5 mins
Cefalù 10 mins

Beaches

Caldura 7 mins

Airports

Palermo 90 mins
Catania 140 mins
Times are approximate

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