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Casa Olivo

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Cefalu  | Bedrooms: 3 | Sleeps: 6

Rates: from £2,267 per week

Set in a pretty garden with twisted olive trees, a private pool and dramatic sea views, Casa Olivo is a stylish holiday home for relaxing summer holidays. The buzz of Cefalù is a short drive from the villa, with its medieval city center, many restaurants, shops and long sandy beach. Designed for summer living, an outside dining kitchen and large covered terrace for al fresco dining invites for leisurely long meals with awe-inspiring sea views. With its perfectly manicured garden, huge lawn area, private pool and beautiful panorama, Casa Olivo is a great holiday home from which to experience the best Sicily has to offer.

Sleeping up to 6, Casa Olivo is a great solution for friends travelling together. The bedrooms are located in the main villa and two wooden annexes, allowing for privacy. A true summer residence, the villa has been designed focusing mainly on the outdoor living: here you will find a private pool, a dining area for up to 10 and a fully equipped kitchen with barbeque and wood burning pizza oven. There are several sitting areas scattered on the grounds allowing for everybody to gather together or enjoy peaceful moments of relaxation. The style of the property is modern yet relaxed, with whitewashed wooden beams and neutral shades - the perfect backdrop for simple and contemporary furniture. Shops and restaurants are a 5min drive away in the coastal village of Sant Ambrogio. It's beach - a mix of fine sand a small pebbles is ideal for families and long walks. In Cefalù you can find sandy beaches, a picturesque historic center, a fine Norman cathedral and excellent Sicilian food - all adds up to make the town one of Italy's most attractive seaside destinations. Cafalù's lido of 1.5km is a lively center and its bars and restaurants attract the crowds.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Main House

  • Kitchen with dining area for 4
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom

Annexe 1

  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom

Annexe 2

  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom

NOTES:

  • Some walls in the garden are lower than 1m in height; young children should be supervised
  • The access road is narrow with some steep parts.
May

  • World Festival on the Beach:

Celebrate beach culture and the outdoors life in Mondello, Palermo. Here you can windsurf, play beach volleyball, paraglide, sail, swim and partake in competitions during the festival.

  • Merit Cup Windsurf World Festival:

World famous windsurfing champions take part in this prestigious event.

  • Cannoli & Friends – in Piano degli Albanes near Palermo:

This festival celebrates the islands most celebrated dessert, cannoli, along with many other sweet specialities.

July

  • Festino di Santa Rosalia:

Procession in honour of Palermo's patron saint, where there will also be fireworks, plays and street parties.

  • Kals'Art:

Kals'Art is a two-month-long festival of live music, cinema, art exhibitions and theatre performances, held in the streets, parks and piazzas in Palermo.

August

  • Madonna della Luce:

A boat procession off Cefalu’s coast during the night.

September

  • Sun Moon Film Festival in Palermo:
  • International Festival of Artisan Ice Cream:

Visit this festival in Cefalu to try as many sorbets and ice creams as you can handle, from classic lemon sorbet to imaginative flavours like "Double Malt Beer" and “Peach and Basil”.

November

  • Festival di Morgana:

The best Sicilian puppet masters and makers present their incredible work throughout the month in Palermo – a unique look in to the city’s history.

One of Cefalu's greatest attractions is the sandy beach that stretches alongside the medieval town. It also boasts a picturesque harbour, alleys and medieval buildings. A must-do is to explore the impressive Duomo.

There are some beautiful walks around Cefalu, and one of our favourites is the walk up the mountain La Rocca. When you reach the top you can explore the remains of the Cefalu Castle. The view is second to none, with a stunning panorama of multi-coloured rooftops, crystal seas and the picture-perfect harbour.

This charming city is home to some fantastic restaurants and trattorias which serve the freshest seafood and exquisite Sicilian street food. Why not try a cooking class to really experience the wonders of the local cuisine. Cefalu also has a vibrant nightlife, from smart modern cocktail bars to traditional spots in the heart of the town. In July and August, live music fills the bars and clubs.

Cefalu also offers excellent excursion possibilities, not only to the Aeolian Islands, Mount Etna and Taormina, but also to the traditional little towns in the Madonie Mountains. Discover the unique charm of these little towns, as well as the stunning landscape of the mountains. Visit the Madonie Adventure Park to enjoy many activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, cycling and horse riding - plenty of adventures to entertain the whole family!

In the vibrant city of Palermo, there is something to suit all tastes, from the many historical museums and beautiful palaces, to the modern attractions exhibiting contemporary Italian culture.

Visit the Regional Archaeological Museum to learn more about the island’s history, and make sure to attend one of the many historical festival events held throughout the year, which demonstrate the city’s pride in its rich history.

For visitors interested in exploring modern Italian culture, we recommend Italy’s largest indoor theatre, the Teatro Massimo. The performance season runs from November to May.

Regarding sports, the harbour is the place to be. Surfing is a popular choice, along with many other water sports, with the Windsurfing World Merit Cup hosted each May.

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Palermo is the open markets – a haven for bargain hunters and foodies, with some of the world’s best street foods and antiques on offer. The markets can be found at the Vucciria, Borgo Vecchio, Capo, Ballaro, or Piazza Perani.

TIME ZONE

GMT +1hr

LANGUAGE

Italian

CURRENCY INFORMATION

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

MONEY MATTERS

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

WEATHER

In general, the climate on Sicily is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 35°C and can even reach 40°C and more during the summer. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. Even during the winter, the temperature rarely falls below 13°C. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

HEALTH

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

ELECTRICITY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

DRIVING/PARKING INFORMATION

There are some important rules of the road:

  • Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.

PARKING

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
  • Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
  • In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

LOCATION:

  • Grocery store/supermarket & restaurants: Sant'Ambrogio (4km)
  • Closest beach:5km
  • Other towns: Cefalù 8km, Gratteri 26km, Isnello 29km, Collesano 35km, Termini Imerese 43km, Geraci Siculo 45km, Caccamo 48km, Petralia Soprana 57km, Gangi 58km, Petralia Sottana 60km, Bagheria 62km, Palermo 77km , Altofonte 83km, Vicari 80km
  • Madonie Mountain 63km, Ficuzza forrest and Dragon's Gorge 97km
  • Archaeological sites: Himera 30km, Solunto 63km
  • Nearest ski lift: Piano Battaglia 58km
  • Nearest airport: Palermo 106km

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only & A&K hosted services please visit 'Villa Rental Options'. An A&K Villas Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or give us a call.

Inclusions

  • Electricity (and therefore air-conditioning) up to 200 units per week.
  • Utilities (water, gas).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels.
  • Internet.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Mid-week maid service.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service - available on request.
  • Electricity (and therefore air-conditioning) exceeding 200 units per week.
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The 4 people price option gives access to 2 bedrooms only. Please contact your Tour Consultant for detailed information about which bedrooms are accessible.
  • Some walls in the garden are lower than 1m in height; young children should be supervised.
  • The access road is narrow with some steep parts.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption".
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Swimming Pool (Private Plunge Pool)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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