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Palazzo Scarlatto

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Catania  | Bedrooms: 10 | Sleeps: 20

Rates: from £15,100 per week

Palazzo Scarlatto is a grand villa surrounded by 13 hectares of extensive grounds and orange and lemon groves, just perfect for a large group of friends or family. The setting and design of this property is pure luxury. The pool area and house will genuinely take your breath away. The villa offers chic rooms and suites in which antique objects meet contemporary style. Palazzo Scarlatto is a great summer residence with the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea just a 10 minute drive away and fashionable Taormina 30 minute. The villa is also suitable for winter rentals as the ski lifts of Mount Etna are just 30km away.

Originally an old winery, the villa has been meticulously restored by the owners. The magnificent exterior contrasts with the cool modern interiors, high vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows overlooking Mount Etna on one side and the Ionian sea on the other, smooth walls and the contemporary palette of greys and whites. The furniture is minimal and modern but designed for maximum comfort. The villa has 10 comfortable, stylish bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. A spacious ground floor living space with kitchen and dining area for a large group sets the scene for happy gatherings. Outside, the grounds surrounding the villa feel private and extensive with a good choice of places to relax or dine in the sun or shade. A large swimming pool with decking and lawn takes pride of place among the citrus groves. Beyond the grounds of the villa is a local beach with pebbles, just 10minutes drive away. There are several other beaches in the area like the golden one of Pozzillo, famous for its mineral water and watchtower (15min drive) and Stazzo's black rocks are 20min away. Wander a bit further south to Aci Trezza (40min drive), considered the most beautiful beach in the area with crystal clear waters and huge rocks that ascend from the sea, giving the area a mystical appearance. Palazzo Scarlatto allows you to visit the many sights of eastern Sicily. It's just half an hour to Taormina, Sicily's most prised sight and mecca of the international jet-set, with its many boutiques, fabulous restaurants and the Greek amphitheatre - still used for scenic concerts. Marvellous Catania, 30min towards the south, has a Unesco-listed historic centre with hundreds of bars, clubs and eateries. A visit in this part of the island would not be complete without a hike to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.


Main Villa - Ground Floor:

  • Common areas including a TV room, reading room, relax area, lounge bar

Main Villa - First Floor:

  • 2 bedroom-2 bathroom suite (100sqm) with views over the Taormina Gulf, wide terrace, living room with fireplace and reading room
  • Suite with living room, bedroom with bathroom enclosed by glass walls
  • Bedroom with bathroom

Old Wine Cellar:

  • 3 rooms (all en suite) are in the old wine cellar. The white walls and floors in white resin clearly contrasts with the pre-existing volcanic stonework


  • 3 rooms (all en suite) are completely immersed in the green of the countryside. Big glass doors make the citrus trees the real walls of these rooms. The rooms are dominated by grey colours announcing the presence of volcanic stone, used to decorate everything from the bathtub to the headboard.


  • Train tracks run behind the villa. Some noise should be expected although all windows facing the railway have been sound-proven

  • Festa di Sant'Agata:

Celebrate the patron saint of Catania with processions, shows, gastronomy and spectacular fireworks.


  • Carnival in Taormina:

  • Carretti Siciliani:

Brightly coloured native horse carts and costumes in Taormina.


  • Taormina Film Fest
June - September

  • Taormina Greek Theatre
July - December

  • Etnafest:

Music, arts and film festival in Catania with classical music, puppet shows and rock, pop, reggae and jazz concerts.


  • ViniMilo:

This harvest festival is held in the little town of Milo in the Catania province and celebrates the vibrant local wine scene.


  • Sicily Jazz and More:

Italian and international jazz stars perform at Le Ciminiere in Catania.

Catania offers something for everyone with its many historic and artistic wonders. Visit the beautiful Piazza Duomo to see examples of these wonders, including the symbol of the city: Fontana dell’Elefante. The Duomo itself, is also one of Catania’s greatest buildings.

If ancient ruins and Baroque architecture don’t thrill you enough, there is plenty more to do in this city that will keep you entertained. Take a guided sightseeing tour of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna. The views from the top are unparalleled!

For even more action, visit Catania’s parks and natural reserves, where you can go trekking and horseback riding. On these picturesque trails you will come across many species of animals and they are also the perfect place to try birdwatching. Check out Lake Gurrida, the park’s only water basin, for ducks and other aquatic birds.

More action awaits in the sea with activities ranging from scuba-diving and snorkelling to surfing and sailing. The crystal-clear waters here are a dream for those after a seaside holiday. The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars, clubs and eateries. During the day, Catania has one of the most lively fish markets on the island.

Visit in the winter to experience the beauty of Etna covered in snow and put on your skis for a thrilling adventure in this truly remarkable landscape.

Taormina is also situated very close to Etna, and the picture-perfect views of Etna from the Greek Theatre in the town make Taormina the most popular summer destination in Sicily. The theatre and its views are Taormina’s premier attraction and in the summer, it is used to stage international arts and film festivals.

Due to the sheer beauty of the scenery and stunning panoramic views, walks and hikes are favoured activities in this town. Head to the top of Monte Tauro – the final steps can be difficult but the view over the town’s rooftops is worth it. Spend a few hours meandering through the streets that are lined with medieval churches, Renaissance palaces and high-end designer shops. If you’re tired of walking you can also explore the town by Segway.

Other activities include golfing at the nearby 18-holes green, tennis, and all water sports.


GMT +1hr




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


  • 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.


  • Grocery store/supermarket: Giarre 5km
  • Nearest restaurant: Riposto (3km)
  • Nearest beach: Riposto (3km)
  • Other towns: Acireale 15km, Giardini Naxos 25km, Catania 30km, Alcantara Gorges 36km, Taormina 32km, Bronte 75km, Messina 76km, Syracuse 96km, Ortygia Island 98km
  • Ski lift: 31km
  • Nearest airport: Catania 44km

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.


  • Air-conditioning.
  • 6 dinners services for peak and high season rentals; 3 dinners for mid and low season rentals. Groceries extra.
  • Concierge. An English-speaking concierge is available daily for assistance and to answer any questions you might have about the villa or the surrounding.
  • Maid service daily.
  • Heating.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels and mid-week change.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.

Extra Services

  • Breakfast.
  • Groceries and beverages for included dinner services.
  • Laundry service.
  • 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.

  • Staff lives on the premises.
  • 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.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • Function Facilities (Banquet/Conference/Weddings)
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • Minibar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • TV


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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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