Imagine yourself vacationing in this beautifully restored large, bright airy grand villa (over 375 sq. m /4,000 sq. ft.) with thick walls, high ceilings and large floor-to-ceiling windows that swing open. On two levels, this villa has four spacious bedrooms, three beautifully done baths, front and rear terraces, a roof terrace, beautiful ocean views, and a large flowering garden with plum and lemon trees.
Antique ceramic and terracotta tiles throughout, an authentic palmento (wine press) on the lower level, a modern kitchen done in traditional Aeolian style, individual air conditioning units in each room, and top quality furnishings, linens and dinnerware combine to make this a memorable vacation destination.
Located on a quiet (pedestrian only), narrow street in the centuries old commune of Santa Marina, it is only a few minutes’ walk to the bakers, butchers, fish market, produce stands, restaurants, shops and boutiques of Santa Marina. And only a five minutes’ walk to the beach, the marina which is filled with large, beautiful yachts throughout the summer, and the port where the hydrofoil ferries take you to the other islands.
The 2nd level master bedroom has an antique reproduction queen size bed, an 8.5 m/28 ft. cathedral ceiling with skylight, and an attached bath with basin, bidet, toilet and tub. The largest 2nd level bedroom has a 8.5 m/28 ft. curved ceiling, an antique frame queen size bed, a twin bed, room for one or two of the available three rolling beds, entrance onto front terrace and garden view. The third 2nd level bedroom has 4.5 m/15 ft. antique painted ceiling, an antique reproduction king size bed, room for one rolling bed, and entrance onto the front terrace. The other 2nd level bathroom has a basin, toilet and shower, and garden and ocean views.
Also on the 2nd level are the large living room with antique painted ceiling, TV (local reception), all region DVD player; the large (seats 16) dining room which opens onto the rear terrace with steps leading to roof terrace; and the kitchen (double basin, gas cooktop, electric oven, microwave, complete set of kitchen ware).
The fourth bedroom is on the 1st level, opens onto the garden, has a high wooden beamed ceiling, a queen sized bed, a twin bed, and room for two rolling beds. The lower level bath has a basin, toilet and shower. Also on the first level are a very large open room with a second refrigerator and the palmento wine press on one side; and a front room with a divan/twin bed.
Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and sailing in the crystal clear blue waters of Salina, the most beautiful of the seven Aeolian Islands. Named by the Greeks for Aeolus, the god of the winds, the islands have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their unspoiled beauty and unique volcanic geology.
Rent a small motorboat to explore the dramatic coastline, hidden coves and secluded beaches of the island. Visit the ruins of a Bronze Age settlement; take a wine tasting tour of the island’s vineyards known worldwide for their malvasia wine. For the adventurous, hike to the 965 m/3,165 ft. summit of extinct volcano behind Santa Marina for breathtaking views of the other islands and Sicily. Visit the five other small communes on Salina by rented motor scooter, car or enjoy the scenery while taking the efficient buses that run hourly.
A 20 minute hydrofoil ride will take you to Lipari, the largest of the islands, for more shopping, restaurants; tour the historic cathedral fortress that towers about the town, visit the world class archaeological museum there with exhibits dating from 3,000 B.C. Or take the hydrofoils to the island of Stromboli and its active volcano; there are guided evening tours of slopes of the volcano, or a take dinner cruise around the island and see the sputtering glow of the volcano.
Enjoy the sun, the natural beauty, the relaxed ambience and the exquisite cuisine of these islands. Salina’s many restaurants range from family friendly to fine dining, or you can prepare your own feast from the island’s fresh and bountiful produce, fish, meats and baked goods – buon appetito!
Keywords: Large Renovated Villa