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We rented this property for a week during September 2018. The house is spotless, very well appointed and it has beautiful views. We were looking to have a truly relaxing and quiet vacation and we found the perfect spot. The property is very well taken care of and Aldo (the manager) was very helpful with our late check-in and with information about the surroundings. Great pool for cooling off and swimming. We enjoyed every minute of our stay.
There is a magic in the pure air and fertile fields of Western Sicily. Here, the ancient Mediterranean landscape - where wild varieties of thyme, fennel and asparagus are found among the modern tillage - now yields sophisticated oils, wines and citrus. Everywhere, the ruins of the ancients. We came to out-of-the-way Partanna, and Villa Livia, to be immersed in this uniquely-Sicilian experience.
From the moment the entry gate swung open, the Villa Livia exceeded our expectations. The living accommodations were beautifully-appointed and nicely-arranged. From its high perch at the top of town, the villa affords expansive views of the Belice Valley, past Castelvetrano, to the sea. Magnificent sunrises and sunsets are the norm. Need additional privacy? The villa’s cottage awaits, a short stroll through the gardens.
Sicily is all about the food. We hired a local cook and the experience was superb (ask the villa proprietor, who can arrange). The villa offers three dining areas: the breezy entry portico, the large sunroom, and the formal dining room. Cooking for yourself? You’ll find the kitchen modest in size but well-equipped and thoughtfully-designed.
The villa offers two lovely living rooms and appointments throughout the residence are well-considered and typical of the region and its history. However, we used every opportunity to enjoy the amazing outdoor spaces. The pool area deserves special mention. It’s especially lovely at sunset.
We were very impressed with the villa’s proprietor who was attentive and communicated quickly as the need arose, both before and throughout our visit. Top marks here.
NOTES: While Partanna is ideally-located to explore Western Sicily (Selinunte, Marsala, Trapani/Erice, and Segesta are within an hour), Partanna itself is not a tourist town. Markets and good restaurants are a walkable distance, but you’ll need an automobile to access your destinations.
Sicily is enjoying a wine renaissance! A tour/tasting at one of the up-and-coming small vintners is a must. The wineries at Gorghi Tondi and Planeta are standouts. Olives, similarly. Western Sicily hosts a number of artisanal oil producers. We loved our tour of the world-class Azienda Agricola Ravida. Other options are within 45 minutes.
In sum, we could not have asked for a better experience than was afforded by Villa Livia. We found this an exceptional property, and recommend it heartily for any larger group (we were eleven).