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Stunning villa in Liberty style on the coast of Sferracavallo

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

12 accommodations, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, free WiFi, big terrace with sea view

Situated in a corner of paradise, surrounded by a blue sea and a verdant nature, villa Donzelli is the perfect example of villa in Liberty style, expression of the Sicilian noble glitz of the early 900s. The architecture of the building, the frescoes of the façade, the design of the interiors still show the charm of this art which influenced several fields.

Villa Donzelli boasts a unique position! Just opposite to the shiny sea of Sferracavallo, reachable through a private automatic gate, and few steps away from the best fish restaurants of the area, reachable in a walking distance.

The villa can accommodate up to 12 people in 5 bedrooms, all with sea view but the bedroom of the ground floor; moreover, three of them have en-suite bathroom. The nice outside spaces are the ideal place where spending very relaxing moments: benches and garden chairs surrounded by greenery from one side and big balconies and verandas overlooking the sea from the other side. A fully-equipped kitchen, several living areas, 5 bathrooms, 5 bedrooms, the private parking for 3 cars, the free WiFi make Villa Donzelli a very comfortable holiday house where spending the vacations.

Furthermore, the villa is not far both from Palermo and the motorway junction, so that it is very easy to reach the most interesting places and cities in a little time!

More Details

Property Manager
Francesco Paolo Di Lorenzo
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2018


Sferracavallo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Check in after 22.00…..€ 20,00 Check out before 7.00….€ 20,00 Check in dopo 22.00…..€ 20,00 Check out prima 7.00….€ 20,00
  • Check in après 22h…..€ 20,00 Check out avant 7h….€ 20,00
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Hair dryer
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Hair dryer
    Bathroom 3 - shower , bidet , Hair dryer
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Sink
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet , Hair dryer
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Tower - 1 queen , Air conditioning
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ceilin fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    other room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(15 traveler reviews)

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Stunning villa in Liberty style on the coast of Sferracavallo
average rating of 4.266667 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful spot for a relaxing stay.

  • 4 of 5

Four friends very much enjoyed this beautiful house for a relaxing weekend. The lovely terrace, with direct access to the bay, is the highlight -- we found it difficult to motivate ourselves to go discover the area because this was such a pleasant place to relax! The en suite bathrooms for each of the bedrooms is a great advantage. VRBO welcoming and check-out worked perfectly. Easy walking access to decent local restaurants, and short drives to neighboring beach towns and central Palermo. We regret that our stay was so short.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely, private, capacious villa close to genuine town and famous sites

  • 4 of 5

Our whole family, ages 4 to 84, enjoyed the Villa Donzell! Although elegant and deeply historical, the house provided a comfortable and beautifully furnished home with all the modern conveniences... room for 9 adults and 2 children and right on the beautiful bay of a protected marine area. The tower room proved to be a one of a kind sleeping experience. Romina, our welcoming agent, was very helpful, guiding us through the house, the keys, the equipment, telling us about the area (most knowledgeably!), arranging for transportation, suggesting restaurants and interesting sites, and serving as a readily available resource for whatever we needed.

Sferrocavallo, the nearby town - easily walkable - gave us a fascinating picture of everyday Sicilian life and some marvelous food, both in the markets and in the restaurants. The villa's location allowed easy trips to several interesting towns and sites nearby including Palermo, Monreale and Erice. Just one caveat: bring plenty of mosquito repelllant, and mosquito nets for the children.

A lovely site, a gracious home and a unique taste of Sicily...who could ask for anything more?

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandra and Elizabeth, you and your family were lovely guests! It was a pleasure to host you. See you soon!
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Beautiful view from an old graceful villa but beware of the bugs.

  • 2 of 5

The view is phenomenal, the location is great and the house is an old beauty. Unfortunately we weren't able to sleep most of the time because the mosquitos in the house were terrible. We tried not to open doors or windows but it seemed like they were breeding indoors. We didn't have hot water in one of the bathrooms and the security of the property was confusing. We were told to lock up but one of the gates for the gated road didn't close so it didn't seem all that secure. We never felt unsafe, just unsure. The neighbors alarm went off for almost an entire day and my son's bed seemed to have been infested with fleas or some kind of biting insect. By the time we left it looked like he had chicken pox. Then the management company charged us 20 euro to check out early. Overall I would not recommend this villa.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Paul, we are sorry you hadn't a good stay at Villa Donzelli. We remember the umpleasant inconvenience of the neighbors alarm, but we tried to do our best for more than half day trying to solve it even if, obviously, it was neither ours nor the owner's fault! We could not control the alarm of another house! I can make you sure nobody else has never been infested or bitten by fleas! It's possible there are some mosquitos because the villa is just in front of the sea ... it's normal but the owners always leave there sprays and some plates to keep them away. You were told to lock the front door, of course, but not one of the automatic gate, which is always open.... and there is no reason to feel unsafe since it is a private street with another automatic gate at the entrance, which always closes automatically. Eventually, when you booked it, you signed a rental lease where there was written about the charge of € 20,00 for earlier departure than 7.00 in the morning, so it was not a surpise! Best regards
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  • 4 of 5

This property truly has potential to be a 5 star. Currently, it is a 4 star. We loved the villa style, it feels like staying at your grandparents home. Very warm, inviting. Veronica was fantastic as a contact and the management company was easy reachable. I think the most amazing part of the is literally impossible to take a bad photo from the balcony! The view is exactly as it looks. We have limited Italian language, had to use our phrase book A LOT in town, but we never met anyone who was impatient or rude to us. The town was lovely, fresh vegetables! It literally takes 5 minutes to walk to town. We ate at Il Delfino. This was likely the BEST meal we had in all of our travels throughout Italy. We took a taxi to Palermo ( liberty district!!) and had amazing shopping and dinner. I think the only things that could use help at this villa: 1. the beds are very hard, seem old. 2. The pluming had a bit of issue.

3. Professional spray for mosquitos. It really became an ongoing problem sitting on the balcony. I realize it is near the water, and it may well be a losing battle. 4. More comfortable couch..sounds crazy, but it is nice to lay down and relax while watching TV. The upstairs room was fantastic according to my son ( I don't like climbing the amazing staircase)Overall, I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sfeervolle villa aan het water

  • 5 of 5

Wij hebben 10 dagen met 9 personen gelogeerd in de sfeervolle en comfortabele villa aan het water. In werkelijkheid was het nog mooier dan op de foto's. En het uitzicht vanaf het terras was elk moment van de dag werkelijk schitterend!

De service was prima! Wij waren met 7 volwassenen en 2 kinderen. Voor hen stonden de bedjes en een kinderstoel klaar. Er was ruimte genoeg voor iedereen. Vanuit Sferracavallo hebben we diverse uitstapjes gemaakt naar o.a. Palermo, de tempels van Segesta, en Selinunte, Monreale, en Cefalu. Het zandstrand van Mondello is ongeveer 20 minuten rijden. Met pijn in het hart afscheid genomen van deze fantastische plek. We kunnen deze villa dan ook zeker aanraden voor een geweldige gezinsvakantie.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sheets in master bedroom were very old and course.The villa is neat enough, and staff were friendly.

  • 3 of 5

Overall, a nice villa. Some rooms rather musty smelling. If you opened windows for fresh air, the mosquitoes invaded. Challenging climb on spiral staircase to top bedroom. Fortunately, we had one couple willing to make the climb. Broken marble front steps were to be repaired during our visit, but no one ever came to fix them. Thought maybe that was a standard line told to all incoming visitors. Unleased dogs mutilated a young cat on the front drive of this villa, which we felt obliged to pick up and put in a bag. No sign of owners for either the dog or cat. Rather sad finish to a lovely walk to town for coffee and breakfast.... We still had a good time together at the villa.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, we are very sorry you found old sheets in the master bedroom, the owner has an agreement with a local laundry to provide always high quality bath towels and sheets. We will verify it with the cleaning company, probably there’s been a mistake in providing the sheets. Concerning the musty smell: the house has been closed for a few weeks before your arrival and the cleaning company after the cleaning maybe didn’t leave the windows open to let the fresh air come in. It can happen that some mosquitos come in the room, we really can’t avoid it… We are very sorry for the front step of the villa but really the worker wasn’t able to come to repair it. It’s in the owner’s interest to maintain the property in good conditions. I inform you that the broken step has been fixed the day after your departure. The spiral stepcase leading to the tower is an original stepcase belonging to a very valuable Art Nouveau villa of the first 1900s, another type of stepcase wouldn’t be suitable for this kind of building. Moreover the tower room, decorated with original mullioned windows and provided with ensuite bathroom, offers a beautiful view which validate the “sacrifice” to “climb” spiral but absolutely safe steps. I would like to point out that the staircase has been declared by the municipality of Palermo part of the city cultural heritage and can’t be modified or removed. We love pets and animals too and we are sorry you had such an ugly sight. But we can’t feel responsible for what happens in a public street. Thank you. Kind regards
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Falcone & Borsellino international airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bar del Golfo
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Palermo ferry - Via Piano all'Ucciardone
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Tommaso Natale or Isola delle Femmine
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A29 Palermo-Mazara del Vallo
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Il Delfino, L'Ancora, Temptation
Nearest Beach
30 Metres

Villa Donzelli is located in the gulf of Sferracavallo, an ancient seaside hamlet of Palermo. This area boasts a very good fame thanks to its excellent fish restaurants, placed along the coast, where eating fresh and delicious fish and shellfish.

Sferracavallo arises at the feet of Monte Gallo. It has a very lively centre characterized by the picturesque seaport. The hamlet has also a nice marina in the area of Barcarello, from which starting interesting and exciting trip to explore our amazing colourful sea. Thanks to its wonderful natural heritage, all this area is a natural protected reserve which extends from Isola delle Femmine to Capo Gallo.



The Natural Reserve of Capo Gallo is reachable through a coast path, on west part of the village. Monte Gallo is a promontory overlooking the sea, surmounted by a white tower called “Semaforo”.It is rich in caves, whose most famous is “Grotta dell’Olio”, a suggestive sea cavern with clear bright water and light sandy seabed brightened by rays of sunshine passing from some top fissures. This natural reserve has a varied flora and fauna: here you can see plants such as Brooms of Gasparrini, wild Orchids,Sicilian Sparviere and a lot of animals such as foxes, wild rabbits,peregrine falcons,real sea birds.



Palermo is a city of art, rich in history, architecture, culture and tradition. The older part of the city is full of sights: Piazza Politeama and the homonymous theatre; Massimo theatre, the biggest one in Italy and the third one in Europe; the Cathedral, the royal Palace and its Palatine Chapel; the 4 Canti; the famous street markets of Ballarò, Capo and Vucciria; the Puppet Museum, extremely important for our tradition; the Botanic garden which safeguards lots of important plant species.

Furthermore, Palermo is full of hidden attractions! You can find them in little squares, in the alleys and even in the underground!! Churches whose artistic value is inestimable, ancient palaces with wonderful architectural details, sanctuaries, statues, gardens, mysterious places such as Qanat or Beati Paoli’s itineraries. You will finally fall in love with it!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Spese di pulizia $153.12
Refundable damage deposit $353.36

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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