About the property
- Villa3229 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
6 rooms, 3 bathromms, swmming pool, jacuzzi tub, sauna, tennis court
Villa "Le Zagare" is a luxurious building with swimming pool, it's the perfect house to rent for your holidays in Sicily. It is built on the Thyrrenian coast of the beautiful Messina province, from which the Eolie islands and Taormina stand out.
Villa "Le Zagare" has terraces and porches facing the Mediterranean Sea, all surrounded in a beautiful garden with an orchard. If you love good food and a healthy environment, you will be amazed by the variety of fruits you can find inside the garden: oranges, lemons, tangerines, peaches, figs, plums, and many more. You can also bring your pets with you, animals are welcome here.
The villa is provided with internet connection, dishwasher and linens. Villa "Le Zagare" is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with your family or your friends. The place can easily host up to 15 people and it's all surrounded by nature, the sea, and the Sun. You will stay in a prestigious building, with all the comforts at the cost of a B&B.
Arranged on two floors, the villa is provided with the following features:
• a swimming pool
• 6 large bedrooms
• 3 comfortable bathrooms with showers and all the optionals
• 1 Jacuzzi (outside)
• sauna room
• private tennis field
• private car park
• wi-fi and internet station
• plasma TV 50"
• microwave oven
• espresso coffee machine
• wood oven
• washing machine
The villa is only a few kilometers away from Villafranca motorway tollbooth, from which you can reach Messina. We suggest you to rent a car, so you can visit all the splendid locations that the province of Messina has to offer, they are all easily reachable from the villa.
Villa "Le Zagare" is located in the Sicilian province of Messina, one of the richest area of the island. Among the most famous touristic attractions here, there are: Taormina, the Eolie island (Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano), but also Milazzo – recently added to the rankings of "most beautiful Italian villages" -, Tindari with its sanctuary of "black mother Mary", and Marinello where you can find a natural reserve.
Eolie islands: how to reach them
The islands can be reached from Milazzo. Villa "Le Zagare" is near the A20 motorway that connects Messina to Palermo, and Milazzo is only 20 minutes away by car from there. Once you're in Milazzo you can choose how to reach the Eolie islands, you can rent a private boat with a skipper that will allow you to visit more islands in a single day, this allows you choose the itinerary "on board", the alternative to this is to buy a ticket for the most common tourist vessel: the hydrofoil.
Eolie islands: what to do and what to see
You've reached one of the 7 islands, what now? Since the islands have a volcanic origin (Vulcano and Stromboli are still active!), one of the main attraction are hot springs and mud baths: these are a 100% natural health spa. If you prefer trekking we suggest you to join one of the many visits to the crater of Stromboli or Vulcano, where you'll enjoy the most beautiful view of the whole archipelago, don't forget your camera!
If you are the earth-loving type and want to stay in an uncontaminated environment, Alicudi is the place for you. Since on the island there are no ATM points and no pharmacy, make sure you land on the island with money and whatever you need. Even without those commodities Alicudi is still great and maybe that's her beauty, here you can live the nature and the sea on an island that stopped following the flow of time.
The island of Filicudi offers you crystalline waters, a coast full of little bays and life. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful scuba diving experience: Grotta dei Gamberi (32meters deep) houses the wreck of an ancient Roman boat (dated II centuy b.C.).
A visit to Panarea “the VIP's island”, is another unforgettable experience. Here you can relax on its sandy beaches, Capo Junco, Cala degli Zimmari and Calcara beach are the most famous locations. Panarea is important even on the cultural side, as you can find the ruins of the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese (XIV century b.C.).
Last but not least, Lipari. The biggest island of the “7 Eolian wonders”. Lipari offers you every kind of attractions: from the beautiful Marina Corta with its realistic nativity scenes, to the fortified city with its castle. The citadel is also an open air museum full of churches and cloisters, you'll love to get lost inside its alleys.
Milazzo: what to do and what to see
Milazzo is filled with history and culture, it was first founded by the Greeks in the VII century b.C. Here you can walk on the Lungomare Garibaldi tasting the “granita” a typical Sicilian sweet breakfast, while also appreciating the baroque architecture of the city center.
On top of the city center you can find the Castle of Frederick II, the building that allowed Milazzo to enter the rankings of the “most beautiful Italian villages”, from here you can enjoy the most amazing view: the sea in front of you and the majestic mount Etna behind.
Other great place to visit here in Milazzo are : Polifemo's cave, the Dome (one of the few baroque building of the XVI century in Sicily), the ruins of “Palazzo dei Giurati”, the church of Madonna del Rosario and the church of S.Francesco di Paola.
Tindari e Marinello
Gently placed on a promontory overlooking the sea, the Sanctuary of Tindari rises up. It is famous for the wooden statue of the “Madonna Nera” (black mother Mary). The legend says that the statue came ashore from a shipwrecked boat sailing from Asia and it quickly became a spiritual point of reference for many Sicilians.
In Tindari there is also a Roman-Greek theater inside the archaeological area, from which you can enjoy the view of the Eolie islands, but also the salty lakes of Marinello, that are part of a natural reserve.
In this area you can also find the Cantine Gaglio, a famous wine-producing site that is the reference point for the Mamertino Doc. The winery manages to blend the bucolic beauty of the vineyard on the sea with a modern cellar where excellent wines are made. The owner will accompany you inside the vineyard, explaining you the history of the place and allowing you to taste the production, while allowing you to taste wine and other local products.
What to eat
One of the reasons why Sicily attracts so many tourists is food. In Sicily you can eat like a king without spending like one. Street food in Messina? Granita, focaccia, pitoni and arancini.
Even though you can eat granita (a typical Sicilian ice-cold dessert) everywhere in Sicily, the granita of Messina is considered the best on the island, it's best in its coffee flavor, but you might want to try strawberry, lemon, and fruits.
Focaccia and Pitoni? Have you ever heard of them? These are two specialties of the Sicilian gastronomy. The first one is very similar to pizza, while the second one is a fried “calzone”; both of them are made with scarola (a kind of salad), chopped tomatoes, anchovies and cheese.
For what concerns typical products, the Messina province offers you the delicious salame Sant'Angelo and the Nebrodi black pork. Don't forget to ask for a glass of Faro wine after your meals and, of course, don't forget to order the dessert! Messina is all about desserts, we suggest you to try the Pignolata, Cannoli, Bianco e Nero (similar to profiteroles) and Pasticcini with cream.
During the afternoon you might want to try a real gelato, you won't regret it.
Recommended among the tours, is a visit to the city of Messina itself. You will be amazed by the beauty of the “city of the strait”. Messina is in fact only 3 kilometers away from the Italian peninsula and, although you might have the impression that you can swim to the other side of the strait, the strong streams that run in the strait makes it almost impossible.
That generated, during the centuries, many legends about the two monsters Scilla e Cariddi that made boat shipwreck in this part of the sea. Maybe we'll tell you the story, while looking at the sunset near Torre Faro, where you can enjoy the most beautiful view, while also relaxing or having a swim in the sea.
Here we are in the land of Faro Doc, a wine that you can taste at the winery “Tenuta Rasocolmo” while walking through the vineyards overlooking the sea. Not far from Torre Faro you can find the lakes of Ganzirri, two small salty lakes, famous for being a farm for sea food. We suggest you to stop here for lunch, to taste the amazing fresh fish.
There are a lot of restaurants that you won't forget easily. After lunch, you should go to the center of Messina, the city was rebuilt almost completely after the 1908 earthquake. Here you can visit the Dome that houses the biggest astronomical clock in Europe (still working!), the Church of Catalani, built before the earthquake, and the Sacrarium of Cristo Re (King Christ) that dominates the city, giving an incredible view on the strait.
All of this and much more awaits you in Sicily, in a villa you can only dream about, with your family or your friends. Villa le Zagare is the perfect place to relax and have fun, an unforgettable experience, among the perfumes of the “zagare” (the orange blossoms), the hot Sicilian sun, and the unique sunsets of the Thyrrenian sea.
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Beautiful villa with huge gardens and facilities
The villa is located in an amazing location in Messina with incredible views. The surrounding gardens are huge and extremely well cared for. The villa includes a pool, tennis and basketball courts, sauna and jacuzzi. The gardens are full of fruit and olive trees where you can pluck anything at will. The host Maurizio is extremely helpful and will assist you at all times. The main bedrooms have recently been refurbished and are all airconditioned. I would definitely recomment it!
Dear Alexander, thank you for your beatiful words about us. I'm particularly satisfied you enjoyed your stay becaause usually Villa Le Zagare is considered mostly a summer holidays location. So is very important for us you recommend it in December too!!!! Thanks again
Beautiful relaxing villa, perfect for families and friends!
Villa Le Zagare delivered everything it promised and more. Attentive hosts Maurizio and his father have created a little oasis. Yes, it's close to the motorway but easily forgotten when you look across the 150 fruit trees that grow in their orchard to the sea and the 7 volcanic islands beyond.
We stayed with friends at the end of October and although the pool was chilly it was too tempting not to go in, and the hot tub is close at hand! The tennis court/ basket ball kept our sons out of mischief as did the fruit picking and egg collecting.
The villa is situated up a steep narrow road and at the bottom there is a bakery, butcher/cheesemonger, and a restaurant that has great pizzas, ice creams. pastries including the Sicilian arancini and cannoli! The walk home is good for the calf muscles and you can work off some of those Sicilian delicacies or do what we did and have them take-away as a reward for reaching the top!
Driving is a bit challenging if you are not used to the local ways -but the villa is very close to the main highway for Messina and Taormina and it's not far to Torre Faro which is the closest point to Italy.
The best part of the holiday is just the space the villa allows you, terraces and balconies mean you are never on top of one another and there are plenty of options to dine outside. The gardens and orchards are obviously a labour of love, and they make the villa setting spectacular!
Excellent villa with fantastic views and extensive garden with great outdoor facilities.
We spent a really lovely week relaxing at villa le Zagare. The house was large and immaculate and sunset from the large upstairs balcony was truly amazing. What made it for us were the extensive grounds with fruit trees, places to sit and read, a lovely swimming pool right by the house, hot tub and sauna as well as the tennis court which we used extensively. In addition, the villa is only a few minutes walk from a lovely pizzeria and the local beach.
From booking to arrival Maurizio was really helpful and always responded very quickly. Whilst we were there he gave us good suggestions for outings and, in addition, his father took us around the whole estate helping us to pick fresh fruit, vegetables and even collected fresh eggs for us to eat as well.
The only slight downside was the main road nearby but this did not bother us particularly.
We recommend this property as it has everything you need if you simply want to relax in beautiful surroundings but is also not too far away from places if you want to visit interesting places in north east Sicily. Maurizio and his father are also friendly and helpful if you need anything.
It's rare that your accommodations become the focal point of your vacation, but with this majestic home on a hill, that was the case. It's a special property with warm and hospitable hosts and we highly recommend it for a family, large group or reunion. We were a group of nine - two families with five kids aged 15 and under. The owner, Maurizio, was extremely attentive and kept in touch during our entire stay. The villa is spacious and wonderful with direct views of the sea, including the Aeolian islands. The Sicilian sunsets were amazing. The grounds are beautiful and include a pool, outdoor dining area, tennis/basketball court, bountiful orchards and gardens. The hosts were very warm and helpful, and allowed us to pick fruits and vegetables and treat the villa as our home. The villa is just outside of town and a short ride from the Autostrada and within an hours drive to most major sites, including Taormina and Mt. Etna. We are back home in NYC and dreaming of our Sicilian retreat. We highly recommend it.
Thanks a lot Maria, I'm very happy to read so passionate words
Villa Le Zagare is the most gorgeous house you can imagine!
Villa Le Zagare is the most gorgeous house you can imagine: every room is beautiful and elegant, every window, hallway and staircase worth a photograph, every view from the balconies and porches spectacular. It was a privilege to be a guest in this home for a week with our children and grandchildren on our long-anticipated trip to Sicily to celebrate my turning 70 this fall. There was plenty of room for the 11 of us…including 4 children ages 8, 10, 13 and 15. When I asked our granddaughter, who turned 11 on this trip, what her favorite part of the Italian vacation was, she said, “the villa!” The large swimming pool was gorgeous and a perfect respite from the July heat. We all enjoyed our coffee by the pool in the mornings, and ate our dinners in the gazebo every evening after watching the sunset from the upstairs balcony. The kitchen was well equipped for our family of cooks, and the adjoining pantry perfect for the extra dishes, glasses, and food storage.
Maurizio’s family owns the villa, and he was a most helpful host who was available for questions and assistance with various transportation and planning questions. His father, Aurelio, still gardens on the grounds and we were so grateful to receive fresh eggs from his chickens on 2 occasions which we cooked for breakfast! The grounds include literally hundreds of fruit trees, and all of it is meticulously cared for. There is plenty of parking under olive trees!
Just down the road is a wonderful tabacchi with excellent coffee, and a bakery where we ordered one of the best birthday cakes I’ve ever tasted. There are grocery stores and fruit markets close by.
From the villa we took several day trips, including to Mt Etna, the Eolie Islands, Alcantro Gorge, Milazzo, and Taormina. All of these are worth the effort! A reality of vacationing in Sicily is that one has to drive some distance to get places, and we had 3 cars among us. Driving was fine, not at all as bad as we were led to believe.
There is no such thing as perfection, and I must mention two things. First, the villa does not have central air conditioning, and it was very hot when we were there. Five of the six bedrooms have air conditioners that worked fine but one bedroom just had fans. Fortunately there was always a lovely breeze by the pool. Second, the villa sits just below the autostrade and traffic noise can be loud. I was surprised at how little it bothered me as long as I was distracted by reading or conversation
We loved the house and the beautiful garden. Especially the children enjoyed the Jacuzzi, dove in the non heated pool and after that the warm Jacuzzi. We gazed at the view of the islands and the sea. Fresh fruit in the morning to make juice was great. Bakery at a short walk bakes delicious bread, but also serves pizza and very good ice cream. The house is very spacious and Maurizio helped us with directions and reservations. The noise coming from the road nearby is the only downside, but after a few days it gets used. We would recommend the house for a beautiful holiday!
The villa is very close to Messina (12 km), whose Cathedral is very famous. From villa le Zagare it's easy to reach Taormina (30 minutes), Milazzo (20 minutes), Tindari (30 minutes), Capo d'Orlando (1 hour), Cefalù (1 1/2 hour), Palermo (2 hours), Catania (1 hour), Siracusa (1 hour). Capo Rosocolmo beach, near to the villa, is very famous for the sand mountains.