Sicily is one of the most iconic regions of Italy, and with good reasons: its beautiful towns in golden-coloured stones, sitting under the hot sun and blue skies of the Mediterranean, its deliciously simple cuisine and its rich artistic heritage have enchanted visitors for centuries. And today, it’s one of the top hotspots for British and Irish expats in the whole country. This week, we’re looking at the best small towns in Sicily to buy property in.
Cefalù has somewhat had its cake and eaten it. On the one hand, you’ve got the gorgeous Arab-Norman architecture of the town itself, with the famous Duomo and the old Saracen fortress dominating the skyline. Its squares and narrow streets have an undeniable charm – no wonder ‘Cinema Paradiso’ was set here! However, it’s not just culture and architecture, because the town also boasts access to some stunning beaches. The Madonie National Park is also close by: great news for lovers of the outdoors.
This spectacularly sited town occupies a stunning location on the mountainside, with views right out to the Medierranean. Imagine waking up every morning to a view of the blue sea and greenery of the surrounding countryside! It can get extremely busy in the summer, but, once winter comes – and temperatures are still mild – you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself. DH Lawrence once lived here, so you’re in good company! Corso Umberto I is the place to go for nightlife, as the main strip with restaurants and bars.
Montalbano Elicona has won an award as the most beautiful village in Sicily, and it certainly lives up to its name. A labyrinth of medieval streets are lined with tightly packed, charming period properties, overlooked by the castle. Its known for its cheese, some of which is incorporated into the local ricotta salad. Corso Principe Umberto, the main street, has a number of restaurants serving up delicious local food. There’s a busy social calendar – seven festivals take place throughout the year, three celebrating delicious local food.
Collesano sits in the beautiful, wooded inlands of Sicily, some 45 miles from Palermo. It may be a small town, but it has some splendid architecture. The centre boasts a whole range of styles, from the medieval Cathedral of San Pietro through to the 19th-century Palazzo Municipale.
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