La Dolce Vita

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Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool
Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Stag/Hen Allowed Romantic

*EARLY BIRD 2023*

Book a 2023 villa holiday by 31st January and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

Ts&Cs apply.

Capture the essence of southern Sicily at this wonderfully restored 19th century farmhouse for up to 16 guests, close to the exquisite Baroque towns of Ragusa, Modica and Montalbano’s Scicli.

Staying at La Dolce Vita is a step back in time – wander up to the vast terrace and gaze out to Sicilian countryside which has barely changed for over a century. Belonging to the same family over the generations, its current owner has taken considerable time and care in bringing La Dolce Vita back to life, always preserving its authenticity and character whilst adding contemporary touches such as air-conditioned bedrooms, Wi-Fi and satellite TV with Netflix.

The rustic ground floor, where the chariot was once kept, has been transformed into a spacious living and dining area with original arched ceilings and a beautifully tiled kitchen. Three bedrooms, each with stone carved ceilings, king-size beds and private bathrooms, allow up to ten guests to rest here.

The upper floor was once an aristocratic holiday residence and is therefore more noble in style with three bedrooms and bathrooms for a further six guests, a relaxing room with fireplace as well as a pretty kitchen and dining area – a self-contained apartment in itself reached via the original stone stairs outside. But most of all, the two upper terraces will take your breath away – sit back with a glass of Cerasuolo di Vittoria from a local vineyard and admire the country views from either the east or west-facing terrace.

Set amongst the stone walls, the private swimming pool is another delight – cool off from the warm summer sun before seeking shade as you dine al-fresco beneath one of the fruit trees. Depending on the season, look out for pomegranates, lemons and olive trees and be engulfed by the aromas of the garden – this is what Sicily should be all about.  

Perfectly positioned between Ragusa and its marina, it’s a wonderful spot for exploring south-eastern Sicily and its many Baroque towns which have gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Ragusa is like a museum with its historic architecture whilst Modica is home to stunning palazzi, churches and delicious chocolate. Scicli is also full of Baroque charm and is a must-visit for fans of the popular detective series, Montalbano.

The coastline around Marina di Ragusa is only 15km away whilst many more gorgeous beaches can be found at Donnalucata and Spiaggia di Randello with its nature reserve. Further afield, drive to Marzamemi, Noto and even Syracuse. Spend time discovering Sicily’s archaeological sites from nearby Cava d’Ispica and Kamarina to Agrigento further east on this enchanting and wondrous island.

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What you should know…

  • The villa sleeps up to sixteen guests across six bedrooms including two quad bedrooms with mezzanine levels (sloping ceilings), one of which features a large sofa-bed.
  • Air-conditioning is featured in all bedrooms and the living room.
  • Youngsters will need to be supervised on the historic upper terraces 
  • The caretaker and the owner’s father live on-site – whilst the swimming pool and garden are for your exclusive use, they share the large stone patio.

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

  • Vegetable garden, fruit trees and olive groves
  • Olive groves managed organically and absorb up to 20 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • The property offsets -18.8kg CO2e per night - Ecollective

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Open-plan living and dining room
-    Open-plan kitchen area, well-equipped including dishwasher, fridge, microwave, coffee machine
-    Bedroom with king-size double bed
-    Quad bedroom with king-size double bed and second king-size double bed on a mezzanine level
-    Quad bedroom with king-size double bed and king-size sofa-bed
-    3 x en suite bathrooms with shower, WC and bidet
-    One additional bathroom with shower, WC and bidet

First Floor Apartment (via external steps)

-    Room with fireplace
-    Kitchen
-    Dining room
-    3 x double bedrooms 
-    3 x bathrooms (one en suite) with shower, WC and bidet

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (6x12m, depth: 1.4m) open approximately May to end-October
-    Poolside pergola and sun-loungers
-    Al-fresco dining area
-    Barbecue
-    Two upper terraces (characterfully low walls)
-    Stone patio (shared)
-    Vegetable garden and fruit trees
-    Surrounding farmland and olive grove

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Air-conditioning (all bedrooms and living room)
-    Heating
-    Satellite TV and Netflix
-    Washing machine/dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of La Dolce Vita
Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Boat Trips
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In south-eastern Sicily, around 15km equidistant to both the heart of old Ragusa and Marina di Ragusa, La Dolce Vita is surrounded by typically Sicilian countryside, next to the caretaker/father's residence and a neighbouring agriturismo. It is brilliantly positioned for exploring both the coastline and Baroque towns of this enchanting island.

Many of the famous Baroque towns which have gained UNESCO World Heritage status are within easy reach – Ragusa being the nearest, just under a 20-minute drive away. Its historic beauty is astonishing from its grand cathedral in Ragusa Superiore to the enchanting warren of impressive palazzi, churches and squares in Ragusa Ibla. Dine out in one of the town’s Michelin starred restaurants or find a charming osteria for authentic Sicilian fare.

Heading south from La Dolce Vita, Marina di Ragusa is also only 15km away with its sandy beaches, summer watersports and boat trips from its marina. It’s a joyful place for an evening stroll and granita in the height of the summer or perhaps an aperitivo in one of the many bars and cafes. Beach-lovers should also discover the coastline around Donnalucata, especially popular with wind-surfers, and the wilder shores of Spiaggia di Randello set in a nature reserve.

There is still so much exploring to be done – both Scicli and Modica are about half an hour away, two further Baroque jewels which will take your breath away with their historic architecture. Inspector Montalbano fans will be eager to visit Scicli’s townhall, one of the many scenes in the much-loved TV series, whilst chocoholics must try some of Sicily’s famous chocolate in Modica.

Just over an hour away is the stunning town of Noto and of course the idyllic coastline of the Vendicari nature reserve. Alternatively, drive further towards Syracuse and the amazing island of Ortigia, yet another one of Sicily’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

History and nature lovers alike will appreciate the incredible beauty of Cava d’Ispica near Modica whilst there are so many more archaeological treasures to discover from Caucana and Kamarina to Agrigento.

Furthermore, visits to surrounding vineyards can be arranged – the well-known Cerasuolo di Vittoria is produced from local grapes and there are some excellent wineries to visit within a short drive. 

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Catania Airport

(109km)

Nearest Airport 2 Palermo Airport

(310km)

Nearest Town Ragusa old town

(15km)

Nearest Restaurant Between Ragusa and Marina di Ragusa

(10-minute drive )

Nearest Supermarket Outskirts of Ragusa

(12km)

Nearest Beach Marina di Ragusa

(15km)

Region

Sicily is a picturesque and serene island, that somehow also seems to be full of drama. Choose your own adventure from your luxury villa in Sicily; whether you’re all about exploring history, food and drink or want to spend your time soaking up the sun. Mount Etna dominates the landscape, it’s active presence providing forests, mountainsides and cold lava streams to explore. The cities are bustling with activity in the form of markets, theatres and great shopping – all in the shelter of beautiful ancient streets. Learn more about the type of holiday in Sicily you’d like to experience with our handy travel guide – packed with tips, inspiration and things to add to your holiday to-do list.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

It’s fantastic to be able to reach the coastline in around 15km with Marina di Ragusa and its sandy beaches, watersports and marina with summer boat excursions. It’s such an atmospheric place for families in the summertime, ideal for evening strolls accompanied by gelato or a Sicilian granita.

The beaches around Donnalucata are also popular in the summer or discover the wilder side of the Sicilian coastline by exploring the nature reserve around the beautiful Spiaggia di Randello.

Young historians may also appreciate the archaeological treasures of this part of Sicily with the Archaeological Park of Caucana and the Archaeological Museum of Kamarina both close by.

The most adventurous of families should visit Cava d'Ispica which is like an open-air museum in the most spectacular surroundings set in a gorge near Modica. Perhaps combine with a visit to the town of Modica which is not just loved for its beautiful Baroque architecture, but also for its famous chocolate – look out for chocolate making classes taking place.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Watersports
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning
- Chef/catering
- Pre-stocked fridge/shopping service
- Babysitting

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a simple yet authentic Sicilian wedding celebration with a joyful ambience and such characterful surroundings.

Whether having photographs with a beautiful backdrop on one of the upper terraces or enjoying traditional Sicilian fare and good local wine with loved ones on the spacious patio, La Dolce Vita is all about rustic elegance and rural beauty on this wonderfully welcoming island.

Wedding Reception
There is space for up to 60 guests outdoors or 30 people inside the villa. The stone patio is the ideal place for dining and dancing with no time restrictions into the evening. Marquee rental may also be possible on request.
Please note that in the case of bad weather only 30 guests can be accommodated inside.

Wedding Ceremony
La Dolce Vita is unable to host ceremonies.

Where to Stay
The villa can sleep up to 16 guests whilst further accommodation can be arranged in the local area for a further 20-30 people, subject to availability. Guests will need to arrange their own transport to and from the venue.

Wedding Planning

Guests may use their own wedding planner or the owner can introduce a local wedding planner.

Catering
The owner can put guests in touch with an excellent local chef who specialises in typical Sicilian cuisine and can be flexible according to your needs.

Alternatively, guests can use their own preferred catering options.  

Other Information
As well as charging a fixed fee for events, the security deposit will also increase – please enquire.

All aspects of the event will need to be arranged by the customer including set-up, catering, rental of tables, seating, tableware, decorations and music etc.

Events can take place at any time of year although the owner suggests May to October is best.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival (or cash on arrival) and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €320 (2022), extra €340 (2023), payable locally. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€5 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Changeover day Flexible.
Minimum stay 6 nights from beginning-June to end-October and over Xmas/NY. 4 nights during all other periods.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end-October. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is featured in all bedrooms and the living room.
Other Ts and Cs The caretaker and the owner’s father live on-site – whilst the swimming pool and garden are for your exclusive use, they share the large stone patio.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 6th 2022 - Dec 24th 2022 £1,236 £1,545 £2,163
Dec 24th 2022 - Jan 1st 2023 - - £3,277
Jan 1st 2023 - Jan 8th 2023 £1,695 £2,119 £2,966
Jan 8th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023 £1,380 £1,725 £2,414
Apr 8th 2023 - May 20th 2023 £1,695 £2,119 £2,966
May 20th 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 £2,129 £2,661 £3,725
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 - - £3,725
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 - - £5,173
Jul 8th 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 - - £6,139
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 5th 2023 - - £6,553
Aug 5th 2023 - Aug 19th 2023 - - £6,898
Aug 19th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - £6,553
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023 - - £6,139
Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 - - £5,173
Sep 23rd 2023 - Oct 7th 2023 - - £3,725
Oct 7th 2023 - Oct 28th 2023 - - £2,966
Oct 28th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 £1,380 £1,725 £2,414
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024 - - £3,725
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 7th 2024 £1,695 £2,119 £2,966
Jan 7th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 £1,380 £1,725 £2,414
Apr 6th 2024 - May 18th 2024 £1,695 £2,119 £2,966
May 18th 2024 - May 30th 2024 £2,129 £2,661 £3,725
May 30th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - £3,725

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 6th 2022 - Dec 24th 2022 €1,349 €1,686 €2,360
Dec 24th 2022 - Jan 1st 2023 - - €3,575
Jan 1st 2023 - Jan 8th 2023 €1,849 €2,312 €3,236
Jan 8th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023 €1,505 €1,882 €2,634
Apr 8th 2023 - May 20th 2023 €1,849 €2,312 €3,236
May 20th 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 €2,322 €2,903 €4,064
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 - - €4,064
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 - - €5,644
Jul 8th 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 - - €6,698
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 5th 2023 - - €7,149
Aug 5th 2023 - Aug 19th 2023 - - €7,525
Aug 19th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - €7,149
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023 - - €6,698
Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 - - €5,644
Sep 23rd 2023 - Oct 7th 2023 - - €4,064
Oct 7th 2023 - Oct 28th 2023 - - €3,236
Oct 28th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 €1,505 €1,882 €2,634
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024 - - €4,064
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 7th 2024 €1,849 €2,312 €3,236
Jan 7th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 €1,505 €1,882 €2,634
Apr 6th 2024 - May 18th 2024 €1,849 €2,312 €3,236
May 18th 2024 - May 30th 2024 €2,322 €2,903 €4,064
May 30th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - €4,064

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 6th 2022 - Dec 24th 2022 $1,418 $1,772 $2,481
Dec 24th 2022 - Jan 1st 2023 - - $3,757
Jan 1st 2023 - Jan 8th 2023 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
Jan 8th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023 $1,582 $1,978 $2,769
Apr 8th 2023 - May 20th 2023 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
May 20th 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 $2,441 $3,051 $4,272
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 - - $4,272
Jul 1st 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 - - $5,932
Jul 8th 2023 - Jul 22nd 2023 - - $7,040
Jul 22nd 2023 - Aug 5th 2023 - - $7,514
Aug 5th 2023 - Aug 19th 2023 - - $7,910
Aug 19th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - $7,514
Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 2nd 2023 - - $7,040
Sep 2nd 2023 - Sep 23rd 2023 - - $5,932
Sep 23rd 2023 - Oct 7th 2023 - - $4,272
Oct 7th 2023 - Oct 28th 2023 - - $3,401
Oct 28th 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023 $1,582 $1,978 $2,769
Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024 - - $4,272
Jan 3rd 2024 - Jan 7th 2024 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
Jan 7th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024 $1,582 $1,978 $2,769
Apr 6th 2024 - May 18th 2024 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
May 18th 2024 - May 30th 2024 $2,441 $3,051 $4,272
May 30th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024 - - $4,272

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property? 
I inherited the villa in 2008.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with? 
It is an authentic XIX century Sicilian villa, a look in what my land was like 150 years ago. I renovated it in 2019, preserving its authenticity while adding a contemporary twist.

Are there any interesting stories in its history? 
It was built by the grand father of my grand father. He belonged to an aristocratic Sicilian family, and it was used as a holiday house (the upper floor) and as warehouse and stable (ground floor). It is surrounded by a beautiful countryside and, in the fields facing the swimming pool, I have recently planted a beautiful olive orchard.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying? 
We had a number of influencers; the most famous one being Giulia Gaudino. 

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

- Must do?
We suggest to visit Rosso Cinabro in Ibla, an authentic Sicilian cart workshop, along with the more popular destinations in Ibla, namely the public gardens and the Dome square. We also recommend to do the aromatic tour at GLI AROMI, a beautiful scents tasting experiences amid local flowers and aromatic plants.

- Must see?
The villa is indeed perfectly positioned to explore Montalbano’s Sicily and his “Vigata”: the charming cities of Ragusa Ibla, Scicli, Modica, Noto, Ortigia and Syracuse as well as the Sicily beaches of Punta Secca, Marina di Ragusa, Donnalucata and Marzamemi. In the surroundings, other beautiful places to visit in Sicily  include the Donnafugata castle, the Kamarina archeological site, Cava d’Ispica, the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina with its roman mosaics, the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento with its beautiful Greek temples, Vendicari, Portopalo and the Scala dei Turchi.

In addition to cities and landmark to visit, we also suggest to have a wine tasting experience, as the area around the villa is where they make Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the most representative among Sicilian wines. Our favorite wine producers are COS, Valle dell’Acate, and Occhipinti.

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Reviews

  • Heaven on earth!

    Posted by Willi on 05/01/2022

    This place is just incredible! The host is amazing, communication was always on point and so so friendly. We felt at home and welcome instantly, the other member of staff is such a legend and we will for sure come back to this heaven on earth! Thank you again!

  • A perfect stay

    Posted by Meghan on 05/01/2022

    An absolutely perfect stay. This historic family masseria has been brought up to date with impeccable taste and great attention to every detail. We spent a week there with our three children (15, 12 and 7) and could not have hoped for a more beautiful experience: magazine-worthy design; an incredible pool; long lunches under a canopy of trees in the garden; dinners in the courtyard; sunsets and a nightcap from the second-story loggia with expansive countryside views. The owner provided wonderful recommendations (restaurants in Ragusa Ibla, beaches, villages, sights), and the delightfully funny, sweet property manager who lives across the courtyard, made our stay and tended to our family with such warmth and care. Service, design, location— five stars all around, with the property manager as the unexpected crown jewel. The other member of staff who also takes care of the property was also a pleasure, and these interactions gave our already-perfect stay a personal, intimate quality not usually available at rentals.

  • The perfect spot

    Posted by Alvaro on 05/01/2022

    What a place! Undoubtfully the highlight of our family trip around Sicily. A fantastic place on the roots of Sicily countryside transporting us back in time through beautiful and tranquil landscapes and the impeccably restored house with attention to detail creating a warm and welcome atmosphere. Not to mention the property manager, a gentleman in every aspect, kindly and attentively caring for all our needs on site with the remote but always available support from the owner. To us it was a perfect spot to explore Siracusa, Noto, Scicli, Ragusa, Modica, etc, all absolutely special and with so much enlightening history about Sicily's past! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to live this experience!

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