Great Escapes: Santa Venerina, Italy

<< Back to Home & Style, March 2014

On a Sicilian hilltop overlooking the island’s east coast and Mount Etna, the Rocca delle Tre Contrade estate offers an immersive Italian experience for parties as large as 22 guests. The 19th-century villa was recently restored by the local architect Angelo Vecchio, who retained the original masonry of lava stone and white Siracusa limestone, seen in the magnificent arches throughout the five living areas. Vecchio departed from traditional building techniques only for the new kitchen and dining areas, which incorporate polished concrete floors and glass walls. Eleven large bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, are interspersed among three levels and decorated with period antiques and furnishings and linens from Driade and Frette. A tunnel through a massive stone wall leads to a remarkable L-shaped infinity pool suspended over the lemon groves below. The staff includes a maid, a cook, a waiter, and a caretaker.

Rates:€12,440 to €29,510 weekly (about $17,000 to $40,000), depending on season and number of occupants. Contact: Think ­Sicily, 800.490.1107, www.thethinkingtraveller.com

 

Photo courtesy of Ornamentum
For May’s NYCxDESIGN, the Collective Design fair presents an assemblage of design…
The designer David Wiseman is taking over a New York art gallery with his latest nature-inspired...
Daniel Libeskind, the renowned New York–based architect who won the commission for the rebuilding...
Dunn-Edwards’s latest paint collection is more than 300 years in the making...
The Manhattan furniture gallery Khouri Guzman Bunce Lininger has debuted its latest addition...
Geometry and texture take design to another dimension...
Photo by Sergio Chimenti
Paola Lenti’s outdoor parasols make taking cover from spring sun or light showers a most stylish...
Evocative of the classic English garden room, these refined pieces put the season in proper...
Photo by Luca Giuliani
Many luxurious upgrades for the kitchen crowd the market...
The pursuit of the perfect espresso may have reached a new level...