Great Escapes: Santa Venerina, Italy

  • Karen Cakebread

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

 

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