Visitors to south east Sicily this May can soak up the island’s rich cultural heritage at two festivals and stay close by with villa specialist, soloSicily.

On 11 May the 54th Festival of Greek Theatre kicks off in Siracuse on the Ionian coast. This picturesque city is famous for its spectacular ancient ruins, which include an atmospheric Greek theatre where three gripping Greek tragedies – Heracles by Euripedes, Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Knights by Aristophanes – are performed live on alternate nights until early July.

The second event takes place on 18-20 May in the UNESCO-protected city of Noto, which is prized for its Sicilian Baroque architecture including the imposing Noto Cathedral and magnificent Ducezio Palace. The charming Infiorata di Noto festival sees one of the city’s pretty streets, Via Nicolaci, transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour as local and international artists carpet the pavement with portraits made of flowers.

soloSicily has hand-picked three stylish villas in sought after locations, within easy reach of these cultural celebrations:

Villa Aliva is a newly built, intimate retreat just 20 minutes from Noto and situated right next to the scenic Vendicari Nature Reserve. Prices in May over the festival have been reduced from 2,000 Euros to 1,600 Euros a week, sleeping four people

Villa Zahara is located right on the seafront with private access to its own private jetty. Situated in south east Sicily, Zahara is a just 35 minutes from Siracusa and 50 minutes from Noto. Prices in May over the festivals have been reduced from 3,535 Euros to 3,180 Euros a week, sleeping ten people.

Elaya, is a chic, contemporary villa set into the countryside of UNESCO-recognised Scicli, with a roof garden and sleek swimming pool, one hour from Noto and one and a half hours from Siracusa. Prices in May over the festivals have been reduced from 2,300 Euros to 1,850 Euros a week, sleeping six people.

Aside from enjoying fun-filled festivals, soloSicily can arrange for guests to explore Baroque towns with beautiful palazzos and churches, take authentic Sicilian cooking classes and tour acclaimed wineries.

For reservations visit or call SoloSicily on 020 7097 1413.

27 March 2018

Notes to editors
Founded in 2006, soloSicily is a private villa rental company with a collection of over 40 hand-picked villas in Sicily. The portfolio is designed to suit all needs, with romantic hideaways, chic beachfront villas, family-friendly holiday homes, luxury villas with private pools and aristocratic country estates. Based in Palermo, soloSicily has a dedicated team of people who are passionate about Sicily and use their local knowledge to find the best villas on the island.

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