11 May, 2018 12:11 pm Published by Cristi Casella

Staying in a villa on holiday can be a great alternative to hotels or resorts, especially in a region as picturesque as Sicily. A villa rental in Sicily will allow you to enjoy more space, liberty and privacy and will also give you a chance to get a real sense of Sicilian life. However, before you leave, you must make sure that you know what to expect and what you should be looking for. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips to make sure you’ll get the most out of your holiday time.

Know the Number of Bedrooms You Need

Before you pick a villa, you have to make sure that you know the number of bedrooms you’ll need and the exact number of rooms that an advertised villa actually has. For instance, a villa rental in Sicily can be advertised as having sleeping accommodation for 6 persons, but you may not know how many beds per room there will be. Some will even add a living room with a sofa bed as part of the count to make the villa look more spacious. So, make sure that you know exactly what you’re getting before you sign anything.

Have Realistic Expectations

Many people will go to Sicily with a preconceived notion of what they’ll be able to get. They have this almost romantic idea of Sicily without realising that what they’re looking for may not be accessible or available. For instance, finding an old time Sicilian villa with sea views might be a challenge since many of the homes with sea views were made to accommodate modern day visitors and may not have the rustic charm you may be looking for. So, in most cases, you’ll either have to go for character or the view, but rarely will you be able to get both unless you’re ready to pay for it. So, make sure that you know what’s more important to you beforehand and make your choice accordingly.

Think Twice About Full Service

Before you decide to go for a fully serviced villa, make sure that it’s what you really want. While the idea of having maids, a concierge and a personal cook may seem glamorous, it might actually end up taking away from the experience. While the extra perks might feel nice, you might want to enjoy more privacy instead. Also, you should take into consideration that they might not always speak fluent English, so you may have to deal with some miscommunication as well.

Choose a Villa Company with Actual Agents on the Ground

Many international agencies will have villas for rent in Sicily, but it would be wiser to go with a local agency with actual agents on the ground who can help you find exclusive properties and help with things like inspections for instance. Local agents will also be able to assist you better since they have a better knowledge of the region. They’ll be able to give you recommendations for places to visit, help you with logistics once you get there, and could even provide you with discounts for local service providers.

If you follow the tips in this article, you should be able to find the perfect Sicilian villa for your next holiday. Just remember to know what you want and what to expect and only book through a reputable and well established rental company.