Our 25 hectares private park will let you enjoy your stay without wishing to leave, even for a single moment, the Masseria. It could be a real silent retreat during which, in absolute privacy, you will bathe in our small river, go trekking along the miles of paths inside the park, learn Sicilian cuisine with our Chef, join us to participate to one of the many activities of the farm, from the harvest to the mushrooms picking. Or simply abandon yourself to the "dolce far niente" at the edge of our pool. Yet the Masseria stands in the heart of the Madonie, one of the wildest areas in Sicily, rich in forests, valleys, mountain gorges, medieval villages. Together with us - in collaboration with Madonie Outdoor, the association of the most expert excursionist guides in the area - you can discover secluded and uncontaminated places, cross the Tiberio Gorges by rubber dinghy, raft in the Pollina river, reach the mountain tops through secrets trekking or mountain bike trails. And then there is still Sicily, with its millennial ancient art, its shimmering beaches, its archaeological wonders, the legendary kindness of its inhabitants. Everything easily reachable from the Masseria, by private car or with individual or group excursions, that we will be delighted to help you organize, through local agencies of our absolute trust.
Around The Masseria
OUR LITTLE RIVER
Ten minutes walk among oaks and olive trees, and you will be at the small river on the edge of our park. If the water is high enough, depending on the season, you can swim or you can simply sunbathe in total privacy. And it will always be possible to organize a picnic along its banks.
Inside and all around the Masseria’s land, there are miles of trekking trails between woods, fields of wheat and olive trees, over small hills, along which you can walk in solitude and silence, go jogging early in the morning or just breath fresh and clean air.
DOING NOTHING AROUND THE POOL
Yes, now just lay down, take the sun, read, swim or do exactly nothing around our pool, under the shade of white umbrellas, lying on comfortable loungers. From May to October, the pool with its fresh water will be the ideal place to discover the essence of the authentic Sicilian "dolce far niente".
LOOKING FOR WILD ASPARAGUS
It will not be easy to find them in the tall grass, but in April and May our fields are full of wild asparagus and spring mushrooms, which we will help you to recognize. And in every month there will be something good to pick in the fields, from origanum to wild fennel, to saffron flowers.
LET'S MAKE TOGETHER OUR PRESERVES
In Summer, you can join us to pick tomatoes from our biogical garden and the seasonal fruit from the trees. Then, learn with us how to make tomato preserves, homemade jams and ice-creams. And, of course, you can always take part in our Chef's Sicilian cuisine cooking lessons.
The picking of tomatoes in Summer, the grape harvest in October, the olives harvest in November and their transformation into extra-virgin olive oil, through all its phases. It will be a joy for us, to involve you in all the many activities of a real Sicilian organic farm.
Around The Madonie
TREKKING IN THE WILDERNESS
We will drive you in different, exciting excursions, surrounded by breath-taking Sicilian landscape, to discover wild mountain peaks and secret valleys and the suggestive rural villages that represent historical and human heritage of a unique and welcoming land.
RIVER TRAIL IN THE GOLE OF TIBERIO
We will cross the “Gole of Tiberio” by rubber dinghy or walking along the river bed, when the water is too low for boats. For this river trail, you can use our special diving suits. The route is in the territory of the Madonie Park where you can find olive groves, citrus groves and ash woods.
RAFTING IN THE POLLINA RIVER
The rafting of the Pollina river will be an authentic adventure, surrounded by the pristine nature of a Mediterranean habitat. Suitable from beginners to advanced, we will also cross the “Gole of Tiberio” by rubber dinghy. Period: April-October (depending on the river conditions).
Let's discover the hidden habitat and the charming unknown villages along the large network of trails and forest roads, with excursions for the bravest climber or amateur cyclists. Bikes and all the necessary equipment will be provided by Madonie Outdoors.
CASTLE OF SPERLINGA
The Castle of Sperlinga is one of the hidden gems of Sicily. Only few miles far from the Masseria, the castle was built by the Normans in the 11th century and is carved into a single rock monolith, above caves of sacred temples that date back to 4,000 years ago.
Winner of the award of most beautiful village in Italy in 2014, Gangi is a medieval small town, built on an ancient Greek settlement and placed at over one thousand meters altitude. Just 8 kilometers away from the Masseria, from its “belvedere” it’s possible to admire a breathtaking view of Etna.
Located about 40 kilometers from the Masseria, an hour of convenient freeway drive, is Cefalù, one of the most enchanting fishermen villages in Italy, with its white beaches, its cafes and restaurants and its world famous cathedral, decorated with extraordinary Byzantine style golden mosaics.
VALLE DEI TEMPLI
On the south coast of Sicily, near Agrigento, you will find the Valley of the Temples, one of the main archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Masseria, you can visit it on a one day excursion, privately or through local tourist agencies.
VILLA ROMANA AT PIAZZA ARMERINA
Other UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Roman “Villa del Casale”, of the IV Century d.C., owns some of the best preserved Roman mosaic floors in the world, and can also be visited on a day trip from the Masseria, by private car or organized group excursion.
With its 3350 mts above sea level, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. From the Masseria it is about two hours by highway and our local tourist agents will help you to participate in any kind of excursion, including exciting trekkings up to the volcanic vents.
PALERMO AND CATANIA
We are located in the geographical center of Sicily, therefore in about an hour and a half by car you can easily reach both Palermo and Catania and explore their lively historical centers, their incredible artistic and architectural heritage, their colorful food markets.
SYRACUSE AND NOTO VALLEY
The town of Syracuse with its ancient Greek theater and the valley of Noto with its incredible baroque villages are a little further away, about three hours by car from our retreat center. But it will be really worthwhile to visit them, before leaving Sicily.
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