Villa Bel Air: a Mediterranean oasis and strategic departure point toward the wonders of Sicily

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I would like to stay in a villa:

  1. Located near the sea
  2. Located near the main tourist attractions
  3. That allows me to enjoy my holiday in total relaxation and privacy

Impossible? No, find out why …

In the countryside between Noto and Avola, stands Villa Bel Air, a recently built country house set on the side of a promontory just 233 meters above sea level.

The owners’ goal was to create a home where it would be possible to spend one’s holidays in a veritable Mediterranean paradise, surrounded by the scents of Sicilian citrus fruits.

Designed with care and attention to detail, the interior of the villa is characterized by the refined balance between neutral colours and contemporary design, using typically rustic materials like wooden beams.

The large windows let in the sunlight, which envelops the whole villa and also allows you to enjoy the view of the garden and the swimming pool.


The property, on just one floor, opens into a spacious open-plan area with an open kitchen, dining area, and two living areas.

It is the particular furnishing accessories that make the difference: the pine cone-shaped lamp entirely handmade by master ceramists from Caltagirone, an ornament that cannot be lacking in a Sicilian villa, a symbol of good luck, health, and prosperity. The ceramic dishes of Caltagirone enliven the house as well and immerse us completely in the atmosphere of the island.

The floor, covered with Modica stone, a limestone rock extracted in the area of the Iblei mountains, is a clear tribute to the territory. This stone has palish but remarkably variable colours making it unique in its kind; the quartz veins, similar to breaks in the stone, confer a particular charm on the whole floor.

On either side of the living room are two double bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms with showers, also clad in local stone. Each bedroom has direct access out to the garden and swimming pool.

The interior of the villa, bright and furnished with great taste and elegance, has fine finishes that bestow character on the rooms.


The villa is enclosed by a drystone wall, an expression of ancient Sicilian art. Along the front of the house is a patio where you can relax during the hot summer days.

Surrounding the house are 3 hectares of land, mainly planted with citrus fruits where you can stroll and enjoy the morning breeze.


Eight steps lead from the terrace to the swimming pool lined in porcelain stoneware and purified with salt. The surrounding solarium is equipped with a hot and cold-water shower, two sunbeds, and a stone daybed shaded by an olive tree.


Villa Bel Air is located on the south-eastern coast of Sicily: more precisely in Avola, in the province of Syracuse, a place where land and sea come together in an explosion of colours, aromas and flavours.

Among the most fascinating beaches of the coast, for the most part sandy, are the Spiaggia della Pineta del Gelsomineto, the Spiaggia di Contrada Gallina, and the Spiaggia della Loggia.

If you are in Avola, you cannot miss the Cavagrande del Cassibile Nature Reserve, considered one of the wonders of Sicily.

Avola can also be an excellent starting point for visiting:

  • the capital of Baroque, Noto (18 km), considered a UNESCO World Heritage site;
  • the Vendicari Nature Reserve (20 km) is a protected natural area with wonderful beaches and unique vegetation.
  • Marzamemi (29 km), an old fishing borgo, famous for its picturesque and colourful piazza;
  • finally, Syracuse (29 km) is considered the largest Sicilian city in the ancient world, here you can visit the magnificent Duomo of Syracuse, the Greek Theatre, and, connected to the mainland by two bridges, the Island of Ortigia, with its many monuments and important museums.

One final recommendation: savour and enjoy the food and wine delicacies from both land and sea that the Sicilian cuisine has to offer such as cannoli, granita with brioche, Sicilian cassata …

What are you waiting for? Prepare your bags and go discover Sicily by staying at Villa Bel Air!