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Il Poggio

A stylish villa in a rural setting, with horse-riding, a great pool and views to match


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Il Poggio

Location Features Surroundings Ideal for Monreale (Palermo)
Monreale (Palermo)

Wonderful rural setting
Large pool
Spectacular views

Lo Zingaro

Cultural & Relaxing breaks



Stylish, spacious and supremely comfortable for a group or two families: think extreme attention to detail without over-the-top extravagance. Overlooking the hills around Palermo, a stay at Il Poggio manages to deliver a rural, city and beach experience all in one go.


The villa overlooks Palermo’s Conca d’Oro, a series of rolling hills swathed in citrus groves, and yet despite the rural setting, Palermo's city centre, Mondello beach and the airport are all within a one hour drive.

Several horses are housed in the private stables just outside the main gates of the villa, offering a wonderfully authentic countryside atmosphere. Children and adults alike will fall in love with the beautiful horses who they can visit every day to say hello!

Outside: The large pool is the focal point of a lovely lawned garden, scattered with sun loungers, a hammock, table and chairs, and with gorgeous views. A path leads directly from the house to the pool. The shaded dining and barbecue area are conveniently situated, just a few steps from the kitchen back door. At the front of the villa, a covered patio, with comfortable sofas and a low coffee table, and overlooking the garden, provides welcome shade during the heat of the midday sun.

Inside: Enter the villa via the patio through large floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open into a very spacious living area. One half of the room has  several sofas and armchairs grouped around an elegant coffee table, and a fireplace to one side and, behind that, an additional sitting area with a large L-shaped sofa and flat screen TV. The other half of the living area comprises a spacious dining room with a table, chairs and fireplace.

The dining-room leads out to a fabulously modern kitchen, simply painted in white and duck egg blue, with exposed stone walls. A central island provides extra work space and an external door leads out to the back garden. There is also a guest bathroom on this floor.

Upstairs, there are three lovely double bedrooms, (one with a private balcony overlooking the countryside) and two bathrooms, one with a bath and one with a shower. A spiral staircase leads up to a large studio bedroom in the attic, with a vaulted ceiling, and furnished with a double bed and comfy sofa.


Local Sights

Il Poggio is found near Monreale, home to the famous cathedral with some of the most impressive mosaics in Europe which was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Arab/Norman monuments of Palermo and Cefalù. Monreale has a charming town centre full of good restaurants and little shops. The views looking over the Conca d'Oro valley and Palermo below are wonderful. Drive a few minutes along a scenic road lines with pine trees and you will reach the impressive abbey in San Martino delle Scale, a popular place for Palermitans to cool off during the summer.

You will be fairly close to the Palermitan's favourite beach, Mondello. After a drive of about 45 minutes you will find yourself surrounded by gorgeously blue waters, a lovely sandy bay, and lots of locals from Palermo. It is a beautiful place to spend a day at the seaside and you will find free areas as well as equipped lidos.

The nearest main town to the villa is Sicily's vibrant capital: Palermo. You could never be bored in this city, as there is so much to see. There are wonderful museums, great churches and phenomenal architecture to be found throughout the city, as well as a great range of top-class restaurants and tempting street food.

If you're interested in the ancient ruins found in Sicily, then you are in luck: Segesta and Selinunte are both around an hour's drive of Il Poggio. These archaeological sites have wonderful examples of ancient Greek architecture and both have spectacular setting with wonderful views over the Sicilian countryside.

Local Experiences

If food is your passion then you're in the right place. Nearby Palermo has many fabulous restaurants and the street food scene is very exciting. You could take a guided tour through the historic and colourful markets, or perhaps enjoy a street food tour, where you will taste many of the local specialities.

There are so many wonderful buildings to see in Palermo that a guided walking tour of the city is also recommended. You will walk through the streets of the city learning about its truly fascinating history.

Spend some time discovering Sicily's gorgeous coastline with a skippered boat rental from Mondello, or enjoy a boat trip from Palermo's harbours, la Cala or l'Arenella. For water sports enthusiasts, Mondello is a great destination, with many places offering kitesurfing, windsurfing, SUP, kayak hire and much more.

As in many parts of Sicily, the wine grown in the hills around Palermo is a very good quality. The wineries are very picturesque and many offer tours and tastings. Our guided winery tours are a great way to learn about making wine, as well as tasting some fabulous products.

If travelling around the local area all seems a bit much the you can still have some great Sicilian experiences nearer to home. Book a Cook and enjoy a true Sicilian feast from the comfort of the villa. Or perhaps your party would like to learn how to make some Sicilian delicacies: why not organise a day's cooking experience for everyone at a local cookery school. It's guaranteed to go down a treat!


The pool is open to guests from 18th April to 31st October.

Horse-riding at a local stable is available on request. Please advise at the time of booking whether you wish to reserve this service.

Guests staying at Il Poggio can receive a discount of 10% at a local beach club, Lidò. You can enjoy a day at the sea at this exclusive beach club with its bar, restaurant, great facilities and much more! soloSicily guests will also receive a complimentary welcome drink upon arrival at the beach club.

Thanks to the elevated position of the house, 700 m above sea level, and to its proximity to the woods, Il Poggio is usually very cool - even in summer - and so air conditioning is unnecessary. However, two bedrooms have air conditioners while the others are equipped with ceiling fans.

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General Info




Accommodates (max) 8+1
Bedrooms 4
Double 4
Extra single bed 1
Bathrooms 2
Toilet 1
Pool (LxW in meters) 16x8
Pool shower present
Pool towels present
Private parking present
Private garden present
Hammock present
Veranda present
Barbecue area present
Air conditioning * present
Heating present
Open fireplace present
Washing machine present
Iron & ironing board present
Dishwasher present
Kettle present
Mixer present
Toaster present
Oven present
Microwave oven present
Dvd present
Home theater system present
Stereo present
Adsl Wi-Fi internet present
Welcome pack present
Pool cleaning ** present
Mid-week cleaning *** present
Final cleaning present
Daily cleaning on request
Linen & towels change **** on request
Cot & highchair on request
Shopping delivery on request
Cook service on request
Cooking classes on request
Guided tours on request
Street food tour on request
Wine experiences on request
Transfer on request
Car rental delivery on request
Boat & yacht rental on request
Horse riding on request
present present on request on request not available not available

* Two bedrooms have air conditioning whilst the others are equipped with ceiling fans

** 3 times a week

*** Once a week

**** A mid-stay towels change is included for bookings longer than one week.
Weekly linen/towel changes and a cleaning service are included for multiple-week bookings


Transport Links

Surrounding Area

Palermo airport 48 km - 30 miles - 45 mins
Trapani airport 91 km - 57 miles - 1 hr 15
Catania airport 240 km - 149 miles - 3 hr
Comiso airport 253 km - 157 miles - 4 hr 5
Nearest beach 30 mins driving
Supermarket 10 mins driving
Shops & restaurants 10 mins driving
Monreale centre 14 km - 9 miles - 25 mins
Palermo centre 21 km - 13 miles - 35 mins
Mondello beach 37 km - 23 miles - 45 mins
Scopello centre 54 km - 33 miles - 1 hr 5
Segesta archaeological site 55 km - 34 miles - 55 mins
Lo Zingaro nature reserve 56 km - 35 miles - 1 hr 10
Cefalù centre 87 km - 54 miles - 1 hr 10
Erice cable car 87 km - 54 miles - 1 hr 20
Erice centre 92 km - 57 miles - 1 hr 30
Selinunte archaeological site 97 km - 60 miles - 1 hr 25
Madonie mountains 120 km - 57 miles - 1 hr 55

Prices & Availability

2020 Prices
2021 Prices

Exclusive use of the villa is guaranteed on reduced occupancy villa bookings, regardless of the number of bedrooms or cottages you use.

Period Sleeps: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
04 Jan - 12 Jun 2000 2500
13 Jun - 17 Jul 3100 3500
18 Jul - 28 Aug 4100 4100
29 Aug - 25 Sep 2300 2500
26 Sep - 08 Jan 1700 2000
Refundable Security Deposit 800 1000
1 Extra single bed (up to 9 guests) 270 270

Prices include: taxes, water, gas, electricity, mid-week cleaning, bath towels, linen, pool or beach towels, welcome pack and our 24/7 local support during your stay at our property.

We are currently taking bookings for 2021. If you book now for 2021, you can take advantage of our Price Freeze promotion, which means you can book your 2021 Sicily holiday villa at 2020 price. Please contact us for availability.


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