Dimora di Pizzo Re
Villa surrounded by nature,
food and contemporary art
Set in the heart of the Nebrodi mountains national park, la Dimoro del Pizzo Re is a typical old stone farmhouse, and, thanks to painstaking and sensitive restoration, retains its original character.
The villa is located within the “Fiumara d’Arte”, a sculpture trail set up by Antonio Presti, who invited artists from all over the world to create sculptures to be placed in the open air along the valley of the river Tusa. The result (which opened in 2006) is the largest open-air sculpture park in Sicily, and guests at the villa will find striking works of art within a few kilometres of the house — including “The labyrinth of Arianna” by Italo Lanfredini, “A curve thrown behind time” by Paolo Schiavocampo and the “Arethusa” carabinieri barracks by Piero Dorazio and Graziano Marini.
The Dimora is in easy reach of several fascinating towns: Castel di Lucio (1.5 km away) is a delightful, ancient and utterly authentic Norman village dating back to the early 1200s; while the crystalline sea and Blue Flag beaches of pretty Marina di Tusa — also famous for its fish restaurants — are 25 km away. Over in the nearby Madonie mountains are the exquisitely restored medieval village of Gangi (23 km) and the medieval village of Sperlinga (29 km) with a castle and cave dwellings. The medieval town of Cefalù, with a fabulous beach and wonderful Norman cathedral is a 58 km drive.
The villa is big, so ideal for multi generational family gatherings or groups of friends. There are 6 bedrooms, each with independent access, 4 are ensuite and the other 2 share a bathroom; a living room, guest bathroom and a kitchen and dining room.
Outside in the large garden there is a gazebo with outdoor kitchen, barbecue and wood oven, ideal for lunches and dinners in the open air. There is also a gorgeous big swimming pool (12m x 6m) and lots of little spots for lazing in sun or shade.
The villa is the ideal place for anyone interested in food who wants to explore and experience the gastronomic traditions of mountainous inland Sicily. Guests can eat seasonal vegetables grown in the owners’ garden and collected by the caretaker of the villa, and taste and buy the estate’s own organic extra virgin olive oil; in addition, local farms sell organic chicken and eggs, and caciocavallo cheese, ricotta, and fresh cow’s and sheep milk.
4 ensuite bedrooms with independent entrances
2 bedrooms at first floor share a bathroom
Living room with fireplace and small dining room
Fully-equipped kitchen with larder
Furnished patio with large dining table
Swimming pool and solarium
The chance to spend a holiday in close contact with uncontaminated nature.
The cool climate of the high hills – you may even need long sleeves on summer evenings, something that is unthinkable down on the Sicilian coast!
Feasting on typical artisan Nebrodi products, like the tomato paste and olive oil created by the owners, which retain an intensity of flavours long lost in commercial food.
Dining (by reservation) on simple and genuine home cooking in small, authentic mountain trattorias.
Alternating days walking in the mountains with days swimming at the beautiful beach of Tusa.
This is a holiday for anyone who wants to get in touch with a life that has disappeared from most of the western world.
It is a great base for exploring North-Eastern and North-Western Sicily, Taormina, the Alcantara Gorges and Cefalù, San Marco D’Alunzio (an ancient village set high upon a hill)