Villa Ragalna

  • Location: Countryside
    Ragalna for shops and restaurants: 2km (3 mins by car)
    Coast and beaches: 25-35km (30-40 mins by car)
    Mount Etna: 20km (30 mins by car)
    Taormina: 70km (50 mins by car)
  • Catania Airport (CTA): 35km (40 min by car)
    Palermo (PA): 240km (3 hours by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Villa Ragalna

How would you describe Villa Ragalna in a nutshell?

Surrounded by an organic vineyard of autochthonous grape varieties and a grove of olive trees, Villa Ragalna offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape and Mount Etna. It’s the ideal place for a group of friends or a large family to discover the eastern Sicilian coast while relaxing and enjoying Sicilian food and wine.

What is the story behind Villa Ragalna, what was your inspiration to create it?

The house had been abandoned for many years when we found it. Our goal was to restore the property using only local materials while respecting its original structure. Today, it is a holiday home that can accommodate up to 10 people with all the creature comforts. 

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Villa Ragalna?

Carefully crafted by its architect owners, Villa Ragalna’s interiors perfectly frame the breathtaking panoramas outside. I would describe the interior design as welcoming and comfortable. As a nod to its past, the villa’s original woodfired kitchen and oven have been lovingly preserved. 

To you personally, what is so special about Villa Ragalna?

Villa Ragalna is a hideaway for design lovers and those wanting to relax in a peaceful Sicilian setting. The saltwater infinity pool offers a front-row seat for enjoying spectacular views across the countryside while the poolside house provides everything you need to cook while being immersed in nature. It’s the perfect antidote to urban living.

Terrace
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool house
Pool house
Pool house
Main house
Main house
Main house
Entrance
Living area
Dining area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Bedroom 1
Bathroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bathroom 3
Bedroom 4
Bedroom 4
Bathroom 4
Bedroom 5
Bathroom 5
Terrace

Villa Ragalna rooms & rates

On the ground floor are two bedrooms, which can be interconnected to create a family suite. In the first room, there is a double bed (140x200cm), air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC. In the second, smaller room, there is a sofa bed that is suitable for a child. Also on the ground floor is an additional bedroom with a double bed (160x200cm) that can be divided into two single beds on request. Aside from a terrace, this room also has air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC. 

Accessed via an external staircase is the first floor, which has a fully equipped kitchen, complete with an induction hob, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and coffee machine. Doors lead from here to the outside terrace where you’ll find a dining area overlooking the countryside. Also on the first floor is an air-conditioned living room with sofas and a dining table, plus a balcony.

Both of the bedrooms on the first floor are air-conditioned and have double beds (160x200cm) that can be separated into two single beds on request. One has a terrace and access to a bathroom with a shower and separate WC in the corridor, while the other one has an en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC.

On the second floor is the fifth bedroom, which has a double bed (140x190cm), air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC.

From the main house, a garden trail leads to the pool house, which is equipped with a fridge, a barbecue, a dishwasher and a bathroom with a shower. Aside from the alfresco dining area, there is a saltwater infinity swimming pool overlooking the forest and the Simeto Valley.

OVERVIEW

Ground floor

  • 1 Family suite with 2 rooms connected and terrace. In the first room, there is a double bed (140x200cm), air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC. In the second little room, there is a sofa bed (suitable for 1 child).
  • 1 Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm) (can be made into 2 single beds on request) with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with a shower and WC and terrace.

First floor (accessed via an external staircase)

  • 1 Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm) (can be made into 2 single beds on request), air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with bath/shower and WC.
  • 1 Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm) (can be made into 2 single beds on request), air-conditioning and terrace.
  • Bathroom with shower and separate WC in the corridor.
  • Kitchen with induction hob, oven, microwave, kettle toaster, dishwasher and coffee machine and doors leading outside to the terrace with dining area.
  • Living room with sofas, dining table, air-conditioning and balcony.

Second floor

  • 1 Double bedroom with double bed (140x190cm), air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom with shower and WC.

PLEASE NOTE: The owner’s house, as well as their architect office are located next to the main house at around 30 meters. But you only share the gate of the property. The pool, terrace, pool house & garden are, of course, for the exclusive use of the guests.

  • Villa Ragalna for 10-11 people / 200 m²
    900 / night
    • 5 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 5 Bathrooms
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include a welcome basket, basic bath products, bed linen, bath & pool towels, mid-stay rearrangement with change of bath towels, air conditioning in the living room & in the 5 bedrooms, Wi-Fi and final cleaning.
Optional extras
Available on request: extra cleaning, change of towels and bed linen, chef service for dinner, grocery pre-stock service. Please note that extra services must be booked in advance (at least 15 days before arrival) and paid in cash upon arrival at the check-in (usually available from 4 to 8pm).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome, cot and high chair must be booked in advance.
Minimum stay
5 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Pets welcome
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

Included in the rates are private parking, complimentary Wi-Fi and a welcome basket, as well as basic toiletries, bedding, bath and pool towels. We also provide a mid-stay change of bath towels and the final cleaning. There is one small safe in the villa and we have a laundry with a washing machine and ironing facilities that guests can use. While there is no air-conditioning in the kitchen, there is a fan and the property has radiant heating for the cooler months.

On request, we can provide a cot and high chair for babies, as well as accommodate some pets. Additional cleaning or a private cook for dinner can be arranged, as can the pre-stocking of grocery supplies for guests. We are always on hand to offer recommendations of things to see and do in the area. 

Things to do in Sicily & Ragalna

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Etna is deservedly famous for its volcano and hiking trails. But the region is also renowned for its wines made exclusively with autochthonous grape varieties: Nerello mascalese and Nerello cappuccio for the reds and Carricante for the whites. There are many opportunities for wine tasting near Villa Ragalna.

In summer, the beaches are often very crowded but among our favourites is the naturalistic reserve of Vendicari, which can easily be visited on a day trip to Noto. If you’re heading to Taormina, the IsolaBella is not to be missed, especially during the low season. The closest sandy beach is 35 kilometres away in Catania while Fondachello (50 kilometres away) has an immense pebble beach. Also worth visiting is the rocky beach at Plemmirio (90 kilometres away) — a naturalistic reserve near Siracusa. 

The location of Villa Ragalna

Villa Ragalna is conveniently located near many of Sicily’s most popular attractions, allowing curious travellers to visit different places and discover unique landscapes during daily tours.

The villa is located three kilometres from the nearest village on the southern slopes of Mount Etna. In the village, you’ll find a restaurant and a supermarket for picking up supplies. Catania Airport is 35 kilometres away while Taormina is 70 kilometres from the villa. It’s the ideal base for discovering eastern Sicily. Siracusa, Ortigia, Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina are all 90 kilometres away. Ragusa and Noto are 120 kilometres. 

When is the best time to visit Sicily?

Sicily can be visited all year round. Summer is perfect for lazy days beside the pool, barbecuing outdoors and sailing tours while spring offers magnificent colours in the countryside. In autumn and winter, the temperatures are mild and it’s the low tourist season on the island.