Where the dragonflies live: On a Sicilian hill, amidst citrus, almond and olive trees, vines, palms and cacti, sits the Dimora delle Libellule. A light and airy ensemble that, like its culture-rich island, unites Orient and Occident as well as originality and modernity. Not far from the luminous baroque town of Noto and the Caribbean white beaches of the Riserva Naturale di Vendicari. The sprawling property is composed of a historical main building and a newly designed guesthouse, both connected by a long narrow pool. It is surrounded by a two-hectare private park that combines almost everything Sicily’s flora has to offer.
The old “Palmento”, a Sicilian ground-level wine cellar, has been renovated and provides its guests with spacious, bright rooms behind its impressive walls and French windows. A blend of historical architecture, modern design and traditional elements. The rooms are all in white, from the walls to the brick sofa to the kitchen, while colour-coordinated details add recurring accents. From the spacious living room with integrated kitchen to the three bedrooms, each room has its own fireplace as well as direct access to the garden and its shady courtyards.
The newly built cubic annexe offers space for two more people. From the living room, bedroom and bathroom to a small separate kitchen and a sheltered terrace with bar, all living areas come together here seamlessly under one overhanging roof. The fact that everything is a little more extraordinary in Villa Dimora delle Libellule is also confirmed by the seemingly endless pool, which merges into a gentle waterfall on one side. A shimmering and fascinating place where not only dragonflies like to stretch their wings.
What to do
The white sandy beaches of the nature reserve of Vendicari are only 1 km away - a paradise for bathing lovers, hikers and ornithologists, here you will also find other points of interest such as the Torre Sveva, a 15th century fortification tower. Don't miss the picturesque fishing village of Marzamemi, the beautiful late Baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (13 km away), or Syracuse, the birthplace of Archimedes and so rich in Greek history (30 km away).
Why we like this house
A Mediterranean oasis full of flair, combining different styles and elements to create a timeless aesthetic.
This house is great for
Families, friends; through the independent guest house there is private retreat for different guest constellations;
|Region||IT – Italy, Sicily, Pachino|
|Name||Dimora delle Libellule|
|Scenery||surrounded by a Mediterranean, park-like garden|
|Number of guests||Max. 8 (6 in the old villa, 2 in the new guest house)|
|Completed||around 1930; 1998 and 2018 (restoration of the villa and construction of a new guest house)|
|Design||Piero dall'Occa dell'Orso (architect), Bologna|
|Architecture||Modern, Old & new|
|Criteria||1-8 (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Garden, Island, Pool, Sea, Wine|
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