Sicily is not just at the geographical heart of the Mediterranean, but its stunning culinary hub too. “To cook like your mother is good; to cook like your grandmother is better” surmises the fundamentals of Sicilian cuisine, with age-old recipes, featuring the best of local harvests passed between the generations. Follow the uphill roads of blossoming almond trees here and you’ll not only experience a landscape of highs and lows – from Mount Etna basking in the sun to the glistening shores of the Mediterranean – but a gastronomic break with more than a few Sicilian delights.
With a rightfully proud heritage focused on uniting agriculture and tourism, the second-generation family-run Villa Dafna invites you to taste all the flavours of authentically rural Italian “campagna”. Here you can track the restaurant’s finest “siccagno” tomatoes and ricotta cheese from the adjoining farm and even learn some of those traditional recipes with a cooking class. Best of all, staying in large country-style rooms, you get the best seat in the house with mouth-watering views of the outdoor pool or surrounding countryside to frame eternal summer evenings.