Stay at one of Sicily's BEST rural estates.

What's a guest farm?
We Italians call it agriturismo, and agriturismo siciliano, or "Sicilian Agritourism," is much more than a stay on a working farm, which in Sicily could be a rural holiday surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, citrus orchards, oak woods or endless wheat fields.
Agritourism is different from camping yet closer to nature than a superficial visit into the country. Think of it as a rural bed and breakfast, not quite a country inn. Guest farms are working estates far removed from the usual tourist trail, so you'll have to rent a car to get there from Palermo or Catania.
But it's worth the effort. In fact, agritourism is the perfect choice if you enjoy traveling on your own and discovering new places far beyond the city. It is even possible to use a guest farm as a "base" for excursions to archeological sites and other places of interest, or to add a special experience - a cooking class, a winery visit, a cultural tour - to your visit.
Expect the food to be exceptional and the lodging to be comfortable but rustic, and enjoy the real Sicily!

TRAVEL TIPS
Visas:
If you're an EU citizen you probably won't need a visa to enter Italy. Visitors from certain other countries can visit Italy for up to 3 months without a visa, though their passports must be valid for the entire duration of their stay. These countries include the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and others. Check the Italian Foreign Ministry website or contact the nearest Italian consulate to see whether you need a visa to enter Italy.
Credit Cards: Some restaurants and shops only accept cash. Mastercard and Visa are the most widely accepted credit cards; fewer Sicilian establishments accept American Express.
Currency Exchange: Italy's currency is the euro (€). Banks cannot exchange large amounts of currency, usually limiting transactions to €400 at a time. Visit our currency converter for current exchange rates.
Dining: Lunch, the main meal of the day, is usually served around 1, dinner at 8. Expect exceptional Sicilian wines, but no poultry. Few restaurants in Sicily serve chicken, which is roasted on a skewer and sold at stands as a take-away meal. Pizza is an evening food, and coffees containing milk (cappuccino) are usually served in the morning.
Tipping: 10% is normal in restaurants.
Smoking: Not permitted in restaurants or in any buildings open to the public, including stores and hotels.
Safety: To discourage purse snatchers women should carry small purses, if any, Along streets, carry your purse on the side away from traffic, as some thieves steal them while riding motor scooters. Backpacks should not be worn (but instead carried) in crowded areas or on buses.
Dress: In churches, including Monreale Abbey, Cefalù Cathedral and Palermo's Palatine Chapel, women should not enter with uncovered arms or wearing miniskirts or very short pants. Men should not enter wearing short pants.
Weather: Visit Best of Sicily's weather page for forecasts and current conditions.
Business Hours: Most stores and offices are closed in the afternoon from 1 until 4, when they open until 7 or 8.


Visit Villa Gigliotto!
Stay at the historic country estate of Sicilian nobles. Rustic suites, great cuisine, swimming pool and splendid scenery in the heart of Sicily. Visit our site for more information.

Come stay with us!
Stay at an aristocratic estate in the heart of Sicily's splendid wine country, surrounded by the pleasant rustic simplicity of another age. Discover the charms of Baglio Spanò!

Visit Rosa dei Venti!
La Rosa dei Venti is more than a bed and breakfast or hotel. It's a unique choice for a relaxing home holiday in a healthy rural setting in Sicily's heartland. Best rates guaranteed. Book Now!

Visit Ruvitello!
Stay (and relax) at a working farm in a scenic valley below Mount Etna, just minutes from Catania. Visit our site for more information.

Visit Tarantola!
Stay at a working winery near Alcamo in the hills of Sicily's enchanting wine country. Visit our site for more information.

Come stay at Bazan!
Luxury villa and cottages in a delightful country setting overlooking historic Cefalù. Come to Casale Bazan.

Come to San Leonardello.
Enjoy a delightful stay amid citrus groves on a charming farm near the coast just outside Catania, conveniently located near Taormina and Etna. Visit our site for details.

Come stay at our estate!
Experience the atmosphere of a feudal country estate nestled among Sicily's beautiful Madonie Mountains. Come stay at Feudo San Giorgio.

Come to Palazzo Conte Federico!
Coming to Palermo? Be the guest of a count and countess in the medieval, rustic ambience of an aristocratic palace in the heart of the old city. Why stay in a chain hotel or generic bed and breakfast? Choose Palazzo Conte Federico!

Sicily Links

World's Island. Links to all kinds of travel-oriented sites for Sicily, from restaurants to wedding planners.

Love Sicily. Cooking courses in scenic southeastern Sicily.

Sicily Concierge. Offers a wide range of customised travel experiences and even organises conferences and incentive holidays in Sicily.

Sicily Driver and Guide. A luxury standard in personal touring around Sicily with small groups.

Taormina & Siracusa Tour Guides. Tour guides in eastern Sicily.

Sicilian Guide. Personal touring around Sicily with small groups, and shore excursions from Palermo.

Sicily Tour Guides. Tour guides around Sicily, including Palermo, Siracusa, Agrigento...

Sicily Tours. Week-long tours around Sicily as well as shore excursions for cruise passengers at Palermo, Messina and Trapani. Also a good resource for travel agents.

"Emergency" Tours of Sicily. A good place to purchase a tour if your scheduled guided tour of Sicily has been cancelled.

Best of Sicily Guide. The web's most complete, and most popular, travel guide for Sicily, with a monthly magazine featuring original articles on hundreds of topics.

Sicily Wedding. Wedding planner for northwestern Sicily, specifically Cefalù (at the medieval cathedral) and Castelbuono (in the castle).

Sicily Moto Rent. Motorcycle rental based in Palermo. One of the few such agencies in Sicily.

See Palermo. A detailed destination guide for Palermo, Sicily's largest city, and other places in northwestern Sicily.

Sicily Guide Blog. Compact destination guide with a frequently updated blog.

Sicily Life. Travel services and tours described and linked.

Palermo Tours. Various tours of Palermo and northwestern Sicily.

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