Villa dei Papiri is beautiful, looks like a typical gorgeous Italian Don's Villa in the orchards straight out of the Godfather. Gives you that impression as you drive through the gates and down the gravel covered drive through the orange and lemon groves. The buildings and grounds are spotless and quite a view, the rooms are a descent size and furnished in old original styling, it all fits in nicely. But that is all it has to offer. It is 7-8Km away from life so a car is essential. No restaurants in walking distance which is a pain as they do not serve any food onsite other than the most basic of breakfasts, they say the onsite bar is open til midnight but the truth is they have a very poor very limited selection in a catering fridge and that is it. Sooooo much more could be done with this place and it would be very very successful and pleasant but they just don't do anything, at all, no exaggeration. A restaurant and a good serving bar and you could spend some quality time here. It's Villa's so self catering but they give you absolutely no facility to do this. No cups or glasses in rooms, no cutlery, no way of making a drink or even opening a bottle. You do get a fridge in you room???!! Seriously the management need to pay a bit more attention to the details here and evening arrangements and this place could have been perfect.......But sadly not the case..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The holiday farm “Villa dei Papiri” is an old Sicilian house dating back to the 19th century. It dominates a 13 hectares area rich in organic farming of lemons and oranges and surrounded by papyrus plants, palms, olive, almond and carob trees, cypress, bonsais as well as other wonderful Mediterranean plants. It is located 5 kms away from Syracuse, inside the Natural Reserve of the River Ciane & Saline, a few meters from the mythological spring source Fonte Ciane whose myth of Persephone is praised in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. It is surrounded by beautiful Egyptian Papyri, exactly the same papyrus used for the preparation of those extraordinary paper rolls on which most of human history has passed, and it continues to grow wild in this place unique in the world. The area also denotes an archaeological as well as naturalistic interest , as there are several Paleolithic remains such as tombs, caves and wells. These valuable findings show the presence of the ancient Sicilian habitation; the Sicilians were the Indo-European ethnic group that inhabited eastern Sicily, while the other ethnic groups of Elymian and Sikelian people inhabited respectively the west and the center of the island as reported by the historian Thucydides . In this vast nature reserve Villa dei Papiri is an historical building of great landscape value. Elegantly refined and equipped with every comfort it offers to its visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauties of the place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Dei Papiri Syracuse, Sicily, Italy