Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden

14 May

This beautiful Villa and garden have been in the San Guiliano family for over 800 years.

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The estate includes the chapel, below, a South American inspired garden from a stay in Brazil, and groves of citrus and olives.

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I liked this section of blue, great shape and texture.

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Head gardener Rachel Lamb was kind to give us a full tour of the property. She has worked closely with Marchese San Guiliano since 2002.

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Poolside has a great view of Mt. Etna.

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This walled garden s behind the pool and contains a pink grapefruit grove that the estate uses to make marmalade s that sell internationally.

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Several pretty planters dot the back garden such as this one with the San Guiliano coat of arms. Look for the lizard, there were lots of them and frogs about.

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This massive ficus was planted in 1959 in honour of the family’s return to the estate. One of several resident dogs.

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Detail of chapel chairs with family coat of arms.
All photos sue.womersley.

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2 Responses to “Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden”

  1. The Sicilian Housewife May 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Gorgeous photos. Where exactly is the villa? I am wondering if it is day-trippable from where I live, near Palermo…

    • designmuse July 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Hello Sicilian Housewife,
      I apologize for the long delay in my reply… I have been neglecting the blog since I returned home!
      The Villa is 15 minutes inland halfway between Catania and Siracusa. It is private, I was on a garden tour that had pre-arranged a private tour with head gardener Rachel Lamb (a fellow ex-pat Brit – maybe a connection?? for you if you were hoping… there are articles written about her). If you were hoping to find photos of the interior of the Villa, they rent it out ($$$$$) and which means there are also some photos online. ThinkSicily.com Hope that helps :) after the long wait.
      I enjoyed reading your blog! Sue

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