Rocca delle Tre Contrade occupies a stunningly panoramic position atop its own hill on Sicily’s east coast. Uninterrupted 360-degree bewitching views take in the sparkling Ionian Sea to one side and the fertile flanks and lava peak of Mount Etna to the other. The views of this former aristocratic estate are further enhanced by the intense greens and citrus flashes of the villa’s grounds, which feature lemon groves, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens.
The recovery intervention concerned the care of the high cultural and natural value of the area, maintaining the historical characteristics of the existing building as well as providing a comfortable living space for visitors.
The estate, a former wine farm and summer residence originally built around 1850 and then subsequently abandoned in the 1960s, is situated within the confines of the protected national park of Etna.
The outside areas at Rocca delle Tre Contrade are abundant and offer many a panoramic terrace, a wide selection of al fresco dining areas, a large lawned garden with an impressive pinus pinea , a magnolia grandiflora and, via a magical set of steps that tunnel through an immense lava stone wall, the remarkable 25-metre long, L-shaped infinity pool. Suspended over the surrounding lemon groves, doing lengths in this pool is a unique experience: swim one way and you feel as if you’re heading out to sea.
Surrounding all this, the magnificence of Mother Nature spreads over the garden and its great variety of citrus trees such as lemon, orange and tangerine trees whose enticing flowers fragrance lingers in the air of the garden.
In this typical Mediterranean setting, hydrangea and sky blue agapanthus harmoniously fill the shady corners.
Mount Etna, swathed in clouds, dominates the skyline, keeping watch over the soul of this charming pastel-hued building and its secrets.