The building is new, the feel is remote, the views are superb. From the infinity pool and through the glass walls of the living area you look over a canyon, typical of the area and archaeologically fascinating; the Ionian Sea is to your left, mountains all around. You just want to stand, or float, and stare. To reach this dramatic spot – only 10 minutes’ drive from sandy beaches – you wind slowly up through the Hyblaean Mountains. The villa is on two levels, its crisp lines inspired by contemporary architecture, the bathrooms with Mount Etna lava stone sinks, and simple, comfortable bedrooms are upstairs; bedheads are colourfully tiled Sicilian-style. Downstairs is uncluttered with artisan furniture, practical, open plan and full of light – and those stunning views. There’s a playground and a garden; you can shop in Cassibile (where the armistice between Italy and the Allies was signed in 1943). Nearby there are UNESCO historic towns and Cavagrande del Cassibile and Pantalica Nature Reserves to visit. This part of Sicily is wonderfully quiet out of season.