In an ancient landscape of stoney outcrops and grazing cattle the valley road curves round to the plain above, high and glorious with great views. There, at the end of a narrow lane, is the house, elegant in its simplicity, whiter than white with pale turquoise shutters. A large marble-topped table is protected by a gazebo, a striped hammock is slung between the trees, sleek loungers flank a big pool, and there’s a play area shaded by olives. Inside, all sparkles, from the sitting room with books, wood-burner and white leather sofa, to the well-equipped kitchen, the simple bedrooms and the bathroom with its great big shower. Civilisation is a seven-minute drive, but there’s no other dwelling in sight; this is a place for those who love silence. If you bring children, make sure they can swim; if not, the beach is a ten-minute drive. Few tourists make it to Sicily’s southernmost tip, and out of season you’ll have the place to yourselves. Come evening, head for Ragusa, a honey-coloured Renaissance marvel – or ethereal Noto, or glorious Modica.