Fascinating Sicily! The island reads as a potted history of the Mediterranean world. Here on the western side, your house is not far from the Greek beauties of Segesta, there are prehistoric cave paintings on the Egadi Islands, visible from this hill and a few hydrofoil minutes from Trapani, and so much more. Built by Pietro’s father, who used to live here year round, the house has a family-home feel: open-plan living spaces with bookshelves and ornaments, a large, well-equipped kitchen, an inviting table under the lemon tree… Fresh bedrooms – three downstairs – have the odd burst of colour, antique heavily carved bedhead, island photos; if you fancy a bit of independence – outside steps lead to an apartment with kitchen and terrace. Water is solar-heated, olive and pine trees, lavender and rosemary provide shade and scent; friendly Pietro greets and leaves you home-grown olive oil, fruit and all you need for your first breakfast. The archaeological site of Selinunte has a sea of flowers in spring; San Vito Lo Capo is a busy (once fishing) village with long white sands – and colourful Cous Cous Fest in September.