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Alicudi Italy

Listing # 67007

Rates From GBP 585 Weekly
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 8, 2019


A New York Times travel writer once wrote that in order to get away from it all it was necessary to employ a minimum of three modes of travel. Alicudi, considered the isolated island is accessible by 1: Train or Plane; 2: Ferry; 3: Donkey and 4: Foot, fits the rule. Once having trekked up it’s ancient stone paths, the traveller arrives at Caseta Zanca, an idyllic, tranquil restored farmhouse/cottage situated 400 metres above sea level amongst a garden oasis with panoramic sea views…

Caseta Zanca is situated in Valley Zanca, a deeply wooded valley of ash, olive, oak, chestnut and heather/ericusa – the ancient Greek name of the island. It is located in the village of San Bartolo, named after the patron saint of the island. Once a thriving agricultural village, which appears randomly scattered across the mountainside, the village is comprised of clusters of houses with agricultural terraces between and boasts la chiesa San Bartolo, the island’s first church (circa 16th century).

Set on the edge of a national park (further up the mountain), raptors wheeling on the thermals are a common site. Although the owners aren’t classic twitchers, they have been lucky to spot hoopoes, golden orioles, and short-toed eagles only a few of the many migratory birds, which pass through during different seasons.

This, along with ever changing weather patterns, which bring spectacular hues and moods to both sky and sea (sometimes even sitting above the cloud line) together with no light or sound pollution, cooler breezy bright starry evenings and fresh mornings all make Caseta Zanca a unique destination, setting it apart from the lower villages of the island – well worth the walk… what a reward! If you’re lucky you might even spot the white owl that often hoots whilst making it’s nightly rounds in the valley.

The walk to Caseta Zanca - up a wonderfully meandering ancient path of well-worn stone paved steps - takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour (approximately 400 metres above sea level). It’s strongly advised to carry a day backpack for valuables and of course … WATER! There are plenty of shady spots with amazing views along the way. Good walking shoes/sandals with a grip sole and an ankle strap are a must - NO flip-flops!

Generous double doors lead off Caseta Zanca’s front terrace into an 'open plan' cooking / dining / living area located on the ground floor. All is furnished with an eclectic and curated blend of antique, vintage and contemporary furnishings and objects. The owners are avid flea market junkies.

Situated within a corner of the room the kitchen area is fully equipped with refrigerator/freezer and a 3-burner gas hob. A double window conveniently opens onto the outside dining area (easy to pass things in & out). A second window overlooks the front terrace with views to the sea.

Cosy and intimate, this is furnished with an Indian style sofa/charpoy, Middle-Eastern cushions and stools, table and wardrobe. The sofa extends to a single bed.

Stone steps lead up to a sleeping loft for two (originally a solpacco: traditional storage loft larder) with a window overlooking the upper terrace of the garden and an original restored porthole with views to the sea. At 400 metres, evenings tend to be refreshingly cooler than at sea level - perfect for a good night's sleep!

There is an L shaped patio, shaded by a chestnut beamed bamboo pergola, supported upon stone columns. This private outside kitchen/dining area has a traditional stone sink, worktops, cupboard and benches.

Guests can enjoy dining ‘en pleinair’ – classic Mediterranean outside living - with panoramic sea views overlooking the rich flora of the terraced gardens (Cyprus, bougainvillea, mimosa, apricot, prickly pear, cane, lilies, iris and many types of exotic succulents & cacti) and mountainside, Mount Etna, the Aeolian archipelago - as far as Stromboli - and the church of St. Bartolo are all within view.

A stone path leads from the outside kitchen/dining area to the bathroom facilities (smooth barefoot territory).

FLINTSTONE/IGLOO BATHROOM: A fully equipped bathroom is housed in a former mannera – a traditional stone built cave originally used to house animals. Here guests will experience luxury on the mountain: Shower (hot and cold water) and toilet with sea views through a half stable door, as well as a volcanic stone sink. All is well lit. In step with the usual Mediterranean island life, Alicudi’s sanitary system does not allow for guests to dispose of paper/articles down the loo.

This privately enclosed cold-water shower is situated within a curved stonewall with views to Filicudi Island, Mount Etna and the Sicilian coast.

From the patio, stone steps lead down to an olive tree shaded little terrace, with a hammock (formerly the old chicken-run!) Another hammock zone is located under the Apricot tree. All great spots for bird and ferry watching – binoculars provided!

Please note: References will be requested as well as security deposit in order to secure the rental.

Washing machine in flat.

Maximum 2 people - Non-smoking professional(s) only.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices

Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Cottage or Country Home


Available from Friday, June 21, 2019 until Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Available from Wednesday, August 28, 2019 until Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Minimum Stay
1 week(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Alicudi
Postal Code - State or Province Sicily
Country Italy
Neighborhood Keywords San Bartolo
Closest University
University nearby

Rental Price:

GBP 585 Weekly

Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Mountains

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Architectural Gem
  • Holiday Term
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home
  • Summer Term


  • Stairs
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: Garden


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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I am the Director of CPD and Careers at Arts Educational Schools, London, where I also teach Drama and Yoga. I am originally from New York and relocated to London with my English husband, who is an artist and Art Professor. We have a collaborative performance practice specialising in site-specific, contextual works.

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The flat is extremely nice and the location is great, quite but central. About 10 min walk to tube and Waterloo, easy to cycle to central London. The landlords are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend the flat! Excellent Peter Haan 2/8/2017 1:21:00 PM