The best places for glamping in Sicily

    Looking for the best glamping solutions in Sicily? This is the right article for you. We have compiled a list of the most interesting proposals of glamorous campsites. From the east coast to the west coast, there are certainly many options available. The proposed solutions range from classic tents to bubbles and even some very special dwellings. All you have to do is choose and get ready to go.

    What is Glamping

    Glamping is a term born in 2005 from the fusion of the English words glamour and camping. It represents an evolution of the classic camping concept, where tents are equipped with all the comforts of a hotel room. The earliest experience of glamorous camping dates back to the 16th century, when John Stewart, third Earl of Atholl, organized a luxurious camping trip in the Highlands on the occasion of the visit of James V of Scotland with his mother. However, glamping as a form of travel originated in Africa, specifically Morocco. Here, travelers from all over the world began to experience sleeping in a typical Berber tent in the desert and sampling the local cuisine. From Africa, glamping spread first to the United States and then to Europe. In addition to classic tents or bell tents, guests can be accommodated in bubble rooms or houses made of wood and other eco-friendly materials.

    Where to go glamping in Eastern Sicily

    Let’s start this tour to discover the best glamping in Sicily from the east coast. The stretch of coast from Capo Peloro to Capo Passero is home to some of the most beautiful destinations in all of Sicily. From Messina to Taormina, through Catania and the Riviera dei Ciclopi to the baroque area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stretch of coast is also home to one of the most famous and beautiful natural reserves on the island: the Vendicari Reserve.

    Villarè Bubble Room (Messina)

    Villarè was founded in 2013, initially as an urban farm, the first in the city of Messina. Over the years, Angelo Villari and his daughter Marzia have enriched the project with many activities, workshops and experiential moments dedicated to families, schools and small groups. The glamping experience that Villarè offers is definitely one of the most characteristic and that is the Bubble Room. If you have always dreamed of sleeping under the stars, this is the solution for you. It is a transparent bubble made of high quality technical material that is durable, fireproof and protects from the sun’s harmful rays. The temperature and stability of the bubble is ensured by a silent ventilation system. The bathroom is private and located in an area outside the bubble. Villarè’s Green Bubble can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children up to 10 years old. For those who wish, dinner and lunch can be added to the stay.

    Glamping Alcantara (Motta Camastra)

    Una delle tende del Glamping Alcantara
    Glamping Alcantara, Motta Camastra

    A little further south, towards Catania, we come to one of the most famous and spectacular natural sites in Sicily: the Gorges of Alcantara. This natural canyon is a popular destination for lovers of nature and river sports. In the area of Motta Camastra, among oak trees, plane trees and oaks, is the Glamping Alcantara. Here it is possible to stay in structures made entirely of wood, very spacious and equipped with all comforts. It is also an ideal destination for families with children, thanks to its proximity to the Spray Park, to which access is included in the price of the stay.

    Rifugio Manfré Glamping Tent (Belpasso)

    Una delle tende glamping del rifugio Mandrè
    Rifugio Manfré Glamping Tent, Belpasso

    Now we move on to another paradise for nature lovers: Mount Etna Park. If you want to devote yourself to exploring the volcano, you can stay at the Rifugio Manfré. The hut is available all year round for groups of up to seven people. In summer, the hut offers real glamping, with tents that sleep up to four people. You can sleep in the middle of nature, surrounded by chestnut trees. A common area with barbecue, pizza oven, deck chairs and hammocks is available to all guests. The lodge bar offers drinks, snacks and tastings of local products. In the restaurant, chefs prepare seasonal menus. Advance reservations are required for all services due to limited availability.

    Bubble Glamping Sicilia (Catania)

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    Bubble Glamping Sicilia, Catania

    If the experience of sleeping in a bubble intrigues you, it is also possible just twenty minutes from the center of Catania. Inside the farmhouse La Corte della Regina you will find Bubble Glamping Sicilia. Each bubble is equipped with designer furniture, linen, wifi, private bathroom and, above all, a telescope to admire the sky. In addition, each bubble has a heated hot tub for the exclusive use of guests. On request it is possible to have room service breakfast in the morning, while for the evening that of apericena.

    Iuta Glamping & Farm Noto

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    Iuta Glamping & Farm, Noto

    Halfway between Avola and Noto is Iuta Glamping & Farm Noto, an organic agritourism born in 2017. The project was born from the intention of Elena Cicciù and Giulio Costa to transform 13 hectares of olive, orange, lemon, lavender, almond and carob trees into something more. To create an environment that could be considered a home. There are five 30-square-meter lodges and 10-square-meter covered verandas for guests to stay in touch with the land. Beginning in 2021, four suites will be added in an old farmhouse, all with verandas and private mini-pools. Iuta Glamping organizes yoga and meditation classes twice a week, and there are opportunities to participate in olive harvesting. By reservation only, lunches are organized, exclusively vegetarian, paired with organic wines from local wineries.

    Agricamping Fiori di Noto

    Una delle tende glamping dell'Agrcamping Fiori di Noto
    Agricamping Fiori di Noto

    Just outside the town of Noto is another very interesting option for glamping lovers in Sicily. Agricamping Fiori di Noto covers an area of 1,500 square meters among fruit trees, olive trees and rose gardens with about 50 varieties. Three different solutions are available to guests: glamping tents, wooden bungalows or pitches equipped for traditional camping. The tents can accommodate up to 4 people: one double bed and two single beds. A very interesting aspect of the Fiori di Noto Camping is the possibility of having a basket of organic products delivered every day. During your stay you can also take part in meditation, yoga and botany courses.

    Shauri Glamping Noto

    Una delle tende glamping del Shauri Glamping Noto
    Shauri Glamping, Noto

    In the Noto area, Shauri Glamping Noto is located in an unspoiled place surrounded by almond, carob and olive trees. In the Sicilian dialect, “sciauro” or “ciauro” means good smell, and a stay here is definitely an olfactory experience. The aromas of sage, wild fennel and thyme will be your companions along with the sounds of the countryside. Shauri’s eco-lodges have an interior space of 20 square meters and can accommodate one to four people. Each has its own private bathroom located in an outdoor area. Breakfast is included and is served under a gazebo on a beautiful roof terrace. A few meters away is a children’s area with a wooden playground, games made of recycled natural materials and an inflatable pool. On request, you can use a kitchenette and barbecue or alternatively taste their home cooking.

    Glamping in Sicily: the best places on the south coast of the island

    Even on the southern part of the coast, there is no shortage of glamping options in Sicily. There are fantastic beaches with some of the most popular spots for surfers and kite surfers. There are the nature reserves of Foce del Fiume Platani, Torre Salsa and that of Punta Bianca, the beautiful Scala dei Turchi. But this is also the so-called “Coast of Myths”, with the archaeological sites of the Valley of the Temples, Selinunte, Gela and more.

    Ciriga Sicily Glamping (Santa Maria del Focallo)

    Una delle tende glamping del Ciriga Sicily Glamping
    Ciriga Sicily Glamping, Santa Maria del Focallo

    Past Capo Passero, the southern tip of Sicily, you enter the territory of Ispica. Ciriga Sicily Glamping is located in the seaside village of Santa Maria del Focallo. The sea, nature and organic products are the perfect combination for a relaxing vacation. In fact, the beach of Punta Ciriga is only three kilometers away, and a breakfast of homemade cakes and organic products is served every morning at the campsite. The tents are all equipped with private bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi, armchairs and a small private garden. Various activities are organized within the campsite, such as walks among the vineyards and fields to discover wild plants. On Thursdays there is a “creative afternoon”: two hours in the company of an artist to learn ancient and modern techniques of textile art. There is also the possibility of taking lessons in Caribbean dance, and every day you can enjoy an aperitif in a hot tub. In October it is also possible to participate in the olive harvest.

    Windresort (Granitola)

    Una delle palafitte del Windresort
    Windresort, Granitola

    Let us now head north up the Sicilian coast to Torretta Granitola, a hamlet of Campobello di Mazara. Here you will find one of the most important spots in Sicily for kitesurfing and water sports. If you love waves, the Windresort Glamping is definitely the ideal solution for you. Designed and built by surfers, the campsite is just a stone’s throw from Puzziteddu beach. There are two different solutions for guests to stay overnight. Classic glamping tents or wooden stilts, but in both cases every comfort is provided. The Windresort has private parking so you can park and forget your car for the rest of your vacation. Inside the resort is the Water Sports Center where you can rent equipment for kitesurfing, windsurfing, wingsurfing, surfing or surfing. If you are not experienced, you can take one of the courses and learn from scratch.

    Camping Biscione (Petrosino)

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    Camping Biscione, Petrosino

    Further north along the coast is the small town of Petrosino. Here is another popular spot and another very interesting option for glamping in Sicily. This is Camping Biscione, which covers an area of 36 thousand square meters and is only 200 meters from the sea. The options available for glamping are: the Safari Suite tent, which can accommodate two adults and two children, and the Safari Family tent, which can accommodate up to 6 people. There is a restaurant within the campsite that serves local fish daily. This area is also a perfect spot much frequented by those who practice kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing and surfing. If you are an experienced diver, you can also explore the wreck of an old steamboat sunk not far from the coast.

    Glamping in Sicily: the best places on the north coast of the island

    As we continue this virtual tour of Sicily, we will go deeper and deeper into the area of Marsala and Trapani. This is the area of the salt pans and their pools of water that, depending on the season, turn pink and create a fairytale landscape. Then there is Palermo with its endless treasures and small villages to discover, such as Cefalù, Petralia Soprana and Petralia Sottana, Tusa and Santo Stefano di Camastra. For nature lovers there are the Madonie and Nebrodi parks, while those who love modern art will be enchanted by the Fiumara d’Arte.

    Agriturismo Vultaggio (Guarrato, Trapani)

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    Agriturismo Vultaggio, Guarrato

    Agriturismo Vultaggio is the ideal solution if you want to add a strong local food and wine experience to your glamping in Sicily. In fact, it is part of the “Alliance of Chefs in Italy” network of the Slow Food association, which aims to defend food biodiversity throughout the world. During your lunch and dinner, you will be able to taste various products that are part of the Slow Food Presidia and the Ark of Taste. These include black pork from Nebrodi, black bread from Castelvetrano, lentils from Ustica and Caciocavallo Ragusano DOP cheese. The Glamping accommodations are pinewood structures of about 50 square meters, with a covered veranda of 16 square meters. To make your vacation even more special, you can also take advantage of one of the wellness paths provided and enjoy the hot tub while admiring the sea and the Egadi Islands.

    Camping Costa Ponente (Cefalù)

    Una delle tende del Glamping Costa Ponente a Cefalù
    Camping Costa Ponente, Cefalù

    Let us enter the territory of the province of Palermo, more precisely of Cefalù, where the Camping Costa Ponente is located. There are tents for 5 people with an interior space of 38 square meters. The great strength of this camping is undoubtedly its proximity to the sea. The beach of Mazzaforno is only 10 meters away. The campground also has a swimming pool and ample parking. There is no lack of activities in the area. You can visit one of Italy’s most beautiful villages and its cathedral, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the more adventurous, there is the climb to the Rocca di Cefalù, from where you can admire one of the most breathtaking views in all of Sicily. As a lover of glamping, you will surely love nature, so a visit to the Madonie Park is a must on your itinerary.

    Happy Glamping Madonie (Polizzi Generosa)

    Una delle capanne dell'Happy Glamping Madonie
    Happy Glamping Madonie, Polizzi Generosa

    From the coast we go inland and enter the heart of the Madonie Park. In Polizzi Generosa, 850 meters above sea level, in a completely green environment, among hazelnut and oak groves, you will find Happy Glamping Madonie. There are eight accommodations: three tents and five houses. Two of them are “pagghiari”, the typical shepherds’ dwellings found in various parts of Sicily. The tents have their own outdoor living room, a comfortable double bed and up to two single beds. Lunch and dinner with traditional dishes of the day are available on request. Happy Glamping collaborates with several tour guides who can organize various guided tours along the trails of the Madonie Park, trips to the Vallone degli Angeli to learn about the very rare Abies nebrodensis tree, or a walk to Piano Cervi. It is also possible to go on donkey rides or, in the snowy season, on snowshoes.

    Glamping Terre di Tusa

    We complete this tour to discover the best glamping in Sicily by moving to Tusa. After a long tour we are back in the province of Messina and in a very special area. This is the area of the Fiumara d’Arte, a real open-air museum of sculptures, land art installations and interior decorations. Glamping Terre di Tusa offers its guests bungalows with all the comforts of a hotel room. They have a size of 24 square meters plus an outdoor veranda of 8 square meters. They are composed of an entrance hall with a living room, a kitchenette with a sink, a bedroom and a bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower. In addition to visiting the installations of Fiumara d’Arte, you can devote yourself to visiting the village of Tusa, the archaeological site of Halaesa, take a walk in the forest of Tardara or take a swim in the beautiful beach Le lampare.

    Sergio Campolo

    I graduated in Economics and Management in Rome, I worked for 6 years in Milan especially in Web Marketing and now I live in Trento. In 2021 I founded The World of Sicily with the aim of making the beauties of this region known to the whole world.

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