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Review 2580: Owner, Duplex in Scopello (#27811)


Review by Gracie G from CA

2bed/1bath duplex in Castellmare del Golfo (Palermo), Sicily


June, 2006, one week


The duplex was in a lightly populated area high above the sea and about half a kilometer from the Scopello entrance to the Zingaro Reserve. It was a private location, with wonderful views of the sea from the front veranda. A paved path of about 100 meters led down to a beautiful pristine beach and a clear emerald sea. No one was in the other unit of the duplex, but we imagine that it would still be quiet because the walls were thick and each unit was well separated from the other.

Nearby Amenities

The duplex was about half a kilometer beyond the small town of Scopello, where there are several restaurants. A green grocer and a well-stocked small supermarket were about a kilometer away.

The House/Apartment

The duplex was of modern construction, in excellent shape, and was very peaceful and quiet. All the rooms were spacious and the beds and other furniture were comfortable and functional. The ceilings were high, the walls were thick and the ventilation was excellent. Even when it was hot at mid-day outside, it was cool in the house.

You can view the property directly: Duplex-Scopello.


There was a large lovely shaded veranda facing the sea, where we ate breakfast and lunch. On the veranda there were a table and chairs and reclining lounge chairs. There was a small garden with fruit trees in the rear of the house, and a large shaded garden in front, with hammocks and comfortable chairs. There is no pool, but there is no need for one. The sea couldn't be more lovely. In early June, it was easily warm enough for us. We imagine that we could comfortably swim from May through November, perhaps even April for we are accustomed to colder seas.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The modern furniture was simple and in good shape. All the furniture was comfortable. The house was meticulously clean. There were plenty of chairs for four people.


The bed in the master bedroom was extremely comfortable. The bedroom was sparely furnished and in good taste. There was one large bathroom that contained a washing machine as well as the usual fixtures. Everything worked well and there was unlimited hot water.


The long galley kitchen occupied a separate room. The appliances were full-size and modern, very much like those in our California kitchen. There were plenty of pots and pans and dishes, more than enough for cooking full meals.

Problems or Bonuses

There were no problems at all. The great surprise for us was the beauty and pristine quality of the Scopello portion of the northwest coast of Sicily. Everything was in excellent shape. The Zingaro Reserve, both land and sea, is cared for by forest rangers. It contains rare subtropical species of flora and fauna not found elsewhere in Europe. There is an upper and lower foot path running the length of the reserve, with frequent small sandy coves off the lower path. The Southern Italy Guide du Routard called it "un petit coin de paradis." We agree.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The owner of the duplex is Giuseppina. She teaches Italian in middle-school and lives with her husband and son nearby, the area that Mary Taylor Simetti wrote about in her books. Giuseppina speaks English, as well as several other languages, fluently. She is a delightful person. I am sure that she would have been very helpful if we had any sort of problem, but fortunately we did not. In mid-June, I believe that we paid 490 for the week.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would stay there again. Indeed, we're hoping to return this spring. We have no qualifications at all. This past June we rented three different properties by the week in Sicily. Each one of them was more than adequate, but Giuseppina's duplex was by far the best of all.

Things to do in this area

Scopello, itself a lovely historic hamlet, is very well located for touring the west and northwest coast of Sicily. We toured by car and were within easy distance (15 to 45 minutes) of the medieval hill town of Erice, the Greek ruins at Segesta and Selinunte, the city of Palermo, and towns of Castellmare del Golfo, Trapani and the cathedral town of Monreale.

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