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Villa Greca: Apartments

Emera, Eos, and Efesto: Apartments on Salina, Aeolian Islands - Sicily

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Descriptions of the Apartments:

Scroll down to view photos and specific details about EmeraEos, or Efesto and helpful advice for your holiday. Click on the appropriate tab. For  information about policies and rates and additional photos of each apartment, Contact Tommaso, who is the proprietor.

History of the Apartments: In the early 1800s the Pantè family built a small winery on Salina, which would become today's Emera, Eos, and Efesto apartments. The family lived and farmed nearby. Then in the mid-1850s a disease, known as filossera, attacked all the grapes on the island. The Pantè family was forced to close the winery and move to mainland Sicily. The winery lay abandoned until 2004 when the Pantès began extensive restorations to convert the building into 3 private, self-contained apartments for both family use and holiday rentals. Because of the building's resemblance to a Grecian home on Santorini and because of the Greek impact on Sicilian history, the apartments were given the names Emera, Eos, and Efesto from Greek mythology, and the building was named Villa Greca. In May 2017, the furnishings and accessories were updated in each apartment.

Location of the Apartments: Emera, Eos, and Efesto are in Malfa, a small and quaint fishing village north on Salina.  From the busy port of Milazzo on the mainland of Sicily, take a hydrofoil (1½ hours) or a ferry (3 hours) to Salina. Perhaps you can recognise the island's distinctive two-humped profile in the distance. After arrival at the port of Santa Marina, enjoy the 15-minute picturesque ride on the winding coastal road to Malfa - in an automobile, on a motorbike, on the local bus, or in a taxi. Arrive at the Emera, Eos, and Efesto apartments after a short walk from the town centre.

 

Emera LogoThis apartment is named for Emera, derived from Huepa, the Greek goddess of daylight. Although one of the primordial deities (the original gods, long before the Zeus dynasty), Emera was not well known.

Below are specific details and photos:

  • Accommodates up to 5 guests
  • Is located on the ground floor with a beautiful view of the bright blue Tyrrhenian Sea from the large veranda
  • Has sling back chairs, a dining table and chairs, and a barbecue grill on the veranda
  • Has a large bedroom with a double bed and a single bed
  • Has a portable chrome therapy lamp
  • Has one bathroom with a shower and bidet
  • Has a hair dryer and iron
  • Has a washing machine (clothes line for drying)
  • Has an open living room with a sofa bed (queen-sized) and a dining area
  • Has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, and cleaning supplies
  • Has a satellite TV
  • Has wardrobes for ample storage
  • Has cleaning services available at an additional cost
  • Is located within walking distance to Baia Punto Scario and its beach, named one of the top 10 beaches in Sicily in 2017 by both the Touring Club Italiano and Expedia

Eos LogoThis apartment is named for Eos, the Titan goddess of dawn. Later in both The Iliad and The Odyssey, the Greek Homer referred to her as "rosy-fingered Dawn." In Roman mythology, she was called Aurora.

Below are specific details and photos:

  • Accommodates up to 6 guests
  • Is located on the ground floor with a beautiful view of the bright blue Tyrrhenian Sea from the veranda
  • Has sling back chairs, a dining table and chairs, and a barbecue grill on the veranda
  • Has a large bedroom with a double bed and a bunk bed
  • Has a portable chrome therapy lamp
  • Has one bathroom with a shower and bidet
  • Has a hair dryer and iron
  • Has a washing machine (clothes line for drying)
  • Has an open living room with a sofa bed (2 singles) and a dining area
  • Has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, and cleaning supplies
  • Has a satellite TV
  • Has wardrobes for ample storage
  • Has cleaning services available at an additional cost
  • Is located within walking distance to Baia Punto Scario and its beach, named one of the top 10 beaches in Sicily in 2017 by both the Touring Club Italiano and Expedia

Efesto LogoThis apartment is named for Efesto, derived from Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire. In Roman mythology, he was called Vulcano. Always depicted as a hardworking blacksmith, this ugly lame god was married to the beautiful but unfaithful goddess Aphrodite (Venus). According to the myths, the fires from Hephaestus's shops, located under mountains, caused volcanoes to erupt.

Below are specific details and photos:

  • Accommodates up to 7 guests
  • Is located on the first floor
  • Has splendid views of the bright blue Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean
    garden from the covered terrace and the uncovered terrace during the day
  • Has a spectacular - yes, romantic - view of evening sunsets from the terraces
  • Has sling back chairs, a dining table and chairs, and a barbecue grill on the veranda
  • Has a master bedroom with a double bed and a single bed
  • Has a second bedroom with a single bed and a bunk bed
  • Has a portable chrome therapy lamp
  • Has one bathroom with a shower and bidet
  • Has a hair dryer and iron
  • Has a washing machine (clothes line for drying)
  • Has an open living room with a sofa bed (1 single) and a dining area
  • Has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, and cleaning supplies
  • Has a satellite TV, DVD player, and stereo CD player
  • Has wardrobes for ample storage
  • Has cleaning services available at an additional cost
  • Is located within walking distance to Baia Punto Scario and its beach, named one of the top 10 beaches in Sicily in 2017 by both the Touring Club Italiano and Expedia

On Salina

Plan a half-day for the following excursions or perhaps two per day. The island's buses provide daily service for both locals and tourists year-round, with an increased schedule during the summer season.

Santa Marina Salina, one of the two ports for the hydrofoils and ferries to and from the Italian mainland, is also the largest town on the island. Numerous small shops and restaurants line Via Risorgimento, the main street, and provide ample opportunities for buying souvenirs and eating. Plus, just strolling through town or along the lovely waterfront allows you to experience the everyday life of these friendly island Sicilians.

Pollara is a very small village with one of the most picturesque and atmospheric coastlines on all the Aeolians. Even the steep walk down to the beach does not deter beach lovers. Some scenes of Il Postino (The Postman, an Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film in 1999) were filmed here.

Lingua ("tongue" in Italian) is a small village, especially popular on the weekends for those who want to enjoy its accessible but rocky beaches and its boating opportunities. Some also like to come for Sunday brunch, leisurely dining seaside and enjoying  the village's delicious and filling pane cunzatu.

Rinella, the second port for the hydrofoils and ferries, is a very small fishing village. It is not often frequented by tourists, but the dramatic bus ride up the winding coastal road makes it worth a short visit.

On Other Aeolian Islands

isole-eolie-lipariPlan a full day for most of these excursions. While the hydrofoils and ferries provide daily service for both individuals and vehicles, schedules are always subject to weather conditions. Reservations are recommended. While you can tour all islands independently, hiring local guides may help you avoid time or transportation issues.

Tommaso Pantè, the proprietor of Villa Greca, is also a Licensed Tour Guide for the Aeolian Islands. You can arrange day tours with him, or he will gladly recommend other guides if he is unavailable. To review possible full-day or half-day tours, click on Excursions.

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands, only 30 minutes by hydrofoil from Salina. After arrival at the main town named Lipari Città, head toward the Citadel or Acropolis to view the archaeological remains. Then visit the Museo Eoliano, especially its fine collection of artifacts in the Classic Section. Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emauele, the main street, to window shop or stop for lunch. If possible, drive the 27-kilometer round trip to the small village of Canneto, stopping along the way to view the huge white pumice cliffs of four distant villages. Enjoy a refreshing granita (a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavorings such as lemon, orange, jasmine, coffee, almond, etc.) before returning to Lipari Città. However, if time is an issue, skip Canneto and head to Vulcano.

Vulcano, 20 minutes by hydrofoil from Lipari, greets all visitors with its strong smell of sulfur. According to Greek mythology, Hephaestus, (the god of fire and volcanoes) worked as a blacksmith on this island, assisted by the Cyclops. After arrival, walk around the small village, also named Vulcano. Then head to the beach to view the mud pool of Acqua di Bagno, a thermal bath fed by hot springs and located near the Faraglione, a rocky hill filled with sulfur. During the summer the "mud baths" are a very popular destination for day-trippers.

Panarea is the smallest of the Aeolian Islands. Imagine no cars, no roads, and no pollution! After arrival, visit the archaeological remains of Punta Milazzese, a prehistoric village high above the beautiful bay of Cala Junco. After lunch, explore the other three small villages - Drauto, Iditella, and San Pietro. Today Panarea is often referred to as the "jet-set island" because many wealthy and famous people spend holidays on the island or own villas there.

Stromboli is a sparsely populated volcanic island that shares its name with the active volcano. Its western side is blackened and uninhabitable from the eruptions. After arrival on its eastern side, walk to the village of San Vincenzo and visit its lovely church. As you walk around, stop for a few minutes at a small museum with a plaque outside noting the use of the house in the 1950 film Stromboli, Land of God and inside related photos and correspondence. The film, directed by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman, showed the difficult lives of people living in such a desolate place. Next visit the Greek Necropolis, a cemetery with many vases and terracotta masks that date back to the 3rd and 4th Centuries B.C. An overnight stay is recommended for several reasons. One, if you wish to hike up to the volcano's crater, plan on at least 5 hours (round trip) and with a local guide - mandatory. Two, if you wish to see and hear the eruptions, plan on taking an evening boat excursion (weather permitting).

Filicudi is an island composed of a group of craters. The highest is Fossa delle Felci. After arrival, walk to the prehistoric village of Capo Graziano, located on a promontory with about 25 oval huts (approximately 50 minutes round trip). The site also provides a beautiful view of the bay. On the return walk, stop in the village of Val di Chiesa to visit the lovely Church of Santo Stefano.

Alicudi is the most isolated of the Aeolian Islands. Its ancient name was Ericusa because the island was covered with heather, which still grows there. The island, inhabited by no more than 100 people, actually consists of a round cone. After arrival, walk to the village of Filo d'Arpa ("harp string") for its magnificent view of the ocean and other islands.