Home from Home, Favignana

It’s unusual to come across new places and islands in Europe that you’ve never heard of.

Particularly in this new world of Instagram holiday spam. I follow about 500 people, all of whom have been firmly bitten by the travel bug, so you’d think between them they’d have the world pretty well mapped out!

But I was doing a little digging one day and discovered a new island. Favignana.

Just off the coast of Sicily, with bright blue seas, cobbled streets and pasta for days!

I was sold and booked a pretty spectacular little villa I spied on my web wanderings.

Naturally, a little island you’ve never heard of isn’t going to be easy to get to! We flew into Sicily and spent a night in Trapani.

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A crumbling, beautiful, little port town.

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We spent a day gorging ourselves on pasta and canoli, hit the hay and got up at dawn the next day to catch the ferry.

We drove on, parked up and bagged a seat each on the top deck.

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A smooth 45minutes later, we pulled into another port.

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The glittering turquoise bay of Favignana.

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After a brief espresso, we set off on a bit of a tour of our new home.

Meandering our way along the coastline, drinking in the views and the cooling sea breeze.

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Italy meets The Bahamas!

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We came across a huge open bay…

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…and realised we’d stumbled onto Cala Rossa.

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Known as “The Red Bay” thanks to a particularly bloody naval battle inย 241 BC between Romans &ย Phoenicians, and due to the red clay in the surrounding land.

Now it’s nothing more than a magnet for adventurous swimmers and view chasers.

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It’s not hard to see why!

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Just above Cala Rossa is where we made our home.

A rustic stone villa, cut into the rocks.

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With bedrooms sprinkled through some of the most unusual gardens I’ve ever come across.

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^ Loo with a view!

 

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Yellow Bardot dress

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A maze of caves, caverns and pathways.

Stuffed with fruit trees, a new surprise around every corner.

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The best surprise of all?

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The pool cut into the rock.

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This became one of our favourite spots!

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The main part of the house blends in quite beautifully with the sandy landscape.

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Rustic walls, ceramic tiles, peeling paint pretending to be older than it is.

Utterly charming.

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Though we were cursing the old bed by the second morning!

It might have been more comfortable to sleep on the (irresistible) tiles.

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Clever carvings, reclaimed hardware and a sunken bath give anย other-worldly, arcadian sense to the place.

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If exploring’s your thing, you’ll want to make it to the end of the garden.

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Keep going through the little grove of limes…

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…Past the second guest house…

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…and you’ll see an opening in the rocks.

If you duck inside you’ll be greeted by the entrance to a matrix of caves.

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The groundskeeper says they never end.

People have gone on through cavern after cavern and still haven’t found where they stop.

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Which is amazing and only mildly knee-tremblingly creepy!

If caves aren’t your thing, follow me.

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Just across the dirt track infront of the house, you’ll find another garden.

Equipped with a couple of sun-beds, a dining table and one hell of a view!

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We ate breakfast here almost every morning, and lunch & dinner whenever we could.

Lazy afternoons spent wallowing in the pool, noses buried in books.

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This time I read Nevernight – You need to get used to his writing style which feels intensely annoying at the start, but grows on you and soon the story takes over.

The Secret Life of Bees – Which I stopped because I found it desperately depressing. Do let me know if it gets a bit happier… but I can’t see a happy ending on the way!

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Very funny to begin with, bit odd, but quite good!

Then I made a start on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcasts. Wow. Just unbelievable. Give them a listen on your way to work, incredible.

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In the evenings we invariably sat out to enjoy the sunset in the second garden.

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Alternating evenings between cups of tea and homemade bellinis.

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More on the island itself tomorrow, and lots more adventures on their way.

In the meantime, if you want to look at the villa for yourself I found it here.

Other than that, there’s a handful of hotels (this looks nice) and lots of villas/flats dusted across the rocky little island.

Happy house hunting!

 

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  • That life jacket model is just amazing! What a stunning Island, and what a beautiful villa! I need to discover more of Italy, so many adventures to be had. Immy x

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  • I had to giggle at the rather dated safety instructions! What a stunning spot on Earth however, the sea is so blue and dreamy!

    Laura xx | http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • SOLD! You’ve captured the place in such an incredible way. I am currently looking at flights. Cannot wait to read the next part… x

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  • The slow pace

    Hi Rosie! We almost went to Favignana in May! We finally didn’t make it because the weather forecast was terrible and ended up in the South of Portugal (with terrible weather too, but that’s another story). We had booked a room at Casalmare but cancelled. When I saw your pics on IG I was super curious about your upcoming posts! Now I’m so sorry we didn’t make it but Favignana is definitely high in our bucket list!
    xx,
    E.
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  • What an incredible place!

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  • Pippa Vaux

    Where is your bikini from? I’ve been trying to find one just like that all summer!

  • Favignana is such a charming place of heaven on earth. Besides the back breaking hard bed, everything else is so rich in tradition and beautifully engraved the Italy name. So beautiful to read, the photos are magnificent to view. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Merci for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    Very pretty indeed! Great find ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rxx
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  • So many wonderful photos!x

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  • Oh my gosh I don’t know what I adore more – the insanely blue sea, that amazing villa, beautiful gardens, the view or your dress! Seems like such an enchanting place, I would really love to visit it! xx

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  • I instantly clicked on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast link, I loved reading his book Blind!

    Which episode did you most enjoy? I clicked on Hallelujah which sounds interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heather x http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

  • The Secret Life of Bees does have a happy ending, just fyi ;).

  • Rach

    This island looks amazing! I never heard of it and now I just want to learn more!

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  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    That villa looks so special Rosie, what a find! The tiles and the bathroom though……It’s always so great finding somewhere off the beaten track that’s not too touched by tourism isn’t it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Littlemissnottinghill.com

  • You should absolutely finish reading the Secret Life of Bees! It’s a tearjerker for sure, but it’s worth finishing!

  • That looks so lovely, I am going to Malta on saturday and so really hoping it looks half as nice as Favignana (just the other side of Sicily! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

  • Jacqueline Sin

    Oh my gosh this sounds like the perfect adventure! <3 Definitely a well hidden town that not a lot of people have heard of but it looks STUNNING from your pictures! And yes the caves do look a little creepy haha! – I much prefer the garden with the view ๐Ÿ˜› xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland โ™ก

  • What a beautiful place!
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  • Looks absolutely gorgeous! Your photos are so stunning

    – Natalie
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  • You look like a Disney princess in that yellow dress. You remind me of Bella from Beauty and the Beast ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • That pool looks incredible! And the water in general looks amazing!
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  • Do finish The Secret Life of Bees – amazing and you’ll love it. Promise!! xo

  • your photos are so beautiful.

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  • Malin

    The Secret Life of Bees is worth finishing. However, Sue Monk Kidd’s best book is the Mermaid Chair – it’s definitely worth a read!

  • Sarah

    The Secret Life of Bees is one of my favorites! My mom read it to me when I was younger, I thought the same when we started, but I think it’s worth it.

  • Sara

    Rosie this looks incredible, I don’t know how you find these places!! Keep reading Secret Life of Bees, it’s heartbreaking in places. but is a beautiful book and it does have a happy ending, promise!

  • Yvonne

    Looks like a gorgeous place to visit! The photos are very beautiful!
    xo Yvonne
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  • OMG this place is amaaaazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Miki xx

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  • This place is insanely beautiful! I love how rustic and peaceful it looks too. Definitely adding this to my travel list ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • gina

    it looks stunning – the pool! wow!! jealous. not sure i’d have loved the ferry, but still hahah
    off to verona tomorrow, cant wait to explore- http://thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/something-to-look-forward-to.html

  • Anamika

    What an incredible place. I love your life Rose! You get to do so many amazing things as a blogger!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Susie

    Stick with The Secret Life of Bees – although it is upsetting, it’s also a beautiful story! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wow, that sea!! :O
    As usual, it looks heavenly! It seems that everywhere you go is just to die for <3

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    Victoria

    X

  • Have been to Italy but didn’t get hold of something so beautiful as this one.. Simply WOW

  • I can only dream of being there.. You have displayed it so well.

  • What an incredible building! Love the bathroom quirks xo

  • Ellen Rooms

    The secret life of bees does get a little bit happier, not for everyone though ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been a while since I read it and I loved it though, it really touched me.