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Holidays in

A characterful Italian gem

One of Italy’s most characterful villages, Sampieri boasts a 2-kilometre stretch of pale-gold sand, edged by an aquamarine sea and backed by dunes and a pine forest. Sampieri holidays are ideal for beach fans looking to bask in unspoilt surroundings on the popular island of Sicily. At one end of the beach there’s the much-photographed shell of an imposing former Penna furnace and chimney, part of a brickyard built in 1909, and now a popular TV filming location. There’s also a plateau jutting into the sea, where the underwater landscape makes for great snorkelling fun.

The small village includes a collection of white and cream stone houses, with photogenic royal-blue fishing boats pulled up on the shore, and a wide promenade. For those who fancy a break from relaxing on the beach or wandering around the village, holidays to Sampieri can include visiting the interesting towns and coastline surrounding it.

Your Sampieri questions, answered

The sandy beach at Sampieri is very sheltered and the water tends to remain calm – it’s a particularly great option for families with younger children.

There are a couple of beach clubs here during the summer season, where you can rent sunloungers, sunshades and pedalos, as well as buy drinks and snacks.

This is one of Sicily’s more tranquil resorts, with just a few restaurants and bars, so it’s popular with families and visitors seeking peace and quiet.

Best things to do in Sampieri

Hit the beach

Sampieri beach features a gentle incline, warm, crystal-clear water and water sports on offer in summer. Despite this, it doesn’t get as crowded as other beaches on the Sicilian coast.

Visit a town

A few kilometres inland is the town of Scicli, which is built in a rocky gorge. It’s one of the Val di Noto towns, which are on the Unesco World Heritage List for their Baroque architecture.

Go to a nature reserve

The beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve is less than an hour’s drive along the coast. Scented with thyme and oregano, it boasts turquoise sea, migrating birds and ancient ruins.