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.
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.