The secret corner of Sicily that has become a celebrity hotspot

Learning that Jagger had fallen in love with the island, the council of Mussomeli, a town in Sicily’s hilly interior, tried to lure the singer north with an offer of a “top maker” villa for 1 €, but he reportedly declined the offer. . Instead, Jagger sealed his love for southern Sicily with the August 2021 purchase of a beachfront property in Portopalo with a generous stretch of beachfront land – perfect for a septuagenarian. nimble who likes to run eight miles daily.

Other stars drawn south

Jagger isn’t the first celebrity to be drawn to the Italian island, where Greek temple ruins jostle with handsome Roman amphitheatres and the cuisine is a mix of African and Italian influences – including the famous arancini, the iced granita and fish. dishes like nasello alla palermitana (hake with anchovies, breadcrumbs and lemon juice).

“Mick Hucknall has owned a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna since 2014,” says James Davies, a Briton who runs a property search business in Sicily and is married to a Sicilian. “And the Baroque town of Noto, near where Jagger bought, has a growing but low-key community of famous artists and power gay couples.”

Davies notes that celebrity attention turned to the island in 2014, when tech giant Google began hosting its ultra-exclusive annual Google Camp conference at the glitzy Verdura Resort in Sciacca on the southwest coast. from Sicily, with sumptuous after-parties at the Valle di Tiepolo, an ancient Greek archaeological site. The events brought movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks and business moguls like Elon Musk and Bill Gates to Sicily in their private jets. The arrival in 2021 of celebrity-favorite hotel brand Four Seasons – with a multi-million renovation of a former 14th-century monastery in Taormina – may have sealed Sicily’s status as the new Ibiza.

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