After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, Sicily was ruled during the Early Middle Ages by the Vandals, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantine Empire, and the Emirate of Sicily.
The Norman conquest of southern Italy led to the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily, which was subsequently ruled by the Hohenstaufen, the Capetian House of Anjou, Spain, the House of Habsburg, It was finally unified under the House of Bourbon with the Kingdom of Naples as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
Antique-filled aristocratic Sicilian residence with extraordinary gardens and pool area.
Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture.
It is also home to important archaeological and ancient sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, and Selinunte.
Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe, and one of the most active in the world, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high. The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC.
By around 750 BC, Sicily had three Phoenician and a dozen Greek colonies and, for the next 600 years, it was the site of the Sicilian Wars and the Punic Wars.
The villa is on the south side of Mount Etna on Sicily’s east coast.
Dating back to the early 1500s, Perla Nera is unquestionably reminiscent of another age, with exquisite gardens scattered with stone statues and hidden nooks and crannies, and inside, the original wine press and an astonishing collection of antique furniture.With a map and a guidebook you can locate individual buildings of note, such as the bizarre Palazzo Impellizzeri, lined with faces, but it's just as much fun exploring for yourself and discovering your own favourite places: abandoned palazzi where weeds and bushes swarm over the dilapidated balconies, corners where you catch glimpses of sky through once-grand windows, carefully-tended cactus plants, updated and inviting historic buildings, seafront churches, picturesque alleys and so on.Ortigia has many gems to discover - one of our favourites was the small Chiesa of San Martino, a simple and ancient church with a lovely interior, decorated with a mosaic in the apse.It became part of Italy in 1860 following the Expedition of the Thousand, a revolt led by Giuseppe Garibaldi during the Italian unification, and a plebiscite.Sicily was given special status as an autonomous region after the Italian constitutional referendum of 1946.Mount Etna on the horizon makes the landscape even more evocative.