Sicily

Italy, Europe

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    Mediterranean magic meets ancient history

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    Mediterranean magic meets ancient history

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    Mediterranean magic meets ancient history

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    Mediterranean magic meets ancient history

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    Mediterranean magic meets ancient history

How to enjoy Sicily

Sicily is a rich legacy of grand palaces, ornate churches and hillsides fragranced by lemon groves and colored by bougainvillea

  • Agrigento, Selinunte, Segesta are three Greek temples that have a good claim to rival anything you will see in Greece
  • For stunning Roman Mosaics, largely regarded to be the largest collection in the world, take a trip to see the Villa Romana del Casale
  • The coastal roads will reward you with stunning views of rocky cliffs and the turquoise sea before delivering you to a marvelous beach such as Giardini

Sicily’s capital, Palermo, has a vibrant and quaint mix of a rich cultural heritage, evidence in action of the island’s historically important position on the world’s trade routes. Greek and Roman ruins nestle comfortably beside Byzantine churches, Arabian minarets and Norman archways. The old town is a warren of alleyways that suddenly reveal a baroque church, majestic piazza or tiny, old-fashioned grocery store.

For one of the island’s best views, head to the eastern town of Taormina. It has a magical atmosphere enhanced by its clifftop location overlooking two wide sandy bays, an ancient amphitheater and Mount Etna. Often capped in snow, Mount Etna is one of Europe’s only active volcanoes. For an added culture fix, head to Syracuse, home to ancient mathematician and engineer, Archimedes.

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    When to visit Sicily

    Sicily’s warm climate makes it possible to enjoy spring blooms in February and still swim in the sea through to November, though July and August usually hit the 100s every day. Between July and September, Palermo hosts an art and music festival called Kals’Art.

Hotels we adore in Sicily

Here are the hotels that we love in Sicily. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

  • Gourmet guide

    Sicily is home to many a fine restaurant. Often heralded as Sicily’s top chef, the two Michelin-starred Pino Cuttaia’s modern cuisine is served up in the fresh, contemporary, and very unfussy, La Madia restaurant in Licata.

    His rival in the stars stake is Ciccio Sultano, who leads the team at the elegant Duomo in Ragusa, often described as Sicily’s top restaurant.

    In Taormina there is a generous sprinkling of Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Principe Cerami, with a menu rich in seafood, a romantic terrace and opulent dining room.

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