Sicily tailor-made holidays
Sicily is sunshine, fragrant olive groves, and ancient temples perched high in the hills. It's snatches of conversation in its own dialect, alluring beaches of intensified colours, and the ever-present majesty of Mount Etna on the horizon. You cannot understand Italy without understanding Sicily, and this island is finally getting much-deserved recognition as the Mediterranean gem that it is.
Visit Taormina, perched on a terrace of the Monte Tauro with views of Mount Etna to the west and the Mediterranean in the distance, for a coastal resort feel that is at once as relaxing and as historic as anywhere on Italy's mainland. Taormina hotels are typically opulent, transporting you to a golden age of luxury on your holiday.
Palermo, Sicily's bustling coastal city, is a treasure-trove of palaces and castles hidden in its maze of narrow streets and markets. The old quarter features the crumbling facades of ornate palazzi and the impressive honey-coloured Monreale Cathedral, while the modern new quarter boasts gleaming apartments and boutiques. Orient yourself around one of Palermo's main streets, Via Principe di Belmonte, lined with shops and gourmet restaurants. Palermo has excellent ferry connections with Naples, Cagliari in Sardinia and the island of Malta.
Located in the southeast corner of Sicily, facing the Ionian Sea, Syracuse is a 2,700 year-old city famous for its rich Greek history and as the birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Today the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the old town of Ortygia contains a wealth of historical and archaeological gems including the Neapolis (ancient city), Roman Amphitheatre and the Catacombs of San Giovanni, an underground necropolis dating back to the fourth century.
To truly get away from it all, sunny Cefalù on the northern coast of Sicily offers laid-back charm and continues to bewitch visitors, millennia after its founding. Indeed, it's a rare place indeed that pairs a region's finest beaches with one of its greatest architectural wonders. But that's exactly what you'll find here, with miles of golden sands and the azure waters of the Mediterranean watched over by a truly spectacular Norman cathedral.
Special offers in Sicily
Minimum stay and Early booking discount – Save up to £255 pp
Book by: 30 April 2019
Located near Sciacca, a small seaside town renowned for its colourful carnival and the surrounding orange groves of Ribera, the Verdura Resort by Rocco Forte is perfectly positioned for exploring the beautiful Italian island of Sicily.
Early booking discount at Grand Hotel Ortigia – Save up to £45 pp
Book by: 31 March 2019
Experience the highlights of the Sicilian Baroque on this scintillating tour, including Syracuse and Ragusa. Relish the beautiful architecture, exquisite artworks, and fascinating history that you will discover on this tour.
Includes flights & your choice of free tours, drinks & more
Discover the best of the Med as you sail between Venice and Barcelona with Oceania. Our offer includes airfare and FREE Unlimited Internet, plus choose from free tours, drinks or onboard spending money.
Exclusive - Receive $400 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.
Top itineraries in Sicily
With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.
Sicily's rich past has given rise to a uniquely contrasting history and it's a similar story when it comes to its food and wine. You’ll take it all in with stays in boutique properties and pretty country drives, with the island’s famous gastronomy showcased in wine tastings and open-kitchen dining.
Bursting with cobalt-blue sea vistas, film-worthy landscapes and exceptional dining, this itinerary offers a chance to witness the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands of Lipari, Salina and Stromboli.
Top places to stay in Sicily
Contrast the rugged volcanic beauty of the island with a sophisticated Italian style of a spa resort.
A classic seafront hotel in a dramatic and tranquil setting on cliffs rolling down to crystal clear waters; an ideal stopping-off point on a wider Aeolian Islands tour, with numerous attractions within easy walking distance.
Looking out over a unique black sand beach, this whitewashed property has a long history, having hosted the people behind Ingrid Bergman’s 1950s classic, Stromboli, Land of God.
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