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Sicily

Sicily tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

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Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £690 pp incl. flights

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Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £305 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Hotel Carasco, Lipari, Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

Traditional hotel from £1,075 pp incl. flights

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offer

Stay 7 nights discount – Save up to £65 pp
Book by: 02 November 2018

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.

Gastronomy of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £780 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Capofaro Resort, Salina, Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

Contemporary resort from £1,060 pp incl. flights

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offer

Stay 7 nts pay 6 – Save up to £120 pp
Book by: 08 October 2018

Get away to the island of Salina for a resort with a winery twist. Here, poolside dining and oenological tours alike whisk you away to the rural ideal.

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Top itineraries in Sicily

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £690 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £305 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Gastronomy of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £780 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £155 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

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.

Aeolian Islands Discovery

8-day tailor-made self-guided tour from £1,240 pp incl. flights

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.

Golden Eagle Danube Express Sicilian Odyssey

12-day tailor-made rail journey from £9,490 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Italy on this 12-day luxury rail journey from the waterways of Venice to Pompeii’s ash-laden streets and Bologna’s culinary delights. Then, cross the water by rail ferry to Sicily's hilltop towns, idyllic coastlines and crumbling Roman ruins.

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Top places to stay in Sicily

Therasia Resort & Spa, Vulcano

Contemporary hotel from £1,075 pp incl. flights

Contrast the rugged volcanic beauty of the island with a sophisticated Italian style of a spa resort.

Hotel Carasco, Lipari, Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

Traditional hotel from £1,075 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights discount – Save up to £65 pp
Book by: 02 November 2018

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.

La Sirenetta Park Hotel, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

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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.

Capofaro Resort, Salina, Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

Contemporary resort from £1,060 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nts pay 6 – Save up to £120 pp
Book by: 08 October 2018

Get away to the island of Salina for a resort with a winery twist. Here, poolside dining and oenological tours alike whisk you away to the rural ideal.

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Sicily articles

  • Review: Therasia Resort and Spa

    Ronan Gay visits Therasia Resort and Spa based on Vulcano in Sicily, and provides a first-hand account of his experience.

  • Living La Dolce Vita: A cultural guide to Italy

    The art, music, food and festivals that have helped make Italy one of the world's most enduring holiday destinations. Read our guide to living the sweet life, and how to make the most of this beautiful country.

  • Discovering New World Wine on Holiday

    Wine is big business. We take a look at how the wines of Australia, Canada, Slovenia, New Zealand and more fare against Old World wine.

  • Italy’s best self-drive holidays

    Our Europe specialist, Maddalena, has collated this list of Italy’s ultimate driving holidays. And, along with the highlights of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, there are plenty of secrets to discover, too.

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