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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. 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

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina, Sicily

Historic hotel from £1,755 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early booking discount - must book 60 days before arrival – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 30 November 2018

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is provides one of the finest views in the world – a panorama of the rooftops of medieval Taormina, stretching past the sensational sight of Mount Etna's peak and towards the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the island's most exclusive properties.

The Sicilian Baroque & Inspector Montalbano Tour

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,505 pp incl. flights

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offer

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.

Luxury Rail and Danube River Cruise on AmaWaterways

17-day luxury rail & river cruise from £9,750 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 January 2019

Enjoy the glamour of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice before you embark the Danube Express to Budapest and finally relax on board the 5-star AmaSonata for a 7-day luxury river cruise on the Danube.

Promenades & Palaces on Oceania

13-day cruise from £4,100 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

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.

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Top itineraries in Sicily

Best of Sicily

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £995 pp incl. flights

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 £935 pp incl. flights

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

10-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 £1,140 pp incl. flights

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 £1,180 pp incl. flights

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

  • Italy’s best self-drive holidays

    Italy specialist Victoria Jusko 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.

  • 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.

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