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Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Sicily

Golden sandy beaches, rocky headlands, baroque architecture, a rich history and Mount Etna are all a part of this area’s charm.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, boasting a mild climate that makes it an attractive destination for much of the year.

Palermo with views of Norman palace Sicily, Italy
Palermo, Italy
Harvesting Olives for Olive Oil, Sicily, Italy
Sicily, Italy
Cefalu Cathedral, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Palermo, Italy

Palermo

For sheer sensory overload, head to Palermo with its lively atmosphere and melting pot of cultures. There are some excellent museums to visit and a walk through some of the local markets, where the Island’s Arabic origins are still evident thanks to the noise, smells and labyrinthine streets, is a definite highlight.

Valley of Temples, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Valley of Temples, Agrigento
Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Agrigento
Giunone Temple, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Giunone Temple, Agrigento
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Mount Etna, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Taormina, Italy

Taormina

For a more relaxed pace of life, the pretty town of Taormina situated on the East coast of the island offers quaint churches, stunning coastal views, and plenty of shops and cafes to while away your days. A trip to Sicily is not complete without a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Modica

Stroll through the city of Modica, showcasing some of the finest Baroque architecture.

Mount Etna

Hike to the crater summit of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in Europe.

Mount Etna

Climb the tallest active volcano in Europe, located on Sicily.

Palermo

Head to this city with its lively atmosphere and melting pot of cultures.

Sicily’s Ancient Sites

Visit the Ancient sites of Syracuse and Agrigento.

Sample local cuisine

Visit an Oil Mill during harvest and sample Sicily’s finest, freshly pressed fragrant olive oil.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Verdura Resort £££££

  • Italy
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Set amongst 230 hectares of olive groves and countryside, two championship golf courses and boasting almost two kilometres of coastline, the Verdura resort offers the perfect choice for a luxury hideaway or an active family holiday. Open all year round.

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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Set high in the rugged hills of Taormina on Sicily’s eastern coast, the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is one of Sicily’s most glamorous retreats. Positioned in Taormina town, it is in an ideal location for exploring the pretty cobbled streets or the ancient Greek amphitheatre. Many of the rooms and the restaurants have wonderful terraces looking out towards the sea with magnificent views of Mount Etna on the horizon.

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Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea £££££

  • Italy
  • Boutique

Set on its own exclusive beach, beside the most beautiful coastline, Belmond Villa Sant’ Andrea overlooks the aquamarine sea. Built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens, this secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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Katie was clearly knowledgeable, and provided good additional advice on restaurants etc. She kept me in the loop at all times as to how the booking was proceeding, and travel docs were issued as planned.

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