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The Best Travel Guide to Sicily

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May 31, 2023

May 14, 2024

Hidden Gems
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Want to take a week exploring beautiful rocky, volcanic beaches? Fly directly to Island of Pantelleria. 'The Black Pearl of the Meditteranean' For a few nights at Sikelia Hotel

Sikelia Luxury Hotel Pantelleria
Sikelia Luxury Hotel Pantelleria

How about island hopping the Volcanic Archipelago?

To arrive at the Aeolian Islands. Fly to Catania - Fontanarossa Airport and transfer to Milazzo, where you will board a hydrofoil. The hydrofoil stops at all Seven islands Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Alicudi, Filicudi, and Stromboli.

Lipari, Salina Luxury Vacation
The Aolian Islands

Enjoy a few nights at Relais Chateaux Wine Resort Capo Faro on the Island of Salina. The island is known for the Malvasia Grape Varietal.

Take the picture-perfect landscapes of vineyards cascading down to the sea. ⁠Enjoy day trips to visit the islands of Lipari & Vulcano. Private boat rides with aperitivo to view the constant eruptions of Stromboli.

Vulcano Aolian Island Resort
Capofaro Relais & Chateaux

You could stay on the main island for eight nights - 7 days to discover Sicily's centuries-old history of Greek Temples and Byzantine Churches: fish markets and Baroque palaces.

Sicily's intact Greek temples and theaters are strategically located in jaw-dropping locations. With centuries of history, almost ten civilizations made their way through the island.

Baroque palaces with Romanesque churches complement the region's Capital. Palermo's alleyways burst out to divine Monumental theatres and churches—the ancient grower's markets of Capo, Vucciria e Ballarò.

Fly into Palermo Falcone Borsellino and out of Catania. Meet our Chauffeur driver at the Airport Borsellino - Falcone—for three nights at Rocco Fortes Villa Igiea.

Sicily Travel, Aeolian Islands, Relais Chateaux,
Villa Ignea Rocco Forte

Visit the Mercado del Capo and Ballarò with our local chef to shop at the Capo Market, purchase ingredients, then head to her Villa that overlooks Palermo for a hands-on cooking class.  If you want to join a small group food tour, check out the local guide and Tour operator Marco and his team at Streaty Tours. Marco is a local, and his tours are a great way to learn about the city and taste the authentic flavors of Palermo.

Palermo Street Food Tour

Enjoy Half-day Trip with an expert guide and chauffeur driver to the Monreale Cathedral, built in 1180.  See one of the best examples of Norman and Byzantine architecture. See Mosaics that cover the entire 7,600 sq.m of the massive Cathedral—made with 2200kg of pure gold!

Sicily Travel, Aeolian Islands, Relais Chateaux,
Monreale Cathedral

Visit the spectacular town of Erice, which sits 750 meters above sea level! You feel like you are on top of the world as you look at the stunning views from the hill town. Enjoy a guided walk through its perfectly paved streets to discover the beauty of this pretty town. Stop into Pasticceria Maria Grammatico, an institution founded by Maria Grammatico; she learned the art of Sicilian Pastry making at the San Carlo Convent, where she lived as a young child in the 1940s.

Visit the Natural Salt Flats of Trapani between Mount Erice and the sea. The 'Sicilian Salt Road' stretched along the coast to Marsala.  Witness the pretty landscape of red-roofed windmills and Salt marshes. Enjoy lunch at Osteria il Moro, located in Trapani's city center.  Enjoy revised plates with flavors of traditional Trapanese Cuisine.

Arrive in Marsala to visit Marco de Bartoli's winery, Samperi. Enjoy a guided tour of the Cellars and a tasting of Estate Wines.

Marsala is attributed to John Woodhouse, a merchant from Liverpool. In 1770 Woodhouse was forced to land his ship at Marsala due to a storm where he tasted the local sweet wine.

He loaded his ship with barrels of Marsala, adding a little brandy to increase its grade of alcohol.  As he had imagined, his unknown Marsala had an equal commercial value to other fortified wines like Sherry and Port. Together with his grandson Joseph Whitaker and local Estate owners like Vincenzo Florio and John Woodhouse, opens the first commercial Marsala Estate. Marco de Bartoli Estate is a family-run business. The marsala is aged in oak and chestnut barrels. This guarantees the traditional tone of the Marsala.

Arrive in Agrigento for one night at Hotel Villa Athena in the Archeological Park at the Valley of the Temples.   Enjoy visiting with a local archeologist to visit the Temples of Juno, Concordia, and the ancient ruins of Akragas.

The Archeological Park has 400-year-old Olive Trees dotted through the breathtaking valley. The trees are protected and produce a DOP Val di Mazara Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Enjoy three nights in Taormina at Grand Hotel Timeo.  Meet up with our expert guide. Tour the pretty hill town and its Greco-Roman Theatre that looks out to the Mediterranean Sea and Mt Etna.

Make your way down to Giardini Naxos, passing by a WWF Nature Reserve called Isola Bella to arrive at the Valley D'Agro.  Signoria Maria's grandchildren had transformed her small bar into an iconic institute where you can still enjoy delicious granita at Bar Vitelli.

See original images of the Godfather I filmed in 1972 at this exact location.  Francis Ford Coppola and Al Pacino are enjoying granita at Bar Vitelli.  

You can take an ape calessino to ride up to the church of Santa Lucia, where the famous wedding scene between Michael Corleone (al Pacino) and Apollonia takes place.  Sit at Bar Vitelli to enjoy a Granita.

Linda Sorgiovanni
Italy Customized

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