The toecap of Italy’s boot has gained fresh hype following season two of TV’s most wanderlusty show, The White Lotus. Just like the characters, you’ll spend time in Taormina, Cefalu and Noto as you see the best of Sicily at a slow pace – in keeping with the local rhythm of life. Over 8 days in the largest island in the Mediterranean you’ll savour the sights and sounds of southern Italy, with plenty of pit stops for gelato and limoncello. You’ll go on a fascinating trip to the Aeolian islands for close encounters with smoking volcanoes and hot springs, and explore the dramatic slopes of Mount Etna. Sicilian cooking workshops and multiple street food experiences will help you immerse yourself in the local cuisine, while culture and ancient history abound in Taormina and the baroque towns of Noto, Ragusa and Modica.
Elegant, spacious, sophisticated – that’s Hotel Federico II in a nutshell. Found in the heart of Palermo, this is the perfect base for any stay in the Sicilian capital. There are lounges, a bar, restaurant and spa to make yourself feel at home, while the hotel’s authentic local cuisine is propped up by the organic Canalotto Farm.
Expect panoramic ocean views throughout this little slice of country paradise, set in a vast park space with three ancient water mills less than a kilometre from central Cefalu. Highlights include a dreamy swimming pool hidden amid the trees, the outdoor terrace at Al Capone restaurant, the Gardens of Paradise spa and easy access to the beach and reef bar at sister hotel, Le Calette.
If you want the thrills and spills of Taormina, as seen in The White Lotus, but with easy access to a proper beach, then this seafront hotel in nearby Letojanni is the place to be. When you’re not enjoying the crystal clear waters of the hotel’s private beach, the building’s contemporary Mediterranean feel will offer a haven of relaxation, whether you can hear the lapping waves or not.
Villa Politi has been a bastion of sophisticated hospitality for over 150 years in Syracuse. This grand art nouveau mansion was originally opened by an Austrian noblewoman and her local painter husband, Mr Politi himself, but rooms have been given a 21st-century glow-up. You’ll struggle to find a better hotel in Syracuse, especially one that has a large outdoor swimming pool, a luxuriant park and two haute cuisine restaurants. Former patrons include Monica Bellucci, Winston Churchill and the King of Italy.
Placed between the historic centre of Catania and its stylish shopping district, this four-star hotel is perfectly positioned for any short stay in Sicily’s second city. Rooms have a crisp, clean and airy design, while the extensive breakfast spread is quite the way to start a day exploring the city.