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Sicily

Annabelle's verdict:

History, architecture and long, sandy beaches combine to make Sicily the perfect choice for an Italian short break. Choose from a city weekend among the faded grandeur of Palermo, or a chilled-out foodie few days among the trattorias and locandas of Syracuse. Drive up Mount Etna, eat gelati on the promenade in Cefalu and sip cocktails at sunset in pretty Taormina. Bellissima.

Recommended tour operator: ExpertoItaly

Fascinating architecture, art & historyPorto Palo beachBreakfast with a view at MenfiTorre Marabino

ExpertoItaly says

With white sandy beaches, translucent seas and considerably more days of sunshine per year than many of its short-haul neighbours, Sicily is an ideal short-break destination.

Add to that a fascinating mix of architecture, history, spectacular nature reserves and a passion for food and wine, and it is easy to understand Sicily’s unique and considerable appeal.

Our tailor made breaks to the island are based in a small selection of charming boutique hotels. We’ve hand-picked the sort of places where attention to detail, a warm welcome and genuine enthusiasm guarantees guests a great experience.

Feast on home-made breakfasts of Sicilian jams and pastries, fresh ricotta, ham and salami in the shade of ancient olive trees at Torre Marabino – this seven-room boutique hotel is located on an organic farm between the baroque town of Ispica and the beaches of Pozzallo and Porto Palo.

Wine buffs will particularly savour true Sicilian hospitality at one of the gastronomic events held throughout the year at the Planeta Foresteria wine resort in Menfi.

For a city break, Sicilian style, choose from Palermo to the west or Syracuse in the east.

Palazzo Brunaccini in Palermo is in a great location, close to the Ballarò food market and historic city centre of Palermo.

The Palazzo del Sale is in Ortigia, the heart of Syracuse, where the terraces on the top floor overlook the roof tops of the city’s baroque churches and palazzi.

In the equally atmospheric town of Modica, you can sleep under frescoed ceilings in a former 18th century palazzo and dine on Michelin-starred food at the Hotel Palazzo Failla.

Find out more about ExpertoItaly’s tailor made short-breaks in Sicily and other regions of Italy.

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