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Sicily

Mark and David's verdict:

Sicily is the largest of Italy's 25 islands and culturally the richest, a place where Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Spaniards all left their mark. Laze on golden-sand beaches, explore historic towns, classical ruins and charming fishing villages.

Recommended tour operator: Citalia

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Citalia says

Sicily is unlike any other part of Italy – and proud of it. The warm climate ensures bursts of bougainvillea and lush fruit orchards growing amidst the classical ruins and resorts, from quaint fishing village to fashionista heaven.

With more than 80 years of Italian heritage, Citalia offers a broad range of accommodation and flight options to create your perfect Sicily holiday.

  • Elegant hotels
  • Long season
  • Superb beaches

Cefalu is a charming seaside town with a warren of medieval streets and some of Sicily’s best beaches.

The Hotel Alberi del Paradiso is an elegant boutique hotel, close to Cefalu’s Piazza del Duomo and 15 minutes walk from the white sandy beach.

Taormina has captured the imagination of travellers and writers for decades with its small piazzas, quaint pedestrianised streets and fabulous ocean views, all set against a backdrop of magnificent Mount Etna.

For five star luxury, we recommend Hotel San Domenico Palace, Taormina, with glorious views of Mount Etna. Stay in the 15th Century Convent or in the Grand Hotel with its 19th century Liberty-style wing.

Hotel Caparena & Wellness Club, located in Taormina Mare, boasts various relaxing spa treatments, including the exclusive Citrus Fruit Therapy, inspired by the scent of Sicilian oranges.

For a three star option, Citalia recommends Hotel Villa Belvedere, a delightfully secluded little hotel less than ten minutes from the centre of Taormina.

Palermo is the cosmopolitan capital, home to upscale boutiques and vibrant street markets whilst the medieval port of Syracuse, originally a Greek settlement, is nestled between two natural harbours on the Ortigia peninsula.

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