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Sicily

Our 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: Long Travel

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Long Travel 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 Kalura is a relaxed three star hotel right by the sea and only a short drive from the centre of Cefalu. It’s consistently popular amongst our clients and one of those simple but charming Italian gems.

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 a stylish stay, we recommend The Ashbee Hotel, Taormina, with its 24 rooms and suites and fabulous views (not least from the rooftop bar). It’s in a class of its own with a romantic atmosphere.

For a outstanding value, we recommend Casa Turchetti, a delightfully homely hotel set in a former music school in 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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