WELCOME TO SICILY
To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all
A land of deep family traditions, the island of Sicily has a history spanning centuries. Awash with sweeping scenery, breath-taking buildings and architecture, famous food and a captivating community, Sicilian culture is both rich and varied. Such is the proud nature of its people that the island’s inhabitants identify as Sicilians first and Italians second. Their dialect, Sicilian, is officially recognised by UNESCO as an endangered language and it is so different from Italian that even Italians do not understand it.
Whether it is your first trip or your tenth, a visit to Palermo isn’t complete without a stop at Palazzo dei Normanni, the royal palace. Resplendent in all its Norman-Moorish-Gothic-neo-Classical glory, it was originally created by the Emir of Palermo in the 9th century and remains one of the oldest palaces in Europe.
Marvel at the central courtyard with its grandiose stone arches or head straight to the Cappella Palatina. This gilded chapel was built in honour of the Norman Kings and features mesmerizing golden Byzantine mosaics covering the walls.
SICILY LUXURY HOTELS
A Sicilian hideaway that fuels the imagination
Set in the heart of Taormina, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo serves up views that have enchanted for more than a century.
The first hotel to be built in the city gazes out across the coast towards Mount Etna and beyond. Here you can breathe in the full spectacle of Sicily. Bask in manicured gardens, savour sensational cuisine and fuel your imagination with cocktails on the Literary Terrace—just like generations of celebrated guests before you.
Set high in the rocky hills on the East coast of the island, with Mount Etna as a backdrop, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has always been one of the favourite destinations of both Hollywood’s and Europe’s most prominent stars; from Sofia Loren to Audrey Hepburn, from Marcello Mastroianni to Liz Taylor. Adjacent to the Greek Theatre, the hotel was first built in 1873 and is surrounded by a six-acre park and magnificent gardens where the panoramic pool is located. Widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Taormina, it boasts 70 splendid rooms and suites, each decorated in a fresh Sicilian style that blends modern innovation with local artisan traditions. This historical hotel is well known for its “Literary Terrace” which has always been a preferred meeting spot for illustrious guests thanks to its breathtaking panorama. Dining facilities include the Restaurant with an enchanting view of Mount Etna combined with typical Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Pool Restaurant offers brick-oven pizza, a salad buffet and freshly caught fish, it is the perfect place for a light lunch or a snack. The wellness centre offers signature treatments made from local flowers and fruit essences. A fitness centre and a panoramic swimming-pool are also available Guests can benefit of the complimentary shuttle to the private beach at sister property Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, in Taormina Mare, boasting new exclusive cabanas, as well as the daily mini-cruise by private boat to explore the beauties of the coast (available during summer). The Smile Club with an English-speaking supervisor is available at sister property Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea to entertain the younger guests with lots of fun and exciting activities.
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A magnificent Mussolini-era post office transformed into an opulent light-flooded palace commanding the bridge that crosses from the town of Syracuse to the island of Ortigia
The Ortea Palace Luxury Hotel is a magnificent building from 1920, known as “Palazzo delle Poste” in the historic centre of Syracuse, on the splendid Porto Piccolo of the island of Ortigia, just a few steps from the best monuments, restaurants and shops of the city. It is a “must” for those who seek complete relaxation, with the certainty of discretion and attention to every detail by staff.
Ortigia is one of Sicily’s hotspots, an island of twisty cobbled streets and disarming piazzas studded with fabulous Baroque churches and palaces – along with a medieval castle, a couple of ancient Greek temples and an abundance of pavement cafés, chic bars, restaurants and boutiques.
The Ortea Palace stands right at its entrance, towering above the little canal where fishing boats bob, with 360-degree views across the sea to the Iblean mountains on one side, and Mount Etna on the other. It’s an oasis of calm – yet just a minutes’ walk from Ortigia’s vibrant morning produce market.
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Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
A charming hideaway that is perfect for an active sport and spa break, as well as family holidays.
Welcome to Verdura Resort: 230 hectares of sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline, countryside, spa and golf.
Olive trees, orange groves and white-sand beaches. Tennis courts, water sports, championship golf and kids’ clubs. Infinity pools, thalassotherapy and the flagship Rocco Forte Spa. Fine dining, healthy eating and world-famous local wine. Luxurious eco-architecture and organic ingredients, grown on our land. Verdura is an oasis, a centre of wellbeing, escapism and indulgence set against backdrop of charming Sicilian villages, ancient Greek and Roman sites and the beautiful, blue Mediterranean Sea.
Within the expansive Verdura estate to the west of Sicily, Villa Acacia is a private, perfect-for-families sanctuary, where you can enjoy all the perks of a secluded stay (your own pool, terrace and sea-facing living space) with the added benefits of a super resort for your neighbour. This means all the golf, tennis, spa treatments, indulgent dinners you could ever dream of, and your own home-from-home to retire to (via your own assigned golf buggy) afterwards. The bedrooms have stone bathrooms, four-poster beds and handmade Sicilian objets d’art. And even if you haven’t travelled far, you’re welcomed with a Jet Lag Reviver 30-minute treatment at the spa.
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SICILY LUXURY VILLAS
A fabulous historic villa in Sicily, with magnificent rose gardens and its own chapel in the grounds, this is a wonderful venue with superb service for any special gathering.
all palms cast their distinctive shadows onto the extensive lawns and walls of this historic house, which was built as an abbey in 1300, before becoming an important stately home for several centuries and, latterly, being restored as a magnificent choice for a special holiday. Quietly secluded in over a hundred private acres, its glorious gardens encompass ponds and a peaceful Indian pavilion, lawned paths through scented plants and splendid symmetry, cypress and citrus trees, and buildings ablaze with bougainvillea and climbing roses. They are also home to a twenty metre swimming pool set into a pretty garden courtyard, served by a pool house with bar, barbecue, shaded terrace and a spa area creatively built into a round tower with a hammam and sauna. Within the property, timber raftered ceilings and huge stone arches span timelessly elegant country house décor, where various social spaces complement ten bedrooms, while two special suites are privately placed off the garden courtyard.
With cook service included and concierge services offered by the house manager, the unique La Dimora del Santo is just a ten minute drive from east coast beaches. With the option of dining either in the main dining room or on the shaded terrace and at different spots within the gardens, this is an ideal venue for a special celebration. Within very easy reach of Catania Airport, and beaches, the celebrated Baroque towns of Siracusa and Noto, the ceramics centre of Caltagirone, the celebrated mosaics at Piazza Armermina, Mount Etna, Taormina and noted vineyards, this is a perfect spot for touring. Guides can be arranged on request.
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At Villa Tasca, I knew the full beauty, the noble and peaceful splendor, of Palermo’s pure and immense light” (Anna de Noalles, 1913)
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