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  • Historical tour of Sicily

    Tour the historical sites of Sicily

    This spring, one of our Italian specialists, Victoria, travelled over to the Mediterranean for a few nights in Sicily, the iconic southern Italian island. While there, she visited the key towns and cities that are home to our range of Sicilian hotels, and took in some of the exceptional archaeological and natural sights that the island has to offer.

    Sicily is a diverse island of vineyards, rolling hills, a brooding volcano, and ancient ruins. Each corner has its own character, in everything from its architectural history to its food. A stay of a few nights to a week in one of our Sicilian hotels brings with it an experience of the famous Marsala wine, leisurely walks through flourishing rural estates, vibrant cuisine in iconic food stalls, and awe-inspiring temples from the time of the Ancient Greeks.

    Here, we explore the unique attractions of Taormina, Siracusa, and Palermo, and highlight just what it is that makes each of them an attractive option for seaside breaks, city escapes, or holidays of historic exploration.
     

    Taormina
    A highly-revered resort town on the eastern coast of Sicily, Taormina combines the perfect balance of culture and beachfront. It appeals to all ages, while retaining an air of exclusivity and sophistication. Its position on the island ensures that day trips to Mount Etna are easy, and a five-minute cable car links the main town with Taormina Mare, which overlooks the Bay of Naxos; the journey is worth it for the views alone. Taormina’s crowning glory, however, might be its famous Greek amphitheatre, which still hosts regular evening performances in the summer as part of the Taormina Art Festival. A pedestrianised main street, the Corso Umberto, is a bustling hub of boutiques, high street shops, cafes, and authentic restaurants. Throughout the rest of the town, Arabic and Norman architecture can still be seen, particularly in the Gothic Badia Vecchia and the Palazzo Duca di San Stefano. At the centre of the Piazza del Duomo is a Baroque-style fountain. Victoria would recommend Taormina to those particularly seeking a mix of culture and relaxation.

    Siracusa
    The city of Siracusa is located on the south-eastern-most point of the island. For the most part, the city is modern and lively; although, part-separated from Siracusa by the sea, is Ortigia Island, the historic Old Town. This part of the city is a tangle of alleyways, connected by peaceful suntrap Piazzas. The streets are laden with the remains of ancient Greek temples, mythical statues, a 13th century castle, and a smattering of pretty chapels. The shops, bars, and restaurants here have a much more authentic feel, and offer a sense of heritage and history that goes almost unrivalled across Sicily. On the Piazza del Duomo is the Baroque cathedral, which was once the Greek Temple of Athena. Also of note is the Fountain of Arethusa, decorated with scenes from Greek mythology.

    Palermo
    On the northern coast of Sicily, Palermo is best-known for its bustling port; yet, within the town itself, you will find many unmissable attractions. The city is divided into distinct quarters: the modern quarter, the historic quarter, and the Quattro Canti, the main square. Stop off in one of the many excellent wineries to try the range of Sicilian wines, or grab a bite to eat at one of the hundreds of food stalls that have become famous throughout Europe. Or, for a taste of the nearby history, visit the Archaeological Museum, where the best-preserved remains from the ancient temple complex of Selinunte are kept. Just a short drive outside the city, to the south, is the Temple of Segesta, which is a perfect example of an Elymian temple, and its accompanying amphitheatre. Palermo, though rich in history, offers a more cosmopolitan, contemporary insight into Sicilian life, compared to Taormina and Siracusa.

    Victoria’s suggested hotels 
    Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina Mare

    Cradled in the curve of a rocky cove, the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is a five-star hotel of charm and character that offers unbeatable access to the sea. A traditional, white-washed manor, the hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, and has a beautiful dining terrace set on the cliff-side. Many of the guestrooms face the private beachfront and have a private balcony or terrace. The excellent restaurant, diving facilities, and large outdoor swimming pool, make this the perfect destination for long summer breaks.
    Prices from £1,290 per person for 7 nights, flights, and hire car.
    Find out more about the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea here.

    Grand Hotel Ortigia, Siracusa
    Set right on the water’s edge in the harbour of Ortigia, the Grant Hotel Ortigia has a façade as impressive as the heritage of Ortigia itself. It channels the sophistication and ambience of an early twentieth-century townhouse in its arched windows and up-lit pale yellow walls. Inside, the maritime location is reflected in the colours that adorn the walls and soft furnishings, while marble floors and Liberty style public rooms offer a welcoming contrast. A highlight of a stay here would be the rooftop dining terrace, where Mediterranean food is served. In the hotel’s cellar, ancient Greek remains were found and have been respectfully preserved.
    Prices from £1,050 per person for 7 nights, flights, and hire car.
    Find out more about the Grand Hotel Ortigia here.

    Palazzo Brunaccini, Palermo
    Tucked away beside the Ballaro market, amongst the historic buildings of the Old Town of Palermo, the Palazzo Brunaccini is a four-star hotel that prides itself on its culinary flair.
    Prestigious and informative cookery classes and wine-tasting experiences are available at the hotel, making it the perfect place to sample the flavours of Sicily. A historic building in itself, the hotel is named after Lucrezia Brunaccini, its resident during the 18th century; exposed beams inside, and exposed stone around the windows and arched front door, capture the age and beauty of the property.
    Prices from £895 per person for 7 nights, flights, and hire car.
    Find out more about the Palazzo Brunaccini here.

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