Sicily blends a stunning coastline with a rich cultural history. In the north, ancient ruins jostle with the capital, whilst the south offers a quiet retreat. West, lie world-famous vineyards, and on the east coast, lush forests give way to sleepy villages in the shadow of Mount Etna. A luxury holiday in Sicily is an island getaway filled with surprises.
The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily offers a striking natural landscape peppered with a wealth of historical remains. You'll find lots of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like the Necropolis of Pantalica, as well as towering cathedrals and palaces, like the Noto Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Palermo.
On the coast, you'll find beaches offering white and gold sands framed by turquoise waters. Be sure to visit Cefalu Beach and Torre Salsa, they're two of the finest. On the west coast, visit Marsala and Alcamo, the home of two celebrated wines, named after their respective towns.
Along the Northwest coast, discover Palermo, the capital city. You'll find several amazing cathedrals here and a number of interesting museums and art galleries. On the east coast, explore the town of Taormina and the city of Catania. Both are nestled below the imposing Mount Etna and make a great base to explore the volcano. Also on the west coast is Syracuse.
Stroll the city and marvel at the elaborate architecture. Take a trip back in time and visit the Neapolis Archeological Park, home to Teatro Greco, a giant amphitheatre that could hold 16,000 people. A journey to the far south of Sicily is also in worth your time, thanks to the extraordinary Valley of the Temples.
You'll find the best weather in Sicily is from July to August with temperatures sitting around 30 degrees celsius. These are popular months for luxury travellers to visit the island, not just for the weather, but also for local festivals that celebrate art, food and music.
April to June and September to October, are also great months to visit where you'll see temperatures in the high 20s. June and September are also well suited for diving, as visibility is good and you can see more marine life during these months.
Sicilian cuisine is some of the finest in the world and showcases the blend of cultures that have lived on the island. Start your day with an international breakfast buffet and eagerly await the evening menu, with local Sicilian specialities like anelletti baked pasta and caponata aubergine stew.
Try classic Mediterranean dishes and sample a range of foods at tapas bars. Enjoy barbecues with fresh seafood and prime meats, and discover Michelin-starred restaurants. Then relax with a glass of Marsala, Sicily's famous sweet wine.
You should carry identification with you at all times and keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Italy. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.