Steaming craters, scorching countryside, ancient ruins and clear blue waters – Sicily holidays are all about history, heat and hideaway hotels

One moment you’ll be in the hot hills of a mountain village among dancing lizards and the sound of sheep bells, the next a mere speck on the horizon as you scale the slopes of iconic Mount Etna. Far from volcanic scenery, perfect bronze beaches lead out to the clearest blue waters and historic trails serpentine through ancient worlds of Greek and Roman ruins.

Sicily holidays are for those with a penchant for landscapes scattered with olive trees and vineyards, sun drenched beaches, medieval towns and a taste of some of the best food in the Med. This is no faraway deserted island and its sheer size can be overwhelming, but always in the most beautiful sense. There’s that thoroughly romantic drive through orange and lemon groves past velvety hills and farmsteads as the scent of rosemary and sage lingers. Then there’s the handsome beaches of Isola Bella and San Vito lo Capo, the ice cream parlours and independent shops that jam tiny Old Towns and the fanciful decorations in grand cathedrals and decadent restaurants.

We’ve seen the breathtaking sandstone city of Modica, lazed on the hot stones of pretty pebble beaches, travelled by train along Mount Etna’s base and dined al fresco under a brilliant sun. We’ve become attached to the blushing gold stone centre of Syracuse, to the sidewalk cafes where icy granita and sweet brioche are served and to vineyards producing sensational Sicilian wines. We can tell you the best places to go on holidays to Sicily whether you want to run your hands along the famous ‘Bikini Girls’ mosaic at Villa Romana del Casale, see the spell-binding white cliffs of Scala dei Turchi or cool off in bracing lagoons inside the Alcantara Gorges.

Whether you want an award-winning spa hotel on the south west coast or a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of historic Taormina, our Italy experts are on hand to create your Sicilian island escape.

Top hotels in Sicily

Hotel Villa Diodoro

4
from £677
Restaurant terrace

The Ashbee Hotel

5
from £1,664

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +1 hour

Currency:

Euro

Flying time to destination:

3 hours to Catania or Palermo

More facts

When to visit Sicily

Jan

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Feb

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Mar

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Apr

Recommended

Good time to escape

May

Recommended

Good time to escape

Jun

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jul

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Aug

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Sep

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Oct

Recommended

Good time to escape

Nov

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Dec

Not Recommended

Not so good time to escape

Further climate information

Recommended Sicily Hotels

Excelsior Palace Hotel

4

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 20 Oct '19

from £798

Hotel Villa Diodoro

4

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 31 Mar '20

from £677

The Ashbee Hotel

5

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 20 Oct '19

from £1,664

Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel

5

5 nights, Room & Breakfast, 11 Oct '19

from £1,412

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Kuoni Insider

Sicily is a tourist box of chocolates and as the island is so large I would recommend considering a multi centre holiday and hiring a car. Taormina is a great place to start with its fascinating warren of small lanes boasting a formidable variety of shops, bars and restaurants.

As you wander around you see enticing glimpses of the stunning coastline far below. Mt Etna is an excursion not to be missed. A trip to Bar Vitelli in Savoca, used in The Godfather film is a must – it feels just like stepping straight into the film set. Take a circular day drive around the coast to picturesque Cefalu and then back through the mountainous countryside. You will not fail to be amazed by the views around every corner and may be lucky enough like us to be invited to join in a village Sunday lunch. The southern part of the island is different again with some historic cities and towns. And the food – well as you expect in Italy it never disappoints.

Suzanne Vermigle