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.