The Best Sicily Luxury Hotels

Sicily

Sicily is a magic and ancient land which boasts several blue flags, due to the beauty and safety of its sandy and rocky beaches and a number of interesting archaeological sites and Unesco World Heritage.
A summer holiday in a Sicily Hotel means sunbathing and water sports throughout its coast and the Island of Pelagie, Egadi and Aeolian. Furthermore it offers relax and good cuisine, culture and the enchanting Parthenon and Doric Greek Temples. The largest of the Italian islands surprise you with simplicity and welcoming sea and city hotels. Sicily is also captivating by night.

 

Where is Sicily?

Is Sicily in Italy? In the literal sense of the question, no. Sicily is an island separate from the Italian mainland. It is also one of five Italian regions granted autonomous rights by the Italian Constitution, and the only one that has control over 100% of its levied taxes. Sicily is, however, still part of the Republic of Italy. If you ask people here what their nationality is, though, you are just as likely to hear 'Sicilian' as 'Italian'.

Where is Sicily, geographically? Set in the Mediterranean, surrounded by sea, Sicily is the triangular-shaped island to the west of Calabria, the toe of Italy's 'boot'. It's a 20-minute ferry ride across the Strait of Messina from the Italian mainland, or a little over an hour from Rome and just under two hours from Milan by plane. The land is a beautiful, wild mix of sea and mountain, with fantastic beaches particularly around the three 'corners' of the island.

 

Arts & Culture

After the island was largely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693 many cities were rebuilt, resulting in beautiful examples of baroque architecture in cities such as Noto. Alongside this, however, Greek and Roman ruins can still be seen around almost every corner, and the Norman Byzantine influence is also strong, with Monreale cathedral being a notable example.

The culture of storytelling is an important one, and myths and legends of Sicily abound. Many of these centre around Etna, Sicily's magnificent volcano, which towers over Catania and has shaped so much of the east coast of the island. Don't worry, though - her eruptions are spectacular but she's friendly and doesn't like to hurt people!

 

Sicilian Food

Throughout its history, Sicily has taken on elements of many other cultures and made them its own. Fresh mediterranean vegetables, meat and fish are given different treatments depending on where on the island you are. In Erice and San Vito lo Capo, on the north-west coast, the traditional dish is couscous. In Palermo, Sicily's capital, you will find dishes flavoured with pine nuts, raisins and sweet and sour 'agrodolce' flavours. Pasta alla norma, made with aubergines, tomatoes and ricotta salata, is Catania's signature dish. Marsala wine comes from Sicily, as does Nero d'Avola. And don't forget cannoli or the classic summer treat, granita - if you're a foodie you're going to love Sicily.

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Masseria della Volpe

Noto (Siracusa) Sicilia
From 135 € (per Room per Night)
Set in an outstanding spot in the beautiful Val di Noto, Masseria della Volpe lies between the Hyblaean Mountains and......

Locanda Gulfi

Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa) Sicilia
From 98 € (per Room per Night)
Locanda Gulfi enjoys a panoramic position perched on the top of a hill with views over vineyards and the Hyblaean......

Porta di Mezzo Luxury BB

Taormina (Messina) Sicilia
From 135 € (per Room per Night)
Located in Taormina’s old town centre, Porta di Mezzo Luxury B&B takes its name from the city gate “Porta di......

Kepos Etna Relais and Spa

Santa Venerina (Catania) Sicilia
From 120 € (per Room per Night)
Kepos Etna Relais lies on a stunning natural terrace on the slopes of Mount Etna, overlooking the blue Ionian Sea. Lying......

Masseria Susafa

Polizzi Generosa (Palermo) Sicilia
From 170 € (per Room per Night)
Masseria Susafa is strategically located in the heart of Sicily, a few km from the Madonie Nature Park and one hour's......

Donna Coraly Resort

Siracusa (Siracusa) Sicilia
From 200 € (per Room per Night)
Magic Siracusa, the Baroque treasures of Val di Noto, the nature reserves and the beaches along the coast: the lavish......

Duomo Suites and Spa

Catania (Catania) Sicilia
From 100 € (per Room per Night)
Duomo Suite & Spa stands in the historic heart of Catania, among majestic buildings and lively streets and avenues. From......

Tale Restaurant and Suite

Piedimonte Etneo (Catania) Sicilia
From 120 € (per Room per Night)
Talè Restaurant & Suite is a striking terrace overlooking Mount Etna, a superb scenery moulded by fire that slopes down......

Hotel Villa Taormina

Taormina (Messina) Sicilia
From 264 € (per Room per Night)
Set in the historic centre of beautiful Taormina, Villa Taormina is an integral part of unmistakable scenery for which......

Lemon House

Savoca (Messina) Sicilia
From 170 € (per Room per Night)
Lemon House nestles in the countryside of Rina, a hamlet of Savoca, a small medieval town which in 2008 was included in......