Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Holidays to Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Sicily is proving an increasingly popular holiday destination as it combines so much in one location, with some of the finest Greek ruins in Europe, several lovely towns, beaches to rival those anywhere else in the Mediterranean, and looming over it all, the brooding presence of Mount Etna. Just to the north of Sicily lie the far less well-known Aeolian Islands, a collection of tiny gems well loved by Italians, but rarely heard of elsewhere.

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  • 'To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.' So said Goethe, and who are we to argue?

Luxury Holidays to Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

In terms of Sicilian accommodation, several of the best - well, more correctly, most famous - hotels on the island have recently undergone much needed and serious renovations so there's now an excellent choice.

Each island has a strikingly different character, and there are a handful of charming and characterful boutique hotels available for anyone interested in getting seriously away from it and Original Travel can take all the hassle out of booking the ferry tickets and transfers.


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Wandering the cobbled little streets of Noto or Siracusa, marvelling at the incredibly preserved baroque architecture, dipping into the classy boutiques and cafes, and pausing just occasionally for a fearsomely strong espresso or a glass of Marsala.

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  • Average Temp. — 8°C / 46°F
  • Rainfall — 7cm / 3.1 inches
Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +1 hr

Top picks for Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Villa Belvedere hotel, luxury hotel in Italy

Villa Belvedere

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Built by the Bambara-Pécaut family at the end of the 19th Century, Villa Belvedere is still owned by the same family today.

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Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is located right on the sea just below the historic Sicilian town of Taormina and close (but not too close) to Mt. Etna.

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Aerial view of Hotel Raya, luxury hotel in Italy

Hotel Raya

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Hotel Raya is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Mediterranean, an immaculate, whitewashed property of elegant simplicity on the tiny Aeolian island of Panarea.

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Grand Hotel Timeo, luxury hotel in Italy

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

If there was a 'hotel with the best location in the world' award, the Grand Hotel Timeo would be a serious contender... Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats, and has now had a serious - and arguably much needed - overhaul by the Belmond group.

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Capofaro hotel. luxury hotel in Italy


Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Set amidst a working vineyard producing Malvasia wine, Capofaro is arguably the best boutique hotel on Salina Island.

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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, luxury hotel in Italy

Verdura Resort

Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Located on the South coast of Sicily, this luxury Rocco Forte property caters for all, with extensive grounds, a sea front location, and fantastic facilities including a world class championship golf course.

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