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Introducing Sicily

Sicily is a fascinating island of contrasts. As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has a long history of domination, and everyone from the Greeks to the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards left behind something unique to see, to taste, and to hear in the local dialect. The varied range of influences in the island’s cuisine is a huge draw in itself: you’ll find plenty of citrus, fresh seafood, handmade pasta, ricotta, couscous, and famous treats like granita, cannoli, and brioche. 

The island is home to six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including a Greek necropolis, Roman villa, Baroque towns, and Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Its wide variety of beaches range from peaceful coves with soft, white sand to rugged coastlines and dramatic black-sand beaches on the Aeolian Islands. 

If you’re looking for a more off the-beaten-track Italian experience, a villa vacation on this authentic island will more than deliver – it will surprise and delight you at every turn. Enjoy the eclectic side of Italy.  

Must See & Do

Top regional attractions
  • Hike Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano
  • Visit the Valley of the Temples, a collection of seven Greek temples on the Western coast 
  • Lounge on the beach: Isola Bella, San Vito lo Capo, and Calamosche are three favorites
  • Watch a performance at Teatro Massimo, Italy’s largest opera house
  • Explore surrounding Sicilian islands: the Aeolian Islands, Ustica, Egadi Islands, or Pantelleria
  • Try the local specialties: Arancini (rice balls), marinated sardines, spaghetti with sea urchins, and sweets like granita and cannoli

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Most popular concierge services
  • A car rental or private driver for day trips
  • Private chef service for the first or last nights of your stay
  • Grocery pre-stocking in your villa
  • A private boat charter for island-hopping with a captain/guide
  • A private art and culture tour
  • A guided Mt. Etna excursion
  • A group Sicilian cooking class or wine-tasting evening
  • Restaurant reservations or opera tickets 

Expert Tips

“Watch an unforgettable sunset over the Trapani Salt mines, and buy some famous Trapani sea salt. Trapani salt has much more flavor than common table salt, so make sure to use less.

Also, it’s a misconception that Sicilians eat spaghetti with meatballs; if you find them on restaurant menus, it is only because tourists request them!

My favorite almond biscotti is called Piparelli, which are from the city of Messina and made with almonds, orange blossom honey, candied fruit and a mixture of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg, all sourced and processed in Sicily. Pair them with a glass of chilled Zibibbo dessert wine; the one I recommend is by C. Pellegrino. Dunk the almond biscotti in the wine and savor the flavors over a magical summer evening.”  Saffo, Managing Director, Italy Division



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