Hotels in Sicily
Like its northern big brother Sicily is famous for its food and wine and with good reason. With 11 Michelin-starred restaurants as well as quaint but wonderful osterias and trattorias around every corner, there is a restaurant in Sicily to suit every traveller.
Sicily restaurants and residents alike follow the seasons very closely and pick their produce accordingly. Not only does this mean that it is nearly impossible to find an out of season vegetable in the grocery store, but also restaurants in Sicily serve fresh farm-to-table ingredients that are both aromatic and tasty (and not just because that's a thing now). Think olive oil straight from the vine and salty sardine and Frutti di Mare plucked from the ocean, even small hole-in-the-wall spots offer exceptional food – sometimes the best places have no menus and no tablecloths.
Some local delicacies to sample in restaurants in Sicily include "arancini," fried balls of creamy risotto stuffed with meat and cheese, cannolis, which were first made in Palermo, and Pistacchio di Bronte, the "green gold," a favorite ingredient in everything from gelato to savory pesto.
Seen from the garden of Casa Talia, the village of Modica looks dreamlike, with labyrinthine passageways swirling down the steep sides of a ravine.
Located on a small port on the west coast of Sicily, the Tonnara di Bonagia resort was originally a 17th-century tuna fishery, comprised of a main processing building, a central courtyard, small fishermen's cottages, and a watchtower.
Caol Ishka, gaelic for "Sound of water," sits on the bucolic Anapo River just outside the Sicilian town of Ortigia.
A patrician villa that retains the charm of a private residence. Divers will love the sea life in the marine preserve nearby.
Room to Book: Superior Sea View rooms, with French balcony and Deluxe Sea View rooms, with terrace or balcony
Originally built as the Hotel de la Paix (Hotel of Peace) for Italy’s National Exhibition of 1891, this Art Nouveau landmark is one of Palermo’s oldest hotels. Situated in the commercial center, the hotel is sandwiched between the Giardino Inglese (English Garden) and the Villa Trabia park.
The recently opened hotel has 77 rooms housed in an 18th-century walled fortress that faces the sea.
19th-century residence inherited from Sicilian nobility—the first hotel to be built in Taormina—overlooking Mount Etna. The 70 Baroque rooms were refurbished by current owner Orient-Express in 2011.
Five hundred and seventy acres on Sicily’s southwestern coast have been shaped into a golf resort with the subtle, undeniable luxury we’ve come to expect from the Rocco Forte Collection. Every room has an unencumbered sea view (a non-putter might never know there are two 18-hole courses).
Antonio and Giuseppe La Rosa’s restaurant Locanda Don Serafino was so popular that the two brothers opened a small 10-room hotel in a nearby 19th-century mansion to accommodate customers too full or tired to go home.
Inside the refurbished 19th-century palazzo, the 12 spacious bedrooms are painted in rich ochres and light blues. You can swim in the warm waters off the hotel’s small private beach, or take a 15-minute walk to Ortygia, the ancient city center, with its many gelaterias.
When the Marquis and Marchioness Paterno’ Castello di San Giuliano returned to their ancestral home in Sicily after years abroad, they renovated their villa that had stood empty 100 years.
“The Beach” occupies the triangle of land between the coastal railroad tracks and the bathtub-size bay of Isola Bella, a taxi, bus, or cable-car ride from the town of Taormina, high on the cliff above.
Previously a 15th-century monastery, the exclusive San Domenico Palace Hotel took on its current form in 1896, when the Prince of Cerami added a new Belle Époque wing.
A rustic farmhouse with eight antiques-filled rooms, set in an orange grove on the fertile Catania Plain, facing Mount Etna. Everything from the olive-oil soaps to the pasta (prepared by a Tunisian chef and served poolside) is produced on or around this 300-year-old estate.
Set among ancient vineyards, olive groves, and Greek amphitheaters, this Kempinski-run hotel is contrastly very modern in amenities.