Sicily Honeymoon Travel Guide
Sicily offers newlyweds a choice of gorgeous beaches, ancient archaeological ruins and natural wonders just a short hop away from mainland Italy.
The largest island in the Mediterranean is home to the ancient Greek city at Siracusa and the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, as well as Mount Etna (3329m), Europe's tallest active volcano.
In Palermo, discover an architectural legacy of Arab domes, Norman cathedrals and baroque facades.
Wander the heart of the La Kalsa Old Quarter, browse a treasure trove of archaeological artifacts at the Museo Archeologico Regionale, marvel at the amazing stuccos at the Chiesa di Santa Cita and walk among the dead in the dimly lit subterranean corridors of the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, a collection of 8000 embalmed bodies.
Visit the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, one of the most captivating, largest and best-preserved ancient Greek temples outside of Greece itself. Stroll past a series of Doric temples including the Temple of Concordia and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with views over the city and sea.
Elsewhere, watch a Greek tragedy in Taormina's rock-hewn amphitheatre and walk through the cloisters of the 11th century Cathedral of Monreale to sample Sicily’s rich mix of Arab, Norman and Byzantine history.
Or examine a complex display of world famous mosaics displaying nymphs, Roman sports and hints of eroticism at the Villa Romana del Casale.
During summer, hike through a diverse landscape in the Etna Regional Park; if you’re lucky, you may get to see bubbling lava inside one of the four calderas. Go skiing there in winter.
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Sicily offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets, including the following 5-star hotels…
NH Collection Taormina
Ave nightly price: AUD288 per room
Description: Featuring a roof-top terrace and panoramic views, NH Collection Taormina is set in the heart of Taormina's historical centre. It features spacious rooms, a modern wellness centre, and an infinity pool overlooking the bay. All rooms at the NH Collection Taormina hotel have design bathrooms with a shower, bathrobes, and slippers. They come with LCD TV with satellite channels, and free wired internet. The hotel has an exclusive 260 m² spa area that comes with a sauna, a Turkish bath, and therapy showers. It also includes a tea room. The outdoor swimming pool is equipped with sofas, sun loungers, tables, and chairs. Each morning, guests start the day with a breakfast buffet featuring organic product, such as yoghurt, jams and a selection of homemade pressed juices. The restaurant specialises in national and Sicilian cuisine. Corso Umberto I, the city's main street, is just a few minutes away on foot. The property is well connected by the A18 motorway.
San Domenico Palace Hotel
Ave nightly price: AUD432 per room
Description: San Domenico Palace is a unique hotel, with terraces overlooking Mount Etna and the Bay of Taormina. It features a fitness center, a beauty corner, and an outdoor swimming pool. This luxury hotel in Taormina is made up of 2 historic buildings. The Garden Wing is a former 15th-century convent with a monastery. The Grand Hotel Wing was added in 1896. All rooms are uniquely decorated, and equipped with air conditioning and TV with satellite channels. Most rooms have views of the sea, and some also have a private balcony. Mentioned in the most famous food guides, the restaurants and bars of San Domenico Palace Hotel serve traditional Sicilian cuisine. Breakfast buffet is served at the restaurant and includes local pastries.
Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo - MGallery by Sofitel
Ave nightly price: AUD177 per room
Description: Offering panoramic views across the Bay of Palermo, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea - MGallery Collection is 2 km from Palermo Harbour. It features an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and elegant rooms and suites. Every room has a different design and layout at Villa Igiea - MGallery Collection and no two are the same. They do however have many facilities in common, including air conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view movies and a writing desk. Some offer views of the Tyrrhenian Sea or Pellegrino mountain. Drinks are available from the bar, while the restaurant serves Sicilian specialities. You will also find a gym, solarium and massage rooms at this luxury 5-star hotel.
Hotel Villa Athena
Ave nightly price: AUD281 per room
Description: Villa Athena, a modern 5-star hotel, is located within Agrigento's Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a wellness centre, an outdoor pool, and both free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout. This elegant 18th-century villa is just 200 m from the Temple of Concordia, a true masterpiece from the 5th century BC. The rooms of Hotel Villa Athena are air conditioned, and feature a TV and a private marble bathroom. Some have views of the garden, and some overlook the temples. An American breakfast is served daily. There are 2 famous restaurants on site, Il Granaio di Ibla, and the Terrazza degli Dei, with panoramic views.
Grand Hotel Ortigia
Ave nightly price: AUD155 per room
Description: Offering a rooftop terrace and glass elevator with sea views, the Grand Hotel is next to the main harbor and a 5-minute walk from the Aretusa Fountain. It is the only hotel in Ortigia with a private parking. Rooms at the Grand Hotel Ortigia are spacious, and offer free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. Some have a whirlpool bathtub. The Terrazza sul Mare restaurant is on the top floor of the hotel, overlooking the sea and harbor. it serves a variety of fine wines and regional specialties. From the end of June, a boat shuttle is available to/from the hotel's private beach. Alternatively, it is just a 10-minute drive away.
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The best time to visit Sicily is from April to June and late September to October when temperatures are still warm and the crowds are not quite so intense.
Summer, from June to September, offers clear sunny skies with an average high of 25°C (77°F) in June climbing to 29°C (84°F) in July and August before falling to 27°C (81°F) in September.
For more climate info: Sicily Weather Guide…
Sicily lies off the southern tip of Italy and is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the 5km-wide Straits of Messina.
The most convenient route is to fly from Rome into Palermo, in the north of the island, or Catania, located on the east coast. You can also fly direct from London and New York.
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Latest update Sicily honeymoon destination: 7 February, 2017