Sicily and the two archipelagos bordering it, the Aeolian Islands to the north and Malta to the south, encapsulate the history of the Mediterranean: from their coasts, where we find vestiges of the Phoenicians, to the slopes of their mountains, where there are Greek and Roman remains. Our gaze is always facing the sea…
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Hotel and restaurant in town. This 17th century palazzo is inextricably linked to the medieval city of Mdina, its walls forming part of the bastion walls that surround the former capital of Malta, with its remarkable baroque architecture. All rooms have been individually designed with romantic décor, original paintings, antique tapestries and furnishings. They are reminiscent of the noble origins of the Xara Palace and boast spectacular 180 degree panoramic views of Malta. Enjoy attentive service and gastronomic delights at the award-winning de Mondion restaurant, or dine at Trattoria A.D. 1530, situated on the charming Piazza. ... Learn moreless
The best view of Europe’s smallest capital is from the sea. (Re)discover Valletta from Sliema in the dusky light, when the sun begins to embrace the limestone rock of the town’s oldest buildings, This unusual town was founded by the Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem between...Read More less
Some call it the ‘silent city’. Mdina, a fortified town, takes its name from Arabic. Its shady alley ways still evoke the time of the knights. A visit to Palazzo Falson, splendid and ancient medieval palace, the home of artist and philanthropist Olof Gollcher, offers an unexpected insight into local...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in town. In the maze of little streets and baroque churches of Ragusa Ibla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where you find Locanda Don Serafino, one of the finest restaurants in Sicily. Near the ramparts of the lower section of the city, in the palace's former barn, the restaurant sits under high vaulted ceilings of exposed stone. Chef Vincenzo Candiano sources his ingredients exclusively from the island, yet draws his inspiration from well beyond the Mediterranean to elevate Sicilian cuisine with his own style. Just a few streets away, the rooms of unrivalled charm, and partially carved into the rock, are located in a building from the 19th century. ... Learn moreless
You must visit la Chiesa del Purgatorio to understand the history of Ragusa Ibla. This little church is one of the only buildings to have survived the terrible earthquake which took the town off the map in 1693. The town is today dominated by the splendid San Giorgio cathedral from the top of the land...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Sitting in southeast of Sicily, the Val di Noto Region is endowed with an abundance of Baroque splendours that has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is in this exceptional setting where you will discover Il San Corrado di Noto. Once home to Prince Nicolaci, it is now an idyllic, environmentally conscious resort. Olive, orange and almond trees create a timeless fresco that instantly inspires a sense of well-being, while the architectural style of the hotel is a celebration of Sicilian tradition — a decor masterfully sculpted by local woodworkers, exteriors paved with Modica stone and the green Guatemalan marble lining one of the many sublime pools. Moreover, just a few kilometres away, the hotel’s Beach Club is the ideal place to relax, offering a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful panoramas to be had of the Italian coastline. ... Learn moreless
More than the place itself, the name of Syracuse is all that is needed to transport travelers to another time. In its heyday, the city founded by the Corinthians was even richer than Athens. Today, the Greek remains rise above fields of citrus fruits and the columns of ancient temples still stand against...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. Nestled in the heart of the Etna National Park, an undeniable aura takes hold as you enter the Monaci delle Terre Nere estate. Composed of an 18th-century aristocratic villa and several private houses spread over 25 hectares — a part of which includes a vineyard — this exceptional hotel celebrates the rural charm of a bygone Sicily by combining it with timeless architectural style. Furthermore, it embraces an eco-responsible ethos that is perfectly reflected in its gourmet restaurant Locanda Nerello, where each dish strikes a meticulous balance between the exaltation of the culinary landscape and the authenticity of traditional products. A member of the Slow Food movement, the latter offers a wide range of dishes enhanced all the more by the Etna wines produced on the estate. At the Convivium Bar, discover cocktails concoted from local ingredients and carefully prepared according to the tenets espoused by mixologist Paolo Sanna. Staying at Monaci delle Terre Nere generates such incredible energy that, in addition to feeling regenerated, you will be left with the delicious impression of floating like a feather through the air. ... Learn moreless
Overlooking the city, the remarkable Teatro Greco built in the 3rd century BC. has successfully withstood the test of time. Its tiered seating, partially carved into the rock itself, can accommodate up to 10,000 spectators, which is nearly the entire local population. During the summer, the locals “climb...Read More less
The highest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna's peak rises nearly 11,000 feet above the sea. Climbing the south face from the Sapienza refuge leads to a stunning series of craters. Here, you’ll proceed through a lunar landscape between piles of volcanic rock. The difficulty of the climb makes it all...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Salina is the greenest of the seven Aeolian Islands that emerge from the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea. Capofaro’s small whitewashed buildings and fresh water swimming pool stand regally amid the vineyard of the Tasca d’Almerita family, at the foot of one of two extinct volcanoes. Simply adorned, each room opens onto a terrace facing the sea where the fascinating silhouettes of neighbouring Stromboli and Panarea take shape. The chef leads guests on a sun-filled gastronomic journey, infused with the salty and sweet flavours of the produce grown in the property's rich volcanic soil. Following the grand monsù tradition befitting this Sicilian land of aristocracy, he proposes pairings with the Malvasia wine produced in the family vineyard. ... Learn moreless
The island of Salina is the greenest of the Aeolian Islands and it used to be known as the garden of the archipelago famous for its wild capers and liquor-like wine, Malvasia. The sweet, amber coloured wine, made from malvasia grapes and red grapes from Corinth, is appreciated particularly as an aperitif,...Read More less
Masterpiece of neo-realist Italian cinema, the film ‘Stromboli’ allowed the entire world to discover the eponymous island. Volcanic, arid and majestic, Stromboli was also the site of the forbidden love between the sublime actress and Roberto Rossellini, the film’s director. Climb the slopes of the volcano...Read More less
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