Home to Mount Etna – the highest active volcano in Europe – Sicily is a blend of rich history and diverse topography. From the ruinous city of Syracuse to the baroque architecture of Ragusa Ibla, hotels in Sicily provide a world-class blend of beach lounging and culture seeking. Sicily is an island of never-ending wonders, all of which can be found on your doorstep when you book a hotel anywhere on the island. Sun worshippers, sport lovers and nature fans alike will love Sicily for the diverse Mediterranean sun island it loves to be.
Hotels in Sicily: Gorgeous destinations for the perfect vacation
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Palermo: Where cultures collide
Palermo sits on the edge of Europe, at the heart of the ancient world. A city that blooms with medieval culture, Palermo is where you can find covered souks and Moorish palaces side-by-side with baroque churches and sun-kissed beaches. While away an afternoon exploring the 9th century Palazzo dei Normanni, the beautiful stained glass windows and gilded mosaics of La Martorana, and the imposing façade of Palermo Cathedral. For a dark and unique attraction, take a trip down into the Capuchin Catacombs – a tangle of underground passageways which are home to around 8,000 mummified corpses, all neatly arranged by status and sex. Hotels on Palermo’s coast also offer access to idyllic beaches on Sicily’s glittering Tyrrhenian Coast. After a morning of browsing the colorful produce stalls at the ancient La Vucciria market, head north for an afternoon spent on the crescent-shaped Mondello Beach. Peppered with 5 star hotels, stylish villas, and luxury yachts which bob lazily in the bay, Mondello is the spot wealthy locals call home. You can also enjoy some of the region’s best seafood here, and catch the glorious sunset from the beach itself.
Modica & Ragusa: Divisions in time
If you’re seeking a destination further inland, hotels in the Hyblaean Mountains offer vacationers an elegant mix of ancient history and modern conveniences. Many towns in the region were extensively rebuilt in the 17th century after an earthquake in 1693 devastated the area. Two of these towns are Ragusa and Modica; two UNESCO World Heritage towns located in the mountainous Monti Iblei. Hotels in Sicily’s Ragusa are charming, and come with hotel balconies and swimming pools to cool off in. Positioned atop a hill, travelers can step out of their hotel into the tangle of streets which make up the attractive Ragusa Ibla (old town), littered with terracotta baroque buildings and charming squares. The most eye-catching site is the blue dome of the Santa Maria dell’Itria church, which can be found in the town’s old Jewish quarter. Nearby Modica offers a similar atmosphere with its medieval town center and baroque churches. Also like Ragusa, the town has been split in two, and hotels in the ‘Upper’ half offer sweeping views overlooking the slopes and valleys of ‘Lower Modica’ below. Hotels in Modica also provide access to the Irminio River, where those keen to get out of town can discover Sicily’s rural and rugged natural landscapes.
Syracuse: The ancient city on the Ionian coast
Overlooking the glittering Mediterranean, Syracuse is a city known for its extensive ruins and timeless atmosphere. A former Ancient Greek settlement, Syracuse thrived thanks to its position across the Ionian Sea from Greece. Over time, the city accumulated hundreds of stunning ancient wonders, many of which can be found within the UNESCO designated Archaeological Park Neapolis. Hotels near this Sicilian gem mean you can see the ancient world while enjoying all the comforts and amenities of a gorgeous hotel room in the heart of town, a stone’s throw from the Syracuse Roman Amphitheater and 2,600-year-old Temple of Apollo. Furthermore, Syracuse offers plenty more to vacationers than just a peek into the ancient world. Sun-soaked, deserted beaches such as Arenella can be found near the picturesque streets on the Island of Ortygia, perfect for nightlife and alfresco dining.