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Say, Sicily!

Explore the vibrant heart of the Mediterranean. Here is why Sicily should top your travel wish list.

There's just something about Sicily. Romance and common sense. Culture and cuisine. History and machismo. Juxtaposition is on display most everywhere on this storied island — from the cerulean blue ocean waters to the smoking volcano of Mount Etna. Juxtaposition is also found in modern and ancient Sicily — a day trip to view the historic amphitheater in Segesta, located atop Monte Bàrbaro, will reveal Sicily’s modern autostrada in the background of your Instaworthy pics. It’s this very juxtaposition that makes exploring the largest Mediterranean island off the southern coast of Italy so much fun. Whether you’re after stellar wines and cuisine, dare-to-leave-me beaches, or ancient ruins, Sicily has it all — which is why this Italian outpost is a hub for chefs, architects, and innovators. Here’s your cheat sheet to Sicilian bliss.


Exclusive Resorts makes it easy! The Club's new Private Journey through this Italian hotspot takes all the work out of planning your trip. Dive into the vibrant culture and breathtaking vistas of Sicily with an itinerary designed to enchant. Start in Palermo, immersing yourself in its lively avenues and storied edifices during a narrated stroll. Enrich your visit with a culinary class or cycle along the scenic coastal routes. Journey next to Monreale, where the splendid Norman Cathedral awaits, before venturing to Agrigento and its majestic Valley of the Temples. Partake in authentic experiences, from dining with local shepherds to horseback excursions across historic terrains. Find serenity in Ragusa's pastoral landscapes, as you engage in traditional cheese crafting or savor the art of cooking in a venerable windmill. In Noto, a private tour of an aristocratic palazzo beckons, before you cap off your adventure in Taormina. Choose from a tapestry of activities, such as wine sampling on the slopes of Mount Etna or delving into the Alcantara Gorges.

Sit back, relax, and embrace the Italian way of life
Sunshine and sea views await in Sicily


Sicilian culture has been defined by the unique intersection of ancient Greeks, Romans, and the Byzantines. Topping your itinerary? The Valley of the Temples, the Parco Archeologico di Selinunte (the largest archeological park in all of Europe), and the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina. And when you need to work off all that seafood, pasta, and fine wine, take a stroll along the famous Scala dei Turchi, where white cliffs kiss impossibly pristine beaches.


Sicily is famous for its traditional and colorful ceramics. While exploring most any local enclave you’ll come across brilliant plates, bowls, and pots. Visit the Caltagirone region, and you’ll discover the Regional Ceramics Museum, plus the area hosts various seminars on crafting Sicily’s obsession with maiolica and terra cotta pieces.


Considering the many decadent restaurants, multiple golf courses, and clay tennis courts, your luxe Sicilian basecamp at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort may be tough to leave. Learn how to prepare Sicilian pizza and pasta during one of the resort’s cooking classes, take a mixology masterclass, or discover regional wines with an expert sommelier. The Verdura Spa is housed in pavilions centered around an open-air courtyard — don’t miss the Thalassotherapy pools, Finnish saunas, and yoga classes. And if tee time is most enticing, three courses by acclaimed designer Kyle Phillips await. Known for courses like Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland, Phillips created two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole, par-3 course that all play along Verdura’s incredible coastal scenery.


3 Residences
Sicily, Italy

Verdura Villas

3 Residences

Verdura Villas