Sicily

With its fascinating mix of Byzantine, Spanish, Arabic, Norman, and Italian influences, Sicily is culturally diverse, archeologically rich, and positively devoted to all things sensual.

Lemon trees perfume the air, fish markets teem with life, and absolutely everything you eat will be seasonable, fresh, and ridiculously tasty.

Our two-wheeled or two-footed explorations on the island often begin on the west coast, where the Hotel Giardino di Costanza sits among ancient olive trees and vineyards. We then bike to Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples to view the UNESCO-protected remains of the ancient Greek city of Akragas. After a stay at the modern Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, we head to the Baroque gem of Ragusa and the classic, family-run Eremo Della Giubiliana Hotel. As a grand finale, we love the recently renovated Grand Hotel Timeo in stunning Taormina.

Suffice to say that Cari & Paola, the bronze at the tiny museum in Sciacca, two tough rides from Eremo Della Giubiliana, the temple at Agrigento and a little dancing at Taormina made this trip among the best we’ve done–so thank you for another stellar performance. You do a superb job in every facet of trip planning and execution–the consummate pro. Thank you for all your kindnesses and considerations. I very much appreciate just how much you do and how well you do it.
B.G., Massachusetts, USA

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