Location: Italy Duration: 10 nights Price: From £2,350 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, car hire and taxes

Just off the tip of the ‘boot’ of Italy, Sicily is a heady concoction of Italian culture and influences from Europe and Africa, with stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine coming together to make it the perfect family holiday destination. This luxury family itinerary takes in the popular hillside resort town of Taormina, the fertile foothills of Mount Etna, and the private beaches of the Verdura Resort on the island’s south west coastline.

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Families looking to experience Sicily’s fantastic food and beautiful landscapes.

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Taking to the ocean and exploring the nearby Aeolian Islands, which range from the infernal volcanic peaks of Stromboli and Vulcano to the relaxed glamour of Panarea.

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TAORMINA – 3 nights

Flying in to Catania, you’ll travel by car to the first stop on your family holiday, Taormina. Perched on a hillside on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina is beloved of summering Sicilians and mainlanders alike for its spectacular location, views of Mount Etna and historic architecture. Your home for three nights is the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, set on an exclusive beach and surrounded by beautiful coastline. Kids will love the cove which the hotel overlooks, which is brilliant for snorkelling, diving and other watersports, while boat tours of the nearby Aeolian Islands are also available. A performance at Taormina’s wonderfully preserved ancient Greek amphitheatre, with views of Mount Etna in the background, is also a brilliant experience.

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MOUNT ETNA – 3 nights

Departing Taormina, you’ll head towards Sicily’s most famous feature: the imperious Mount Etna. You’ll spend three nights at Monaci delle Terre Nerre, a boutique hotel surrounded by olive and lemon groves in the foothills of Mount Etna. Sunrise on the hotel’s terrace, overlooking Mount Etna and the Mediterranean, is an unbeatable way to start the day, and a stargazing experience with professional astronomers beside the hotel pool is the perfect way to end it. You can also take a stroll through the hotel’s herb garden and take your pick for a herbal tea, or learn how they’re used by the chef to make homemade pasta and gnocchi in a lesson in the bakery. Needless to say, a stay on the slopes of the largest active volcano of Europe also makes for some pretty spectacular walks and hikes, and the Parco dell’Etna encompasses lunar lava fields, fertile vineyards, and beech forests.

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SCIACCA – 4 nights

After three nights in the foothills of Etna you’ll head to the west coast of Sicily for the final stop on your family holiday, the ancient spa town of Sciacca. Your home for four nights is the beautiful Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, set along two kilometres of private coastline. The resort has plenty to keep adults and kids alike entertained, with no fewer than three golf courses, a 60-metre infinity pool and a world-class spa which uses locally sourced Sicilian materials. The resort offers a range of classes which will help you to master the flavours of traditional Sicilian cuisine, often hosted by visiting celebrity chefs – the resident mixologist and sommelier, meanwhile, will help you mix your own cocktails and introduce you to Sicily’s famous wines. Verdura’s exclusive stretches of pristine, sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing or getting the blood pumping, with water-skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing among the water sports on offer. After four nights at Verdura, your Sicilian family holiday comes to an end, and you’ll drive to Palermo for your flight home.

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