Location: Italy Duration: 10 nights

If you’re looking for an Italian honeymoon somewhere you’ll never be found, then this honeymoon is very much for you. You’ll begin in the medieval town of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, where trajectories of narrow streets meander amongst grandiose buildings down to tucked away little coves.  You’ll then make your way across to Mount Etna before finishing up on the beautiful island of Salina, where you’ll spend your days sipping Malvasia wines and go for dips in Aeolian Sea.

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Taking you to a quiet corner of Sicily and the unspoilt island of Salina, this honeymoon is one for those curious to find out what Italy’s beautiful islands have been hiding.

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Arriving to Salina in style with a heli-transfer from Mount Etna.

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TAORMINA - 3 nights

Touching down in Catania, you’ll be transferred to the Hotel Villa Ducale perched above the medieval town of Taormina, your home for the next few nights. An aristocratic villa overlooking the Ionian Sea, the hotel is owned by Rosaria and Andrea Quartucci and is serviced by warm and friendly staff. In Taormina, amble along the narrow streets, which twist and turn their way through town, and you’ll find palaces, piazzas and 13th century cathedrals alongside stylish boutiques and traditionally Sicilian restaurants. The Greek-Roman amphitheatre has been putting on shows since the third century BC and, with views across the Bay of Naxos as far as the smoking Mount Etna, it’s an atmospheric place to catch a performance. Designed for wandering, dining and unwinding in Mediterranean ambience, Taormina is the perfect place to begin your honeymoon before heading on to the smouldering Mount Etna.

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ZAFFERANA ETNEA – 3 nights

Sicily’s volcano is just as imposing as you would imagine. Climb to the top for views unfolding down the black-brown slopes, across the lava flow gorge towards the heaving sea, and listen closely to your guide; Mount Etna is as dramatic in her sounds as she is in looks. Afterwards, unwind with a visit to a local vineyard, where mineral-rich wines are produced, or sample grappas and local bitters while listening to traditional Sicilian music at your hotel, Monaci delle Terre Nere. Here you can learn the secrets of Sicilian cooking with a lesson in how to prepare gnocchi and pasta, in the hotel’s very own bakery, or stargaze with professional astronomers by night.

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SALINA – 4 nights

From Sicily we’ll whisk you off to Salina by aliscafo, where you’ll be greeted with the lush greens and yellows of vineyards and wildflowers. Step out onto Santa Maria Salina, lined with 19th century houses and delightfully free of traffic, and check into the chic Hotel Signum. The unspoilt beauty of Salina makes it the perfect spot for a honeymoon, and you can while away the days navigating the island by Vespa, stopping for lunch at quintessential Italian eateries and toasting your honeymoon with a bottle of sweet Malvesian wine. Hike up to Monte Fossa delle Felci, swim at the black-sand beach of Rinella, or the pebbled beach at Lingua, and be sure to get to Pollara Bay (the setting for the Italian film, Il Postino) in time for sunset, when the sun stains the endless sky pink.

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