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Honeymoon in Sicily

09 Jun 2011

Honeymoon in Sicily

Sitting just 3km off of Italy’s coast, Sicily nevertheless remains a world apart. A historical melting pot of cultures, it has a rich heritage with Arabic, Roman and Greek influences. The Aeolian Islands are a truly magical way to be introduced to Sicily.

Aeolian Islands

Either plan a few days here as part of a larger trip around Sicily or choose an island and bask in the natural beauty this unique location has to offer. Very accessible by hydrofoil or ferry from Messina and Milazzo, these seven volcanic islands have all the elements of a perfect honeymoon. Often considered more remote in relation to the rest of Sicily, this has quickly become part of their appeal and the islands have become extremely popular with honeymooners and tourists to explore a more mysterious facet of the Sicilian experience.

Our personal favourite is Salina, with its lush green landscape and charming towns. It also offers a great view of neighbouring island, Stromboli, famous for its spectacular display of fluorescent lava eruptions known as the “natural fireworks”.

Stay

Capofaro is a luxurious five-star boutique resort situated in the green hills of Salina. Overlooking the lighthouse (or faro) from which it takes its name, and a breathtaking view of green vegetation, black volcanic rocks and whitewashed buildings, this is a perfect island getaway.

Accommodation

There are 18 rooms which are arranged in 7 cottages built in the conventional Aeolian style. These rooms are traditional but with a sophisticated twist and boast a panoramic sea view.

Food

Salina’s restaurants serve honest and simple Sicilian cooking and the island is famous for its capers, Malvasia grapes and fresh seafood.

Try the Malvasia Wine, a must if staying in Capofaro, which is surrounded by the vineyards of this famous grape.

Perfect for a snack, fresh breakfast and the best of Salina’s seafood, Cucinotta Ritta is a great spot at the end of Via Risorgimento.

To Do

Take advantage of the breathtaking scenery for pleasant strolls and hikes.

Visit the Santuario Della Madonna Del Terzito, an important pilgrimage place where every August the Feast of Assumption is held, bringing people from all the islands to Salina.

Meander through the three towns that are situated in Salina.

Immerse yourself in the sapphire waters of the Aoelian Islands for a spot of snorkelling or beach relaxation.

Take a night time boat trip to Stromboli to witness the spectacular “natural fireworks”.

Take a tour around the islands, including the mud baths of Vulcano and the Mediterranean nightlife of Panarea.

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