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If you go to Sicily . . .

Where to stay

Antica Filanda

Contrada Raviola, Capri Leone

011-39-0941-919704

www.anticafilanda.net

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A large family-run hotel-restaurant with a small number of guest rooms in a rural setting near the Nebrodi Mountains. Rooms $160-$199, includes breakfast. Entrees $13-$33.

Hotel Excelsior Hilton

Via Marchese Ugo, Palermo

011-39-091-7909001

www.excelsior-palermo.com

Centrally located hotel near the English Garden and walking distance to two open markets. Rooms $106-$305.

La Salina Hotel Borgo di Mare

Via Manzoni, Lingua

South Marina, Salina

011-39-090-9843441

www.lasalinahotel.com

On the island of Salina, this restored salt factory with 24 rooms is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Rooms $106-$451, includes breakfast.

Planeta Estate

Contrada Passo di Gurra

Menfi, Agrigento

011-39-0925-1955460

www.planetaestate.it

Among the many proprerties that Planeta winery owns is the Menfi location. Fourteen luxurious rooms, $186-$358, includes breakfast. Entrees $20-$40.

Where to eat

Osteria Pub Peper’s

Via Cappuccini, 10, Monreale

011-39-091-6402220

Veronica and Filippo Peper own this exceptional place. Entrees $13-$33.

Ristorante Portobello

Via Bianchi 1, Santa Marina, Salina

011-39-090-9843125

The specialty is fish, brought in from the waters around the island. Entrees $20-$40.

What to do

Visit the town of Cefalu, a port on the north coast about an hour east of the city of Palermo. Visit the Norman cathedral and wander the medieval streets to shop, stopping for refreshment in the piazza square at Bar e Caffe Duomo for pastries and coffee.

Ettore and Infersa Salt Works in Trapani offers tours so you can watch how they harvest the white granules from the surrounding water.

Monreale Cathedral, built in the 12th century, is spectacular for its mosaics. Plan to spend several hours (the cathedral closes midday). At lunch go to Osteria Pub Peper’s (see above).

Isola di Vulcano in the Aeolian Islands is a boat ride from northeast Sicily, a bustling, walkable island with beautiful vistas.

Segesta, once an ancient Greek city, has a stunning temple and an amphitheater where Greek plays are performed every other summer.

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