Where to stay
Contrada Raviola, Capri Leone
Hotel Excelsior Hilton
Via Marchese Ugo, Palermo
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
On the island of Salina, this restored salt factory with 24 rooms is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Rooms $106-$451, includes breakfast.
Contrada Passo di Gurra
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
Veronica and Filippo Peper own this exceptional place. Entrees $13-$33.
Via Bianchi 1, Santa Marina, Salina
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.