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    If you go to Sicily . . .

    Where to stay

    Antica Filanda

    Contrada Raviola, Capri Leone


    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

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    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.

    Planeta Estate

    Contrada Passo di Gurra

    Menfi, Agrigento



    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.

    Ristorante Portobello

    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.