Wednesday 21 February 2018

Sicily: Need to know

Sophie Campbell

need to know

Getting there

Aer Lingus (0818 365000; aerlingus.com) flies from Dublin to Catania, a short drive south of Taormina. Ryanair (ryanair.com) flies to Palermo from Dublin.

Sophie Campbell stayed at Villa Etna Mare, which sleeps up to eight. From €1,100 pw, pureholiday homes.com.

Where to eat

Osteria da Rita, via Calapitrulli 3, Taormina (0039 0338 520551), serves home-cooked Sicilian food, costing from €8 for pizza. Seafood platters cost €30 for two people.

Bar Vitelli, Piazza Fossia 7, Savoca (0334 922 7227; barvitelli.it), is pricey – four coffees cost us €12 – but fun. It has a little exhibition and a fabulous terrace looking down from the mountains to the sea, with a figure of Francis Ford Coppola and his movie camera.

Ristorante Il Gabbiano, Via Nazionale 115, Taormina (0942 625128; ilgabbianoristorante.it), charges about €30 for two courses with wine – we had local fish, "Sicilian cake" and almond and pistachio parfaits.

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