I first went to Sicily 3 years ago for the whole month of July and fell completely in love. I’m a total foodie and Sicilian food is incredibly unique. This, mixed with beautiful Baroque architecture and stunning turquoise water beaches is my dream holiday.
My first stop when I arrive to Sicily is I Rizzari restaurant in the cute little seaside village of Brucoli. This is a tiny family owned restaurant by the sea with the most amazing seafood dishes and pasta.
One of my favorite hotels in Sicily is Monaci delle Terre Nere in Mount Etna. The hotel has its own farm growing their own fruits, herbs and vegetables. It also produces its own wine in a stunning vineyard across the estate. The food is absolutely delicious and the chefs are amazing. While staying here it’s very easy to visit the beautiful towns of Noto, Ragusa, Modica and Ortygia. Here you will find churches with works by Caravaggio and some of the best restaurants in the region. The architecture is breathtaking and you can get lost walking past Baroque palaces while eating the best gelato ever!
What to pack: Flowy summer dresses from my favorite artisanal brand in Positano ‘La Bottega di Brunella,’ my strappy flat sandals from Emme Parsons and our Mini Collectionneuse bag.
My next stop is my favorite island in Europe. Favignana.
This tiny island has some of the most unique beaches i’ve seen. It is famous for its caves of limestone rock. My favorite hotel is Dimora Calla del Pozo, with its own local farm providing much of the produce being served. Breakfast is an absolute dream here and you will find a beautiful wooden table with freshly made ricotta, honey from their farm, freshly baked tarts, granola and fresh fruit. The rooms have little gardens with sun beds and outdoor showers surrounded by cactus and bougainvillea.
Close by, set on a cove, is an amazing restaurant called Cibo Chiacchiere Vino where you can watch the prettiest sunset in Favignana and have great wine and small Sicilian dishes.
As for the beaches, Cala Rossa is with no doubt one of the most stunning beaches in Italy. Set below ruins and limestone cliffs with turquoise colored water. You can find your spot inside a cave or under a cliff by the water to easily jump in and snorkel or swim.
In the evenings you can walk down the little streets around the port and have the best pasta and seafood in the square. A cannoli for dessert is my favorite part of the day.
What to pack: My Hunza G swimsuits, my antique Ethiopian silver jewelry and Pura Utz fruit jewelry, our M2M x Pura Utz beaded Mini Muse bag and banana pouch. Leica polaroid camera and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
Soundtrack: Tumbling tears 12’’ Discomix – Alton Ellis
What to read: The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
What to watch: L’ Avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni