These lengthy coastlines provide fantastic opportunities to relaxLose yourself in some of Italy's most traditional regions
The two largest and most appealing islands in the Mediterranean have an incredible amount going for them. With Azure, your only difficult decision is which one to choose.
South of mainland Italy, Sicily comprises a fabulous mix of scenic splendour and historical glory. Book one of our luxury holidays in Sicily to discover this enchanting island for yourself.
Sicily’s regional capital, Palermo, boasts a rich and fascinating heritage. Stroll through one of its lively street markets and try some of the delicious local food on offer. Visit the magnificent Palermo Cathedral with its medieval Royal Tombs and gaze out at the astounding vista from its roof. Marvel at the ornate architecture of the Palazzo dei Normanni, formerly the royal palace, with the 12th-Century Byzantine mosaics contained in its Palatine Chapel. Don’t miss the nearby Cattedrale di Monreale, with its impressive Norman architecture and intricate mosaics, or the fabulous Teatro Massimo - the second largest opera house in Europe.
Oozing culture, this island harbours a huge selection of stunning architecture and ancient sites that are guaranteed to take your breath away. In Agrigento, you’ll find the Valley of the Temples, encompassing the ruined city of Akragas and the amazingly preserved Temple of Concordia. In Syracuse, visit the pearly Teatro Greco in the Neapolis archaeological park and the wondrous Piazza del Duomo. Meanwhile, in the west you’ll find the ruins of Segesta, including the Doric temple and Greek theatre.
Mount Etna in the Catania province is the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Hike on its craters or take a cable car into the dizzying heights.
With 1,500km of coastline, Sicily has no shortage of beautiful beaches. These include the golden sands of Cefalu and white rock formations of Scala dei Turchi. Bird enthusiasts will love Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, close to the peaceful Marinella Bay, with over 40 species of bird life and a vast range of Mediterranean flora.
With its mountainous interior ringed by stunning beaches and turquoise ocean, it’s easy to see why discerning travellers opt for luxury holidays in Sardinia.
Like Sicily, Sardinia has a unique charm and is home to many historical sites. Visit Nuraxi su Barumini, one of numerous beehive-like structures called Nuraghi, found only on this island. Explore the Roman ruins of Tharros or Nora, the old mining village of Ingurtosu and the Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, with its fine Pisan architecture and 13th-Century frescoes. In the vibrant regional capital of Cagliari, climb the hill at Bastione San Remy for a wonderful view across the Gulf of Cagliari.
All equally stunning, the island’s beaches vary greatly from the glamorous Costa Smeralda in the northeast to the spectacular Le Pelosa in the west and Scoglio di Peppino in the southeast. Along the coast you can spot monk seals, turtles and even fin whales in the sparkling waters.
Hike the mountains and forests where diverse wildlife includes flamingos, golden eagles and unique species of deer and fox. Visit the remote villages in the Gennargentu Mountains and learn more about the island in the Museum of Sardinian Traditions in Nuoro.
Whichever island you choose, we’ll ensure your Mediterranean holiday is perfect in every way. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our tailor-made packages.
where to stay
We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.
Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & SuitesFrom...
Gabbiano Azzuro Hotel & Suites lies on the charming Golfo Aranci, a narrow strip of land surrounded by the sea, where sunrise and sunset are spectacular events each day. This gorgeous Sardinian resort, with its own private beach, offers supreme comfort, delicious food, warm hospitality and natural beauty.
Villa del Golfo Lifestyle ResortFrom...
Villa del Golfo Lifestyle Resort, Sardinia, enjoys breathtaking views across the turquoise ocean from its fabulous hillside location. Situated just outside the town of Cannigione on the northeast coast of the island, you couldn’t wish for a more idyllic place to spend your holiday.
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This exquisite hotel was originally built as a private Sicilian villa in the early 19th century and retains its authentic charm to this day. Located beside the glorious Mazzaro Bay and set in rolling parkland, the Villa Sant'Andrea, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina, Sicily, offers exceptional service, luxury facilities and a tranquil retreat from which to base your unforgettable holiday.
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We have been using Azure to arrange our holidays for over 12 years. Every year usually twice a year, sometimes more, we rely on the experienced team at Chester to provide expert information on our chosen destinations. Be it a return to our established favorites in Barbados and Dubai or a new and exiting destination chosen from Azures brochure it is always handled in a friendly and competent manner. The small details are not missed such as do we need late check out or early arrival, which can make such a difference after sometimes long hours travelling. For us using Azure takes the uncertainty out of booking holidays.
We have been booking our holidays through Azure for 10 years and we can thoroughly recommend them. The Azure team arrange amazing holidays, well chosen destinations and hotels with a tailored itinerary that runs like clockwork with so many wonderful extras, it really takes the time and stress out of planning. When the weather has disrupted our journeys, their 24 hour service has provided us with 5* rescues! Nothing is too much trouble for Azure staff and the same goes for all the staff we have met on our Azure holidays which really are out of this world. We continue to recommend your company and all your wonderful team and look forward to our next holiday with you.
Well we are back in the UK after an amazing trip for a very special birthday and must thank Azure in Chester and Jayne O'Gorman for organising everything after we won the auction bid for this trip with SeaDream Yacht Club at Valerie's Summer Ball last year! We had the trip of a lifetime, met amazing people, visited fabulous places and befriended the superb crew aboard SeaDream I. We couldn't fault a single thing onboard - just amazing and hope we can meet the crew again at some future date! I even cried when i had to leave! Well done Azure and Jayne O'Gorman.
My first experience with Azure was when they came to my rescue when my family and I were stranded abroad on holiday without accommodation, their professionalism and ability to make things happen at very very short notice was second to none. They were very knowledgeable and were able to utilise their many relationships within the industry to get things resolved for me within an hour. I can't praise them enough for rescuing my family's holiday and making it a truly memorable time. Since then the team always do their best to make my holidays the best they can possibly be based on their own vast travel knowledge and experiences. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and wouldn't use anyone else for luxurious travel.
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