Irene Forte Spa at Verdura Resort
S.S. 115 Km 131, Sicily
Right on the ocean near Palermo, Verdura Resort is serene, relaxing, and all out luxurious. The stunning Irene Forte Spa, surrounded by olive trees and orange groves, is a playground of thalassotherapy pools, Finnish saunas, steam rooms, and more, but the facials are next-level. Each one uses Forte’s luxe, clean skin care line—made with botanicals sourced on Verdura’s own organic farm. We love the Etna Age-Defying Facial—90 minutes of cleansing, toning, and exfoliation, face massage, lymphatic drainage (they use cold volcanic stones sourced from Etna mountain), and a moisture-bomb hyaluronic acid treatment to seal it all in. You’ll walk out totally relaxed, refreshed, with a luminous glow.
Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School
Contrada Regaleali, Sicily
For the last 30 years, Anna Tasca Lanza has attracted the likes of Alice Waters and the late Julia Child–so we know it’s the real deal.
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina
There’s an ancient Greek ampitheater at its back, and unobstructed views of the ocean and Mount Etna at its front, making this a pretty stunning place to rest your head while you tour Sicily.