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Plan a history-fuelled trip to Sicily

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Sicily is home to beautiful coastlines, lively cities and the imposing Mount Etna. In the realm of cuisine, Sicily is renowned for dishes such as caponata (eggplant stew), arancini, and pasta alla Norma. Amidst Sicily’s diverse attractions and offerings, it may be easy to overlook that it is an excellent destination for those seeking a historical journey. 

Due to Sicily’s geographical positioning, the island has served as a crossroad connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Over time, various civilizations have left their imprint on the island, weaving a rich cultural tapestry. Sicily is adorned with remarkable archaeological sites that offer a glimpse into the ancient past. Selinunte and the Valley of the Temples are two of the most significant sites of well-preserved Greek architecture, showcasing the prowess of the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the region. Selinunte, in particular, boasts one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe with its collection of Doric temples. The Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is notable for its exceptionally well-preserved ancient Greek structures, including the iconic Temple of Concordia. The impressive site sits below Agrigento, crowned Italy’s capital of culture for 2025. 

Conveniently situated exactly between the two archaeological sites is Verdura Resort. With two kilometres of private beaches, two Kyle Phillips golf courses, villas, and four restaurants with gourmet and casual dining options, Verdura is the perfect setting to return to after a day of exploring ancient ruins. Relax at the world-class Irene Forte spa, one of Europe’s most advanced luxury wellbeing centres with a distinctive Sicilian flair. The 4,000-square-metre spa has 11 treatment rooms, a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, a double-height steam room and infrared saunas. 

To find out more, visit www.roccofortehotels.com

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