The Mediterranean island where the A-lists soar

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Rocco Forte’s bid to put it back there includes plans for a superyacht marina to rival Cannes, bringing big spenders to the beautiful Villa Igiea dining room and relaunching Palermo as a premier escape. He put a lot of eggs in the Sicilian basket. Hope he didn’t go too far.


Lessons

Greenery (roccofortehotels.com) West: 7,160 yards, par 70. East: 7,396 yards, par 73. Green fee: £85; stroller: £43; electronic cart: £21; stick: £43.

I Monastery (imonasterigolfclub.com) 7,130 yards, par 71. Green fee: £72; stroller: £38; electronic cart £17; stick: £34.

The Picciolo (ilpiccioloetnagolfresort.com) 6,419 yards, par 72. Green fee: £55; stroller: £38; electronic cart: £21; stick: £21.

Wines

Planeta Wines (planeta.it) offers tasting tours in Sambuca di Sicilia (45 minutes from Verdura) and Sciaranuova (20 minutes from Picciolo).


Essential

The Golf Par Excellence circuit (01737 211818, golfparexcellence.com) offers tailor-made golf tours in Sicily. Typically, 10 nights including car hire, shared double room accommodation, breakfast and booked green fees cost £1,300 (June departures). Verdura – four nights/three tours; I Monasteri – three nights/two tours; Picciolo – three nights/two tours.

Trip to Sicily not included. Fly to Catania from Luton, Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol and to Palermo from Luton and Gatwick with easyJet (easyjet.com).

For more details on entry requirements and Covid rules for your favorite destinations, including Italy, see telegraph.co.uk/tt-travelrules and gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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