The Mediterranean island where the A-lists soar


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.


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

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

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


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


The Golf Par Excellence circuit (01737 211818, 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 (

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