From a family-run 15th century farmhouse to a former nursery school, we've sought out the best B&Bs in Sicily.
Baglio Donna Franco
Located on the Strada del Vino, a wine road that meanders through the vineyards of the Marsala region, this family-run 15th century farmhouse and winery was converted into a hotel in 2006. Spacious rooms full of antiques, a swimming pool set in lavender gardens with views of the ocean and a hearty home-cooked breakfast make this a wonderful country stay with the added advantage of a wine cellar to explore.
This pretty little seaside hotel is situated in the historical centre of Cefalù, about 10 minutes walk from the beach. Sun-drenched rooms in bright colours open up onto the rooftops of the village. Breakfast is served in a bright courtyard and dinner is a no-brainer because of the hotel's proximity to a number of wonderful restuarants, including the family-run La Botte. Take your passagiata in the evening on the boardwalk or stop in any of a number of lively bars around the hotel. You can also take day trips to Palermo and Agrigento from here.
Situated in the cute village of Malfa on the isle of Salina, this immaculate family-run hotel is a restoration of a white-washed farm house typical of the Aeolian islands. Rooms are cool and spacious, many with large shared balconies and views of the water, and there's a fabulous infinity pool set in terraced gardens with a perfect view of Stromboli's still-active volcano. A highlight is the fantastic aperitivo and snacks served in the bar at sundown.
Charme Hotel Henry's House
Charme Hotel Henry's House beautifully restored baroque palazzo on the ancient island of Ortigia in Siracusa is a knockout. A former nursery school, lovingly restored by the delightful family who owns it, is full of bohemian character, each guest room different from the other and decorated with antiques and curios. The hotel overlooks the harbour and many rooms have great views; there are also lovely vine-covered terraces for taking in the sun. The mother cooks the most delicious breakfast ever.
Image: Tony Amos