Family adventure to Rome and Sicily
At a Glance
Experience two extremes of Italian culture and life
Explore one of the world's most famous capitals - the Eternal City
Enjoy a central location in Rome, surrounded by ancient history
Relax in one of Sicily's most exclusive resorts
Take advantage of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort's first class facilities
Our favorite local guide, Fabio, will give you a real insight into the city of Rome, something that no guide book can.Scott Dunn team
When Fulvio Pierangelini, the 2 star Michelin chef, is in residence, don't miss the chance to go on one of his cookery lessons. It's not often you get to chat to a master chef and he's so passionate about good food he'll chat for hours about the merits of the local pistachio!Katherine Gotla
The extraordinary history of Rome has given it a remarkable mix of architecture, and with its position amongst seven famous hills, it's truly somewhere that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Our itinerary starts in this enchanting city, giving you an opportunity to explore the vast array of Roman ruins, the ephemeral Vatican, the famous fountains and monuments, and the myriad of winding streets and vibrant squares full of cafés and restaurants. We can organize for our favorite guide, Fabio, to give you a private tour, taking you to places that you might not find in a guide book and allowing you to appreciate the true magnificence of this city. After your fill of culture, fly to the warm shores of the Mediterranean and see a little slice of Sicily at one of Italy's premier golf and spa resorts.
The ideal place from which to explore the “eternal city” is the Gran Melia, right on the banks of the River Tiber, just a five minute walk from the Vatican, and close to many of the city's famous sites. The hotel is steeped in history and appears quite museum-like, with the ruins of the former Villa Agrippina (Emperor Nero’s mother) displayed throughout the building and spacious grounds. This is one of our favorite hotels in Rome with its gardens and pools making it a calm respite from the city around it.
From Rome, leave the fast pace of the city behind you, and travel to the peaceful shores of one of the country's southernmost points. The Rocco Forte Collection's Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is an exclusive hotel on the south coast of Sicily, just west of the traditional Baroque town of Sciacca. Set in 230 hectares of gentle rolling Sicilian countryside with nearly two kilometers of untouched private coastline, it's an ideal retreat. You’ll find two 18-hole golf courses, a truly serious award winning Spa, tennis courts and childcare services at our exclusive Scott Dunn kids club for children from 4 months - 13 years, which may make you not want to leave the grounds for your entire stay. However, if you do fancy exploring the surroundings, Palermo is only an hour's drive away, the nearby ancient Greek temples of Agrigento are a splendid site, and the resort can organize anything from wine tours, visits to Renaissance palaces or local olive farms.
We would recommend this itinerary from Easter to early June, and from September to the October half term, in order to avoid the heat of Rome and enjoy the best of both climates.
This is a suggested itinerary that will give you a real flavor of Italy. We can tailor a schedule to suit your needs and timings and any extra places you may like to visit. If you'd like further information, please speak to one of our specialists.
Location & Directions
The Hotel Gran Melia is in the heart of the eternal city of Rome, close to the major cultural sites and attractions. It's a five minute walk from the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica, only 15 minutes from the Piazza Navona, and near the Castle Sant Angelo, Pantheon and Campo dei Fiori.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is on the southern shores of Sicily, close to Sciacca, set in 230 hectares of beatuiful countryside.
When to go
Rome enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate. Summers (from June to September) are hot and dry with temperatures often soaring to 37°C. High humidity is also common, particularly in July and August. Winter tends to be moderate, at least by northern European standards, with temperatures averaging around 10°C to 15°C between December and February. Spring (March to June) and early autumn (September and October) are the best times to visit Rome, with lovely blue skies and mild temperatures.
Sicily enjoys mild winters and warm springs and autumns. Even February, the coolest month, has average temperatures of 13°C, which means that any time of year is suitable. If you want to go sightseeing around the island’s legendary historic and natural sites, October–November and March–June are reliably warm, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C, making it an ideal time to visit Rome and Sicily.