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Cefalù

Sicily, Italy

Cefalù is a city in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Known as a romantic port, this medieval-walled town is famous for its beaches and seafood. Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchouri travels to Palermo, Sicily, this week to revive the Solunto Mare Hotel.


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The coastline of the island of Ischia. 960 1280

  

The Albergo San Montano is perched on a cliff top above the charming town of Lacco Ameno. 960 1280

  

Albergo San Montano

Albergo San Montano

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Albergo San Montano

Albergo San Montano

Go for a swim and take in the spectacular views at Albergo San Montano. 960 1280

  

Parco Negombo

Parco Negombo

A woman lounges in a thermal spring at Parco Negombo on the island of Ischia in the Phlegraean Islands. This extensive complex of volcanic pools, mud baths and natural sea caves allows visitors to relax and soak up the area’s healing mineral waters. 960 1280

  

Parco Negombo

Parco Negombo

Relax on the beach at Parco Negombo resort before taking a rejuvenating dip in one of the thermal springs. 960 1280

  

Parco Negombo

Parco Negombo

These lounge chairs await your arrival at Parco Negombo -- a spa resort on the island of Ischia. 960 1280

  

Ischia

Ischia

A sunny day on the charming volcanic island of Ischia. 960 1280

  

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Ischia

Ischia's coastline is lined with colorful buildings. 960 1280

  

Ischia’s colorful harbor

Ischia’s colorful harbor

Ischia’s colorful harbor is set against the backdrop of steep volcanic hills. 960 1280

  

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Ischia

Boats line the harbor in Ischia. 960 1280

  

Ischia

Ischia

Tourists and locals wander the streets of Ischia. 960 1280

  

Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese

Spot Ischia's colorful coastline from the ancient fortress of Castello Aragonese. 960 1280

  

Phlegraean Islands

Phlegraean Islands

Views of the harbor and the coastline of the tiny island of Procida in the Phlegraean Islands. Until the 1980s, Procida was home to a monstrous prison. After it closed, tourism to the island predictably began to pick up. 960 1280

  

Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese

The ancient Castello Aragonese was built in 476 B.C. on a giant rock promontory just offshore from the island of Ischia, and is accessible via an old stone bridge and a hidden tunnel. 960 1280

  

Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese

A stone bridge leads to Castello Aragonese. The fortress was initially fought over by the Romans and Parthenopeans of the ancient world, before becoming a vast medieval complex with the addition of a cathedral and convent. 960 1280

  

Aragonese

Aragonese

Current owner Anna Cristina Mattera inherited the castle through her grandfather, who purchased it in 1912. Visitors can tour some of the apartments where the family lives, explore the fortress’s military museum, and even spend the night in the hotel that’s part of the castle. And don’t miss the Aragonese’s ancient frescoes – discovered in the 12th century – which recently underwent an extensive 5-year renovation. 960 1280

  


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