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VISIT Maz­zarò beach in Taormina, Si­cily. This pic­turesque peb­bly beach, lo­cated near the base of Mount Etna, has ma­jor South of France vibes—think striped um­brel­las and chic cafés lin­ing the beach—but none of the stuffi­ness. Pay a few eu­ros for a chair for the day so you can kick back and reread the Elena Fer­rante Neapoli­tan se­ries when you’re not snorkelling in the crys­tal-clear water. STAY Bel­mond Grand Ho­tel Timeo, lo­cated on an es­carp­ment over­look­ing (and a short gon­dola ride away from) the beach. If you get sick of the salt water, re­lax by the swim­ming pool on the Secret Gar­den- like prop­erty with a scoop of the ho­tel’s fa­mous home­made gelato. If you’re the spon­ta­neous type, be sure to book your room be­fore you go: Many Si­cil­ian ho­tels shut down dur­ing low sea­son, which is Novem­ber to March. EDI­TOR TIP Bring water shoes. Your feet will thank you. The beach’s stony sur­face is tough to walk on, trust.

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