IF YOU... LIVE AND BREATHE LA DOLCE VITA
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.