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THE WHITE LOTUS TOUR: itinerary through Sicily filming locations

“The White Lotus” is a captivating and critically acclaimed American TV series that has taken the world by storm.

The popular HBO TV series, created and directed by Mike White, explores the lives of the guests and the hotel staff, delving into their complex relationships, hidden desires, and power dynamics.

The second season of this thought-provoking and visually stunning series was mainly set in Taormina, Sicily, where a group of wealthy guests converge at an exclusive resort.

With a stellar ensemble cast and masterful storytelling, The White Lotus had something like 9.5 million viewers, inspiring many travellers to visit Sicily and the filming locations.

If you are planning a holiday to Sicily and wish to relive the glamour and charm of this TV series, keep reading this article to find out my ultimate White Lotus Tour which includes the map and the day by day itinerary of this luxurious Sicilian vacation!

Isola Bella Taormina, ©Antonella Ravidà

The White Lotus Sicily itinerary

This seven days tour aims to discover the places where the season 2 of The White Lotus was filmed and it is an invite to live Sicily enjoying the beauty of its natural landscapes, succulent food and vibrant energy of the local people.

The first part of the tour focuses on the East side of the island, where you will discover the fashonable Taormina and the real –life resort where the actors of this popular TV series were filmed. Live a movie into another movie following the steps of the Di Grasso’s Godfather tour. Explore the Baroque treasures of Noto and enjoy the authentic Sicilian wine on the slops of Etna Volcano.

The second part of the itinerary will lead you to Western Sicily stopping at Cefalù seaside town and the marvellous Palermo, where in the TV series we see Portia and Jack wondering amongst its lively streets.

The luxurious villas where the protagonists are seen making exclusive parties, are also the highlights of this tour.

The itinerary is ideal for couples or small groups but, as a travel designer, I am able to customize it according to your specific needs and requirements.

Ortigia, Sicily, ©Antonella Ravidà

Day by day tour itinerary

Here below the details of the itinerary.

DAY 1: Taormina, living La Dolce Vita

Arrival at Catania airport and private transfer to Taormina, the ‘pearl of the Ionian sea’. Taormina is a picturesque and enchanting town located on the East coast of Sicily, Italy. Nestled atop a hill overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea, Taormina is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, rich history and vibrant culture. The town is famed for its ancient Greek theater, which offers panoramic views of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano. Visitors to Taormina can wander through its narrow streets lined with charming shops, cafes, and restaurants, and explore historic landmarks like the Palazzo Corvaja and the Duomo di Taormina.

The White Lotus Sicily actual hotel is located in the heart of Taormina and the real name is San Domenico Palace, a fours seasons resort which used to be a XIV century monastery. This hotel also offers an exclusive Michelin star Restaurant with incredible views over the coast. Travelers can indulge in spa treatments, relax by infinity pools, and savor gourmet dining experiences featuring Sicilian cuisine.

Corso Umberto is Taormina’s main street which is captured many times during the episodes of the HBO’s series, such as when Lucia and Mia have their shopping moment, in fact this is where all the boutique shops and cafes are.

For a refreshing break enjoy an authentic granita ice cream at Bam Bar cafè which is where we see the hotel manager Valentina having her morning coffee in the series.

Corso Umberto, Taormina, ©Antonella Ravidà

DAY 2: Mount Etna and winery experience

Embark on an unforgettable day excursion to Mount Etna volcano, allowing you to witness the majestic beauty of Europe’s most active volcano up close. As you ascend to the higher altitudes, take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Sicilian landscape.

The excursion continue with a “White Lotus” themed wine tasting at Planeta Sciaranuova in Castiglione di Sicilia, where in episode five Cameron, Daphne, Ethan and Harper enjoy their wine and food experience on the slops of the volcano.

Afternoon free to keep exploring Taormina, swim into Isola Bella Nature reserve or visit the ancient Greek Theatre.

Excursion to Mt Etna Volcano,©Antonella Ravidà

DAY 3: Savoca & Fiumefreddo, following the Di Grasso’s Godfather tour

Join Bert, Dominic, Albie on a private Godfather tour, as we see them on episode 3. Delve into the world of the Corleone family as you step into the very locations immortalized in this cinematic masterpiece. Your first stop is the historic palace Castello degli Schiavi, which became popular for being Michael Corleone’s house in the movie and also where the famous car explosion scene was set. The Villa is owned by a Barone and can only be visited on appointment.

The tour continues towards the medieval village of Savoca, near Taormina, which is maybe the most famous place connected with the Godfather saga. Here a local guide will share behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating anecdotes of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece while you will sit at the central cafè Bar Vitelli and sip your fresh drink.

Your driver will lead you to the southest side of Sicily, Noto, where your White Lotus adventures continues…

Castello degli Schiavi, Fiumefreddo,©Antonella Ravidà

DAY 4: A day in Noto, the stone garden

Noto’s Old Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a true gem of Sicilian architecture and history. Located in the southeastern part of the island, this enchanting town boasts a mesmerizing display of Baroque splendor. Stroll through its cobbled streets and marvel at the impeccably preserved buildings, adorned with ornate facades and intricate details.

The Cathedral of San Nicolò, is a stunning example of Baroque architecture and is captured in many scenes of episode three when Daphne and Harper go on their girls trip to Noto.

The steps of Noto’s Cathedral are a magnificent and iconic feature of this remarkable Baroque masterpiece.

One of the best moments in the White Lotus series is when Tanya and Portia visit Quentin’s Villa in Palermo and spend some days there. Actually the real-life Villa is near Noto and the name is Villa Elena, an old 17th century monastery, totally renovated and beautifully decorated by the French architect Jacque Garcia.

Orvernight stay in Noto.

Cathedral San Nicolò,Noto, ©Pixabay

DAY 5: Fall in love with Cefalù

Discover the enchanting beauty of Cefalù in Sicily with a memorable day trip. Nestled on the northern coast, this charming coastal town offers a delightful mix of history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Cefalù sand beach is seen at the beginning of Episode one when Daphne goes on a swim with “a surprise”.

Begin your adventure by exploring the iconic Cefalù Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting remarkable medieval architecture. Wander through picturesque streets adorned with colorful houses, boutique shops, and inviting cafes. Relax on the pristine sandy beaches, framed by the majestic Rocca di Cefalù cliffs.

Experience the enchanting sunset at the old harbour, a picturesque postcard-worthy scene, making it an ideal spot for capturing memories with your camera.

Transfer to Palermo and overnight.

Cefalù old haarbour, ©Pixabay

DAY 6: Explore Palermo, Sicily’s Capital

Palermo is also amongst the White Lotus filming locations, as we see Portia and Jack walking on its streets, enjoying “arancini” rice balls and, of course, it is where Tanya is invited at her night at the Opera…

Accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, your journey begins at the historic heart of Palermo, where you’ll explore the iconic Quattro Canti, a stunning Baroque square adorned with impressive facades and statues. Moving on, you’ll visit the breathtaking Palermo Cathedral, an architectural marvel that showcases a blend of Norman, Gothic, and Baroque styles. As you wander through the bustling markets like Ballarò and Vucciria, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and aromas of Sicilian street food. Don’t miss the opportunity to admire the opulent Palazzo dei Normanni, the former royal palace, which houses the exquisite Palatine Chapel with its intricate Byzantine mosaics.

For the real White Lotus addicted, enjoy a guided visit of Villa Tasca in Palermo. This marvellous place is where Daphne and Harper in the TV series spend the night while in Noto, whereas the actual villa is in Palermo.

Situated on the outskirts of the city, this magnificent villa is surrounded by lush gardens, ornate fountains, and picturesque landscapes, creating a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling urban setting.

Overnight in Palermo.

Quattro Canti, Palermo, ©Pixabay

DAY 7: Arrivederci Sicilia

Departure from Palermo or Catania airport and arrivederci!

Terrasini, Sicily, ©Antonella Ravidà

CONCLUSIONS

If you liked this tour and would like more information and help on planning your personal White Lotus Tour, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and start your Sicilian dream…

Get a flavour of the tour and watch the IG reel about the White Lotus Sicily holiday!

Antonella
Antonella

Ciao! My name is Antonella and I am a Sicilian Travel Designer based in Catania, Sicily. My mission here is to share my knowledge and love for this amazing island of Southern Italy and to help you tailor your dream trip to Sicily.

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6 Responses

  1. You truly had a magnificent and experiential tour! I also visited Ortigia and Etna and they remained in my heart, they are the places of origin of my father.

    1. Hi Eliana, thank you for your comment! This is actually a tailor made tour I created for people to get inspired! You are right, Ortigia and Etna are amazing places.

  2. I would love to take part in a tour to visit the places where they filmed the TV series The White Lotus, they chose incredibly beautiful locations!

    1. You are right, it’s a stunning tour among the most scenic and beautiful destionations of Sicily, staying in charming hotels and enjoying top quality experiences!

  3. I hadn’t get a chance to watch the White Lotus yet even tho it looks like a really good series. It would be a good chance to see our beautiful Sicily portraited on tv, From all the locations you mentioned, I’ve been to most apart from Savoco and Fiumefreddo. Definitely would like to return to Noto, as that part of Sicily I visited only once.

    1. Hi Veronica 🙂 I was quite curious to watch this TV series because everyone was talking about it, and to be honest it was kind of fun! The filming locations are all pretty famous except for a few private and exclusive villas most Sicilians don’t know about 😉

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