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It’s official: HBO’s highly anticipated second season The White Lotus will be premiere October 30. Similar to the first season, the comedy-drama series follows the exploits of various resort guests and employees over a week-long period. The seven-episode season features Jennifer Coolidge reprising her role from season one with new cast members including Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, and more. Set in Sicily, Italy, there is no doubt that the landscapes and locations of the show will be picturesque. As you prepare to indulge in the second installment, we’ve pinpointed the most notable filming locations, many of which can be visited. Start planning your trip now!
Palace of the Four Seasons San Domenico
Since the first season took place at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, the second naturally takes place at another Four Seasons hotel. The place chosen: Palace of the Four Seasons San Domenico in Taormina, a town on the east coast of Sicily, Variety reports. The resort looks just amazing. Located on a rocky promontory above the Ionian Sea, the hotel offers panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theatre, the Teatro Antico di Taormina. Amenities range from a clifftop infinity pool to an award-winning restaurant. Chances are high that once you visit, you’ll never want to leave.
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The set photos released by HBO clearly show that not only is the series filming near the Ionian Sea, but it looks like some of the characters will be spending their time on yachts actually in the body of water. Boats seem to be the ideal mode of transport for day trips in Italy and the setting for the inevitable drama that will ensue between guests and resort employees.
While most of the second season was filmed at the Four Seasons as well as in and around Sicily, Deadline reports that the series has wrapped filming at Lumina Studios, north of Rome. The studios do not offer tours, but you can browse the company website and use it as an excuse to make Rome a stop on your Italian getaway.
Known for its Baroque architecture, this town in southeastern Sicily will make a serial appearance during one stop on a day trip. Although we don’t know the exact location in Noto, the show was filmed in a plaza and villa in the hills south of the city, Vulture reports.
Another location featured in the series is Palermo, which is the capital of Sicily. Throughout the city you will find cathedrals, opera houses and theaters as well as some of the best street food and antique markets. Basically, it is full of history and lots of leisure activities.
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