Flights from the UK to Sicily (about three hours) include charter flights to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport to the east of the island (handy for Taormina) and low-cost flights to Palermo Airport in the northwest of the island.
For those with the leisure time to travel by train to Sicily, this is an exciting option since the train is shunted onto a ship for the short trip across the Straits of Messina – a real wow for kids! It's a good idea to stop over in Rome for a day and night then take an overnight sleeper to Sicily. You could also travel by train to Genoa or Naples then overnight ferry to Sicily. For all these options, see Man in Seat 61 (seat61.com).