There are a variety of new guests staying at a luxury hotel in The White Lotus Season 2, but this time the wealthy and powerful vacationers aren’t based in the Hawaiian resort town of Season 1.
Instead, they’re making the trip to Sicily, where they’ll say the White Lotus luxury resort.
Much like in Season 1, the White Lotus Hotel will house much of the drama, with the setting being part of the dramatic storyline of the series itself.
Spoiled by sun, sea and serious luxury, what could go wrong? Fans will have to watch the events unfold every Sunday, when episodes air at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.
The cast of The White Lotus Told Newsweek all about filming the new season on location in Sicily.
All The White Lotus Season 2 filming locations
Season 2 of The White Lotus was filmed at the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace in Taormina, Sicily.
The town of Taormina is a hill on the east coast of Sicily, close to Etna, an active volcano.
The beautiful hotel, located on a rocky promontory above the Ionian Sea, offers an incredible view of the ocean, Mount Etna and the Greek theater, Teatro Antico di Taormina.
With origins dating back to the 14th century, the building was once a convent before being transformed into a luxury hotel in 1896. It has hosted notable historical figures such as Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.
You can visit the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace today, which boasts great amenities such as a clifftop infinity pool, spa, and award-winning restaurants. Suites range from $1,000 per night to over $6,000 for the Princess Suite.
Aubrey Plaza, who plays Harper in The White Lotus Season 2, told Newsweek how the setting of Sicily influenced the show compared to the Hawaiian setting of Season 1.
She shared, “I think the environment is really part of the show. It’s like a character, the place. So I think the show is very influenced by the energy of being on this volcanic Italian island and I think the show is more about sexual politics than it’s about cold and colonialism and in my opinion money and those kinds of issues that the first season dealt with so I think that’s it, there has a slight shift in focus. There’s a lot about relationships and cheating, jealousy, sex, things like that.”
Plaza said it was “beautiful” to film in Sicily, adding, “It’s breathtaking. It was kind of like a dream. It was very dreamlike to live there for so long.”
Filming for Season 2 began in February 2022, with the hotel closed to guests until April 2022, as the cast and crew moved into the hotel.
Scenes not involving the hotel in The White Lotus Season 2 was filmed at Lumina Studios in Rome and in and around Sicily.
Audiences may recognize the Cathedral of Noto, located in southeast Sicily in the new series, and the capital Palermo.
According Daily Elitescenes were also shot at La Cambusa restaurant located on the beach of Giardini Naxos.
Jennifer Coolidge, who plays Tanya, said the set “doesn’t look real” on screen.
She gushed: “It was better than it looks on screen. I mean, I know it’s impossible to believe if you haven’t been to Sicily, but it really didn’t. It looks real. These seascapes and these giant sort of rock formations sticking out of the sea, it just doesn’t look real.”
Co-star John Gries added: “It was absolutely breathtaking. The interesting thing, some of the scenes that we filmed, it was kind of chilly because we got there in February and but it’s still breathtaking. It’s is breathtaking, even when you’re sitting outside shivering.”
The White Lotus Season 2 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.