Colors and flavors of Sicily


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  • Day 1 Milan/Catania/Cyclops coastline

    Included meals: lunch, dinner You are going to meet at Milan airport and take off for Catania. After the landing, you are going to meet the local guide and the driver will help you loading your luggage onto the private bus. You are going to visit this baroque city passing by Biscari Palace, the Elephant Fountain, the Cathedral, Crociferi street, the City Hall, Chierici palace and the Benedictine Monastery. You should not miss a visit to the folkloristic “Pescheria”, the ancient fish-market where you could taste street-food sicilian delicacies. Lunch at restaurant is planned during visits. During the afternoon, you are going to leave for the Cyclops coastline passing by Aci Castello village, where is the norman Castle entirely built with lava stones. Then you will leave for Aci Trezza village, beeing famous thanks to the novel “I Malavoglia” by Giovanni Verga and its sea stacks and finally Acireale, a village between Etna volcano and the sea, famous thanks to its baroque style, Santa Venera thermal baths, the eighteenth-century Cathedral and San Sebastiano Church. Finally, you are going to check-in at the hotel, where accommodation in the rooms, dinner and overnight is planned.

  • Day 2 Trip to Etna volcano and Taormina

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you are going to leave for a trip to Etna volcano, 1.800 meters high, and visit the extinghuished craters of Monti Silvestri. As optional trip, you could take the cable car or jeep and go up to 2.900m with alpine guides. Lunch at restaurant is then planned. During the afternoon you are going to visit the city of Taormina and its Greek-roman Theatre. Free time at your disposal and then return to the hotel, have dinner and overnight.

  • Day 3 Acireale/Siracusa/Noto/Ragusa

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you are going to leave for Siracusa and have a guided visit of the city that has been the enemy of Athens and Rome. There, you will see lots of evidence about its ancient beauty: the Greek theatre, the roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysus. Later on, you are going to visit Ortigia Island, where you will admire the legendary “Fontana Aretusa” and Minerva Temple that is currently a Christian Cathedral. Lunch at restaurant is planned during visits. In the afternoon, you are going to leave for Noto, also called “the rocky garden”, where you will see the higher expression of baroque art. After being reconstructed because of the earthquake in 1963, this city is full of jewels: the Dome, the Ducezio palace, the episcopal palace, the church of San Domenico. Finally, you are going to reach Ragusa and check-in at the hotel, where accommodation in the rooms, dinner and overnight is planned.

  • Day 4 Ragusa/Caltagirone/Agrigento

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you are going to visit Ragusa Ibla passing by Santa Maria of Itria and of Immacolata churches, Santa Maria del Purgatorio, Saint James and Saint Joseph church without missing the aristocratic palaces around the village. Then you are going to leave for Caltagirone, which is one of the baroque cities in the Noto Valley, a UnEsco heritage site. There, you will admire the Santa Maria del Monte staircase composed of 142 steps in lava stone and adorned with colored majolica tiles; the Saint Francis from Assisi bridge and the town hall. If there will be time at disposal, you could visit a ceramic workshop. Lunch at restaurant is planned. In the afternoon, you are going to leave for Agrigento and visit the famous Temple Valley at the sunset. It has been declared UnEsco heritage site because of its evidence about the greatness of greek civilization in Sicily: Concord temple, Juno temple, Castor and Pollux temple and the Jupiter’s temple ruins, which was one of the biggest monuments of the past. You will check-in at the hotel, have dinner and overnight.

  • Day 5 Agrigento/Selinunte/Salemi/Mazara del Vallo

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you will visit the archeological site of Selinunte, considered to be the most important one in Europe due to the magnificence and size of its ruins. Then you will leave for Salemi, where you are going to visit the “Mafia” museum that has been hardly desired by Mr. Sgarbi, the major of the city in that period. Lunch at restaurant is planned. In the afternoon, you are going to proceed to Mazara del Vallo, an ancient village of western Sicily. There, you will see the picturesque harbor, lots of arab-norman buildings and churches in renaissance and baroque style. The “Khasba” represents the early structure of the city with alleys and little yards. In the Satyr Museum placed in Sant’Egidio Church, you are going to see the bronze statue of the worldwide famous “dancing Satyr”. This statue was discovered by a fishing man in 1998 and represents a mythological evil spirit taking part to the orgiastic parade of Dionysus, god of euphoria and wine. Finally, you are going to check-in at the hotel, where accommodation in the rooms, dinner and overnight is planned.

  • Day 6 Mazara del Vallo/Segesta/Trapani/Erice/Palermo

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you are going to leave for Segesta, another interesting archeological site. Its most important building is the Doric temple that is perfectly recovered upon a hill. There, you are going to visit the entirely caved in a rock greek theatre from II century, too. Later on, you will leave for Trapani and walk along its elegant city center streets, passing by churches and artistically valued buildings. Lunch at restaurant is planned during visits. You will then leave for Nubia, known because of salt pans and mils around it. In the afternoon, you are going to visit Erice, an ancient medieval village that preserves its charming atmosphere with workshops of local ceramic products, handmade carpets and traditional sweets. Finally, you are going to reach Palermo and check-in at the hotel, where accommodation in the rooms, dinner and overnight is planned.

  • Day 7 Trip to Cefalù

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner After a breakfast in the hotel, you are going to leave for Gibilmanna, whose name seems to come from the arabic “Gibel el Iman” that means “Faith Mount”. There, you will have a short visit and then leave for Cefalù, a pictoresque village on the tyrrhenian coast dominated by a fortress with the beautiful norman cathedral from the XII century. But this is not the only reason to visit this city: there are ruins of the thirteenth-century Osterio Magno and the medieval wash house that is told to be constructed where Cicero used to spend time at public baths in roman period. Finally, you are going to return to the hotel, have dinner and overnight.

  • Day 8 Palermo/Milan

    Included meals: breakfast, lunch After a breakfast in the hotel, the driver is going to help you loading your luggage onto the private bus and you will leave for Monreale to visit the famous mosaics of the Dome and the Benedictine cloister. After that, you will return to Palermo and visit the folkloristic Ballarò market, the most ancient one of the city, where you will witness daily-life scenes in sicilian dialect and taste a typical street-food made with local products. The entire day will be dedicated to the visit of the city center: the arab-norman cathedral, the Palatina Chapel in the Norman Palace, the Martorana Church, the Pretoria square and its fountain and the curch of Jesus also known as “Casa Professa”. Before reaching the airport, you are going to visit the Pilgrim Mount that the poet Goethe defines as “the most beautiful promontory of the world” and the Santa Rosalia Sanctuary, patron saint of Palermo. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport and take off for Milan, where you are going to land in the evening.

starting from 1.660 € per person

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