The Splendours of Sicily
|The Splendours of Sicily
Centuries-old monasteries and Norman churches. Ancient Greek temples and bustling Italian markets. Sicily is a living museum wrapped in superb scenery that ranges from sheer gorges and golden beaches to a remarkable volcano.
Day 1 Palermo – Monreale – Selinunte
Today well meet in Sicilys capital, Palermo, and dive straight into its streets for a Mafia-themed tour. Then: its onwards to Monreale. Well pay a visit to the impressive cathedral before moving on to our idyllic farm stay in Selinunte where a welcome dinner awaits us.
Day 2 Selinunte – Mazara del Vallo – Sciacca – Favara
This morning, we’re in for a culinary treat: prepare to sample some of the farms tasty olives, award-winning olive oil, fresh breads and more! Then: en route to Favara, well stop by the historic fishing port of Sciacca. Back in the times of Ancient Greece, its natural thermal springs were a great attraction and well have plenty of time to explore them before we move on to our hotel.
Day 3 Favara – Agrigento – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa
After breakfast well visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of Temples where a local guide will reveal the history of the archaeological site. En route to Ragusa, well make a stop at Villa Romana del Casale, which contains one of the largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world.
Day 4 Ragusa – Modica – Ragusa
Well start our day in indulgent style: with a chocolate tasting session in Modica. And then? The gastronomic theme will continue as we come together for a ricotta tasting session and included lunch in SantAngelo Muxaro. Appetites satisfied, well return to Ragusa where well have the rest of the day to wander the town at our leisure.
Day 5 Ragusa – Noto – Syracuse
On todays agenda: a visit to the city of Noto, where well learn more about almond cultivation with a local expert. After an included lunch at a local restaurant, well press on to lovely Syracuse where well take some time to orient ourselves on a walking tour.
Day 6 Syracuse
Seaside Syracuse which rivalled Athens as the most important city of ancient Greece is yours for the taking today. We recommend taking some time to wander the temples and sacred caves before losing yourself in the citys winding streets which open out on baroque piazzas, bustling markets and beautiful sea views.
Day 7 Syracuse – Mount Etna – Carruba
Today we head towards Mt Etna, a slumbering giant that towers over the surrounding landscape, with the option to take a closer look at its smouldering craters. Then: well move on to a local farm for lunch (complete with wine tasting) before journeying onwards to Carruba, where well spend the next two nights.
Day 8 Carruba – Taormina – Carruba
Well make a pit stop in the town of Savoca (where The Godfather was famously filmed) before moving on to Taormina for a walking tour. After a day spent exploring, tonights farewell dinner will be well-deserved.
Day 9 Carruba – Catania
Today, our tour will end in Catania but not before a walking tour of the ancient port city. With an included visit to a local market, you can stock up on foodie souvenirs to take home (including favourites such as olives, biscotti, cheese and wine). Well even pass by Catanias oldest cannolo shop, where well have the chance to fill our own cannoli with ricotta cheese. What a way to round off the trip!