This 9-day trip uncovers the island of Sicily on a trip filled with history, wine, and fabulous food. Explore ancient ports, the rich lands of Mount Etna, and gorgeous Baroque towns as you explore one of the Mediterranean’s most charismatic islands.
Begin in Taormina, where a small group food and wine tour gets things off on the right foot. Meet local chefs and sample the local specialties in some of the city’s best traditional restaurants. You’ll discover some of the best pastries and wines in addition to local staples served up in traditional trattorias. The following day, set off on a private tour of the Mount Etna region. Europe’s highest active volcano sustains one of Sicily’s most beautiful regions, rich with flora and fauna. You can ascend the volcano by cable car or 4 x 4 vehicle for a fantastic view. But it may be the food and wine of the region you remember most! Joining a small group, you’ll get to sample the rich local produce that grows in the volcano’s shadow, in addition to mouth watering meats, pastas, and cheeses.
A day at leisure lets you explore more of the region as you will before going on to Siracusa. Here, embark on another food and wine tour with your small group, learning about the traditions of gastronomy in this region. In between delicious meats, wines, appetizers, pastries, and more, you’ll learn about the local landmarks including the Piazza San Rocco, Piazza Duomo, Piazza San Giuseppe and the traditional Jewish district. Then it’s time for a full day excursion into Baroque Sicily, specifically Ragusa and Modica. Both towns were rebuilt in this fabulous style after devastating earthquakes, and Modica offers some extra treats for chocolate lovers.
Enjoy another full day at leisure before your transfer back to the airport.
Supplier: Goway Travel
The east coast of Sicily is considered by many to be its most magnificent. Lovely Taormina was called "the greatest work of art and nature" by Goethe in his Italian Journey. Situated above the Ionian Sea with Mount Etna as a spectacular backdrop, this storybook town of sculpted gardens, stately palaces and ancient monuments is easily one of Sicily’s most striking sites. There is much to see and do here; the main attractions in Taormina are seen on foot. Incredible vistas are available from Taormina's Public Gardens which are filled with exotic flowers and plants. In Giardini-Naxos, close to the pier, the Bourbon fort contains a fine museum, Museo Archaeologico. The entrance is via a garden bisected by an ancient lava flow.
Sicilia is the favorite island of Gods in traditional poetry. The most powerful and biggest ancient city in Sicilia is Siracusa. Its name may come from the native word "Siraco", which means "marsh", due to the bogs which surrounded the city. Or it may derive from a Phenician etymology signifying the presence of seagulls on its rocky shores. Few cities of the ancient world had the importance Syracuse had in Magna Grecia, the ancient Greek settlements in Italy. The most spectacular monuments in the archeological area surrounded by colorful Mediterranean vegetation are the Greek amphitheatre and the Orecchio di Dionisio (Dionysius' Ear). Besides touring the Archeological Museum that contains beautiful objects, Ortigia Island, the heart of the old Greek city, is worth a visit. Outside the city limits is Eurialo Castle, an incredible structure built to protect the city from the Cathaginians, and Pantalica, the great rocky necropolis in Anapo Valley.
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