Walking & Cooking in Sicily
Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to Marsala. Accommodation at Baglio
Donna Franca, Florios’ ancient estate , today it’s a little and charming
hotel famous for the wine production. Visit of the winery and dinner with
tasting of the wines produced by the firm (BEVERAGES NOT INCLUDED).
DAY 2_Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro
Breakfast at the Baglio. Transfer to the “Riserva dello Zingaro” a really
paradise for nature and sea lovers. Created in 1980, the reserve features
several well-maintained paths, six beaches and diverse flora and fauna. You
will adventure through the guided naturalistic paths and exploring the
In the afternoon transfer to the medieval town of Erice. Settled by the
ancient Elymians, this enchanting hill town is an important historic site
associated with fertility goddesses. Tasting at Pastry shop Maria Grammatico
and free time to relax or dinner in a typical restaurant. Return at Baglio
and overnight stay.
DAY 3_Island of Mothia
Breakfast, meeting with your escort and departure for the Salt Road and its
Salt Pans located on the coastline between Trapani and Marsala. Locals
extract the salt from the seawater following the same procedure used by the
ancient Greeks and Phoenicians who once colonized this part of the Sicily.
In the middle of the pond you will see the small Island of Mothia, one of
the most important Phoenician settlements in the Mediterranean region.
Weather permitting, you will take boats to arrive on the island. Walking
tour of Mothia. Come back to Marsala and lunch on your own. In the afternoon
you will visit the Florio Winery, today an historical brand not only for
Sicilian wine making, but also one of Italy’s great classical wines, one of
the leading and most popular wines in the world. You will visit the Museum
of Agriculture and the ancient “Bottaia”. Finally you will taste delicious
Sicilian wines. Come back to the Baglio and overnight stay.
DAY 4_Cooking class and olive oil
Breakfast and departure for Menfi where you’ll visit the Tenuta Ravidà. This
is an old patrician family whose roots date back to the 13th century. Until
the mid 1700s they were based in the western Sicilian town of Trapani and
held high positions in the governments of the Kingdom of Sicily. The family
acquired the estate of "La Gurra" in mid-1700 and began to produce mainly
cork, wine and olive oil. The olive oil was already known for its excellent
quality. Meeting with Natalie Ravidà, the author the famous “Season of
Sicily” a cookbooks on Sicilian gastronomy. Cooking class and lunch at
Villa. In the afternoon you will visit the farm and taste their olive oil.
Relax in the garden. Dinner on your own. Return to the Baglio and overnight
DAY 5_Archaeological walk
Breakfast and departure for Agrigento. Accommodation at Hotel Domus Aurea,
and meeting with your guide. Today you visit, with an interesting
archaeological walking, the Valley of the Temples and the Archaeological
Park of Agrigento. Along the “Sacred Way” you will admire the Temple of
Hercules, the Temple of Concord, and the Temple of Juno. Finally, you will
visit the wonderful Garden of Kolymbetra, an old water reservoir of the
Greeks and finally the unknown Tempio of Vulcano. Come back to the hotel (we
suggest to dinner at hotel) and overnight stay.
DAY 6_The True Sicily
Breakfast and departure for Sant’Angelo Muxaro, an enchanting little village
near Agrigento. You will meet your guide and start with him an
archaeological walk through the nature and the largest Tholos Tomb in
Sicily. Finally, surrounded on all sides by the genuine Sicilian atmosphere,
you will taste some of the finest Sicilian specialities. The guide will take
you to a bakery to taste hot bread with extra virgin olive oil and oregano,
and home made cookies. Then you will visit the house of Shepard to taste
soft pecorino cheese and the ricotta cheese, still warm. This walking
itinerary really take you far from the classic tourist route. In the late
morning you will have a funny cooking class in a typical private country
house to learn how to prepare Sicilian bread and pizza (sfincione) with
traditional typical ingredients as pecorino cheese, olive oil and sardines.
Lunch with pizza and hot bread with olive oil and oregano! Come back to
Agrigento and overnight stay.
DAY 7_Archaeological walk
Breakfast and departure for Siracusa, one of the highlights of a visit to
Sicily. The ideal way to view Syracuse is on foot, wandering slowly among
the gold-tinted palaces, bell towers and its archaeological area. You will
visit the major archaeological sites, including the famous Greek Theater,
“The Ear of Dionysius,” and finally walking tour on Ortigia Island to admire
the architectural splendour of ancient medieval streets, baroque structures,
and classic churches as the Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena.
Lunch on your own. In the afternoon transfer to Mount Etna and accommodation
at Scilio Wine Hotel, an ancient estate located on the slopes of the volcano
Etna. Typical dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 8_Adventure on Volcano Etna
Breakfast and departure to explore the Volcano Etna, largest active volcano
in Europe, you will admire a unique combination of nature and the
uncontrollable essence of fire. Our walk options are weather dependent and
may include an exploration to the recently craters of Monte Nero and the
Bottoniera, or through the Linguaglossa pine forest, crossing a corridor of
lava flow. Here you can go and visit the crater of 2001-2002 by cable-car
(not included and weather dependent). Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon
return to Scilio Winery, to visit the cellar with Luisa. Overnight stay.
DAY 9_Relax and Shopping
Breakfast and transfer to Taormina. Walk through the historical center of
this beautiful town, famous for its Greek-Roman Amphitheatre and its
enchanting view of the Ionic Sea and Mt. Etna. Free time to visit the city
and enjoy shopping. Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon you will admire the famous Cyclops Coast with Acitrezza,
Acicastello and its Medieval Norman Castle built in 1076 on a prehistoric
basalt lava terrace. As you gaze out over the Ionian Sea, you’ll admire the
Rocks of the Cyclops, imposing, spiky shards of black lava that rises up
from the water. Return and overnight stay.
DAY 10_End of program
Breakfast and departure for Catania airport.
Price per person in double room - minimum 2 passengers
- in Euro ($ rate varies depending on the exchange rate)
(Self drive version)
Based on 2 passengers: €
1188 per person
Based on 4 passengers: € 1075 per person
Based on 6 passengers: € 1050 per person
Supplement for driver escort for all the tour (Naturalistic Guide)
Based on 2-8 passengers: Euro 2375
Prices on request
The Price includes
1 Hb + 3 Bb at
Baglio Donna Franca **** in Marsala , classic room;
2 BB at Hotel Domus
Aurea**** in Agrigento, Superior room;
1 Hb + 2BB at Scilio
Wine Hotel **** on Mount Etna , classic room;
All Wine, Olive Oil,
bread, cheese and pastry tastings as per program;
Cooking class with lunch
Tourist Guide Valley of
the Temples , Siracusa
The price doesn’t include
- tips and
- individual extras and
- all has not been clearly indicated in “The price includes”