Wine Tour: On the wine route, between food, archaeology and traditions
Etna, Palermo, Agrigento and more
Isle of conquerors, of great traditions and mysticism, Sicily is also closely linked to the fruits of its land. Centuries of colonization have transferred wisdom and experience into a fertile land and here lie the roots of the wine and vine in Sicily.
Through this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful places of the island without stress, discovering its history, and majestic architecture, while savouring one of the tastiest fruits of its land: wine.
- Transport by luxury vehicles
- English speaking driver/guide*
- Excursions and tastings
- Some dinners
*IMPORTANT: in Sicily, the tour guides authorized to explain in the archeological parks, museums, churches have a red Badge
Today we will start our journey along 10 days between the beauties of Sicily. After your arrival in Catania (airport or port), we will move to the accommodation to the heart of Etna, reaching the farm Valle Galfina where they grow the vineyards of Scilio estate .
After checking in, we will enjoy dinner in order to rest and gather some energy before the excursions planned for the following days.
* Note: According to the time of arrival you can try to squeeze in a brief visit to Catania.
* * Note: As an overnight option to Villa Galfina we offer a stay at another wine resort.
During this day we will get to know the true Queen of eastern Sicily, who is called by the natives as a muntagna (The mountain): the volcano Etna.
Right after breakfast we will begin our journey headed to the Rifugio Sapienza (Sapienza Refuge, at elevation of 1800 m) stopping in front of the Crateri Silvestri. Then we'll go to a winery for a wine tasting and lunch.
Throughout the afternoon we will reach Taormina; there, walking along Corso Umberto, we will visit the beautiful Greek theater, Palazzo Corvaja and the Odeon, without missing the chanche to stop and appreciate the magnificent seascape.
We will spend the night at Valle Galfina or another wine resort.
Siracusa and Ortigia will today guide us onto a journey in the discovery of the ancient Greek world.
We will start the day transfering to Siracusa and wandering among the stalls of the peculiar Ortigia's market, an authentic and original temple of traditions and folklore. The path will lead us ot the Tempio di Apollo (Temple of Apollo), Piazza Archimede (Archimede's Square), Piazza Duomo and the famous Fontana Aretusea (Fountain of Arethusa).
Siracusa will disclose itself to its wholly during a visit to the Catacombe di San Giovanni (Catacombs of Saint John) and the Neapolis archaeological park where, among its renowed greek theater and the impressive Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysus), we will be able to relive the glorious days of this ancient Greek colony.
Then we reach a luxury Masseria in the countryside close to Noto for dinner and overnight.
The main attraction of the day will be Noto, Baroque's masterwork and World Heritage Site since 2002.
The city will disclose itself in the full splendor of its reconstruction, happened after the devastating earthquake in 1693: from Chiesa di Santa Chiara (St. Clare Church) to the Cattedrale di San Nicola (St. Nicholas Cathedral) up to the main monuments of the old town center.
For lunch we will go to the Planeta estate, in the district called Buonivini. Here we will stop for lunch and a wine tasting.
Our other destination for the day will be the southernmost tip of Sicily: the ancient fishing villages of Marzamemi and Portopalo. Here we will see one of the oldest tuna factory in Europe and stop for a tasting of tuna-based products and of the area’s famous cherry tomatoes.
We will reach the Masseria for dinner and overnight.
Our day will begin by recalling the atmospheres of Visconti's Gattopardo (The Leopard) strolling down the streets of the beautiful village of Ragusa.
On our way to explore the city we will visit the beautiful the Hyblaean gardens, St. George's portal, St. Joseph's Church, Piazza Pola and the Duomo, considered one of the most beautiful religious structures in Sicily.
The winery Cos welcome us for lunch and a wine tasting, after which we will drive to Agrigento. Here, after a wonderful dinner at the Re di Girgenti (King of Girgenti) overlooking the Valley of the temples, we will reach our hotel (4 stars).