Sicily Heritage Guided Tours

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Discover the properties Our island is a unique place full of art, archeology, folklore and breath-taking scenery. And, of course, great food. Travel back in time and immerse yourself in Sicily history past and present. You’ll stroll through ancient streets, marveling at legendary monuments and historic sites.

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A luxury tour of Baroque Sicily

A luxury tour of Baroque Sicily

Experience highlights of the Sicilian Baroque and taste the best products in Sicily.

  • Day 1 Sicily – Ragusa
  • Arrival in Catania. Transfer to the south-east area of Sicily through the late Baroque Towns, whose heritage, both for importance and beauty, have been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.
    Overnight stay in Ragusa.

  • Day 2 (B,L) Wilderness and Baroque Tour
  • Breakfast in hotel. We will spend all day in the “Wilderness and Baroque Tour” by Land Rover Defender 110. With a guide we will visit the wonderful countryside of Ragusa and then Ragusa Ibla. Lunch is included. Continue the tour with Scicli and return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight stay.

  • Day 3 (B,D) – Aromatic herbs, Baroque and Chocolate
  • Breakfast in hotel. Pick up at the hotel first stop at “Gli Aromi Farm” cultivates autochthon plants and aromatic herbs. Lunch is included. During the afternoon visit Modica and admire picturesque lanes and narrow streets with many old workshops, and the Church of st. George. Visit to the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest pastry shop of Sicily, to taste the famous chocolate of Modica.

  • Day 4 (B) Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone
  • Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Piazza Armerina to visit the mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale. Next stop the baroque town of Caltagirone well known for ceramics which are a symbol of Sicilian culture. Ceramics date back to the medieval times, when pottery was used especially for pharmaceutical proposes and as tableware and later it was used to decorate royal and noble buildings. Free time for shopping choosing between many ceramic workshops.

  • Day 5 (B, tasting) Noto and Siracusa
  • In the morning a tour of Noto. Nestled in the foot of the Iblean Mountains, the town is known for its masterpieces of Sicilian Baroque architecture, including its famed cathedral, all bathed in the warm Sicilian light. Meet Corrado Assenza, the master of all Sicilian pastry chefs, who will delight us with his amazing and unique pastry creations (gelato, jams, creams). In the afternoon guided Tour of Siracusa, a window into the ancient history of the Mediterranean. Arrival in Taormina and overnight stay.

  • Day 6 (B) Taormina
  • Breakfast in hotel. Time at leisure in Taormina, the amazing Greek Theatre set on a hill overlooking the sea and the Duomo. Overnight stay.

  • Day 7 (B) Etna Volcano and Sicilian Wines
  • Breakfast at hotel. Meeting with your local guide to explore the Volcano Etna, largest active volcano in Europe, you will admire a unique combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. Lunch will be served in a local winery.

  • Day 8 (B, L) Catania and Cyclops Coast with Acireale
  • Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the baroque city of Catania, situated between the Ionian Sea and the majestic Mount Etna. The city was one huge, busy building site for decades and slowly the Baroque aspect that still characterizes the city began to form. Today Catania is one of the greatest baroque cities of the Mediterranean and the city radiates a strange romantic beauty with its broad boulevards and spacious squares, and great cathedrals. First stop the “Pescheria”, the daily fish and vegetable market.
    After lunch visit the Cyclops Coast witrh Acitrezza and finally Acireale famous for its wonderful Baroque Style.

  • Day 9 (B) Arrivederci Sicily
  • Breakfast and leaving to Catania airport

Highlights of Sicily

Highlights of Sicily

On this tour of Sicily, experience the unforgettable cultural highlights of this beautiful Mediterranean island, including Greek and Roman ruins, Baroque cities, hilltop villages and local food specialties.

  • Day 1:    Arrival in Palermo
  • Upon your arrival in Palermo Airport, a private driver will transfer you to the 5-starred Hotel Villa Igiea and you can accommodate yourself in your deluxe room. Later in the afternoon, a local guide and driver will take you on a tour of Monreale and Palermo.

  • Day 2:    Palermo – Segesta – Sciacca (Breakfast & Pastry Tasting)
  • Breakfast in hotel. You will then be picked up by your private driver and transferred to Segesta, for a guided tour of the temple and of the theatre.
    Next stop, Erice, a wonderfully preserved mediaeval hill town at the extreme north-west corner of Sicily, on the top of “Monte San Giuliano”. A special stop is planned at the Maria Grammatico’s famous pastry shop to see the variety of sweets she lovingly creates. You will then visit to the Salt Pans along the road between Trapani and Marsala. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the 5-starred Verdura Resort in Sciacca. Overnight stay in Deluxe room.

  • Day 3:    Selinunte and Sicilian Wines (Breakfast, Lunch & Wine tasting)
  • Today, you will leave for Sambuca di Sicilia, to visit the famous Planeta winery, founded in 1995 on the banks of Lake Arancio. This winery is surrounded by vineyards and a native olive tree grove.You will taste four different wines during a typical Sicilian lunch. In the afternoon, meet your guide to visit Selinunte Archeological Park, the biggest of the Mediterranean Area.
    After this visit, you will be taken back to the resort and stay overnight.

  • Day 4:    Valley of The Temples and Piazza Armerina (Breakfast)
  • Breakfast at the resort and check out. You will leave for Agrigento, where you will meet your guide who will take you to the Valley of the Temples. Today, lunch will be at your leisure. Afterwards, you will be driven to Piazza Armerina to admire the Roman Villa del Casale which contains one of the richest, largest and most complex collection of late Roman mosaics in the world. Finally, you will be taken to Siracusa where you will stay overnight.

  • Day 5:    Syracuse – Taormina (Breakfast)
  • Breakfast in hotel and meet your guide for a private city tour of Siracusa a formidable seafaring power nearly equal to Athens.You will see remarkable Greek and Roman ruins, including the cave called “The Ear of Dionysius,” because of its unusual shape resembling a human ear. Finally, you will enjoy the elegant island of Ortigia. Drive to Taormina and overnight stay.

  • Day 6:    Etna and Taormina (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, you will meet with your driver guide at the hotel and depart to explore the Mount Etna, largest active volcano in Europe. Lunch will be served in a local winery before going back to Taormina and enjoying a relaxing guided city tour. Overnight stay in Taormina.

  • Day 7:    Depart Catania (Brakfast)
  • Private transfer to airport.

Sicily West to East

Sicily West to East

Exploring Sicily from West to East, you will have the chance to visit the cities of Palermo, Erice, Agrigento, Ragusa, Siracusa, Mt. Etna and Taormina.

  • Day 1:    Arriving in Palermo
  • Private Transfer from Palermo Airport to the downtown area. Overnight stay.

  • Day 2:    Palermo’s food markets and Monreale (Breakfast & Street food tasting)
  • Breakfast in hotel. Then, meet with your driver and local guide. Today, you will visit the “centro” of this fascinating town and see its food markets such as “Il Capo” and “Ballarò”, escorted by your local tour guide, who will illustrate the intricate history and customs of Palermo. These street food markets are the symbol of Palermo. You will see the meat and fish sellers as well as the vegetables, fruit and spices sellers. Here, you will taste typical street food such as “pani ca meusa”, “panelle”, “arancini” and more. Today’s lunch will be at your leisure. Then, drive to Monreale to discover the Arab-Norman splendour of the Cathedral and Cloister.After this visit, you will return to your hotel and stay overnight.

  • Day 3:    Cooking class and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Breakfast, Lunch, Olive oil and wine tasting & Dinner)
  • In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and leave for Castelvetrano, a Sicilian town well known for its great Extra Virgin Olive Oil production. You will arrive at the “Antica Tenuta Estate” to visit the oil mill. Hands on Cooking class and lunch with olive oil tasting in the garden.
    In the afternoon, a special tour is planned on the road between Trapani and Marsala. This coastline is characterized by the salt pans which are large salt water pools divided by narrow strips of land, where for centuries salt has been produced. You will then be taken to Marsala to accommodate in a boutique hotel with an organic winery. You will then proceed to visit their winery and enjoy a wine tasting during the dinner.

  • Day 4:    Erice “Maria Grammatico’s pastry shop” (Breafast & Pastry tasting)
  • This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Baglio. Today you will visit your first Greek temple in the middle of the countryside at Segesta with a local guide. Then drive to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town perched on a hilltop 2000 feet in altitude with a sweeping view of the western Mediterranean Sea.Then, you will stop at Maria Grammatico’s (book: Bitter Almonds, by Mary Simeti) world famous pastry shop to taste her almond sweets, “genovesi” and nougat while toasting with a glass of Marsala wine. You will then have lunch on your own time wherever you feel. Finally, you will return to the hotel and stay overnight.

  • Day 5:    Valley of the Temples (Breakfast & Picnic lunch)
  • Breakfast and check-out of hotel. Today, you head South-East towards Agrigento to visit the beautiful Valley of the Temples and the beautiful Garden of Kolymbetra where you will have a picnic lunch.

  • Day 6:    Sant’Angelo Muxaro “Country life” (Breakfast, Lunch & Tastings)
  • Breakfast and departure from the hotel to the nearby village Sant’Angelo Muxaro for an archaeological walk with our local tour guide through the countryside and its magnificent nature. You will visit the largest and oldest Tholos Tomb in Sicily (300 B.C.). Your guide will then take you to a bakery to taste homemade biscuits and cookies. Then, you will visit a shepherd’s house to taste soft pecorino cheese and ricotta, still warm. This walking itinerary really takes you far from the classic tourist routes.

  • Day 7:    Piazza Armerina and Siracusa (Breakfast)
  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. This morning, you will leave the coast to venture in the inland of Sicily. You will be taken to Piazza Armerina to admire the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale with a local guide. Afterwards, you will depart for Siracusa. Until the Arab conquest of 878, Siracusa was the capital of Sicily. We will visit with a local guide the Ear of Dyonisus and the Greek Theatre, in the impressive Archaeological Park. Then, you will walk through the historical center on the Ortigia Island to admire the Cathedral, constructed over the ancient Temple of Athena (still visible), and the Aretusa fountain surrounded by giant Papyrus plants.

  • Day 8:    Modica & Noto Enjoy Chocolate! (Breakfast, Chocolate tasting & Granita tasting)
  • Breakfast and depart towards the Baroque area of Sicily, whose heritage, both for importance and beauty, has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO. In the morning we will visit the beautiful centre of Modica, a town built on the hill slopes with many stairs and steep little streets and the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. After lunch visit the town of Noto. You will do a walking tour of the historical centre and taste special Granita Siciliana (layered ice cake) at Caffe Sicilia with the great Chef Corrado Assenza.

  • Day 9_ Mediterranean Garden and Taormina (Breakfast)
  • Breakfast and departure to Lentini to visit the famous Giardino del Biviere: a truly unique Mediterranean garden, illustrated by the owner Mrs Carla Borghese. Here we will have a relaxing walk through the citrus orchards, fully immersed in the fragrance of zagara (orange blossoms). Departure to Taormina an exquisite walled medieval town, visit the Greek Amphitheatre set on a hill overlooking the sea with the view of the Sea and Volcano. Overnight stay.

  • Day 10_ Etna Volcano and Wine tasting (Breakfast, Lunch & wine tasting)
  • Breakfast and departure to Mount Etna to explore the Volcano with a guided walking tour. Lunch at the lovely Gambino Winery, an ancient estate located on the slopes of the volcano. The farm is surrounded by extensive vineyards and has a panoramic view of both Mt. Etna and the sea. Return and Overnight stay.

  • Day 11_ 2015 Arrivederci!! (Breakfast)
  • Breakfast at your hotel and leaving for Catania Airport.

World War II - Sicily Tour

World War II - Sicily Tour

Discover the beaches and the sites of Patton landing. Follow the footsteps of American and Canadian soldiers along coastlines and through mountainous terrain. Visit Catania and The IIWW Museum, The German Cemetery in Motta S. Anastasia, Pachino and Capo Passero beach, Gela, Assoro and Agira Canadian War Cemetery. We will also take breaks from a military focus with stops at Mount Etna, Taormina and Siracusa

  • Day 1 Arrive Catania
  • Arrive at Catania Airport and transfer to your 4*hotel. Overnight stay.

  • Day 2 Catania (Breakfast)
  • During the visit you will see images of the time and place of the bombing, then along the coast also bunkers lava stone always in Catania, close to Europe Square. It continues with a visit to the museum of the landing at the complex chimneys. In the afternoon visit to the German cemetery in Motta S. Anastasia and allies cemetery near the airport Fontanarossa with a short stop at the Norman castle of Paternò.

  • Day 3 Excursion to WWII landing sites (Breakfast)
  • Visit to Pachino – Capo Passero Beach (see monument to Operation Husky in main square) Stop to return to Cassibile where the armistice was signed on September 8, 1943 Visit Syracuse War cemetery and at the Archeological Park and visit of Ortigia.

  • Day 4 Drive to Gela landing sitera of Patton and sites of the war (Breakfast)
  • Departure for Gela where we will visit the sites of the battle of Gela, the landing (the castle of Castelluccio) and locations of major battles and the counterattack of the division Livorno and Goring, who tried to reject the allies back on 11 and 12 July 1943. En route stop to visit: Assoro and Agira Canadian War Cemetery. Return to Catania.

  • Day 5 Drive to Mount Etna and war sites (Breakfast)
  • Departure for the excursion to Mount Etna with a stop Zafferana, up to Rifugio Sapienza, where you will visit the Silvestri craters and Vetore floor where you can see the basics of the anti-aircraft guns and the big hotel Etna home to the German headquarters that controlled all of the Catania plain and the mountains Hyblaean. Lunch and then visit the Riviera of the Cyclops and Acireale. Here we will look bunkers and places of the fighting. Return to Catania.

  • Day 6 Drive to Taormina and Messina (Breakfast)
  • Departure to Messina and visit the most important monuments, the Port and the Shrine of Christ the King, where you can see the effects of the bombing of the city. Afternoon, visit of Taormina and free time. Return to Catania.

  • Day 7 Arrivederci! (Breakfast)
  • Private transfer to Catania Airport.

Jewish Tour of Sicily

Jewish Tour of Sicily

  • Day 1 Welcome in Sicily
  • Meet and greet at Catania airport and transfer to the Hotel in Taormina. Time at leisure. Overnight stay.

  • Day 2 Messina and Taormina (B)
  • Breakfast in hotel. Meet your private driver and guide and drive to Messina to explore the city center and its ancient Jewish quarter. Visit the Norman Cathedral – with its Latin inscription against the Jewish city- community and the beautiful Palazzo Penso – Jewish family heritage. It will follow a visit to the Regional Archaeological Museum that, amongst its artistic treasures, has a Hebrew synagogue inscription of unestimated linguistic value. Then, we will drive back to Taormina. Visit of the Greek Theatre and its antiquarium, where Greek inscriptions demonstrate the Jewish presence in the city since the classic age. Later, walking tour to the site of the Jewish quarter. Overnight stay.

  • Day 3 Jewish Tour of Catania and Mount Etna (B, wine tasting)
  • After breakfast, departure for a marvelous tour of Jewish Catania. Begin with a visit to the Norman cathedral, dedicated to Sant’Agata, the patron saint of the city, and bearing an inscription with a Jewish exile decree. Then proceed to the imposing Castello Ursino, built by Emperor Fredrick II in the early inscriptions describing local Jews. After visit Catania will continue to exploring Mount Etna Europe’s largest volcano and one of the most active volcanoes in the world! Visit for wine tasting to the one of the most famous Etna DOC winery. Return in Taormina.

  • Day 4 Jewish Tour of Syracuse and Noto (B)
  • After breakfast, departure for a fascinating full-day tour of Jewish Syracuse. Begin in Acradina, the site of the earliest Jewish settlement. Visit the catacombs of San Giovanni and the crypt of San Marciano, both of which, according to legend, were killed by the Jews of the city. Then continue to the island of Ortigia and walk the narrow streets of the Giudecca (the ancient Jewish quarter). Discover the site of the synagogue and the Miqwè—the Jewish ritual bath, which lies eleven meters below ground level—the oldest in Europe. End your tour at the Bellomo Gallery, where tombstones from the Jewish medieval cemetery are displayed. Cheese tasting and local products in Syracuse. During the afternoon your will visit Noto the capital of Baroque in Sicily, before to leave to Agrigento and accommodation at Hotel.

  • Day 5 Agrigento and the Valley of The Temples (B, Pastry Tasting)
  • After breakfast departure to the city centre, from 70 to 1492 A.D. populated by Jews who settled in an area of the historic district. Travelling back in time we will trace the steps and the history of these Jewish families. We will visit the “Giudecca”, Agrigento’s Jewish quarter, the third most important site of its kind in Sicily, where the synagogue, the miqwè, the houses and the shops were built. Tasting sweets made by the Sisters of the Convent of Santo Spirito located in the old section of the city. In the afternoon we will enjoy an unforgettable guided walking tour of one of the most remarkable sites in the world—the legendary Valley of the Temples, where the remains of seven Doric temples stand in a breathtaking setting of almond groves and olive trees. A leading city of Magna Graecia a few miles away from the modern city.

  • Day 6 Piazza Armerina and Agira (B)
  • Breakfast in hotel and drive to the town of Agira. Visit the Synagogue site and the magnificent stone portal of the aron hakodesh with its Hebrew iscription. The portal, unique example of Jewish architecture, will give us an insight into the life of a small Jewish community in the heart of mediaeval Sicily. Then visit the Roman Villa del Casale with its wonderful Mosaics in Piazza Armerina. Return in Agrigento and overnight stay.

  • Day 7 Erice and Segesta (B)
  • After breakfast departure to tour western Sicily. Will stop for the tour of the archaeological park of Segesta. We will see the perfectly preserved Doric temple built outside the city walls. After the visit, we will reach the mediaeval town of Erice, settled by the Elymians and an important religious site associated with goddesses of fertility. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous home-made pastry-shops, world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Arrive in Palermo and overnight stay in classic room at Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

  • Day 8 Palermo and Monreale (B)
  • An unforgettable full-day tour of Jewish Palermo. Begin in the historical center of the city, walking the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter and discovering its fascinating remains. Visit the site of the synagogue and, with the help of descriptions left by Jewish medieval travelers, experience the largest Jewish community of the capital city. Later, head to the Duomo and explore the imposing Norman Palace for a deeper understanding of the relationship between the Jews and religious and political power. Afterwards, visit the splendid Zisa Palace, built in the Norman-Arab style, which still bears a Hebrew inscription and contains a Jewish candle-holder. The tour ends in the splendid Norman royal palace of the Zisa, built in Norman Arab style, that still keeps a Hebrew inscription and a Jewish candle-holder. Drive to Monreale to visit its wonderful Duomo and the Cloister.

  • Day 9 Departure Palermo Airport (B)
  • Private Transfer to Palermo Airport for departure.

Tour of the UNESCO sites in Sicily

Tour of the UNESCO sites in Sicily

  • Day 1— Palermo
  • Arrival at Palermo airport and transfer to your hotel in Palermo and time at leisure.

  • Day 2— Palermo and Monreale (Breakfast, Lunch)
  • Today will be a day to explore the fascinating Sicilian capital city, Palermo and Monreale for a private guided tour of the Cathedral, with its captivating Byzantine mosaics. Continue with a visit to some of Palermo’s most intriguing monuments such as the Palazzo dei Normanni, Cathedral, and Quattro Canti. Typical Palermitano lunch will be served at Antica Focacceria S. Francesco.

  • Day 3— Segesta – Erice (Breakfast)
  • In the morning, we will head to Segesta, for the guided Tour of the Temple and the Teather. You will continue to Erice, a magical, medieval town perched atop Monte San Giuliano overlooking the city of Trapani, the Egadi Islands and the famous Salt Pans where sea salt is made. Overnight stay in Agrigento.

  • Day 4— Regaleali and Valley of the Temples (Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting)
  • After breakfast, guided Tour of superb archaeological park, the Valley of the Temples. After will transfer to Regaleali Estate the famous winery of the Tasca d’Almerita family located in the center of the island. Eight generations of the Tasca family have been involved in the creation of some of Italy’s best wines from 500 hectares of land in the heart of Sicily. Staying at the Regaleali Estate is a walk through Sicilian history, with shades of The Leopard, Sicily’s classic novel that captures the fading days of Sicily’s 19th century aristocracy, at every turn.

  • Day 5— Piazza Armerina (Breakfast)
  • After breakfast and checkout, visit Piazza Armerina, close to Enna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to admire the extraordinary floor mosaics in the Roman Villa del Casale. The famed Roman mosaics housed in this third century villa are among the best preserved in the world, depicting scenes from everyday life. After you will continue to Morgantina, an archeological site located in east side of Sicily where you will visit The Goddess of Morgantina a statue exposed in the Archaeological Museum of Aidone following a dispute lasted for years between Italy and the United States, caused by the previous purchase illicit work by the Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. After your tour, rejoin your driver/guide and be transferred to Noto one of the gems of the Sicilian Baroque sites.

  • Day 6— Siracusa and Pantalica (Breakfast)
  • In the morning departure to Siracusa of all the Greek cities of antiquity that flourished on the coast of Sicily, Siracusa was the most important, a formidable seafaring power nearly equal to Athens. In the heyday of its power, it dared to take on both Carthage and Rome. In the afternoon will transfer to visit The Necropolis of Pantalica, situated near the quarries, which contains more than 5,000 graves, many of them to be dated between the thirteenth and VII BC.

  • Day 7— Ragusa, Modica and Noto (Breakfast, Chocolate tasting)
  • Breakfast in hotel and depart towards the Baroque area of Sicily, whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been de- clared World Heritage by UNESCO. Arrival in Ragusa Ibla and then will continue to Modica and visit the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest confectionary shop of Sicily and taste the very famous chocolate of Modica. In the afternoon you will set off for Noto, once destroyed by earthquake and now one of Sicily’s most beautiful baroque cities.

  • Day 8— Catania and Mount Etna (Breakfast)
  • We will depart to Catania situated between the Ionian Sea and the looming bulk of Mount Etna, which every so often rains ash upon the streets. The town was rebuilt in the Baroque style, and it was during this era that many of the town’s finest buildings were constructed. You will visit the ebullient Pescheria, (the daily fish and vegetable market). Then will ascend to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active Volcano take a cable car up to where to admire the stunning views an lunar landscape. Transfer to Taormina.

  • Day 9—Taormina (Breakfast)
  • Time at leisure in Taormina Sicily’s most famous city. Dating from the fourth and third centuries B.C.,Taormina is perched dramatically high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea. It’s a charming medieval town with typical cobblestoned streets leading into spacious squares and the extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre and the historical centre.

  • Day 10—Catania airport (Breakfast)
  • Departure for Catania airport.

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