Sicilian lifestyle tours

A place which has preserved its beautiful scenery and incredible natural beauty.
Here, the blinding blue of the sea and plateaus alternate with beautiful countryside with its typical farms, olive groves, almonds and carobs. We are in the biggest island in the Mediterranean, where the most authentic culinary traditions and religious festivals are still continued and deeply felt by the inhabitants.

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Easter in Sicily

Easter in Sicily

Sicily takes Easter very seriously! All over the island, in large towns and tiny villages alike, processions weave their way through narrow streets, central thoroughfares and piazzas until finally they arrive at the local parish church or Cathedral. Easter also signals the arrival of Spring and many pagan traditions that used to mark the arrival of the “beautiful season” have been incorporated into the religious festivities. For food lovers Easter is a great time to come to Sicily: It is the time for “Martorana” or “Pasta Reale” marzipan confectionary that is delightfully shaped and painted to resemble fruit of all types. With Easter being a time for celebration, the “Cassata”, Sicily’s signature cake, made of sweetened ricotta cheese, marzipan and candied fruit, graces tables all over the island. Fresh peas, fava beans and artichokes combine wonderfully in “frittella”, and the tuna fish season gets underway… Returning to the more sacred aspects of ‘Pasqua’ however here are a few interesting events which we will experience in the atmosphere of age-old traditions:

  • Day 1 / Saturday March 19 – WELCOME TO SICILY & ARRIVE IN CATANIA
  • Private transfer to your hotel in Catania city centre. We suggest that you use the balance of the day to rest and relax from your overnight flight. During the afternoon briefing with our tour escort and dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Catania.

  • Day 2 / Sunday March 20 – PALMS SUNDAY AND CATANIA TOUR
  • Buffet breakfast in hotel. Visit the port city of Catania, dramatically 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. During the morning you will assist at Palms Mess at the Duomo. Then We’ll enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant as we visit the towns of Acireale, and Aci Castello, with its Medieval Norman Castle built in 1076 on a prehistoric basalt lava terrace. Here we will admire the Rocks of the Cyclops, imposing, spiky shards of black lava that rise up from the water. It is here, as told in Homer’s Odyssey, that the Cyclops Polyphemus threw these rocks at the fleeing Ulysses, who had blinded him.

  • Day 3 / Monday March 21 – ETNA VOLCANO WINERY
  • Breakfast in hotel. This morning we will leave to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Weather conditions permitting, across fascinating landscape we will reach a height of 1800 meters, where we will enjoy a fantastic panorama of the Ionic Sea. Visit and lunch with wine tasting in a Etna DOC winery on the Volcano. Return in Catania and afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay. (B, L)

  • Day 4 / Tuesday March 22 – The Godfather’s towns & Taormina
  • Breakfast at hotel. Meeting with your tour director and departure for The Castello degli Schiavi, to admire with the owner Barone Platania the location where the movie was filmed. Then drive to Savoca, walking tour of the town, admiring the Godfather Set with the typical streets and the famous Bar Vitelli. Lunch at leisure and visit of Taormina, 200 metres above sea level, it looks down onto the Ionian Sea like a terrace, the prettiest you have ever seen. Over the centuries, this place has fascinated wretched poets and writers and restless painters who decided to put down roots here. An emotion that takes your breath away is what comes to everyone when they see the Greek-Roman Theatre. Return at hotel in Catania. Overnight stay. (BB)

  • Day 5 / Wednesday March 23 – SIRACUSA, NOTO and Easter Pastry Tasting
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel. This morning at 9:00 a. m. meet in the lobby of your hotel with your tour escort to depart for your full day excursion to Siracusa and Noto. Pastry Tasting at Caffe Sicilia, The Chef Corrado Assenza will explain us about the most famous Easter Pastry and we will taste ! Return at your hotel in the early evening. Dinner this evening on your own at leisure. Overnight stay in Catania. (B,B)

  • Day 6 / Holy Thursday March 24 – PIAZZA ARMERINA AND ENNA
  • Breakfast in hotel. Today we visit Piazza Armerina, with the famous villa, known as the “Villa Romana del Casale”. Then arrive in Enna visit of the town. Lunch is at leisure. On the first day of the Holy Tritium, namely Maundy Thursday, Enna starts preparing for the celebrations of the Holy Week. Art displays are set up in all confraternity churches whereas the altar of repose is set up in the Parish churches. Arrive in Agrigento. Overnight stay. (B)

  • Day 7 / Good Friday March 25 – AGRIGENTO E CALTANISSETTA
  • Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will meet our guide who will take us to admire the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Agrigento, a very exciting moment. Then we will visit The Valley of The Temples , the remains of the Greek colony. During the afternoon we will drive to Caltanissetta to admire the Black Christ procession. Return in Agrigento and overnight stay. (B,L,D)

  • Day 8 / Easter Saturday March 26 – EASTER TIME IN TYPICAL SICILIAN VILLAGE
  • Breakfast at the hotel and departure for San Biagio Platani, in order to admire the imposing Archi di Pane (Bread Arches) hanging in the old town center. This typical and unique event dates back to the mid-17th century. Family Lunch in a private house and transfer to Palermo. Overnight stay. (B,L)

  • Day 9 /Easter Sunday March 27 – Piana degli Albanesi and Prizzi
  • Breakfast in hotel. Today We are in the mountain town of Piana degli Albanesi just south of Palermo on Easter Sunday. As the name suggests, Piana degli Albanesi was founded by Albanian immigrants fleeing a Turkish invasion in 1488. Being somewhat isolated, the town has managed to maintain much of its original identity and many of its traditions, one of which is its Orthodox Easter celebrations (it has been a Greek Orthodox Bishopric since 1937). In the hills south of Palermo is Prizzi where a very different event takes place on Easter Sunday. Wearing red and black satanic masks complete with horns and grotesque noses, The Dance of the Devils takes place whence a portion of the townsfolk wreak havoc, inviting passers-by to buy them drinks (a metaphor for stealing their souls). Return in Palermo. Overnight stay. (B,L)

  • Day 10 /Monday March 28 – Sicilian Pasquetta: Erice , Segesta and Salt Pans
  • Breakfast in hotel. Leave to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town perched on a hilltop at 2000 feet. Lunch will be served in a olive estate with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting. Drive along the Salt Road and its Salt Pans located on the coastline between the cities of Trapani and Marsala. Before to return in Palermo visit The Greek temple in the middle of the countryside at Segesta.

  • Day 11 /Tuesday March 29 – Palermo and Monreale
  • Enjoy a full day private tour of Palermo and Monreale.

  • Day 12 / Wednesday March 30 – DEPARTURE FROM SICILY
  • Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Following breakfast check –out private transfer to Palermo Airport.

Sicily Picking Time

Sicily Picking Time

Reaping the fruits of the land maybe is the oldest rite in the world. You will share the joy of taking part in these feasts.
The Grape harvest, at the end of the summer, and the Olive picking, in the late autumn, are the main when the fruit is ripe though still green. As was once the custom, olives are hand-picked, one by one, and made fall onto large cloths specially provided for the purpose under the trees. (October and November)

  • Day 1
  • Arrival at the airport and transfer to the Man­dranova Country House. The farm stands out among the colours and fragrances of the immense olive groves which surround it. The splendid orchard consists of 12,000 plants, many of which are native. Visit to the farm, the olive tree groves, and the oil press. Dinner consisting of characteristic foods, such as oil, cheeses, local breads, and other traditional dishes. Overnight stay.

  • Day 2
  • Breakfast with traditional foods. In Sicily, the olive harvest begins in late autumn when the olives are mature but still green. They are picked by hand or with the aid of a baton. This is a very characteristic scene that will whisk you back to ancient times. Nets are placed under the trees, and baskets are brought to collect the olives using traditional techniques. Lunch break and relaxation period. In the afternoon you will bring olives to the Mandranova oil press where you can see how oil is produced. Finally tasting of oil with bread, garlic and oregano. You will also receive an oil bottle completely free. Dinner and overnight in the agriturismo.

  • Day 3
  • Breakfast. In the morning you will be free to enjoy the pool or hike in the countryside. Lunch. In the afternoon we will meet our guide who will take us to Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples. Along the “Sacred Way” we will visit the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Concord, and the Temple of Juno. Finally, we will visit the wonderful Garden of Kolymbetra, an old water reservoir of the Greeks, and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner on your own, return and overnight stay.

  • Day 4
  • Breakfast. Today you will learn how to prepare some Sicilian dishes such as almond sweets and cannoli with ricotta cheese. Lunch and tasting of the Sicilian Moscato ma­tched with Sicilian pastries. At 3:30 p.m., we will start the second part of cooking lesson and you will learn how to prepa­re “anelletti al forno” with eggplant, sauce, and fresh basil. We will also cook, in various ways, some typical Sicilian vegetables. We’ll also prepare the polpettone di carne (meatloaf) and a vegetable side dish with ingredients harvested from our garden. At dinner, we will taste the dishes we have just prepared. Overnight stay.

    Garden Tour of Sicily

    Garden Tour of Sicily

    • Day 1 Arrive Palermo
    • Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.

    • Day 2 Palermo & Monreale
    • Morning private garden and cultural tour. Afternoon private tour of Monreale

    • Day 3 Valley of The Temples and Kolymbetra Garden
    • Private touring of the Valley of the Temples and Kolymbetra Garden and drive to Taormina.

    • Day 4 Taormina Gardens
    • Meet your tour guide and admire Taormina and the Greek Theater. Visit the Garden and the historic Villa Cuseni with aperitif included. During the afternoon you will enjoy a visit at the Gardens of Villa Comunale (also known as Parco Duca di Cesaro). Return in hotel and overnight stay.

    • Day 5 Etna Gardens
    • Breakfast in hotel. Drive to Mount Etna , the largest active volcano in Europe, with its unique combination of nature and the uncontrollable essence of fire. During the morning you will visit the Garden at Villa Trinita, you will enjoy a wonderful lunch with a wine tasting. Then visit the garden of Villa Paternò. Return in hotel and overnight stay.

    • Day 6 Catania Gardens
    • Meet your tour guide and leave to Catania to visit Le Stanze in Fiore garden tour with a lunch, afternoon Botanical garden of Catania and tour of the city.

    • Day 7 Siracusa and Biviere Garden
    • Drive to Lentini and visit the Garden of Biviere/Villa Borghese. Lunch at leisure in Ortigia and visit of Siracusa and Archeological Park during the afternoon.

    • Day 8 Depart Taormina
    • Private transfer to airport.

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