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SIRACUSA AREA

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Cooking Class in Ortigia

Cooking Class in Ortigia

If you interested at the sicilian cuisine… you can try a cooking day with Fiora.

The Program is:
The culinary tour starts with a visit at the historical food market of Ortigia. Here you will buy all the ingredients to prepare your lunch: vegetables in season, Mediterranean fish, fresh pasta. During the tour you will taste Sicilian cheese, Olives and fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Arrive at the Chef’s home to learn how to prepare with love and passion, three different Sicilian dishes surrounded by an informal and Sicilian hospitality!

Wine Tasting: Valle Dell’Acate & Ragusa Ibla

Wine Tasting: Valle Dell’Acate & Ragusa Ibla

A fantastic wine tour that cleverly combines flavours and Culture. The wines of The Valle dell’Acate tell the story and the beauty of the Sicilian baroque that in Ragusa Ibla finds its maximum expression in the cathedral of San Giorgio and in the noble Palaces found there.

The program is:
Pick up at hotel by your English speaking driver. Arrival in Acate and tour of the Valle dell’Acate Winery. The estate covers over 100 hectares and a large part of it, from 2001 to today, has been replanted with the area’s top wine grape varieties and other international varieties. Valle dell’Acate is able to produce a range of prized, modern and radiant wines such as: Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOC, Moro, Frappato, Insolia, Bidis and the most recent Tané. All these wines are obtained by selecting the best grapes during the major harvest.

Light lunch at winery and drive to Ragusa Ibla to admire with our driver guide picturesque lanes and narrow streets, with many old workshops. You will visit St. George’s Church and taste typical Sicilian products at Isola nell’Isola. Return to the hotel.

Wine Tasting: Planeta Buonivini & Marzamemi

Wine Tasting: Planeta Buonivini & Marzamemi

Discover the landscapes of Sicilian Baroque and the Nero d’Avola and Moscato Bianco vines traditional of the area. With the Planeta Buonivini and Marzamemi wine tour, you will discover one of the most important wineries and the most beautiful fishing village in Sicily.

The program is:
Pick up in hotel by your English speaking driver. Arrival at Planeta Buonivini, near the Late-Baroque towns of Noto and Modica. The Buonivini Estate takes its name from the ancient district where it is located. The grape varieties grown here are Nero d’Avola and Moscato Bianco. These are used to make the Santa Cecilia DOC Noto and Passito di Noto DOC which are vinified in the “Invisible Wine Cellar”. This estate is characterized by an eco-friendly atmosphere. Wine tasting and then, lunch in Marzamemi, a charming fishing village. Here you will have the chance to buy local products related to the processing of tuna. Tasting included. Return to the hotel.

Baroque, Aromatic Plants and Chocolate

Baroque, Aromatic Plants and Chocolate

Spend a day full of aromas, colours and flavours of ancient Sicily. You will get acquainted with hundreds of aromatic plants and you will taste one of the best kinds of chocolate in the world, made by only those who really know how.

The program is:
Pick up at the hotel in Siracusa. Pick up and transfer will take you to the south-east area of Sicily through the late Baroque Towns, whose heritage, both for importance and beauty, has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.

The first stop will be Scicli to visit “Gli Aromi Farm” where the owner Enrico will meet you. This farm cultivates autochthon plants and aromatic herbs. It also holds an important leadership position in sales and marketing, focusing on local species of the Sicilian coast and in particular of the Iblean area. The farm produces more than 120 different varieties of plants and herbs using old traditional methods of manual cultivation. You will sample the different varieties of herbs and see how they are used alongside other local products in Sicilian cooking for lunch.

After lunch transfer to Modica, for a tour on your own, 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. The pastry chef will explain the secrets of Modican chocolate, which is produced with only two ingredients, cacao and sugar. Return to Siracusa and drop off at your hotel.

Baroque, Pastry and Chocolate Tasting

Baroque, Pastry and Chocolate Tasting

Pick up at your hotel in Siracusa Area.
This morning we will head for Baroque area of Sicily, whose heritage, both for importance and for beauty, has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO Drive to Noto and meet with confectioner Corrado Assenza a true master of his craft. He will dazzle us with a tasting of his many products (ice creams, jams, sauces) and serve us a tasting combining all of these in an exciting combination of flavors. Visit Noto on your own.

Then will continue to Modica and enjoy this charming town with full of picturesque lanes and narrow streets, shops and cafes. We will have a walking tour of the town, including a visit to the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest confectionary shop of Sicily and taste the very famous chocolate of Modica. The owner Pierpaolo Ruta will explain the secrets of Modican Chocolate, that is produced with just two ingredients, cacao and sugar. Drive to Ragusa Ibla to visit the baroque site with our driver guide and return in Siracusa.

Visit at Biviere Garden

Visit at Biviere Garden

Pick up in hotel by your English speaking driver.
Departure for Lentini to visit the famous Giardino del Biviere, a unique Mediterranean garden. The tour is held by the owner Princess Maria Carla Borghese. According to legend, here Hercules, son of Zeus, gave as a gift to Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvest, the skin of the Nemean Lion he had defeated. Once he arrived in Lestrigoni, the little town where the Ceres lived, he created from dry and desolate land a lake that was named after him: “Lacunus Erculeus”. This lake, once surrounded by rich vegetation and animal life, was dried out in the 1930’s in order to defeat the malaria disease.
Today, thanks to its local community’s love for plants, it has been turned into a unique and picturesque Mediterranean garden. The old south-facing port shows an extraordinary collection of plants of the Cactaceae variety growing on the carefully restored jetties to form a gangway of greenery. Princess Borghese will be happy to enjoy a cocktail with you before your return to the hotel.

Bike tour from Siracusa

Bike tour from Siracusa

  • Intinerary 1:
  • Sport – with road bikes – 55 km

    Your cycling guide meets you in Siracusa and takes you to the departure point for your bike tour, just outside of Syracuse. Cycle through the gentle rolling hills, pas-sing the small village of Solarino in the direction of Anapo river valley. After about 20 km (12.4 miles), begin a challenging 5 km (3 mile) climb with hairpin curves up to the picturesque town of Sortino. Then continue along the crest of the Climiti Mountains enjoying the spectacular views of the Sicilian coast. Afterwards begin a fast descent, along hairpin curves, to the Anapo river bridge, returning to Syracuse. The tour includes 2–3 hours of biking, with possible stops at the Necropolis of Pantalica in the Anapo Valley and in the town of Sortino. Then, leave your bikes and stop for a delicious Sicilian lunch.

    Start in Siracusa at 9 AM. Back in Siracusa for lunch at 1/1.30 pm.

  • Intinerary 2:
  • Leisure – with city/trekking bikes – 36 km

    Your cycling guide meets you in Siracusa and takes you to Palazzolo Acreide (a 45-minute drive) for a 2-3 hour relaxed biking tour, with stops along the way to admire and take photographs of the stunning views. Begin in Palazzolo Acreide, on a slightly downhill slope, to Testa dell’Acqua, and then, further downhill, cycle to Noto Antica, the ancient town of Noto, which was completely destroyed in the devastating 1693 earthquake. Continue to the Monastery of Madonna della Scala, enjoying the spectacular landscapes of the Hyblaean Mountains. After passing the Salitello Bridge you continue to modern-day Noto named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and called the “Stone Garden” for its many gorgeous architectural masterpieces of the 18th-century Sicilian Baroque style. Stop in Noto for lunch (not included).

    Start in Siracusa at 9 AM. Start cycling at 10 am until 12.30/1pm. Lunch in Noto. Continue to Siracusa for lunch at 2/2.30 pm.



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