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La Cucina del Sole – Mount Etna
The lessons are held by Monica Consoli in her charming Sicilian house built in the 18th century, with a lovely courtyard full of citrus trees and jasmine. The classes will take place in the large typical kitchen which was her mother’s “kingdom” and where she learned all the secrets of traditional good cooking. Each lesson lasts about 3 hours with a final lunch that consists of the dishes made during the cooking class. Other classes available on request include: “Italian Cuisine”, “Haute Cuisine”, “Country-style Cookery”, “Plate and Table Decoration”, “Étiquette”, “École Ménagère”, “Quick Recipes”, “Hand-Made Pasta”, “Lectures and Tasting of Olive Oil”, “Lectures and Tasting of Sicilian and/or Italian cheese”.
Cooking in 1* Michelin restaurant in Taormina
Meet the great Chef at his 1 Michelin starred restaurant. The Chef will guide and oversee the cooking lesson, illustrating the best techniques to handle and cook the dishes freely adapted and designed by the new “chefs for one day”. Through the interplay of flavors and senses, the kitchen will become a stage where team dynamics, leadership skills and the ability to find solutions quickly will be exercised. Lunch or dinner with beverages is included.
Cooking Class in Catania
Head out for a visit with the Chef of the traditional market “La Pescheria” in the heart of Catania where, breathing in the smell of the sea, you will buy all the ingredients for the cooking class held in a local restaurant. All five senses will be completely involved during this experience. With the fresh ingredients bought at the market, you will prepare four different dishes: an appetizer, a main course “primo”, a second course “secondo”, and dessert. Little breaks during the lesson give a chance to taste typical products and sparkling wines. Lunch and beverages are included.
Wine Tour: Scilio & Gambino Wineries
Departure from Taormina or Catania area. Arrival at Linguaglossa on Mount Etna to visit the Scilio Winery which dates back to 1815. The Scilio Winery is surrounded by organically cultivated vineyards, where, for centuries, the traditions of winemaking have been handed down from generation to generation. Luisa will show you the vineyard, the old palmento (milestone) and the barriques. You will then taste their best wines and a delicious red passito of Etna. Afterwards, a visit of the Gambino Winery awaits. The unique climate and ground conditions determine the typicality of the Etna grapes and, ultimately, wines. At the highest altitudes the change of temperature between night and day allow a phenolic and aromatic ripening that is essential for the color and taste of the red grapes and for the aroma of the white grapes. After lunch, return to the hotel.
Wine Tour: Barone di Villagrande, Gambino & Tenute Chiuse del Signore Wineries
Pick up from hotel by your English speaking driver. Arrival in Milo on Mount Etna to visit the Barone di Villagrande surrounded by organically cultivated vineyards, where, for centuries, the tradition of winemaking has been handed down from generation to generation. Visit of their establishment and wine tasting with Barbara. Later, you will go to the Gambino Winery for a second visit. The unique climate and ground conditions determine the typicality of the Etna grapes and wine. At the highest altitudes, the change of temperature between night and day allow a phenolic and aromatic ripening that is essential for the color and taste of the red wines and for the aroma of the white wines. Lunch and wine tasting. After lunch you will visit the last winery: the Tenute Chiuse Del Signore. This winery produces first-rate wines and olive oil. This vinicultural family-owned farm dates back to the 20th century. Return to the Hotel.
One Day in Taorimina and Catania Area
Departure from Taormina or Catania area. Arrival in Linguaglossa to visit the winery “Tenute Chiuse Del
Signore”, which produces first-rate wines and olive oil. This viticultural family-owned farm dates back to the 20th century and rises on a charming hilltop at 550 metres above sea level, in the small town of
Linguaglossa in the Etna Natural Park. The Estate’s wines come from vineyards planted on the north side of Etna mountain, on rich soils originated from old volcanic eruptions. An oasis measuring about 150 acres, where the Volcano oversees the Alcantara River Valley and the golden beaches of Taormina.
Transfer to Viagrande and visit the prestigious Benanti Winery, one of the first wineries in Sicily which
produces high quality wines. They maximized the potential of Etnean soil by researching particular clones and by using the most modern techniques of vinification to produce ancient fragrances. Lunch is included. Return to the Hotel.
Cottanera & Passopisciaro
Pick up at hotel by your English speaking driver. Arrival at Castiglione di Sicilia. Visit Passopisciaro winery and discover one of the best boutique wineries of Mount Etna. Then drive to Cottanera Winery and visit its pioneer viticulture. It is today one of the most extraordinary companies in Italian and international enology. The vineyards grow over lava stone, 700 meters above sea level on the northern slope of the volcano. It showcases the particularities of a unique and precious territory. Experience a one of a kind wine tasting with lunch included. Return to the hotel.
Terrazze dell’etna & Planeta Winery
Departure from Taormina or Catania area. Drive to Etna North in Castiglione di Sicilia. Visit Planeta Feudo di Mezzo Winery, located in a spectacular position within a lava flow dating from 1566, just a few meters away from the “Sciara Nuova” and “Monteguardia” vineyards. You will taste four Planeta Wines are produced here. Then drive to the new wine estate Terrazze dell’Etna to visit the vineyards and enjoy a Sicilian Barbecue with their very special wines. Return to the hotel.
Visit at Biviere Garden
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.
Etna Volcano Tour with a Naturalistic Guide (By Jeep or Car)
Explore Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Discovering Mount Etna is one of the greatest adventure tours in Sicily, not only for the volcanic phenomena but also for the different kinds of vegetation visible during the ascent. This volcano has more than 400 craters, split all over the Catania county. The first stop of the tour is Valle del Bove, a wide valley located on the eastern slope of the volcano. Valle del Bove is part of the protected area of the Etna Regional Park. Proceeding, you will go through old lava flows that date back to 1979 until you reach Mount Fontana, 1300 meters above the sea level. This is a great panoramic point from which you can admire the majesty of the valley and of the Monti Sartorius. Afterwards, a short walk will lead you to the craters of the Sartorius Mountains, which date back to 1865 and are characterized by seven little eruptive cones. Halfway down from the top, you will reach another panoramic point which offers a breathtaking view of the Ionian Coast, from Riposto to Taormina, a glimpse of the Calabrian Coast, the North-East crater, as well as the latest new lava flows and craters of 2002. Driving up the Mareneve Road, you will reach Piano Provenzana. Here you will have time to relax and enjoy an espresso. Later you will walk through the pine forest of Ragabo and reach the Corruccio cave. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Transfer from the hotel in Taormina to Giardini Naxos (optional), where the biking tour starts. From Giardini Naxos, cycling, you will admire the Valley of the Alcantara River. On this route, you will go through citrus and orchard groves, and you will see the Arabian castle of Calatabiano. You will then visit, at the Alcantara Gorges, deep incisions in volcanic rocks and cliffs caused by the eruptions of Mount Etna. Then, lunch will be served at a typical Sicilian restaurant. Return through the path of “Gurne”, that are small lakes situated in the Alcantara Valley.
Transfer from the hotel in Taormina to Giardini Naxos (optional), where the biking tour starts. This is a one-day excursion along the Ionian Coast during which you will cycle through citrus groves. Points of interest:
• Natural Reserve of Fiumefreddo
• Riposto (Etna harbor)
• Santa Tecla, Stazzo and Pozzillo, small villages of fishermen.
Then, a lunch break with “Pane Condito”, a typical Sicilian bread. Return to Giardini Naxos and transfer to the hotel in Taormina.
Fishing Tour with local fishermen
Depart for a fishing experience with a local fisherman in areas near the coast cliffs with depths from 15 to 30 meters. With him, you can catch small and medium sized fish such as bream, bass, garfish. Then, your catch of the day will be prepared for lunch at a local restaurant.
Donkey and jeep tour on mount etna (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Accompanied by an English speaking guide, discover the tallest active volcano in Europe. After breakfast, meet your private driver outside the hotel to embark on a full-day exploration of Mount Etna by Jeep. Visit the extinguished Silvestri Craters in the Sapienza Refuge, where an incredible variety of flora and fauna live in the moon-like landscape. Then, stop for a special picnic set for you in a private and elegant setting. In the afternoon, your driver will bring you to the Piano Provenanzo, where you meet your personal donkey and trekking leader. Long before the inventions of cars and airplanes, donkeys were the main means of transportation in this area, and you will get to tour this magical land as it was experienced generations ago, before our modern era. Enjoy a gentle ride through the stunningly lush Ragabo Forest and across ski trails for an incredible view of the volcano.
Godfather Towns and Castello degli Schiavi
Enjoy an introduction to the real Sicily, exploring the towns of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò with your English speaking driver. Depart for Fiumefreddo and visit the Castello degli Schiavi, the location where the movie “The Godfather” was filmed, with the owner Barone Platania. Then drive to Savoca, enjoy a walking tour of the town, admiring “The Godfather” set with the typical streets and the famous Bar Vitelli. You will take a walk on the panoramic promenade to the famous church of Sant’Nicolò or better called Santa Lucia which was used in “The Godfather” movie for the marriage of Michael Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli. A taste of lemon granita is a must! You then drive to the next charming medieval village of Forza D’Agrò, which is without a doubt one of the best examples of a typical village of the Province of Messina. It still conserves its medieval street layout and on all sides of the town you can behold the most incredible views. Finally, your journey finishes at the medieval village of Castelmola (just above Taormina) to take a pleasant walk in the town before returning to your hotel.
Etna Jeep & Helicopter Tour
Pick up at your hotel by jeep. Then, you will be driven to Mount Etna to enjoy a private helicopter tour (20 min) where you will admire the beauty and power of Etna’s fiery craters seen from above. On the tour, you will fly over the Piano Provenzana and the whole district of Etna North, reaching 3400 meters, to see the craters, the Valle del Bove and have an overall view of the volcano. Then, return to your jeep to continue your tour. You may then visit the recent craters of Monte Nero and the Bottoniera, or walk 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).
Vespa Tour in Taormina
Taormina is famous for its breathtaking views and its charming streets which have been immortalized throughout the years in marvelous photos showing famous film stars living the real dolce vita.
Get ready to relive that time in an unforgettable and stylish experience with our vintage Vespas.
Accompanied by our drivers dressed in vintage garb, you will travel the characteristic back roads of the historical centre. This exceptional way of seeing Taormina means that you can truly admire Sicily’s beauty. Whizzing around Taormina on our vintage Vespa will transport you into the carefree life of a young Sicilian whilst at the same time leaving you with the more adult appreciation of the spectacular views that the town offers from its elevated position.
With the wind blowing in your hair you will truly experience the emotion of being on two wheels. Vespas are to this day the most common form of transportation used by the local people to get around in their daily lives, and they themselves remain fascinated by their beauty. Get ready to take photos, have them taken of you, and cause a hype!
Having left the historical centre of Taormina you will then navigate the beautifully panoramic road leading up to Castelmola – one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy. The beauty of the views, the slow pace and the charm of a little town, the small souvenir shops, and the typical welcoming Sicilian atmosphere are just some of the elements that characterize our Taormina–Castelmola Vintage Vespa Tour.
When we arrive you will try the excellent local almond wine. Produced with locally selected almonds and orange essence, it will be offered to you as a welcome gift before a refreshing aperitivo. Both will be served in a local bar that was founded in the 1700’s by monks who used it as a tavern. Today it remains one of the most traditional bars of the town.
As if that’s not enough, you finish the tour off with a brief stop off at the sanctuary of the Madonna della Rocca – saint co-protector of Taormina. This sanctuary has an incredible panoramic terrace for an unforgettable photo that will be the perfect ending to a perfectly … vintage tour!
Price per person: € 270
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