Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in historical sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples. We recommend a visit to Taormina, 200 meters above sea level, when looking down onto the Ionian Sea, people say it calms the soul like nothing else, it is a tourist’s must see while visiting this island.
From the breathtaking vantage point of the perfectly placed Greek Roman Theater, one can reflect on the power and motionless grace of graceful Mount Etna. We recommend a visit to the Valley of Temples. Along the Sacred Way one can visit the Temple of Concord, Temple of Hercules, and the Temple of Juno. Also, don’t miss the wonderful Garden of Kolymbetra, an old water reservoir of the Greeks.
Typical Local Food and Wine
Sicily is one of the most interesting and sought-after Italian regions for its traditional products, both in terms of food and wine. Some of these have become famous internationally, such as the Malvasia delle Lipari Doc and Marsala Doc.
Typical dishes: Parmigiana di melenzane, Cartocciata catanese, Baccalà fritto, Cannolo alla Ricotta, Pasta di mandorle, Cassata siciliana, Granita.
Local Wine: Marsala, Passito di Pantelleria, Moscato, Zibibbo, Malvasia delle Lipari, Nero d’Avola.
Tours and Activities
Palermo & Monreale
You can enjoy an educational tour of Palermo, a city full of character, featuring the Quattro Canti a splendid example of Spanish Baroque architecture, the Normans Palace and its superb Palatine Chapel, the popular Cathedral, and the famous Benedictine Abbey.
Here you will get to see a 12th century cathedral housing with very well defined mosaics representing the complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments.
Experience a panoramic visit to the Sicilian’s capital and the world famous Capo market.
You can continue on to Monreale and visit the splendid Cathedral as well as the Benedictine cloister and thereafter return back to your hotel at the end of the day.
Come enjoy a full day excursion to Cefalù and its surroundings. We stop first at the Roman lavatory and then on to the main square to admire the famous Cathedral. We will pay a visit to the Cathedral and enjoy a panoramic walk along the medieval streets of the city.
Launch can be taking at leisure Time, then in the afternoon possibility to visit the Museum Mandralisca where we will be able to admire some paintings of Antonello da and back to Palermo.
Agrigento / Piazza Armerina
We depart to Piazza Armerina and enjoy a visit to the Roman Villa del Casale which is famous for its more than 3500 sqm of well-preserved mosaics which vividly represent Roman life in the area. Continue to Agrigento. Launch to be taking at your leisure.
At noon we will eventually visit the Valley of the Temples known for its beautiful historic Temples.
We will also visit the Concordia, Apollo and temples before returning back to Palermo.
We will depart to Segesta and pay a visit to the Doric Temple which is surrounded by unique landscape.
Continue on to Erice, a medieval village on the top of a hill viewing the entire Northern Sicilian coast. Launch is taken at leisure time. In the afternoon we will depart to Marsala and visit the unique city famous for its cellars.
Enjoy a short wine tasting of Marsala wine and return back to Palermo.
Come enjoy a morning tour to Mount Etna, the certified highest active volcano in Europe.
We will be driving through some of the quaintest villages placed on the precarious slopes of the volcano, we will eventually reach about 1800 meters where we will be able to visit the Sylvester Craters. And thereafter return back to the hotel.
We move on to Ragusa and experience a panoramic visit to one of the most emblematic cities in Sicily. Ragusa Ibla is the historical center of the city, made famous for its unique beautiful baroque buildings. We continue our trip to Modica, another baroque city which has been declared an official Unesco’s World Heritage.
We will also partake in a chocolate tasting in one of the famous pastry-shops in the city.
This chocolate tradition was brought into Sicily by the Spaniards during their domination of the island. Asides the chocolate we will be able to taste various special pastries filled with some delicious meat and chocolate.
There you find our hotel collection. More accommodation available on request.
5 Star – Palermo
Rising majestically above the Gulf of Palermo,
The Liberty style Grand Hotel Villa Igiea has hosted high society for centuries. The stately rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, desks and minibars.
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4 Star – Ragusa
La Moresca Maison de Charme has been skilfully restored from an early 20th century private residence into a stylish and sophisticated hotel and is superbly decorated throughout. Airy, sophisticated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, soundproofing, satellite TV, mini fridges and desks.
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5 Star – Siracusa
The Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa enjoys beautiful views over the Great Harbour of Syracuse from its premium location on the island of Ortigia.
Elegant rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars.