Day 1: Arrival at Catania airport and Over-night near Agrigento
We will pick you up at your arrival at Catania airport, (or hotel) we’ll drive to Agrigento (2h30) and spend the night at a nice Baglio (stays for ancient, fortified hamlet turned into a hotel) Baglio della Luna. Along the road our first stop will be at Azienda
Agricola Occhipinti for a wine tasting of Nero d’avola and Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the local wines followed by lunch at their family “Baglio”.
After check-in and a rest, we will drive 30minutes to one of the most scenic beaches of Sicily known as the Scala dei Turchi. We will enjoy an aperitif and a nice supper admiring the sunset in a special location.
Day 2: Agrigento
Guided Visit of the archeological site (2h30) we start early to avoid crowd and heat. A 40 minutes drive for the Mandranova, one of the best oil producers of Sicily will take us to an oil tasting /lunch among secular olive trees. After lunch transfer to Piazza Armerina, where we spend the night in a very peculiar b&b. An evening visit to the UNESCO listed Villa Romana del Casale with its incredible collection of Roman mosaics, including the famous bikini girls, and a late supper will conclude this very full day.
Day 3: Piazza Armerini - Scicli
We will start the day with a short tour of Piazza Armerina then we will proceed to a beautiful winery located in the middle of nowhere. After lunch we will reach our new accommodation, an ancient palace in the art of Scicli, a jewel of baroque art. Dinner in a nice restaurant.
Day 4: Scicli - Modica
This morning we will drive to Modica where we will attend our first cooking class. After lunch we will enjoy one hour chocolate making class in Katia’s kitchen then visit a truly unique chocolate producer for a paired tasting. Modica's chocolate is one of the most famous products of Southeast Sicily and is still made according to the ancient Aztec tradition, which was brought to Sicily in the 16th century. We’ will return to our hotel in Scicli. Free time before dinner on your own with suggestions.
Day 5: Ragusa hidden gems and artisan tour
Morning tour of the hidden gems of Ragusa Ibla with a private guide who has access to places that are otherwise not open to the public—Circolo di Conversazione (a private club), the Teatro Donnafugata (a tiny and beautiful private theatre in a palace only recently opened for occasional public performances) and the secret, walled garden of Palazzo Arezzo Bertini plus a special visit to an artisan cart-making workshop and “aperitivo” at Palazzo Bertini overlooking the main square .
overnight stay in Ortigia
Day 6: Lemons & olive oil in Ortigia & Siracusa
Today we will head for Siracusa and our hotel in the very heart of Ortigia just next to the Cathedral and the main square. Ortigia is a labyrinth of colorful streets lined with eateries and artisan shops and crowned with the spectacular, ivory-hued Piazza del Duomo. On our way we will stop in Noto for a very “Sicilian breakfast” trying different tastes of “granitas”. We will then have a wine-tasting/lunch at one of the most southern wineries in Europe.
Dinner is on your own with suggestions.
Day 7: Spend the day in Ortigia
A leisurely morning that will start with an orientation tour of Ortigia, dipping into La Giudecca district, the maze of less touristy streets and the former Jewish Quarter for a peek at the ancient Jewish baths discovered by accident while renovating a boutique hotel. Free afternoon to shop and stroll (those who are interested can visit the archeological park or alternatively enjoy a boat tour of the harbor). Dinner at a nice restaurant.
Overnight at Donna Carmel Resort
Day 8: Catania and Etna winery tour
Depart Ortigia with a stop along the way in Catania for a tour of the Catania fish Market. Check-in at our last accommodation, a beautiful resort not far from the coast. We then continue on, to visit a winery on the northern slopes of Etna and end the day with a “rustic” dinner in an Agriturismo in view of this majestic volcano.
Day 9: Full day in Taormina
Transfer to Taormina in the morning - free day in town until 2pm. We then will return towards our hotel, for a short rest and conclude the tour with a visit and a dinner with pairing wines at a winery on the southern slopes of Etna
Day 10: Transfer to Catania airport
Trip ends with transfer back to Catania airport.