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Have you been to Sicily? OMG

Traveling to Sicily is always a revelation for Americans. The history, food and drink, the landscape and of course the people of Sicily are unique in so many ways. She is an abundant Island, both in the center of the world and insulated. The old and the new mesh to invite you to a world that evokes the fantasy, “Can I live here?”

Throughout the centuries Sicily was conquered and settled by many cultures: Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Norman, Arab and Spanish have all left an indelible imprint on the art, architecture, culture and food of Sicily. At times, the island has been at the heart of great civilizations, at other times it has been nothing more than a colonial backwater. Its fortunes have often soared and plummeted, depending on events out of its control. It was once a magnet for immigrants, later a land of emigrants. And now, it has become a land of immigrants once more.

For 10 days in May, 2020, we will meet the people, taste the food and wine, and explore the art, architecture and natural resources of this magical island. Most of all, however, you will hear the stories directly from the locals. This is what makes this trip priceless; the connections we will make with real people living real lives who are willing to share their experiences with you. I hope you can join us!

We will enjoy cooking classes and demonstrations, winery tours and tastings, historic art and architecture tours, nature walks and amazing meals. You will meet farmers and artisans that are keeping time honored traditions alive and are still surprisingly modern.  We will have time for the beach or just to soak in the amazing culture. You will experience all of what Sicily has to offer.

I am so happy to share Sicily with all of you!

This will be our itinerary:

Day 1,  Saturday, May 2nd., 2020:
Arrival "Meet and Greet" and dinner   Whether you fly into Palermo or Catania, plan to meet and check in at the Hotel Villa Schuler in Taormina by late afternoon. We will be staying at the Hotel Villa Schuler as our home base for the first 4 days.

  • 6 PM: Meet and Greet at Hotel Villa Schuler overlooking the sea and Mount Etna
  • 8 PM: Group Welcome dinner at  a local restaurant  
     

Day 2, Sunday, May 3rd:
Taormina Breakfast at Hotel Schuler. Walking tour of Taormina, including the Greek Amphitheater. Enjoy the rest of the day in Taormina at your leisure.

Day 3, Monday, May 4th:
Catania Market and Cooking Class We have a great day in store for you! We will be transferred by bus to Catania. We will be greeted by my chef friend Loradana who will give us a tour of the Cantania Market, one of the best and craziest daily markets in Sicily.  We will gather ingredients for the cooking class Loradana will offer us. We will learn to make fresh cavatelli and many other local dishes, all based on what is in the market. The dishes we create will be our most amazing lunch!

Day 4, Tuesday May 5th:
Mt Etna Experience, Wine and Hazelnuts After breakfast at the Hotel Schuler we will be transferred to an amazing Mt Etna experience. We will ride Jeeps and cable cars the top Mt. Etna. We will then enjoy a lunch at a local hazelnut farm, AND visit a winery on the slope of Etna that features Sicily’s famous Etna Rosso wine.

Day 5, Wednesday May 6th:
Bread, & Olive Oil After breakfast, Say goodbye to Taormina.    We are heading across the Island, destination Agrigento! But on the way… We will visit San Cataldo where we will have an artisanal breadmaking experience and lunch.   After lunch we will enjoy a visit to a cooperative olive oil mill with a tasting.   We will arrive in Agrigento and check in to the Luna Minoica, which is a quick walk to the beach, where we will stay for 3 days. http://www.lunaminoica.it

Day 6, Thursday, May 7th:
Sant’Angello Muxaro Today is one of the highlights of the trip. After breakfast at our inn we will visit my friend Pierfilippe Spoto for a true Agriturismo experience. Pierfilippe will introduce us the the local artisanal foods of the tiny hilltop village. As we walk the tiny hamlet, we even may meet the sheep whose milk makes the daily ricotta.  After lunch we’ll transfer to “The Valley of the Temples” in Agrigento. We will walk among Greek temples erected over 2000 years ago.

Day 7, Friday, May 8th:
Raffadali This is a full day “Best of the area” experience. We will tour Raffadali and both a cheese making and a pistachio experience with both lunch and dinner included. 

Day 8, Saturday, May 9th:
Erice and the Salt Pans While in Erice enjoy the Tunisian influence on the food such a local seafood cous cous. Also, taste the famous sweets of Erice. 

Day 9, Sunday May 10th:
Cefalu  We will be given a walking tour of the old city (bring a bathing suit! If the weather cooperates you can take a dip in the sea!). We will have a wine tasting and lunch at Santa Anastasia winery, known for some of the Island’s finest Nero D’avolo. (Cefalu is also the city my mother’s family, the Fertitas, are from)

Day 10, Monday, May 11th:
Palermo and Capo Mercato     Today will will be given a fascinating tour of the city of Palermo including it’s stunning Opera House and churches. We will then lunch on the street, yes, eating street food with my friends at the Capo Market, one of the most vibrant markets in Sicily. The city of Palermo has been named the “Italian Capital of Culture” for 2018 by Italy’s Ministry of Culture, following the city’s selection of host for “Manifesta 12”, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Tuesday, May 12th, End of Services

Per person price USD $4,595.00 

Price includes:

  • Bus service for the days listed
  • All hotels
  • Personal expert guides from See Sicily team during your excursions
  • All the wine tastings and meals above mentioned.
  • Entry fees to historic sites and museums.

Price does not include:   Air travel to and from Sicily, Travel Insurance and anything that is not mentioned in “Price includes”

CONTACT LAURA at SEE ITALY TRAVEL for all details including deposit and final payment information. Email info@seeitalytravel.com

CONTACT WILLIS ORLANDO If you need help finding the best flights. My son, Willis is Flight Expert at Scott's Cheap Flights.  He can help you find the best options that fit your budget and schedule.

email worlando52@gmail.com

 

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