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Come and join us for an all-inclusive gastronomical tour and cooking holidays of Sicily and its Aeolian islands. Youll enjoy a truly authentic cooking vacation and wine tasting experience with a chance to explore the islands and their volcanoes. For this holiday well be based on the island of Vulcano, visiting the nearby islands of Lipari and Salina with an optional visit to Stromboli.
Your first night will be spent at the UNA Palace Hotel in the historic centre of Catania. It's an elegant period building which has been restored in keeping with local traditions and Sicilian style. Breakfast is served in the rooftop restaurant with spectacular views of Mount Etna.
For the rest of your holiday, you will be staying at the charming Villa Saracena, which is situated in an idyllic and tranquil location on the edge of the small town of Vulcano. Villa Saracena is a small family-run hotel in a lovely garden setting with rooms that lead out onto a pool and striking views of the volcano in the backdrop. The perfect place to relax and recharge. The villa is within 5-minute walking distance from the town, the volcano and the Porto Ponente black sand beach, perfectly situated for all local amenities and the weeks activities. A light continental style breakfast will be served daily with tea and coffee, fruit juices, fresh fruits, local pastries and fresh local produce.
Villa Saracena is also part of an agritourismo, which means they have farmland where they grow their own produce. For those who wish to be more independent and explore, there is the option to have breakfast at one of the local bars. Petty cash will be available to subsidize this. One of Aeolian Adventures' favorite things to do in Vulcano, is cycle down to the sea in the early morning and have coffee whilst watching the sun rise over the little fishing port. Bicycles are also available upon request.
Your destination, the Aeolian Islands, is a volcanic archipelago made up of seven islands scattered off the north-east tip of Sicily in the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean sea. All astonishingly beautiful with an identity all their own, the Aeolian archipelago was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000. The islands' geography and climate are perfect for the cultivation of crops and vines, the ideal setting for your cooking holidays and wine tastings. Volcanic soils are the richest agricultural lands on earth.
And this, combined with a sun drenched climate, ensures that the islands slopes and plains are spilling over with olive groves, fruit orchards, capers and vineyards. Then, there's an abundance of sea life to be caught fresh daily that can speedily go straight to the plate. Delicious simple cooked food, great wine, historic towns, volcanic landscapes and outstanding natural beauty.