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Italy Fascinating Culinary Tour in Southern Sicily

Join Santa Margarita Tours in this exciting gastronomic adventure where you will live like a local on the exquisite 18th-century villa for the whole stay. On this trip, you can see the amazing old olive trees, look around Sicily from the "Balcony of Sicily", and go around the labyrinth in Old Castle.

Meet the instructors

Natalia
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Highlights

  • Enjoy cheese tasting in an organic bio farm
  • Stay in an 18th century authentic Sicilian villa
  • Have a private wine tasting in a Sicilian winery
  • Excursions in UNESCO heritage cities: Modica, Ragusa, and Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • All transfers during the tour will be provided
  • All daily meals are included
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
Airport transfer included: Comiso Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding

Throughout this gastronomic tour, you will be staying at one of the most comfortable villas in Southern Sicily. It is a historic villa from the 18th century, which was renovated in 2014 and belonged to bishop Rosso for more than six decades.

Its five beautifully furnished rooms, featuring hand-painted wardrobes, plasma TVs, orthopedic mattresses, Wi-Fi, and much more will allow you to relax after long days of experiencing the true Sicily. You always can take a stroll around the property, which has 11 hectares of olive groves, a vineyard, and a natural reserve only 10 minutes away.

Villa Santa Margherita

  • Century-old legends
  • Beautiful views from the hills
  • Atmosphere of the Sicilian estate
  • The age of olive trees are from 80 to 250 years
  • Natural materials in the interior: marble, wood, stone
  • 11 hectares of olive groves bordering the natural reserve

The villa got its name thanks to a fresco dated to the XIV-V century A.D., which was found in a grotto on the territory. It depicts Saint Margarita. Double and single occupancy rooms are available.

Program

Enjoy the breathtaking views over Monti Iblei hills, intriguing excursions in UNESCO heritage cities, authentic experiences, and delightful meals in the best local restaurants. All of the experiences in the program are included in the price of the tour, so you will need your wallet only for personal expenses. Live the dream, travel Sicily with Santa Margarita Tours!

Day 1: Via, Sicilia!

Santa Margarita Tours' representative will meet you at the airport in Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) and immediately, in a comfortable car, set off for Villa Santa Margherita farm, which is an hour's drive from the airport.

After checking in, you will have a tour of the farm and a welcome aperitif: aperol, wine, various Sicilian snacks, as well as a tasting of the excellent olive oil of St. Margherita. At a leisurely lunch, you'll meet and discuss the gastronomic plans for the next few days.

In the evening, take a walk through the wonderful town of Chiaramonte Gulfi, the city of olives and the same age as Syracuse with a local who opens doors in history, pop in a gelateria, where you will taste the unmistakable Sicilian granira. Dinner will be waiting for you in one of the best local meat restaurants (Majore). In a great mood, return to the farm to process the first encounter with this island, relax, and get ready for the exciting week ahead.

Day 2: Baroque and chocolate

After a wonderful breakfast, travel to the main magical city, the provincial capital, Ragusa. You will start the route from the upper part of Ragusa and go down to its lower part. You will also walk through one of the attractions of this city, the Santa Maria Staircase, which has been connecting both sides of the city for 200 years and is the only foot passage.

You will also see most of the 18 monuments included in the UNESCO heritage list and find out why the hereditary earl gave his unimaginably beautiful and well-groomed garden for public use. Then, go on an excursion to Modica, the capital of chocolate and one of the main Baroque cities in Sicily. The town was compared to the second Venice for numerous canals and bridges which existed 300 years ago.

During this tour, you will find out why there are two cathedrals in Modica, and not one, as is customary in most cities in Sicily. You will see baroque palaces and medieval churches, wander along its narrow streets, feeling incredible smells, and tasting coffee in local pastry shops. You will reveal the secret of Aztec-based chocolate production in the old factory, Bon Ajuto, which to this day produces chocolate according to the same recipe.

You will walk around the city where you can see the unimaginable beauty of Sicily. Your host will arrange lunch on the terrace with prosecco and Sicilian pasta with amazing views of the city. After a short rest, you will end such a busy day, sharing gastronomic and not only impressions during dinner in a fine local restaurant with great wine.

Day 3: Cheese farm and degustation wine

After a delicious breakfast, you travel to the town of Giarratanna and try the torrone, typical Sicilian sweets. Next, go to the best goat cheese farm in the region, where the owner will wait for you and conduct a tour of his own. You will be shown the whole process of cheese production, take a selfie with cute goats and taste fresh ricotta, pecorino, and robbiolo accompanied by local wines.

Then, return to Chiaramonte Gulfi and have a good trip around the countryside, when you can admire the old olive trees and oak, and finish your day with dinner and degustation of wine in Cantina Gulfi.

Day 4 - Ciao Sicilia!

Have breakfast at the villa, pack your bags, and go to Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). But first, small gifts! Santa Margarita Tours' team hopes that you loved the authentic Sicilian experience with them and hope that you will join new trips to Sicily again with them in the future! See you soon!

Included excursions

  • Walking tour of Chiaramonte Gulfi
  • Cheese farm tour
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate tour in Modica
  • Walking tour in Ragusa

Instructors

Natalia Muravyeva

Location

Why Sicily?

This is the gateway between Europe and Africa, a meeting place for Mediterranean civilizations, mysterious land of contrasts, a "place with many realities." Nowhere in the world can one find comparable cultural wealth with such a diversity of civilizations. Sicily became the quintessence of Greek culture, Roman heritage, Byzantine art, Arab traditions, Norman architecture, French aesthetics, German Gothic, Spanish character, and Neapolitan color, in such a small space and combined with the abundance of original Sicilian baroque.

Outstanding wines, Etna volcano, cascades of sculptures and fountains, charismatic Sicilians! The cuisine of Sicily is a real explosion, a triumph of taste, easily impressive for ordinary travelers and sophisticated Michelin guide experts who regularly award local restaurants with treasured stars. Are you ready to see and taste the unknown Sicily?

Food

The tour includes three breakfasts on the farm, three lunches, and three dinners. You will be served a degustation of wine, cheers, and most of all, typical Sicilian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In this corner of paradise between the hills and the sea, you can get an authentic Sicilian experience, relax and have an enjoyable time. Wrapped in the scents of the countryside, you can take care of yourself and dedicate yourself to what you love.

Villa Santa Margherita will be the strategic point for your excursions to discover the enchanted places of heritage in southeast Sicily. Guided by experts you can visit the historical sites of the area on individual or group excursions.

  • City of Baroque Art: Scicli, Monterosso Almo, Palazzolo Acreide, Noto, Syracuse, Catania
  • Archaeological Sites: Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Taormina, Kamarina, Donnafugata Castle, Marzamemi
  • Beach and coasts: Punta Secca, Marina di Ragusa, Donnalucata, Scoglitti
  • Trekking, mountain biking, horsing to the natural reserve
  • Degustation of olive oil
  • Visit to local vine cellar and wine tasting

What's included

  • All excursions and wine tastings in accordance with the program
  • 3 breakfasts on the farm, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Welcome dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation on a cozy historical farm of the 18th century
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle
  • All transport services in accordance with the program
  • Full support from the tour leader
  • A small personal gift

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Comiso Airport Airport transfer included: Comiso Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Friday March 18, 2022
(4 days / 3 nights)

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