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Santa Margherita Tours offers a unique opportunity to experience this amazing island in a completely new way, through a prism of local gastronomy! Enjoy the Sicilian flavors of haute cuisine of pasta, main course, and delicious dolce in a two-Michelin Star restaurant in the ancient city, Aperol-Spritz and Sicilian street food snacks in an authentic bar, delicious Nero D'Avolo and Frappato at the baron's hereditary winery, natural organic ice cream, chocolate and the best olive oil "St. Margherita", and appetizing sparkling wines at the foot of Mount Etna.
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.
The tour is suitable for those who are looking for more than a trip, those who want to:
Arrive on the island at Catania Fontanarossa Airport. Transfer by a comfortable car to the Villa Santa Margherita. At the villa, you will be greeted with fine wine and delicious compliments.
The town is called the balcony of Sicily and the city of olives. During the entertaining excursion, you will stop by a gelateria and try Sicilian ice cream.
After a delicious breakfast, travel to the organic cheese farm. On the way, stop by the historic city of Giarratana, a former Greco-Roman colony that is the same age as Syracuse. Observe the production process and taste delicious Torrone. Next, arrive at the cheese farm and learn how cheeses are prepared, conduct a production tour, and, of course, there will be a bio-cheese tasting accompanied with the best local wines.
Return to the villa where your friend, the famous Michelin-star Italian chef, Davide di Corrato will be waiting for you. He will cheerfully hold a culinary master class on authentic Sicilian dishes, which you will then taste, accompanied by local wines and good company.
After breakfast at the villa, make a tour to the Etna Volcano where a Murgo winery is located, a place where they produce matchless sparkling wines according to the Champenois method; there, you will have a wine tasting and lunch.
Walk through the beautiful city of Zafferano, located on the slopes of Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe.
On the way back, call in Catania, the ancient port city, visit the cathedral with exquisite decoration and have dinner at a local pizzeria.
The capital of chocolate and one of the main Baroque cities in Sicily is Modica. 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, absorb incredible smells and taste delicious coffee in local pastry shops. They 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 ancient recipe.
•Dinner in an authentic local restaurant
After a short rest, end such a busy day sharing gastronomic and not only impressions during dinner in a fine local restaurant with great wine.
After a wonderful breakfast, travel to the next city, the provincial capital, Ragusa. Start the route from the upper part of the town and go down to its lower part (Ragusa Ibla). Walkthrough one of the main attractions of this city, the Santa Maria Staircase, which has been connecting both sides of the city for 200 years through a single-foot passage.
You will also see most of the 18 monuments included in the UNESCO heritage list and find out why the hereditary count gave this unimaginably beautiful and well-groomed garden for public use.
You will dine at the best restaurant in Sicily with two Michelin stars, DUOMO. Chef Ciccio Sultano always surprises guests with his refined taste.
Visit your friends from Valle Dell'Acate winery, which is one of the oldest wineries in the region, where you will taste great wines. You will find out why the wine is stored in oak barrels, what temperature and humidity should be in the cellars, and how the future wine is fermented.
Travel to the city of Caltagirone, the capital of Sicilian ceramics. In Caltagirone, walk along the magnificent stairs of Santa Maria del Monte with 142 steps; climb the bell tower of the former monastery and take a glance at the city from a bird's-eye view. Visit a lot of ceramic shops and, of course, buy a lot of different souvenirs!
You will have lunch in a local trattoria, where the owner himself will set the table and advise local dishes and wines. On the way to the villa, drop by a close friend, an owner of an antique shop, who will show you his collection of paintings and tell many Sicilian legends.
After the delicious breakfast, the driver will take you to the Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). But first, small gifts! Santa Margherita Tours hopes that you enjoyed the authentic Sicilian experience with them, and look forward to meeting you again in the future. See you soon!
The family has been living there for six years. They included on the route those places that they loved themselves and which tourists do not find. They speak Italian and English, therefore, you do not need to worry about anything, the program is thought out to the details and you will always be accompanied by the tour leader, Natalia.
They will tell you about the impressive secrets of Sicilian wine and olive oil production, as they studied winemaking and producing olive oil themselves.
All the trips will occur, and their cost will not change regardless of the number of participants.
Safety and guest care are the priority. You will travel by personal transport, you won't visit crowded places, all the rooms in the villa are disinfected before guest check-in. They can pay attention to each guest and make sure that their stay is comfortable, safe, and unforgettable!
You will meet a real Sicilian baron and a famous Italian chef will hold a master class right on the villa.
Art and modern technology met in these apartments. In the silence of the Italian countryside, guests can get enough sleep as they did only in childhood, for this, they selected the most comfortable high-quality orthopedic mattresses.
6 years ago, Natalia's family bought an abandoned farm of the 18th century in Sicily, in the amazing place of Chiaramonte Gulfi. For many generations, Bishop Sebastian Pocco's family has been producing oil and wine here. To date, they have carried out a complete reconstruction of the old farm, resumed production of the excellent St. Margherita olive oil, opened a B&B, and launched Gastronomic tours. Natalia will be happy to keep you company and share her secrets, as she was educated at the Enotria Wine School and attended specialized courses of olive oil tasters.
David is a famous Michelin-star Italian chef who will conduct a culinary master class during this holiday.
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 discover the "Unexplored Sicily"?
A total of six breakfasts on the farm, six lunches, including in a two-Michelin starred restaurant, and six dinners will be served.
Please book your flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) or Comiso Airport (CIY). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Santa Margarita Tours will pick you up at the airport.
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