Enjoy a fantastic opportunity to tour private wineries, taste local products, and eat delicious meals in the incredibly beautiful Sicilian countryside. Discover the true flavors of the famous Italian cuisine and find the meaning of living la dolce vita as a true Italian. After this tour, you will leave this beautiful island having fallen in love with the Sicilians, their cuisine, and the superb wine.
During your holiday, you will spend two nights in Palermo, two nights in Taormina, one night in Marsala, one night in Caltagirone or Piazza Armerina, one night in Siragusa, and one night in Castelbuono. You will be staying at charming 4-star hotels. In Caltagirone or Piazza Armerina, you will stay at a farmhouse and in Castelbuono, a 4-star country house.
Aeolian Islands and the above all Salina, are the native lands of the Malvasia of Lipari, already called from Sicilian Diodoro "the nectar of Gods”.
This wine is produced following a millenary technique, with grapes previously deposed on rush mattings in order to be withered by the sun. An ancient wine, been born from grapes imported from the mythical homeric heroes disembared on these coasts, that still intact conserve the memory of the ancient Mediterranean civilization. Taste it accompanied from fine cheeses or cream sweets, as the experts advise. Mean to discover history of that past far away, bathed of transparent sea and sunny beaches.
Lipari is the largest of the Aeolians, it greets you with Baroque architecture, colourful fishing boats, and a lively port lined with cafés. The pace is slow, laid back,and infectious. Linger over a freshly almond granita or stretch out on the black beach at Acquacalda. Be sure to visit Lipari's archaeological museum, which boasts an excellent collection of ancient Greek painted vases discovered in the waters nearby.
Cefalù is famous for its rich historical center, the Norman Cathedral, and the medieval quarter, as well as for its beautiful beach and blue sea.
Abbazia Santa Anastasia is a former Benedictine abbey, built in the twelfth century in the hills high above the north coast. The medieval abbey or abbazia is steeped in a natural landscape, so extraordinary that the present owner, entrepreneur Francesco Lena, originally purchased the land to turn the estate into a holiday resort. Instead, he began experimenting with international varietals such as Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the indigenous Nero d’Avola.
Today, Corvo is a historical brand, not only for Sicilian wine making, but also for one of the leading and most popular wines in the world. The unique and distinctive features of Corvo wines are the crystal, a clear expression of the land of origin; only Sicily ‘s best native grape varietals, first and foremost Inzolia and Nero d’Avola, are selected every year from the vineyards, which, depending on the climate, have yielded the grapes with the best quality to create wines with a great character and delight.
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata. Their adventure took wing from the family’s historic cellars in Marsala and the vineyards at Contessa Entellina, in the heart of western Sicily, and soared as far as the island of Pantelleria. Do not miss the delicious red Mille e Una Notte and Donnafugata's version of the famous Passito di Pantelleria, a sweet dessert wine, with intense notes of apricot, made partly from raisins on Pantelleria, an island off Sicily's southwestern coast.
Discover seven little volcanic islands, surrounded by a warm and deep sea in an out-of-time atmosphere, recalling a history of sea-adventures going back 5000 years. The main island, Lipari, the green landscapes of Salina, the wild nature of Alicudi and Filicudi, the sophisticated Panarea, and the charming Vulcano and Stromboli.
Salina is the second largest Aeolian island. It was named after the little salted lake of Lingua, lying at the south-eastern tip of Salma, where the inhabitants once used to gather the salt needed to preserve capers and fish. More than 400 different types of plants grow here. It is also the island with the highest peaks, such as the three volcanoes that originated it.
Mount Etna is one of the most important places in Italy from a naturalistic point of view. Viticulture in this area dates back to ancient times, as the finding of coins of the fifth century B.C. witnesses. On the slopes of this volcano, the highest in Europe, excellent red and white wines are produced. Nerello Mascalese and carricante are the most used species of wines.
This vacation will take place in Sicily, Italy.
During this vacation, you will taste the Sicilian flavor with daily breakfast, 5 special lunches, and 6 gourmet restaurant dinners. You will have the chance to taste panettone and traditional chocolate, as well.
You will have plenty of opportunities to dine at local restaurants and get to know the surroundings at your own pace.
Please book your flight to arrive at Palermo Airport (PMO). Sicily By Experts di Fransicile will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
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