VALLEY OF TEMPLES BY NIGHT
Magna Graecia is home to some of the most well preserved temple complexes in Sicily. Join our local guide in discovering the stories that each of the eight temples bring. Witness the mighty Temple of Concordia lit up against the night sky while you learn more about the history of this special corner of the world. To walk amongst the temples and ruins with a ceiling of stars above your head is a sure way to be transported back in time and unlock the magic of ancient Sicily.
SECRETS OF A SICILIAN KITCHEN
The towns of Modica and Ragusa Ibla, both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are a historian and a photographer’s delight with their impressive Baroque architecture and complex histories. In Modica you’ll visit the oldest confectionary shop in all of Sicily, and get the chance to sample a chocolate unique to the region. Be guided through the gardens and palaces of Ragusa Ibla, soaking in the rich history and traditions, before you settle in to learn the secrets of the Sicilian kitchen from the spectacular Mrs Nella. This one-of-a-kind cooking class, with a view of the expansive countryside, will walk you through all the elements that make up the core of Sicilian gastronomy. More important than the taste, you’ll discover the passion and poetry that goes into this world-renowned cuisine, so that you can take a little bit of Sicily back home with you.
SAMPLE SWEET & SAVOURY IN NOTO & SIRACUSA
The beauty of Noto will leave you breathless, but there’s more to this city than meets the eye. It is also home to Corrado Assenza, the best pastry chef in Sicily, and on your private tour you’ll have the opportunity to taste his mouth watering creations. Next stop, Siracusa for lunch, where you’ll get a chance to sample the savoury spreads that are so well known in this region. After you’ve had your fill of delicious cold cuts and cheeses, a guided tour of the city will unlock the history of the Mediterranean, before returning to Noto for a leisurely afternoon.
4X4 TOUR OF MOUNT ETNA
Buckle up for a morning of adventure with a 4X4 tour of Mount Etna. A luxurious Jeep will bring you through the stunning Valle de Bove before climbing to an altitude of 1800m and navigating through landscapes that vary from thick forest to scorching lava fields. After arriving at Etna’s north station, you’ll ascend a further 2900m through lava deserts until you reach the incredible, fiery crater of Etna. Nothing quite compares to having the sheer power of a volcano at your feet.
SERENITY ON SALINA ISLAND
A ferry will transport you to the colourful island of Salina, which boasts peaceful hikes, pebbly beaches and outstanding cuisine. With volcanic cliffs that meet the clear blue sea, this exquisite island is the ideal place to sit back and relax while you sip on their famous Malvasia wine and snack on Salina’s ‘green little jewel’, the caper. An expert local guide will show you the soul of Salina through a variety of local sites and scenes, before making your way to the village of Pollara where you’ll have the chance to learn more about what goes into the production of the juicy capers that are sought after all around the world.
SUNSET CRUISE TO STROMBOLI ISLAND
With the black sand beaches of Stromboli as your backdrop, enjoy the crisp sea air as you snack on gourmet delights aboard your private boat and watch as the evening sky slowly changes colour. The untouched waters and pristine nature make Stromboli a real diamond in the rough. After sunset, make your way ashore to experience the vibrant town centre with its many bars and restaurants, before getting back for a good night’s rest.
A TOUR OF VULCANO ISLAND
From the secrets of ricotta to black sand beaches, there is more than one would expect to find on Vulcano Island. Once you’ve witnessed the immense beauty of the crater, we recommend lunching at a traditional Trattoria, making sure you stop for ice cream and a dip in the azure waters.
REST YOUR HEAD IN TRUE SICILIAN STYLE
A gem nestled at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, Villa Igiea is a seaside sanctuary a stone’s throw from Palermo. This exclusive villa offers the best of both worlds, with unparalleled views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, within easy distance of the culture and class of Baroque palaces and ancient markets. Set out along the coast, unwind next to the pool or indulge in the palatial elegance of the interior – the choice is yours.
Hotel Villa Athena
A stay at Hotel Villa Athena is a chance to immerse yourself in culture and tradition like no other. Situated in the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this exceptional hotel allows you to feel the magic of a time long gone, while enjoying the pinnacle of comfort and luxury. Experience Sicily as it has always been in this majestic 18th century masterpiece. Step back in time, and feel a unique balance of nature and beauty that has persisted for almost 3000 years.
Seven Rooms Villadorata
Noto is known to be the most picturesque of the Baroque towns, and Seven Rooms Villadorata is the ideal base from which to explore this quaint corner of the world. The sandy hues of the stone churches contrast brilliantly with the natural beauty of the Vendicari Nature Reserve. Put your feet up after a long day of exploring and watch the sunset over terracotta tiles from the comfort of your own private suite.
With the sea on one side, and the magic of Mt Etna on the other, Motel Metropole is a true example of Sicilian hospitality at its finest. Slow down your pace while you enjoy an aperitif on the terrace or indulge in a full body massage at the award winning spa.
Capofaro Malvasia and Resort
Capofaro encapsulates the serenity that the island of Salina is so well known for. Born out of the love of wine and salty sea air, this sumptuous estate tucked between lush wines and the crystal clear sea is the epitome of Mediteraean hospitality.
A standout among Sicily travel packages, this tailor-made itinerary will unlock the magic of this much-loved region. Make sure to get in contact with our expert team to find out more about this extra special itinerary.