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Montalbano Tour

(Full Day)

Our destination today is the southern part of the Island in surch of the undiscovered part of Sicily where the inspector was created about 15 years ago by the Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri. Montalbano soon became very popular both as a TV series andas a novel. Nearly all the episodes have been filmed in so-called Baroque Sicily (Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Ispica…) Modica’s Duomo di San Giorgio is an important symbol of Montalbano and a recurrent setting in the television series. It is the second church of ‘Vigata’, the first being the Duomo di San Giorgio of Ragusa Ibla. Modica’s Duomo of San Giorgio, with its imponent steps and the adjacent palace, have really become iconic of Montalbano’s ‘Vigata’. We will go in search of Palazzo Municipio, the Scicli Municipal Town Hall which was the set location for the Police Commissioner’s office and the Vigata police station. The City of Scicli is about 25 km from Ragusa. It is located in the coastal hills...

Selinunte, Mothia and Marsala Salt way

(Full Day)

Driving on the south west coast of Sicily, not far from Mazara del Vallo, we will reach one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Selinunte was one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily. It was founded, by a colony from the Sicilian city of Megara around 650 BCE. As early as 580 BCE the Selinuntines were engaged in hostilities with the people of Segesta (a non-Hellenic city), whose territory bordered on their own. The city was utterly destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409BC and again in around 250BCE. It was never rebuild. After the visit of Selinunte we may have lunch in a restaurant by the beach area of Marinella di Selinunte. After lunch we will tour the historic saltpan works where the ancient tradition of harvesting salt from the sea is still practiced. On board on the ferry-boat to reach Mothia Island, founded at the end of VII century B.C. on the island of San...

Erice and Segesta day trip

(Full Day)

Driving to western part of Sicily from Palermo, our first stop will be at the magnificent Temple of Segesta. It was built by the Elimian, an old population whose origins maybe are Turkish but were later colonised by the Greeks to become one of the most important Greek colonies in the west side of Sicily. It is the first Greek Temple built in Doric style. The Temple has 36 columns, still intact despite the several earthquakes which effected this area in the history. We also visit the theatre, which is a typical example of the Greek semi circular theater style. We then move on to the medieval town of Erice, situated 880 metres above the sea level and surrounded by ancient Elimi and Phoenician walls on the northeastern side of the city. Two castles make for a spectacular skyline to this town, Pepoli Castle, with foundations dating from Saracen times, and Venus Castle, dating from the Norman era but built on ruins of the ancient Temple of Venus...

Baroque tour: Noto, Modica and Ragusa

(Full Day)

Our destination today is the southern part of the Island - enjoy the visit of the real Sicilian Baroque among the wonderful unspoiled charming villages of Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla. Our ninety minute leisurely drive will take us down the eastern coastline of Sicily passing the "Piana of Catania", the coast line of the Ionic sea and Iblei mountains, arriving in Noto. The beautiful antique town was built in 1703 is entered by the Porta Reale and from there we follow Corso Vittorio Emanuele along which we can admire numerous 18th century beautiful palaces of incredible architectural value. The streets all leading to Corso Vittorio Emanuele have also many beautiful buildings including the Duomo, the Museo Civico the Convento dei Francescani...the list goes on and on. We then continue our drive to the charming Ragusa and visit the old part, "Ragusa Ibla", situated in the upper part of this magnificent town. We finish with a visit...

Reggio Calabria - Scilla tour

(Full Day)

Taking the ferry to Villa San Giovanni we will cross the sea between Sicily and the mainland, the “Continente” as sicilians say. We will drive to the Archaeological Museum to see the Riace Bronzes: these are the greatest bronzes from the Greek world ever discovered and among the world’s most beautiful sculptures. They were discovered by a diver in 1971 off the coast of Riace and are known as ‘Statue A’ and ‘Statue B’. The museum also has a number of other interesting artefacts (entrance fee Euro 5,00 per person). Reggio Calabria is also known to have one of the most amazing walkway along the sea, overlooking the Messina strait and Etna volcano, not to be missed. You can agree with your driver to enjoy your lunch in Reggio Calabria or in Scilla, (pronounced sheella) a stunningly-located fishing village in the Calabria region. The village is squeezed into this restricted and picturesque landscape and it is an unforgettable sight. Scilla is...

Eolie islands destination

(Full Day)

Sometimes called the Aeolian Islands (as the domain of Aeolus, god of the winds), the Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago visible from Sicily's eastern Tyrrhenian coast, easily accessible by ferry or hydrofoil from Milazzo and also Messina. The most important islands are Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Stromboli, Panarea and Vulcano. Here you'll find beautiful scenery, volcanoes, castles, thermal resorts, water sports, good fishing and, of course, some great beaches. Lipari is the largest island and in Summer, the most crowded. Dominated by Mount Chirica, Lipari has an area of almost 37 square kilometers. It's almost 10 kilometers in length and about 5 kilometers wide. Lipari's natural ground water sources haven't been fully been utilized; freshwater arrives by ship from Sicily, which is about an hour away depending on which transport service you use... Vulcano is located very close to Lipari, separated by a wide strait. The highest...

Tindari, S. Stefano di Camastra, Cefalù

(Full Day)

We have chosen a magnificent drive along the northern coast line with wonderful roads overlooking the Ionian sea and over the Eolie's Islands. We will stop first and visit Tindaris, which began as a settlement back in the Bronze Age (about 1500 B.C). The town suffered the effects of a landslide at the end of the 1st Century AD, and an earthquake in 365 AD. Tindaris was the most important Greek city in this vicinity, though most of what the visitor sees today was constructed during the Roman period. We will visit the amphitheatre, which was built in the 4th century BC. It has the ruins of simple temples and the so-called basilica, a fine example of Greco-Roman architecture begun in the 4th century B.C. and successively modified for use as a meeting place. We will also see the very important Christian Sanctuary that sits high on the hill above the city. It is famous for its black Madonna statue that draws visitors from afar, and...

Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone Tour

(Full Day)

Piazza Armerina Set on a plateau almost 700 meters above sea level about 35 kilometers from Enna and a bit nearer Caltagirone, the city of Piazza Armerina is not without charm. Founded during the Norman era, its historical quarter has some beautiful churches, including a Baroque cathedral, as well as a well-preserved fortress (Spinelli Castle), but most visitors come here to see the Roman Villa, with its magnificent mosaics. Located a few kilometers outside town, the villa is one of the largest Roman dwellings of its kind to have survived antiquity, and probably belonged to a wealthy patrician. Depicting scenes from daily life, such as hunting, the mosaics are as remarkable for their sociological value as for their artistry. One of these, showing women clad in two-piece swimsuits exercising with barbells, could well describe a scene typical of the twentieth century. The "Villa del Casale" was built between 330 and 360 AD. The...

Full day exploring Palermo and its area

(Full Day)

If you like to enjoy a real mediterranean capital in a just a couple of hours drive from Taormina, full of several monumentes and chuerches and rich of elegant streets with luxurious shops, You can enjoy a full day exploring PALERMO and its area: Palermo is the capital and the most important city of all Sicily located between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Conca D'oro Mountains. We start to approach the city walking the Medieval area of Palermo where the main features are from Baroque and Arabian-Norman period. We visit “Piazza Pretoria” with its beautiful Renaissance fountain – the heart of the city, called: "Quattro Canti" - the magnificent Cathedral – “San Cataldo” church and son on… Then we'll continue on foot to visit San Giovanni degli Eremiti one of the best known Norman monuments built by Roger II and the Palazzo dei Normanni. Next, we'll move on to the village of Monreale, driving along a wonderful road overlooking the...

Agrigento day trip

(Full Day)

Located on a plateau overlooking Sicily's southern coast, Agrigento was founded as Akragas around 582 BC by a group of colonists from Gela, who themselves were the immediate descendants of Greeks from Rhodes and Crete. The area was inhabited much earlier; a female skull (that of the "girl of Mandrascava") foundnear Cannatello is half a million years old. The medieval city of Agrigento is not without a certain charm. High in the historical center of the city, the Romanesque Gothic cathedral, built during the fourteenth century, still displays some of its medieval character, as does the thirteenth-century Church of San Nicola. Unfortunately, the Saracen fortress believed to have stood at Agrigento has not stood the test of time. The Greek temples, theatres and ruins, and even the archaeological museums, are located outside the city proper. Agrigento was destroyed several times during the Punic Wars, suffering particularly extensive damage during a...

Catania highlights - Cyclops Bay tour

(7 hours)

Since the eighteenth century, Catania has been the second most important city of Sicily, supplanting Messina in that respect. Subjected to Etna's fickle temperament, Catania has been damaged by lava flows and earthquakes on several occasions. A particularly destructive volcanic eruption in 1669 was followed by a serious earthquake in 1693. To arrive in Sicily and only enjoy Taormina would be a crime, whilst beautiful, the real Sicily is on your doorstep waiting to be discovered. With Catania you can enjoy a very special lively city which offers a taste of the antique and modern, order and chaos, excellent shopping and Art, History and Culture, Fountains and Squares. We will visit the Cathedral square, the mean street of Via Etnea (named after the volcano), the Roman theatre and so on... We will then stroll the famous open fish market situated in the heart of the city. We move out of the city to the seaside towns of Aci Castello and...

Unknown Sicilian villages - Godfather tour

(7 hours)

A Step Back in Time in Savoca, Forza D'Agrò and Castelmola. Enjoy an introduction to the real Sicily exploring the towns of Savoca and Forza D'Agro with your local driver who so proudly call these area's home. Starting from your place (advisable 9,00 a.m. or 3.00pm afternoon tour) and with a leisure drive, we will first visit the medieval charming village of Savoca. We will take a walk on the panoramic promenade to the famous church of Sant'Nicolò or better called Santa Lucia which was used in the Godfather movie for the marriage of Al Pacino and Apollonia. We also visit the rest of the town with other churches and the famous "VITELLI" bar, one of Coppola's favorite spots. A taste of lemon Granita is a must!  We then drive to the next charming medieval village of Forza D'Agrò, which is without a doubt one of the best examples of a typical village of the Province of Messina which still conserves its medieval street layout and...

The beautiful city of Syracuse

(Full Day)

Our tour today will start, picking you up from your place at your most convenient time and driving to the beautiful town of Syracuse in the southern part of the Island - enjoy a very special introduction to the Sicilian coastline en-route. Our ninety minute leisurely drive will take us down the eastern coastline of Sicily passing the "Piana of Catania", the coast line of the Ionic sea and Iblei mountains, arriving in Siracusa. More than any other modern city in Sicily, Syracuse manifests a visible continuity from its ancient Greek past, both historical and mythological. We will stroll, upon our arrival, the open local fish and fruits market situated in the historical centre. We then visit the archaeological area of Neapolis with is Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre and Latomia del Paradiso (with its Dionysius Hear) and the "Ara of Hyeron". We will arrive at the 'Ortigia Island', the heart of the city and we will stroll along the...

Eno-Gastronomic wine tour on Etna

(7 hours)

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes.It has been erupting since several million years. Mt Etna is one of the greatest and beautiful volcano adventure tour destinations in Sicily. We will be leased to pick you up at your place at your most convenient time in the morning, (advisable 9,30 a.m.) and drive to mount Etna passing Sicilian towns and old lava flow on the way. We arrive in the village of Zafferana and enjoy a nice sea view from the main square, then visit a local family honey farm where it is possible to taste local Etna wine, a selection of natural honey (orange, lemon, eucalyptus, strawberry.), almond pastries, olives, extra virgin olive oil, etc… We then stop at one of the most known and old winery in Mount Etna region (Barone di Villagrande) to enjoy a winery visit and a wine tasting combined with a Sicilian specialty dish. We continue our drive on the most scenic rout called “Mare Neve/ sea mountain”...

Afternoon Panoramic Etna experience, wine tasting included

(6 hours, wine tasting included)

We will be leased to pick you up at your place at your most convenient time in the afternoon, (advisable 2,30 p.m.) and drive along the Alcantara valley, rich of citrus plantations. Stop at the Alcantara gorges to enjoy the overview of the lava canyon, created by ancient lava eruption. We then continue our drive direction to the northern face of the volcano using the "Mare Neve” road. We will reach Piano Provenzana (2000mt / 7000ft), to see lava and craters created by the last 2002 eruption and to enjoy the breathtaking view … with a drive on the slopes of Etna, We will reach the well known winery “Gambino” where we enjoy the visit of the wonderful property overlooking the sea and the wine tasting combined with a Sicilian typical light dinner (Four wines combined delicious typical sicilian food, such as: dried tomatoes, Etna area mushrooms and olives, local salami, 2 types of Pepato...

Classic Etna experience

(Half Day)

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the most active one in Europe. It has been erupting for several million years. Mt Etna is one of the greatest and most beautiful volcano adventure tour destinations in Sicily. We will be pleased to pick you up at your place at your most convenient time in the morning, (advisable 9,00 a.m.) and drive to mount Etna passing Sicilian towns and old lava flow on the way. We stop at the main square of the village of Zafferana to enjoy the view. During the ascent different kinds of vegetation can be noted. We will reach 2.000 meters (7.000 ft) where we take a walk together to visit the "Silvestri" craters (1892) and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001/2002/2003, enjoy the desert moon atmosphere! On the way, we will also stop and visit a local family honey farm where it is possible to taste local Etna wine, a selection of natural honey (orange, lemon, eucalyptus, strawberry.)...

Etna Grand Tour (Full Day)

(Full Day)

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes and the most active one in Europe. It has been erupting for several million years. Mt Etna is one of the greatest and most beautiful volcano adventure tour destinations in Sicily. We will be leased to pick you up at your place at your most convenient time in the morning, (advisable 9,00 a.m.) and drive to mount Etna passing Sicilian towns and old lava flow on the way. We stop at the main square of the village of Zafferana to enjoy the view. During the ascent different kinds of vegetation can be noted. We will reach 2.000 meters (7.000 ft) where we take a walk together to visit the "Silvestri" craters (1892) and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001/2002/2003, enjoy the desert moon atmosphere! On the way down we can also visit a local family honey farm where it is possible to taste local Etna wine, a selection of natural honey (orange, lemon, eucalyptus, strawberry.)...

Walking tour on Etna north face

(7 hours)

Mt Etna Volcano is one of the world's most active volcanoes, and the most active one in Europe. It has been erupting for several million years. Mt Etna is one of the greatest and most beautiful volcano adventure tour destinations in Sicily. Starting from your place a drive to the northern side of our volcano, We drive passing some Sicilian villages, several ancient lava flows and before, we arrive at “Sartorius” craters where we enjoy a pleasant walk through the wonderful Etna national park full of vegetation, pines, birch trees and with a soft hike, we visit the  "Grotta dei Ladroni", lava cave formed long time ago. The walk is a soft hike on which we visit a few gorgeous volcanic cones, with a wonderful view.  We will drive than to Etna north/Piano Provenza, ( 1.900 mt./ 7.000 ft. level ) known  for the splendid sky area which was involved and destroyed in the 2002 eruption. You can have a break enjoying a cup of caffe and a light...