Sicily’s landscape gives you a taste of Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Dolomites. As a native of Sicily Rosemary Mondo lets you really see, taste and smell the rich history, scenery, and foods of this great island.
After just one visit, your heart will stay in Sicily. Over the centuries, Sicilia has refined a portfolio of delicious dishes to entice you. The rich soil, geographical location and favorable temperatures makes this the best foodie destination. This rugged island is the true essence of Mediterranean living. Life is passionately enjoyed at a slow pace. Get to know the warm, jovial Sicilians when you cook side by side and share a meal together. Savor the delicious pastries Sicily is known for. These mountains tie into the valleys with a string of vineyards, olive groves and fruit orchards. This culinary voyage, outdoor exploration, and ancient discoveries will take you to the depths of fine, but simple living.
“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” – Lillian Smith
All the fanciest accommodations
All savory breakfasts, 4 organic lunches with local wine
All cultural enrichment events, 8 unique excursions: Mt. Etna Hike or Jeep Ride, Cooking Class, 2 Wine Tastings, Boat Ride, Market and City tours, Museum and Church visits.
All van transportation from and to Via Mondo special events
In Country Airport Shuttle service from pick up and drop off locations
Voluntourism: ALS Therapy Development Institute
7 Kripalu yoga sessions
2 Meditation walks
Service of Via Mondo professional guide(s)
Local City Taxes
Let the journey begin! An overnight flight to Italy, a few movies later and bottomless service of wine and you have reached Sicily, a cornucopia of foodstuff.
Palermo is the city of contrasts. On this tour of Sicilian traditions and customs, meet a puppeteer, a candy maker, a street-food vender to taste local specialities and meet Andrea, a tailor and musician.
Explore the Norman cathedral of Monreale on the slopes of Sicily’s Monte Caputo. Go to the historic town of Cefalù and learn about the city’s Greek origins. See city highlights, such as the Mandralisca Museum, Duomo and more.
We leave Palermo behind and head to Trapani. Before you arrive to Trapani, you will meet a local cook who will host you at a beautiful “Baglio”. She will illustrate the history of this traditional 18th century manor farm. This expert cook will help you discover the traditional recipes of Western Sicily and you will prepare two seasonal dishes with fresh local ingredients she grows in her organic garden.
At the resort and wine experience, you take part in a blind tasting game. The sommeliers of Baglio Sorìa will lead you by the hand into a sensory experience where each bottle is concealed, so you focus on the local varieties and the pure taste of the wines. A journey of the Firriato wines, combined with some local specialities.
Today, the island of Favignana wines. An exclusive tasting to learn about the only wine production currently in the Egadi Archipelago. Three wines made from grapes grown in the five hectares of the splendid Tenuta di Calamoni in Favignana.
With a private transfer, it is off to Agrigento, but before you settle in at the spectacular 5 star Villa Athena, we visit Selinunte and Cantina Barbera. In Selinunte, experience a stroll in the largest archaeological park in Europe, then a tour and lunch at Cantina Barbera paired with their special selection of wines.
Along with your stay at Villa Athena, you receive reduced entrance fees to the park. You will be situated in Agrigento in the heart of the Valley of the Temples, in front of the Temple of Concordia, which is only 200 meters away, in one of the most extraordinary archaeological sites in the world, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Villa Athena is the only hotel with direct and exclusive entrance for its own guests to the Archeological Park.
On your way to Siracusa, there is free time in Modica & Noto. Modica is known for its Baroque buildings and chocolate museum. For those architectural lovers, there is Noto. The town is home to one of Sicily’s most beautiful historic centers. In the center of town, there is an elegant walkway flanked by baroque palaces and churches.
It’s time to hit the Syracuse market with the local chef. Among the stalls and fishers’, butchers’, and greengrocers’, our chef will share with you the secrets of grocery shopping in Sicily. With your help, chef will choose the ingredients for your cooking class, then off to the kitchen.
A morning transfer to Catania, where you explore Sicilian culinary traditions and Catania culture and highlights through a walking food tour of Catania. Start off with the Sicilian breakfast of granita and brioche. After a stroll around the city, you taste local cheeses, olives and oil at the fish market. The tour ends at the Duomo with a tasting of typical Sicilian street food like arancini, small pizza, cipollina, cartocciata.
While in Taormina, you will tour three top Etna wineries learning about their wine production process. The owners will take you around the vineyards, and you will taste different types of white, rose and red wines, accompanied by fresh local foods.
Today, you set sail discovering the Bay of Spisone, the Bay of Mazzarò and the beautiful Isola Bella along with its hidden jewel, the “Grotta Azzurra”. This sailing experience comes with appetizers and wine. Take a dip in the crystal blue water and view the underwater marine life. Plenty of time to snorkel and go for a swim.
Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the hotel in Taormina, then farewell to Sicily.
Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel
Located in Centro Storico, Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Via Vittorio Emanuele and Cathedral of Palermo. Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel is a smoke-free hotel features a coffee shop/café, concierge services, and all 9 soundproofed rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. For a bit of entertainment, Smart TVs come with digital channels, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like espresso makers and bathrobes.
Baglio Soria Resort & Wine Experience
Situated in Trapani, Baglio Soria Resort & Wine Experience is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pepoli Regional Museum, Trapani-Erice Cable Car, and Basilica-Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Annunziata. Stadio Polisportivo Provinciale and Saline di Trapani and Paceco Natural Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km). Baglio Soria is a smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. All 11 rooms offer free WiFi, balconies, and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Room service, premium bedding, and safes are among the other amenities available to guests.
Villa Athena Hotel
The only 5-star hotel situated within the Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site, with an exclusive direct entrance. A magnificent residence of the end of the 18th century, it is at the same time a custodian of the classical traces that may be discovered almost everywhere, like in some treasure trove. Situated 200 meters away from the Temple of Concordia. Villa Athena is a place which transcends time and space, where nature art and beauty have been merging together for over 2,500 years.
Algila' Ortigia Charme Hotel
Ortigia is the ancient centre of Siracusa founded by the Greek settlers, where the Greek temples, the Baroque churches and palaces and the waterfront promenades have been preserved thanks also to the protection of UNESCO. Ortigia Charme Hotel is located in Ortigia on the Ionian sea. Ortigia Charme Hotel is a smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, 2 bars/lounges, and valet parking. All 54 individually decorated rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and 24-hour room service. Free use of bicycles.
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Hotel Villa Belvedere is a delightful and charming boutique hotel, located at just a few minutes from Taormina’s lively town centre and from the world-famous Greek-Roman Theatre, which are both reachable by walking through the inspiring and panoramic Duca di Cesarò Botanic Gardens. The hotel benefits of wonderful views over the sea, the bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. All our rooms and suites located in the main building are elegantly furnished and decorated with warm, soft colours; they offer every modern comfort in the traditional welcoming style of Villa Belvedere.
The Taste of Sicily
Visit: Palermo / Cefalù / Segesta / Trapani / Agrigento / Modica/ Noto / Siracusa / Catania / Taormina
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Duration: 14 days
Start/Stop: Saturday to Friday
From: $6150 Single Supplement: $2500