PREMIUM MT. ETNA & ALCANTARA GORGE From Taormina area / Natural wonders of eastern Sicily On this day out you’ll get to see the spectacular Alcantara Gorge before climbing Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna. You’ll start the day with a drive to the gorge, where you’ll have some free time to take in the natural beauty and you can paddle in its crystalline pools. After you’ve dried off, it’s on to Mount Etna. You’ll drive most of the way up the volcano and stop for lunch. Then, a 20-minute cable car journey, a short ATV trip, and a guided walk will take you to 2,900 metres above sea level.

(From Taormina, Giardini Naxos & Letojanni)

Experience the north slope of Mt Etna up to 1,800 metres above sea level. Follow the lava flow of 1928 to the Sartorius craters, on roads only accessible by off-road vehicles. Take a walk through fascinating lava fields. Learn about life next to an active volcano and admire the versatile vegetation that occurs through it. Have a rest at refuge Ragabo (lunch optional) and visit a hidden lava cave, before you visit the Gambino winery to taste aromatic wines and typical products of the Etna region.

(From Taormina, Letojanni, Giardini Naxos)

There’s no better time to see the sunset. Heading off in the afternoon as a group of just 19, you’ll be picked up from your resort by minibus for a scenic drive through the countryside and up the mountain. The terrain gets rockier the further up you get, so around half way there you’ll swap from the bus to a 4WD vehicle. At two points during the journey, you’ll have some free time to explore this lava-devastated, almost lunar landscape at your own pace. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable walking shoes and warm layers – it gets cold at such a high altitude. When you’re almost at the top, an expert alpine guide will take you on foot to the highest accessible point, where you’ll watch the sunset from almost 3,000 metres up. Afterwards, you’ll head back down the mountain, stopping off at a chalet for a typical Sicilian dinner, before the return transfer to your hotel.

From Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni

DISCOVER CORLEONE From Cefalù area / The story behind the name If you’re a fan of the Godfather, you can’t miss this tour. The trip begins with a bus drive through Sicily’s countryside. On the way, there’ll be a photo stop at the Ferdinand III Royal Hunting House. In Corleone, your guide will lead you through the town’s cobbled streets, pointing out sites where the ‘picciotti’ – Mafia gang members – were recruited. Fortunately Corleone is also known for its large number of churches. You’ll stop by the Mother Church and the tour rounds off at Sant’Agostino Palace, where you’ll visit a photography exhibition about Falcone and Borsellino, two anti-Mafia judges who were assassinated.

(From Cefalù, Mazzaforno, Campofelice di Roccella) 

Vigata and Montelusa are places that cannot be found on the map but in Ragusa Ibla you recognise the Cathedral of San Giorgio and the square where Inspector Montalbano and his small police force are used to have a coffee. See the exterior of Boss Sinagra’s Villa and Montalbano’s house where you can imagine him sitting on the terrace drinking a glass of wine. Use the time in Scicli for a walk through the characteristic alleys, where you recognise the Police of Vigata and the Headquarters of Montelusa.

(From Taormina, Giardini Naxos & Letojanni)

‘We’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse…’ Well, this used to be Mafia country, after all. In fact, Hollywood descended on this part of the world to film scenes for the Godfather trilogy. This tour takes in some of the mountain villages that made it onto the silver screen. Little more than ghost towns, they’re virtually abandoned these days. There’s little Savoca, where you’ll find the church Michael Corleone – played by Al Pacino – got married in, and medieval Forza d’Agrò, where you’ll see the Church of Annunciation, also of Godfather fame. Oh, and the views from these clifftop villages are second to none.

(from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni)

Dive into a real Italian tradition! Have fantastic hours learning how to prepare your own original Pizza and of course, afterwards enjoying it.

Take your recipe and unforgettable memories home with you!

(from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni)

This half-day boat trip takes you to Isola Bella, an island nature reserve known for its wildlife both above and below the water. Birds like kingfishers, peregrine falcons and herons call the island home. After making your own way to the port in Giardini-Naxos, you’ll set off on a cruise along the coast. Check out the views on the way as you sail past the town of Taormina, with the mighty Mount Etna towering behind it. Afterwards, the boat will moor in the Grotta Azzurra and Grotta del Giorno sea caves for swimming and snorkelling with sea urchins, starfish, shrimp and eels among the coral.

(from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni) 

Up there alongside Pompeii and Ephesus, the Archaeological Park of Syracuse is one of those places that brings history to life. Don’t miss the Greek theatre. A stepped crescent of marble seats. Next up is the Altar of Hiron, a massive stone, which was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the gods. Completing the picture is the Ear of Dionysius – a centuries-old quarry entrance that bears an uncanny resemblance to Mr Spock’s pointy ears. Just over the bridge is the island of Ortygia and it’s here that you’ll find most of the town’s highlights. Visit the Duomo, built over the site of a long-gone temple, a left-over wall of pillars still stands.

(from Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni)

If you want to get a feel for Sicily’s capital, this tour is great. Not only will you get the inside scoop from a guide, you’ll also get chance to explore under your own steam. Palermo is like an open-air museum, brimming with architecture which hints at its time under Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Arabic rule. After a panoramic bus tour of the city and a guided walk around the historic Ballarò market, you’ll have a couple of hours of free time. Grab a plate of spaghetti from one of the restaurants or stop for an espresso in a piazza café.

(from Cefalù, Campofelice di Roccella, Mazzaforno)

After an early departure from your resort, you will arrive in Agrigento mid-morning, where you’ll find the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples. Here you will be able to see the Concordia Temple, which is the best preserved of them all, and the Temple of Zeus, which was the largest Greek temple ever built. Break for lunch followed by visit to Villa Romana Del Casale in Piazza Armerina – also UNESCO World Heritage Site – a luxury villa with the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.

(from Taormina, Letojanni, Giardini Naxos)

On this trip, you’ll discover the best of the Aeolian Islands, you can watch the sunrise en route to Lipari, the largest of the islands. Your guide will steer you through the streets, the town’s cathedral and museum. After the tour, you’ll have time to stop for an espresso in one of the cafés and to rummage the souvenir shops for rosaries and ornaments. Then, go on to neighbouring Vulcano, a volcanic isle rich in sulphur vapours, and a great place for a mud bath. It’s said to do wonders for your skin, and you’ll head back to the mainland feeling fresh and rejuvenated. There’s also a black-sand beach here, so if you prefer, you can just relax by the shore, instead.

(from Taomina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, Cefalù, Mazzaforno, Campofelice)

Join the jet-set and head over to one of the most exclusive of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea and snap away to your heart’s content; gorgeous beaches, a white washed village and picture-postcard narrow streets. Stromboli is a total contrast and is home to one of Italy’s three active volcanoes and is constantly active. Its second claim to fame dates back to the 50s when the love affair blossomed between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini during filming of the movie named after the island. You’ll have plenty of free time to wander and take some great shots, you may even catch the lava flow lighting the night sky from its top crater.

(from Cefalù, Mazzaforno, Campofelice, Taormina, Letojanni, Giadini Naxos)

Think burnished grass, circling golden eagles, and tiny towns clinging to the hillside. One such town is medieval Castelbuono, with its castle and its famous pastry shops where you have the chance to sample and taste the homemade local goodies. Another secret is the stunning vineyard of an abbey and its organic wines, local cheeses and scenery to die for. Relax and soak up the surroundings as you enjoy a taste of these excellent wines and the tranquillity while the sun slowly sets. The prices are great; you’ll love them so much you’ll probably be heading back with a bottle or two.

(From Cefalù, Mazzaforno & Campofelice di Roccella)

Visit two of the most typical and unknown towns of the beautiful hills around Taormina. Discover hidden treasures in the Agrò Valley and amazing towns from the Middle Ages. Immerse yourself in traditional Sicily, miles away from the frenetic lifestyle of the cities. Enjoy a true Sicilian evening, Ms Eleonora and her family welcome you. Enjoy the loveliest dinner of your holiday, a lot of dishes, drinks and folk music included, after you catch some of the culinary secrets Eleonora wants to share with you.

(from Taormina, Giardini Naxos & Lotojanni)

This tour is all vine-covered peaks, thick woodlands and hidden villages, and offers a snapshot of rural Sicilian life. San Mauro, pretty medieval hamlet, is situated 1,015 metres above sea level, so you can look forward to breathtaking views over the valleys below. You’ll have about an hour here to check out the old architecture and browse the little shops, before heading to an old style trattoria. Here, you’ll be introduced to some of the local specialities on a cooking course with Mrs Rosa. She’ll demonstrate three different starters, using fresh seasonal ingredients, and you’ll get to taste the finished product – alongside other Italian staples like pasta and meat – when you sit down to dinner. For the main course, you’ll try a warm vegetable omelette with a tomato sauce. Once you’ve had your fill of local cuisine, there’ll even be time for some dancing. DINNER, DRINKS and MUSIC included.

(from Cefalù, Campofelice di Roccella & Mazzaforno) 

Perched on a clifftop overlooking two sweeping bays, the town of Taormina is one of the prettiest in Italy. Dating back as far as 358 BC, it’s home to some of the most well-preserved buildings, medieval courtyards and historic landmarks in this corner of the world. This trip starts with some free time to wander around. Sip a cappuccino in the Piazza Nove Aprile, browse the chic boutiques, or check out the town’s star attraction – its ancient Greek-Roman theatre. Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, it’s on to Mt Etna – Europe’s highest volcano. Its summit measures up at 3,330 metres above sea level, but the coach will only take you up to 1,900 metres. When you get there, you’ll grab a cable car or ATV and journey up to 2,900 metres.

from Cefalù, Campofelice di Roccella, Mazzaforno.

This sailing yacht will take you on a unique, customised excursion, especially suited for you. This small-group tour is limited to 10 guests, ensuring you’ll receive personalised attention from your guide. Your skipper will show you how to hoist the sails, trim the main and take the helm. Alternatively, enjoy the view from the yacht’s comfortable cockpit, relax down below in the spacious salon or sunbathe on the open deck as well as swim into the open sea. Perfect for the families with children. A typical Sicilian lunch is served on board.

from Cefalù, Mazzaforno, Campofelice di Roccella.

We will take you on a unique, customised excursion, especially suited for you. This small group tour is limited to ten people, ensuring you’ll receive personalised attention from your guide. Alternatively, enjoy the view from the yacht’s comfortable cockpit, relax down below in the spacious salon or sunbathe on the open deck. Going for a swim while on the anchor or getting towed behind our yacht gives you a unique way of enjoying the Mediterranean avoiding the overcrowded beaches. Perfect for you to enjoy the evening and the sunset with the glass of Prosecco in a very unique way.

From Cefalù, Campofelice di Roccella, Mazzaforno.

This half-day boat trip takes you to Isola Bella, an island nature reserve known for its wildlife both above and below the water. Birds like kingfishers, peregrine falcons and herons call the island home. After making your own way to the port in Giardini-Naxos, you’ll set off on a cruise along the coast. Check out the views on the way as you sail past the town of Taormina, with the mighty Mount Etna towering behind it. Afterwards, the boat will moor in the Grotta Azzurra and Grotta del Giorno sea caves for swimming and snorkelling with sea urchins, starfish, shrimp and eels among the coral.

From Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni

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