Sicily will enchant you with its stunning architecture, embracing culture, and elegant flavors on your custom tailored Sicily Baroque tour. Elegant statues frame trickling fountains. Locals dine on timeless recipes passed down from generation to generation. Quality olive oil is as coveted as celebrated wine, and sampled with the same reverence. Marketplaces alight with the colorful rinds of fresh produce. The aroma of citrus emanates from wild orange groves. Sicily’s layered history emboldens...
Beauty of Sicily
Catania is a vibrant and energetic city founded in 8th century BC. The history is palpable in the culture and architecture filling the streets. The La Pescheria fish market takes over the lanes behind Piazza del Duomo. Swordfish and ruby prawns weigh down the tables. Fishmongers call out to passersby, telling them to see the fish they caught earlier that day. The Basilica Cattedrale Sant’Agata was erected in the 11th century after the Norman invasion. The remains of the ancient civilizations that had settled the area were used to erect the exterior of the building.
Rich carvings illustrate the life of Saint Agatha, decorating the 16th-century wooden choir stalls. Your private transfer meets you at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport upon your arrival. Wide streets and open public squares indicate the heart of the Baroque in the city. You make your way to a luxurious wine hotel located in the foothills of Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe. The estate has been family owned and operated since the early 1800s. Vines comb the hills, leading to a view of Mount Etna’s lingering summit.
You settle into your luxurious room before setting out on a tour of the marvelous grounds. Your guide leads you along the segmented vines, showcasing the various types of grapes shown on the property. The fertile volcanic soil on the northeastern slopes of Etna enhances the nutrients that the crops receive, which enriches the overall flavor of the wines. At dinner, you have your first taste of traditional Sicilian cuisine, accompanied by delectable wine from the estate and creamy olive oil produced from the olive orchards alongside the vineyards.
Visions of the Mountaintop
Inheriting a Castle
Salt like Snow
Cooking with Sicilian Style
- Indulge in a private cooking lesson at an olive oil estate to learn the traditional flavors and ingredients of Sicilian cuisine
- Adventure up the rugged landscape of Mount Etna for a spectacular view of the volcanic craters and a panorama overlooking Sicily
- Venture to the famous Salt Pans to discover the ancient tradition of harvesting salt along the Sicilian coast
- Enjoy the Baroque architecture of the sensational cities across the island state
- Delight in a sweet culinary tour of a celebrated pasticceria in the medieval town of Erice
- Stroll through the enchanting streets of Castelbuono for a look at the unadulterated beauty of Sicilian village
- Revel in a private wine tour to sample the preferred flavors of Sicily’s vineyards
Sicily blends the simple and luxurious with enthusiastic effortlessness. Baroque palaces frame public squares. Churches add spires and domes to the city skyline. Traditional pasta dishes use simple ingredients but create robust flavors. Your 7-day Sicily Baroque tour shows you the elegance of the island in its architecture, cuisine, and people. You arrive in the Catania, the second largest city in Sicily. Your private transfer greets you at the airport and escorts you to a lavish hotel known for its winery, and located near the base of Mount Etna.
Explore the grounds on your first of many Sicily vacation tours and sample the wine for an introduction to the true lifestyle of Sicily. The following day, you venture up the mountainside of Mount Etna, exploring the most active volcano in Europe. Your day continues in the gorgeous town of Taormina, situated on a cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Bay of Naxos. Your guide meets you the next morning and escorts you to the village of Castelbuono. The streets and buildings feel as though they have been frozen in time. You settle into your luxurious hotel located in a former abbey.
Your guide takes you through the fertile landscape for you to experience the vineyard on the estate, and sample some of the grounds’ best wines. You venture to Palermo by way of Corvo Winery. Enjoy a historical tour of the vineyard to learn about the traditions of winemaking in Sicily. Once in Palermo, your guide leads you on a fabulous tour of the city’s wealth of historic buildings, from ancient foundations to Baroque facades. Continue to the stunning Cathedral in the nearby town of Monreale before indulging in a fine dinner accompanied with wine pairings.
Travel along the Salt Road to witness the ancient tradition of harvesting the natural seasoning. Venture up the mountainside to the town of Erice to walk along the medieval streets. Delight in a local pastry tasting at one of the celebrated pasticcerias (Italian pastry shop). You make your way to the estate of Tenuta Ravida, known for its olive oil. Tour the grounds and relish a private culinary course to immerse yourself in the traditions of Sicilian dishes. On your final day in Sicily, your private transfer greets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to the Palermo airport for your flight home.
$5,455 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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