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Gourmet tour - Eastern Sicily

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Day 1:

Arrival at Catania airport and reception with GT Minibus. Transfer to Taormina. Visit he charming little city with its ancient theatre, the garden, the palaces and its narrow streets. Free lunch. Check-in at the hotel in Catania area. In the afternoon visit to an Etna winery and dinner with wine tasting paired with the meals. Return to the hotel and overnight

Day 2:

4x4 Etna and Alcantara Valley full day excursions with pick up at the hotel.  Rustic lunch in an Etna chalet. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 3:

Transfer to Siracusa, visit to the Archaeologic Park Neapolis with its Greek Theatre and the particular cave named Ear of Dionisio. Light lunch in a typical restaurant.  Visit to Ortigia, historic center of Siracusa and free time. Transfer to the hotel in Ragusa area, dinner and overnight

Day 4:

Transfer to Pantalica for a guided visit to the Natural Reserve with the European biggest necropolis to discover Byzantine cave dwellings and churches. Light lunch in a farm. Transfer  to  Noto for a visit to the city center, Baroque jewel famous for its Cathedral, churches and baroque palaces with their balcony. During the walk, tasting of the typical sweet wine Moscato di Noto with almond pastries. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 5:

Transfer to Scicli, Baroque pearl Unesco world heritage, between palaces, churches and the fascinating church ruins on the San Matteo hill where you can admire an amazing panorama.  Visit to a farm for olfactory walk through aromatic herbs in a charming greenhouse.  Visit to a farm with oil mill, vertical tasting of 6 monocultivar extra virgin oil including 3 "meditation oils". Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 6:

Visit to Ragusa Ibla, beautiful ancient baroque quarter, with the 3 bridges that connect it to the top of the city, the Cathedral of St. George, many buildings of great value and Garden Iblean.  Visit to a gastronomic center for demonstration and  realization of Provola (typical cheese), guided tasting Sicilian cheeses with wines and light lunch with typical product.  Trasfer to Modica and visit and the historic center of  the "city of hundred churches" and Unesco world heritage,  including the mother churches of the two patrons “rivals" St. George and St. Peter. Visit to a Modica chocolate laboratory with cold demonstration and tasting of the famous chocolate. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 7:

Freetime and, according with flights departure time, transfer to Catania airport

Additional day to insert at Day 2:

Transfer to Piazza Armerina  and guided to Villa Romana del Casale with its beautiful mosaics. Lunch in a farm. Transfer to Caltagirone, famous for typical sicilian ceramics and guided visit to the city Unesco world heritage. Tasting of “Cudduredda" typical dessert of the town. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight

Optional Activities: 

- From August to October: grape harvest and walk through the vineyards 

- From October to November: olive harvest and visit to the oil mill

- On August: tomatoes harvest and preparation of tomato sauce

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