Mount Etna & Gorges of Alcantara
Mount Etna is the largest volcano in Europe. It extends for approximately 1250 square km. and reaches the height of 3350 m. a.s.l. For its repeated eruptions over the last few years, it can be considered to be the most active volcano in the world. Excursions to Mount Etna are among the most interesting attractions availible to tourists. A typical excursion begins from the height of 1923 mt (Rifugio Sapienza), by means of a modern cableway, you will reach the altitude of 2005 mt. The second part of the excursion starts at this point, continuing on only by jeeps. With these, you will go on the authorized crater confines accompanied by expert and experienced drivers.
The Gorges of Alcantara were carved over the years by the homonymous river between the chains of the Nebrodi, Peloritan mountains and Etna. The gorges conserve a unique and ever-changing naturalistic landscape similar to a canyon. The height of the rock contrasts with the widht of just a few meters, offering a constantly changing, suggestive and unrepeatable landscape where clear lakes meet foaming waterfalls and little beaches formed by erosion.
Once described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". Since 2005, the entire city of Syracuse has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The fame of Syracuse is linked to its Greek history. Of that era remain many testimonials, such as the famous Fountain of Arethusa, a freshwater source in the heart of Ortigia, linked to the myth of Arethusa and Alpheus celebrated by many poets and writers and the Aqueduct Galermi. Syracuse also has some partially intact temples, of which the most famous the Temple of Apollo is, the oldest in Sicily and placed in Ortigia.
In the archaeological site of Neapolis, the ancient heart of the city are the greek theatre, the Ear of Dionysius, artifical cavity derived from the extraction of stone and a few steps away is also the Altar of Hieron a monumental altar built by Hiero II.
Agrigento & Piazza Armerina
The 'Archaeological and Landscape Park of the Valley of the Temples' extends over 1300 hectares and contains exceptional monumental and landscape heritage, which includes the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas and its surrounding territory up to the sea. In the Valley of the Temples, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, there is one of the main archaeological complexes of the Mediterranean, immersed in a rural landscape of rare beauty characterized by the presence of century-old olive and almond trees. Akragas was one of the most important Greek colonies in Sicily. It extended over an area of 450 hectares and was founded around 582 B.C. by colonists from the nearby town of Gela and from Rhodes.
The temple of Juno, the temple of Concordia, the temple of Hercules, the temple of Olympian Zeus, the temple of Castor and Pollux, the temple of Vulcan, the temple of Aesculapius.
Seven temples of the legendary Valley of Agrigento and all in exceptional conditions of conservations.
To these must be added the Tomb of Theron, upright to remember the fallen of the Second Punic War.
Well, here the story is at home and Agrigento, within the Mediterranean basin, was the core for several centuries.
The beautiful Roman "Villa del Casale" at Piazza Armerina is rich of wonderful mosaics perfectly kept.
Palermo & Monreale
The city of Palermo (from greek Pan-Ormos "all port"), capital of the sicilian region, is considered the nodal point, cultural and economic, between the Mediterranean Sea and europe. With its wonderful artistic and architectural heritage, here through the streets of the Old Town you can visit the most important Arab-Norman monuments, as the Cathedral and the Church of the Martorana.
The Cathedral of Monreale is famous for its beautiful mosaics and the Cloister.
"The Godfather" from Francis Ford Coppola written by Mario Puzo. It takes you to visit the towns and to know the people that took part where the film was set in the early 70’s. These are the locations: Forza d'Agrò and Savoca.
Etna Wine Tasting
Wine tasting with typical wine from the Etna region and with tasting of typical products (cheese, cold cuts, products in oil).
Unique climate and ground conditions determine the typicality of the Etna grapes and wine. At the highest altitudes the changes of temperature between night and day (which are considerable, up to 13-15° C in July and August) allow a phenol and aromatic ripening that is essential for the colour and taste of the red grapes and for the aroma of the white wines.
Noto, Modica & Ragusa
Visit of Noto, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily renowned for the harmony and unity of its Baroque style. Departure for Modica. Part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites in Sicily. The famous Chocolate of Modica, is absolutely unique and produced from an ancient, original Aztec recipe. Then we continue to Ragusa Ibla highlights the wide array of Baroque architecture in Sicily.