Self-drive Wine Tour in Sicily
An itinerary of 9 days / 8 nights.
Self drive wine tour in Sicily is the perfect combination of a unique experience in the heart of the Sicilian wine tradition, exclusive facilities and high-end hospitality.
Our itinerary will allow you to experience an ideal mix of history, culture, wine cellars and excellences of local wine and food. This journey, only for true gourmand, will suprise you every day, discovering fascinating places and enchanting flavors.
Day 1: Catania – Castiglione di Sicilia
The wine tour of Sicily provides indipendent arrival in the charming city of Catania and car pick up at the rental office. Transfer to the wine Resort, a stunning property on the slopes of Mount Etna. Nestled between the vineyards of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante and Catarratto, it enjoys a favorable position between the towns of Castiglione di Sicilia and Randazzo. The resort is equipped with all the modern comforts for an elegant stay in an unspoilt natural landscape. It is precisely nature which serves as the central hospitality theme at the Wine Resort, where it is possible to take excursions in the Etna coast. Guests will enjoy a welcome wine tasting and free time available to visit the beautiful area. Free dinner and overnights at the Resort.
Day 2: Etna – Taormina
Breakfast and departure to Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and Unesco World Heritage Site. Guests will reach the “Crateri Silvestri“, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. The view beyond the mountain’s hundreds of subsidiary cones and craters, can extend across the whole of Sicily , the Aeolian islands and Calabria. The spectacle is unique! Then they will proceed to Milo – another town on the slopes of Mount Etna – to visit the an important winery. This ancient compay, has been producing D.O.C. Etna Red and Etna white Superior wines since 1600. Visit of vineyard and guided wine tasting (5 wines) combined with local products and light lunch with home-made bread and extravergin olive oil, cheese, olives dried tomatoes and capers.
In the afternoon you will continue to Taormina, splendid medieval town renowned for its magnificent position above the sea commanding a celebrated view of Etna! Depending on arrival time, visit of its fascinating Greek-Roman theatre, the ancient Cathedral and Palazzo Corvaja. Alternatively, time for a nice walk among the picturesque medieval typical narrow streets and go shopping and looking around the local handycraft (coral jewels, precious laces, ceramics, sweets and much more). Free dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Syracuse – Ortigia
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Syracuse, the most beautiful and greatest Greek colony in Sicily and World Heritage Site! The visit will start with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius. Later on, visit of an important winery located in a charming castel. The company is popular for its Moscato white wine, Moscato white dried wine, unique in the Sicilian oenological, offer Nero D’Avola red wine! Visit of the winery, guided wine tasting and light lunch. In the afternoon guests will proceed to Ortigia, small baroque island, old city centre of Syracuse. They can admire the beautiful Cathedral which dominates the square with its authoritative presence and the famous Arethusa’s Fountain, one of the most famous fresh-water sources of the Greek world. Free dinner and overnight at the Masseria.
Day 4: Noto – Marzamemi
The Wine tour continues towards Noto, cradle of Sicilian Baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Free time discovering the stunning beaches of South Eastern Sicily from Vendicari Marine Reserve up to Isola delle Correnti in particular Spinazza, S. Lorenzo ( Marzamemi), Cala Mosche, La Cittadella, Carratois. Break in the sea charming villages of Marzamemi or Portopalo, out of the time and the crowd. Free dinner and overnight at the Masseria.
Day 5: Ragusa – Agrigento
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Ragusa Ibla. Visit of its historical Baroque city centre with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful Piazza Duomo and the “Giardino Ibleo”. Location of popular “Inspector Montalbano” Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites.
Guests will then visit the fascinating Donnafugata Castel and its huge parc! Proceed to a well-known winery, deeply linked to the history of South-East viticulture with its production of the D.O.C.G. Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Nero D’avola and Frappato grapes). Wine tasting and light lunch.
In the late afternoon transfer to Agrigento and time to relax. Free dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Agrigento
After breakfast, guests will spend the morning in Agrigento once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. They will visit the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site. The location is unique: the rests of the ancient Akragas rise among hundreds of almond trees. There is a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century, the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Then proceed to Menfi to visit a popular wine company which produces Nero d’Avola and Grecanico wines. Guided tasting and light lunch with Sicilian local products. Road to Baglio, proceeding through Marsala salt road.
Day 7: Marsala
After breakfast in hotel, departure to Marsala to admire the charming and well-known Salt Road: the west coast of Sicily with many salt marshes, which have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala they are now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaelogy. On the way you will see the nice Island of Mothia (situated at the centre of a large lagoon in Marsala, known today as ‘Stagnone‘), and the famous Salines and windmills.
Visit, guided wine tasting and light lunch at local winery. This company was awarded in 2009 for its Inzolia, Grecanico, Nero d’Avola and Catarratto. In the remaining free time, do not forget to enjoy the stunning red sunset on the Saline. Free dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Palermo – Monreale
After breakfast in hotel, you will go to Palermo, one of the richest towns in the island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as “the loveliest I have ever seen”. The Baroque predominates, but different architectural styles reflect the city’s multicultural past. The tour on a Sicilian Ape Calessino is an extraordinary experience to discover the hidden treasures of Palermo: the Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example of a peaceful mix of different cultures and religions. Continuing our walk, we will admire the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Later on, guests will proceed to Monreale to visit its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Free dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Palermo
Breakfast in hotel, car drop-off and end of services.
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