Farmhouse& Teaching Farm– ROSOLINI (SR) – 8 days/7 nights

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Built in a 19th-century farmhouse in southern Sicily’s countryside, this farmhouse offers self-catering apartments with air conditioning. Bikes are available for free hire. Set 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Noto, it has its own gardens with a patio area and sun loungers. Sicilian specialities made with products grown on site can be tasted. The nearest sandy beach is 9 km from the residence and you can reach the historical city of Syracuse in around 40 minutes. Parking is free.

Rates (from May to October) 8 days /7 nights
RATE PER COUPLE € 990,00
Overnight stay+Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
RATE PER FAMILY – 4 PEOPLE( 2 adults 2 children 0-14 years )€ 1.070,00
Overnight stay +Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
RATE PER FAMILY – 3 PEOPLE( 2 adults 1 child 0-14 years ) € 990,00
Overnight stay+Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
RATE PER COUPLE – Half board service € 1.370,00
Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
RATE PER FAMILY – 4 PEOPLE (2 adults 2 children 0-14 anni )-Half board service € 1.770,00
Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
RATE PER FAMILY – 3 PEOPLE( 2 adults 1 child 0-14 years ) – Half board service € 1.575,00
Brochures+ Health and luggage insurance+ car rental
*** Single room supplement + € 20,00 per person, per night

***Car rental insurance –  This is an optional coverage item that can be invaluable. Rental reimbursement or extended transportation expenses coverage can pay for a rental car if your car is damaged in a covered accident and is out of service for longer than 24 hours. Without it, you can be forced to pay full-price for the rental car as opposed to a reduced insurance or shop rate.Optional coverages will add to your premium, but the cost is often affordable, depending on which insurance companies you get your quotes from.

INTERESTING THINGS TO SEE

RAGUSA / MODICA


Modica, like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica, The centrepiece is undoubtedly the beautiful Church of San Giorgio, though the “Castello dei Conti”, surveying the town from atop a rocky outcrop, is also very impressive. Typical of so many Sicilian towns, Modica has a long and varied history, complete with the usual toing and froing of successions of invaders. Being part of the Spanish kingdom for so many years meant that Sicily was often one of the first recipients of the new foodstuffs being brought back from South America. Cacao was one of these and today Modica still specialises in making granulous chocolate, often flavoured with chilli pepper, cinnamon or vanilla, that is based on Aztec methods and recipes. Chocolate shops abound and, for the real chocoholic, it is sometimes possible to watch the “chocolatiers” at work.
Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over. Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. One of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily, Ragusa is also one of the for the Sicilian detective drama Il Commissario Montalbano (Inspector Montalbano), a series which has done wonders for publicising the beauty of this area. After the earthquake of 1693, which destroyed many of south-eastern Sicily’s buildings, it was decided to rebuild Ragusa on higher, more level ground nearby.. So nowadays Ragusa has two parts: Ibla (or Ragusa Ibla), the older nucleus on its hilltop, and Ragusa Superiore, the more modern upper town which spreads from the post-earthquake streets into more recent developments. Ragusa Ibla is the magnet for tourists, though the upper town is still worth a visit

SIRACUSA

It is relatively easy to visit in a day, though obviously deserves rather more time. A visit can be split into two easy parts: one dedicated to the archaeological site, the other to the island of Ortygia. The archaeological site, situated in the northwest of the town, is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek (and Roman) remains. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Greek theatre that dates back at least until the 5th Century BC. Of most interest is the famous “Ear of Dionysius”, a 20m-high, slender pointed arch cut into the rock face that develops inwards for about 65m. The name was given by Caravaggio during his visit in 1608 and legend would tell us that it was used by Dionysius the Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. The excellent Cathedral-like acoustics meant that he could hear their conversations from outside. The Roman amphitheatre, built in the 3rd Century AD, is also very impressive. 140m long, it is one of the largest to be found anywhere. Its function was far removed from the Greek version. The Archaeological Museum is just a stone’s throw from the archaeological park (in Via Teocrito) and contains a great collection of exhibits from all over the Syracuse area.

ROSOLINI

Rosolini is a town in the province of Siracusa, whose place name derives from “Rus Elinorum”, meaning the place where rises Elori, the ancient VII century Siracusan colony. Rosolini was founded in 1713 by Francesco Moncada Prince of Larderia who was entrusted the fief of Rosolini following his marriage to Eleonora Platamone.It is a very interesting city, both from the artistic point of view (the Cathedral of San Giuseppe, built between the XVIII and the XIX century, the Fontana dei Tritoni in Piazza Masaniello, the Hermitage of Croce Santa) and from the archaeological one (A large ancient cemetery at the Stafenna district, within the Cava Grande di Rosolini area).

ISPICA

Ispica is a town on a hill in the south-eastern corner of the island of Sicily, at about 200 meters above sea level and six kilometers from the coast. The immediate region around Ispica is most visited for its prehistoric caves, or of course the nearby coastal resorts such as Santa Maria del Focallo and Ciriga.Although Ispica is especially well known for the extensive prehistoric cave system it also has a couple of churches and palaces that are interesting from the artistic point of view so we suggest you start your visit with them.

VENDICARI OASIS

Set up in 1984, this Nature Reserve is a wildlife oasis set between Noto and Marzamemi. Its wetlands are of great interest, home to several species of wading birds which nest here each year. Its environmental value is accompanied by archaeological heritage: there are many remains dating from the Byzantine period, such as small churches and necropolises, but the true symbol of the reserve is the 18th century tuna fishery . Here, you can take a break and have lunch at a bio restaurant. This small restaurant is located a short walk from the entrance of the stunning nature Reserve Vendicari.


Within the project “Circuito delle Cave Iblee” , which will bring tourists to discover the municipalities of Ispica, Modica, Rosolini, Scicli and Ragusa, we propose the following packages through which everyone can experience and enjoy our territory in its most intimate aspects. Within this historic oil mill near Garibaldi Square in Rosolini, whe can find an archaeological treasure, unique in its type : the famous Basilica Platamone.
Since January 2017, the visitors are welcomed for guided tours at the oil mill and the Basilica. The visit usually ends with a tasting of fine local oils and other local specialties.
Price:
€. 52,00 per person for guided tour and tasting in the company. The visit will continue at the Ethnographic Museum “G. Savarino of Rosolini”
Time: two hours
€. 60,00 per person for the guided visit to the manufacturing plants, the Basilica and the tasting.
Time: 4 hours


HORSE RIDING

No more than three kilometers far from Ispica and “Parco Forza” , guests will enjoy relax and adventurous horse ridings, which allow them to enjoy the beauty of the area.
Price: € 30 per person per hour ( without guide)
Max 6 riders per walk.
The routes and the possible organization of an output more days are to be agreed previously.


GUIDED TOUR TO “CAVA GRANDE” IN ROSOLINI

Sicilian cheese based breakfast. Participants will learn how to prepare ricotta cheese and taste it with wine, bread, salami and olives.
After breakfast we will go to visit to Cava Lazzaro. We will also visit the so-called “Tomb of the Prince”, and the nearby Byzantine necropolis of “Contrada Pernicella”.
Price:€ 55 per person

Guided tour to the Hermitage of the “Holy Cross”, hermitage carved into rock. Visitors will ascend the “Steps of San Teodoro” , rich in late-Roman tombs, till the ancient village of “Cozzo Cisterna”, with its narrow streets and houses perfectly preserved. Here visitors can taste the fresh ricotta cheese , prepared by Cappello brothers.
We will continue with the visit of the village and its museums, and the historical building of the Jesuits.
Price: € 55 per person


ORTO DI DONNA PREZIOSA VEGETABLE GARDEN

The ancient monastery “Santa Maria di Gesu” who stands on the Cava d’Ispica, has a small vegetable garden, run by a group of young farmers who practice the synergistic gardening. Our visit will take place in an aromatic path that will involve the senses of visitors, who can eat their breakfast under the shade of a carob tree, and enjoy cannoli and Sicilian honeys.We will also visit the ancient sixteenth century cloister survived the 1693 earthquake and the path will till the “Forza Park”, surrounded by the lush vegetation of Ispica Cave.

Price:€55 Euro per person

COOKING CLASS

Those who want to get into the heart of the Hyblean culture have to learn how to cook the typical “Scacce”, or to prepare, with traditional tools , the juicy “Maccarruna cco sucu”. At the farm businesses “Zammarra” and “Agroittica Macrostigma” Giuseppina Giuseppina Milceri and Giuseppina Civello, entertain visitors with cooking classes, which will end with a tasting of the dishes prepared. Typical cooking classes are focused on the preparation of typical cookies and of the traditional “raviole di ricotta”.

Farm businesses “Zammarra” and “Agroittica macrostigma”

Lezione1 : Maccarruna cco sucu ri maiali
Typical carnival dish, it requires the use of ancient tools to be prepared: the comb and the spindles. This dish is usually seasoned with a tasty sauce made with homemade tomato sauce and pork meat

Lezione2 : Scacce

Exclusive dish, once upon a time scacce were prepared only once a week and only with vegetables in season. They were cooked in stone ovens. Today, however, scacce are preferably consumed for Christmas Eve dinner. They can be described as a stuffed focaccia. The filling can vary however the most appreciated are the ones stuffed with ricotta cheese and onion; ricotta cheese and sausage; tomato and onion; broccoli and sausage. All variants that, with the help of our teachers, visitors can learn to prepare.
Lesson 3 : Trout lasagna
Homemade lasagna with fresh trout .The trout is commonly used to prepare traditional dishes. At the farm business “Macrostigma”, visitors can learn how to cook the most popular fish in our creeks, the trout.

Price: €45 a ps

FISHING ON THE HYBLEAN RIVERS
Visitors will be able , thanks to Mr Piero Armenia, to live the exciting experience of the trout fishing on the rivers Anapo and Manghisi,. The equipment will be provided for those who don’t have their own .
Price:
€50 per person (minimum 2 people)
Duration : Half a day

VISIT TO CAVA STAFENNA + TASTING

Just about two kilometers far from Rosolini, there is a beautiful place called “Contrada Stafenna”.: Contrada Stafenna is notable for the extraordinary biodiversity of its eco-system. Flora and fauna will appear exceptionally varied; while in the geo-morphological aspect, of great interest are the rocks locally known as “timpe”. The visit will end with a rich tasting of smoked trout and other farm-to-table products like wine and preserves.
Duration: Half a day
Price: €40 minimum 2 people

***Prices may vary depending on the season.

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