TOUR EASTERN SICILY 7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS 

GUIDED TOUR

If you are interested in Sicily’s history, art and wine this is the right tour for you!

Lenght: 7 days/6 nights

Places visited: Catania, Taormina, Savoca, Etna, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Modica, Siracusa and Noto.

Accommodation: 3* hotels/B&B

Type of tour: Guided tour

Meals: Half board basis

Transportation: Private bus with bus drive

1st day: Catania

Arrival at Catania airport where you will meet your IO VIAGGI guide and transfer to the hotel/B&B.

Guided visit of the historical center of Catania.

The city was destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169 and later in 1693 and by several volcanic eruptions (the most violent was in 1669). After the 1693 earthquake the city was completely rebuilt and Giovanni Battista Vaccarini was entrusted the entire project of the Duomo, the University Palace and the Church of San Giuliano in Via Crociferi which boasts beautiful baroque buildings, churches and cloisters.

Dinner in a typical trattoria.

Overnight stay in Catania/Ragalna.

2nd day: Taormina and Savoca

After breakfast, visit of Taormina.

To get an idea of Taormina’s charm, it is sufficient to think that Guy de Maupassant in “La vie errante” wrote: “if somebody might pass one day only in Sicily and asked: “What should I visit? I would answer without hesitate: Taormina”. Visit of the Greek/Roman theatre where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the coastline. Nowadays, this theatre still hosts many concerts and shows during summertime. Then take a stroll through Corso Umberto I which is the main street rich of shops and restaurants, Palazzo Corvaja, a beautiful 14th century building which is nowadays an exhibition centre and finally stop in Piazza IX Aprile where you can enjoy an amazing view of Giardini Naxos bay and of Etna.

Lunch (not included in price).

In the afternoon, tour of Savoca, the village where “the Godfather” was shot. You can also go down into the crypt of the Monastery of Capuchins where the dressed corpses of the noble men of Savoca lay mummified.

In the evening, after a typical dinner at Ragalna CLC (Centre of Local Culture) you will have the opportunity to attend the Opera dei Pupi, a puppet show where handmade marionettes are used to play romantic tales of knights.

3rd day: Mount Etna and wine tasting

After Breakfast, departure for a guided visit of Mount Etna, the highest and one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. According to the weather and to your preferences, you can choose to visit the North Side (Piano Provenzana) or the South side (Rifugio Sapienza).

Etna is part of Parco dell’Etna, a national park which is divided into 4 different zones: in the first one there is not any human settlement, in the second one there are only some small rural houses, while in the third and the fourth zone both buildings and tourists (respecting the environment) are allowed. Since ancient times, wine cultivation has been characterized by the microclimate of Etna. The local wine production is considered as an important heritage to preserve. That’s why the Etna Park Authority promotes various events related to wine.

Lunch (not included in price).

In the afternoon, visit to a winery to taste some typical local wines and food.

In the evening, transfer to Ragalna CLC cooking class (during which you will learn a lot about the local culture) and dinner.

Folk dances.

Overnight stay in Catania/Ragalna.

4th day: Piazza Armerina

After breakfast, transfer to Piazza Armerina and guided visit of Villa Romana del Casale, a Roman Villa which is part of the Unesco World Heritage sites thanks to the richest collection of Roman mosaics in the world which include the famous “girls in bikini”.

Lunch (not included in price).

In the afternoon, transfer to Ragusa.

Dinner in a small restaurant and overnight stay in Ragusa.

5th day: Ragusa and Modica

After breakfast, guided visit of Ragusa which is made up of two different areas: the lower town, Ragusa Ibla (which is also the older one) and the upper town called “Ragusa Superiore”.

In fact, after the disastrous 1693 earthquake which destroyed the city, it was decided to rebuild the city on a higher ground. The main monument of Ragusa Superiore is the Cathedral of san Giovanni Battista, while the main one in Ragusa Ibla is the Cathedral of San Giorgio. The Cathedral, which lies at the top of more than 200 steps, was rebuilt in 1738. The only part of the ancient temple which was not destroyed during the 1693 earthquake is the Catalan-Gothic style portal.

Lunch (not included in price).

In the afternoon, guided visit of Modica which is famous not only for being one of the most interesting Sicily’s baroque towns but also for its tasty chocolate.

Dinner together with local people at Ispica and overnight stay in Noto.

6th day: Noto and Siracusa

After breakfast, guided visit of Noto.

It represents an extraordinary sample of Sicilian baroque style, this is the reason why it is part of the Unesco World Heritage. Strolling along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, you reach the Town Hall Square where you can enjoy the view of the amazing Palazzo Ducezio which is nowadays the Town Hall and in front of it you can enjoy the view of the Cathedral which boasts an amazing eighteenth-century façade.

Lunch (not included in price).

In the afternoon, visit of Siracusa which is one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. Visit of the archeological park with the amazing Greek Theatre which is still used today for different kind of shows and the Ear of Dionysius Buildings of the Greek period. Then, visit of Ortigia, the historical center of Siracusa, also known as the old town, with its charming narrow streets boasts some fascinating treasures: Piazza Archimede with Artemide fountain, the Arethusa Fountain, the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral and Castello Maniace.

Transfer to Catania. Dinner and overnight stay in Catania.

RATE PER PERSON (B&B) minimum 15 participants: € 930,00

RATE PER PERSON  (HOTEL) minimum 15 participants: € 875,00

7th day: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

What is included:

Bus driver

– 3 or 4 star hotels/half board, drinks not included

– Guide for all days;

– Dinner at Ragalna CLC;

– Dinner at Ispica CLC;

– Wine tasting

– Typical pastry tasting

– Health insurance

– 24 hours IO VIAGGI assistance

What is not included:

– What is not mentioned in “what is included”

***Prices may vary depending on the season.

Additional information

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