The Eastern part of Sicily is famous for the beauty of its Baroque cities such as Noto, very appreciated place for gay and lesbian couples, Siracusa, the homeland of Archimedes and of the Greek civilization, and Catania, the town at the feet of the tallest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. And don’t forget Taormina, splendid gay friendly town with stunning views on the Mediterranean Sea and wonderful beaches. You’ll discover all these aspects of this side of Sicily, in a tour between architectural and nature marvels…
In this tour we focus on a famous German photographer, Wilhelm von Gloeden, who arrived in Italy, precisely in Taormina, to receive medical cures for tuberculosis. Once cured, the artist settled in the town where he got rid of his disease, until his death. Gloeden lived off of private income untile 1985, painting (with mediocre outcomes) and taking photos (with great outcomes). Almost 50 years of Taromina’s story refers to the life of this character: before his naked ephebes with laurel wreath, Gloeden became famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved bathing in his home with sea water, and every day many (well payed) young boys filled up the bath tub with saltwater barrels carried on shoulders from the beach at the feet of Taormina. Taormina had also been a destination of the Grand Tour for the gay nobles.
Private transfer to gay friendly Hotel in Taormina.
Time to relax in the nice environment of the Eastern Sicily. In the afternoon let’s meet with our guide to discover Taormina, following in the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, German photographer, with a strong passion for painting as well. During one of his trip to Taormina he practised in his photography studies with excellent results, making him rich and famous the rural Sicilian town, already a sexual destination for well-known writers, painters and personalities of the international politics and economy: among them we find Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and her partner Gabriele D’Annunzio. Lunch at the gay friendly restaurant RossoPeperoncino with typical Sicilian products. Overnight in Taormina.
This morning our guide will take us to a boat trip to discover the beauty of the sea: Baia di Naxos, Grotta dell’Amore, Capo Taormina, Sirens Bay, Isola Bella, Grotta Azzurra, Mazzarò, Baia di San Nicola. During the tour, the boat will stop to let you relish a refreshing swim in the crystal walter in front of Taormina. Free evening.
With a private transfer we’ll reach the Baroque town of Catania. Our guide will take us to the highest volcano of all Europe: Mount Etna. In the afternoon we head back to Catania to explore the city, starting from Piazza Federico di Svevia, then to the Castello Ursino, the old Norman castle of the city, the Roman thermal baths, the fish market, Piazza del Duomo with its several Baroque buildings and the symbol of Catania, the Fontana dell’Elefante. Overnight in Catania to experience the city gay nightlife
Transfer and visit of the old town of Siracusa, founded by Greeks in the first colonization of the Magna Grecia. In the morning we are going to visit the Archeological Park of the Neapolis, the most visited attraction of the town: here are conserved the rests of the Roman amphitheatre, the Greek theatre, the Dioniso’s Ear, where the legend says Dioniso, the ancient king of Siracusa, used to imprison his slaves, and the Tomb of Archimedes. In the afternoon visit of the city center, with the Temple of Apollo and food shops that sell local specialties. Dinner at Basirico, gay friendly restaurant with typical products and fish menu.
Transfer to Noto. Overnight in Noto.
Relaxing days in the city of Noto, one of the gay friendliest of the whole island. Its Baroque architecture, its nightlife and trendy shops, along with the beautiful beaches just few kms away, frequented by gay and lesbians, as the ones in the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, have made of Noto the perfect place for those who love art and having fun.
Transfer to the airport or station and departure.
TAORMINA 4* – HOTEL VILLA TEODORO
TAORMINA 3* – HOTEL ISOLA BELLA
CATANIA 4* – ROMANO HOUSE
CATANIA 3* – DE CURTIS
NOTO 4* – HOTEL KALLIKOROS
NOTO 3* – IL GIARDINO DEL BAROCCO
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