Let’s dive in the Eastern part of Sicily, famous for the beauty of its Baroque cities, very appreciated place by gay and lesbian couples, Siracusa, the homeland of Archimedes and of the Greek civilization, and Catania, the town situated 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…
CATANIA – TAORMINA – ETNA – SIRACUSA – PALERMO – SCOPELLO – SAN VITO LO CAPO
Arrival at Catania airport, welcome by our correspondent and transfer to Taormina. Free time to enjoy the city. You can walk in the center of Taormina and in the evening you could have dinner at the gay friendly restaurant Rosso Peperoncino with typical Sicilian products. Overnight stay in Taormina.
In the morning meeting with a private tour guide to discover Taormina by following in the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, a german photographer with the passion for painting. He was mainly known for his nudes of Sicilian boys mostly made before the First World War. He was also famous for his landscape photography that have always attracted lot of tourists to Italy.
Nearly 50 years of history of Taormina focus on the life of this character: in front of his naked youths with laurel wreath, Gloeden has become famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved to swim in his house with sea water, and every day, naked boys, filled his bathtub with salt water, carrying barrels on the shoulder from the beach (hence the painting “The guys Von Gloeden” ). Taormina is sexual aim for famous writers, painters and personalities of international politics and economy, among them Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and his companion Gabriele D’Annunzio. Taormina, renowned also and above all for its beautiful beaches and its coast, so as to enrich the landscape of the village. Relax on the wide golden beaches, clear waters or even in secluded romantic coves, enjoying the scents and colors of Sicily. Ro- mance and charm will accompany your stay in the picturesque bay of Taormina. Overnight stay in Taormina.
*Lunch at the Restaurant Al Saraceno, where you can taste the typical Mediterranean food with a breathtaking view.
This morning your guide will take you through a boat trip to discover the beauties of the sea: the Bay of Naxos, the Cave of Love, Capo Taormina, Sirens Bay, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto, Mazzarò, St. Nicholas Bay. During the tour, free time to enjoy a refreshing swim in front of the beauties of Taormina. The beaches of this beautiful city are among the most beautiful of Sicily, pebble beaches and a rich and colorful vegetation, make this land- scape a real treasure for the Mediterranean. In the coast of Giardini Naxos we will witness an alternating colors, from golden sand, the silver gray pebbles, which render the crystal clear waters. Return in the evening and dinner on board. Overnight stay in Taormina.
Private transfer to reach the baroque city of Catania. On the arrival, meet the tour guide and prepared to discover the city, starting from piazza Frederick of Swabia, then the Ursino Castle, the ancient norman castle of the city, the Roman Baths, the Fish Market, Piazza del Duomo -with its many buildings and symbol of Catania- and the Elephant Fountain. In the afternoon we will reach the highest volcano in all of Eu- rope: Etna. Admire fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through woods, eccentric craters and singular etna lava formations. You will visit a winery and its vineyards, where there will be a tasting of 4 wines DOC etna, combined with a tasty brunch made from fresh local products of Sicily (cheeses, meats, legumes, olive oil products and fresh bread). Return in the evening in Taormina. Overnight stay in Taormina.
Today you are going to discover Syracuse. Your guide will take you to explore the historical center of Syracuse, founded by the Greeks during the first colonization of Magna Grecia. You will visit the Archaeological park, the most visited attraction in the city: here are the remains of the Roman Amphitheater, the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius, the artificial cave. According to legend, the tyrant Dionysus, dug the cave to hide his prisoners and hear their speeches. In the afternoon you will continue the visit of the historical center, with the Temple of Apollo and food shops selling local specialties. Overnight stay in Taormina.
*Lunch at the Restaurant Basirico, with local produce and seafood menu.
Morning departure from Taormina to Palermo. Walking through the beautiful scenery of this amazing land, full of colors and scents, you will arrive in the beautiful Agrigento. You will discover the beautiful Valley of the Temples, known for its doric temples built by the ancient Greeks, Greek and Roman myths of Hercules, Juno, pollux and more. Free time for lunch. In the early afternoon, along the ancient Greek-Roman road, you will arrive to Palermo. Visit the historic center of Palermo. Overnight stay in palermo.
In the early morning you will dis- cover two of the most famous at- tractions of the center of Palermo: the traditional open-air markets of Ballarò and Vucciria. In this city it is incredible to get lost among the narrow streets and end up on the streets where these markets are held. Discover a new way to shop, among the stalls of fruit and fish and the scent of Sicilian street food, such as fritters (a sandwich with chickpea flour and tortilla inside) or “pani ca meusa” (the Sicilian word for the spleen, only for the brave). With a private transfer, this morning, you will arrive to Scopello and the Zingaro Nature Reserve.
The lights of Scopello and the Gulf of Castellammare del Golfo, will be the two points of view that will make you fall in love with these unique places. Mountains, olive groves and fields that run to the sea, in an intriguing atmosphere, closely connected with nature. This day will be all about your relaxation, enjoying a drink at the edge of the private swimming pool of the villa or you can decide to go to the beach, just 10 minutes walk: clear water and plenty of sunshine all for you! Relax in the deep blue waters, at the old tuna’s home of the gulf and the two incredible Faraglioni. It is not by chance that Dolce&Gabbana, has chosen these places to shoot the advertisement for their perfume with model David Gandy. As maintained by the tradition, in the afternoon you can enjoy “bread cunzato” sitting carefree in the historic center of Scopello. Overnight stay in Scopello.
Relax on a boat tour: the skipper will wait for you on board to let you tour the most beautiful places near Scopello: the romantic Tonnara, San Vito Lo Capo with its beautiful waters and the Riserva dello Zingaro, a gem of uncontaminated beauty. Opportunity to visit the typical greenery of the Zingaro natural Reserve. Let relish the warm and beauty of these places, feel the contact with the nature and fully recharge your batteries with a swim in this crystalline water, get your tan laying on the beaches and fill your stomach with all the tastings of the island. You will go back home with a new energy.
Free morning at the beach or at the swimming pool. In the after- noon excursion to the famous salt: the road from Trapani to Marsala, via Mozia lagoon it is surrounded by salt mills, reflecting in beautiful golden hue at sunset. The mills typical of the nearby lagoons, give an incredible romantic atmosphere and unique face for an extraordinary and incredible experience! The lights of the sunset, a lovely little village just a few km from Trapani, Erice. Narrow, winding streets, medieval arches, small shops, where everything seems to have stopped in time, still retaining its old charm. Overnight stay in Scopello.
* Dinner at a very traditional restaurant,LaPentolaccia.
Free days to explore the city, relax at the beach or at the swimming pool.
Transfer to the airport and end of the services.
*Price based on a group size minimum of 2 participants
Price includes: 6 nights in Taormina – Hotel Isola Bella 3* or similar, 1 night in Palermo – Hotel tonic 3* or similar, 7 nights in Scopello – Trapani apartment or similar, Tours as mentioned in the itinerary, Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
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