TREASURES OF THE EAST - 4 Days Private Mini-Tour from Catania

– Exclusive Tours for undivided attention and flexibility
– Comfortable Transport from your hotel by Top Class Mercedes Minivan
– Customizable tours according to your interests
– Available also starting from Taormina
– Syracuse – Noto – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa – Cyclops Coast – Winery – Taormina – Etna – Godfather Movie Locations

Visiting Sicily is exciting and enriches the soul. The central position of the island in the Mediterranean has for centuries made it the ideal place for the integration of Mediterranean culture. Just think of the Carthaginian, Greek and Roman colonizations, when usages and customs of the Siculi, Elimi, and of the Sicani blended with those of the peoples who came from beyond the sea.
* Duration: 4 days
* Starts: Catania, Italy
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




– Exclusive Tours for undivided attention and flexibility
– Comfortable Transport from your hotel by Top Class Mercedes Minivan
– Customizable tours according to your interests
– Available also starting from Taormina
– Syracuse – Noto – Piazza Armerina – Ragusa – Cyclops Coast – Winery – Taormina – Etna – Godfather Movie Locations

Visiting Sicily is exciting and enriches the soul. The central position of the island in the Mediterranean has for centuries made it the ideal place for the integration of Mediterranean culture. Just think of the Carthaginian, Greek and Roman colonizations, when usages and customs of the Siculi, Elimi, and of the Sicani blended with those of the peoples who came from beyond the sea.

Itinerary

Day 1: Syracuse and Noto

Stop At: Syracuse, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Sicily
Pick up in Catania and start for Syracuse. Visit Ortigia (the old city center) and the archaeological area incl. the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and more. The old town of Ortygia is quaint, charming and Baroque. This town is a great place to explore, with small shops and cafes as well as the ornate Cathedral.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, Sicily Italy
Continue to amazing Noto, the baroque capital of Sicily. It represents for the colors of the stone and marble and architectural features a southern twist on this impressive scenic style. One of the most beautiful palaces is Nicolaci-Villadorata Palace. It is located on the most stimulating street of the city, which has the Church of Montevergine as its scenographic backdrop. Also don’t miss one of the best Gelati of Sicily.
Night in Ragusa.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: The Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina

Stop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Strada Provinciale 90, Piazza Armerina, Sicily Italy
Start for PIAZZA ARMERINA to visit the well preserved Roman Villa from the 3rd Century with your private local guide. It is among the most luxurious of its kind giving an interesting insight into Roman life at the time. The villa is especially noteworthy for the richness and excellent quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room. The mosaics include a long hunting scene, the famous sporting “bikini girls” and many classical and geometrical examples. In the afternoon enjoy a drive along the Cyclops Coast with a stop in Aci Trezza.
Night in Taormina.
Duration: 7 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Taormina and Etna Wine Tour

Stop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Via del Teatro Greco, 1, 98039, Taormina, Sicily Italy
After breakfast Walking Tour in Taormina. Visit the lovely town center including the Greek Theatre which has inspired generations of travelers and artists. The town is located on the Monte Tauro hill, dominating two grand bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Wines of Etna – Vini dell’Etna, Piazza Ferdinando Basile 31, 95036 Randazzo, Sicily Italy
Following enjoy the Etna wines and a light lunch at a local Winery. The winery is embedded in a charming and unique context. The variety of excellent wines, cellars and vineyards, olive oil and typical traditional food makes this destination a special place. During the wine tasting sessions you’ll get more familiar with the local grapes from the area.
Night in Taormina.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Etna & Godfather Movie Location

Stop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily Italy
Drive up till 6500 feet on Mt. Etna, the biggest and most active volcano of Europe. Soak up the atmosphere as you walk at the nearby Silvestri Craters. An eruption from 2001 left its mark at the Rifugio Sapienza area. Depending on the weather, possibility to reach 9500 feet by cable car (Optional). The summit craters represent the area where activities continually change the morphology of the vulcano. Lunch break at a local winery or a fish restaurants on the coast.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Savoca, Savoca, Province of Messina, Sicily
Drive to the small village Savoca, among the Godfather movie locations. A delightful place built on two hills and with remnants of a castle. Stop for a lemon Granita at the famous corner bar Vitelli. Make our way to the church of St. Lucy, where Apollonia and Michael’s wedding was shot. There are also incredible views along the coastline from the belvedere.
End tour in Catania (or Taormina).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.