LA DOLCE VITA
This tour is a gastronomic delight. You will be collected from your desired pick up location and our journey begins. Our first stop is Catania and a visit to the Pescheria market is a must, a sense of timelessness and a great atmosphere is what this market is all about. We will also admire The Duomo and the famous Bellini gardens.
We move on to Siracusa, within Siracusa we visit the old city of Ortigia. The opportunity to visit The Duomo, a light lunch and tour by boat around the bay, the Temple of Athena and a wander around the shaded, sandy coloured streets taking in the large baroque palazzos is a must.
The archaeological site containing the impressive remains of the ancient city and the active Greek amphitheatre. We move to Avola, this is where Nero D’avola the famous Sicilian wine bore its name. We visit a local winery for tasting and sampling of local produce.
Our final stop for the evening is Noto, you will be given the opportunity to wander around this fantastic baroque town and this is where we will spend the night
After breakfast we head for Modica, as we pass over the 300m-high Guerrieri Bridge we catch the first glimpse of Modica, deep down below the gorge.
Modica 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.
Palazzos and houses rise from the bottom of the gorge seemingly stacked one on top of the other. Modica is also custodian of a 400 year tradition of Sicilian chocolate making. We will visit one of the oldest chocolate shops in Modica to experience this Aztec chocolate recipe.
Prior to leaving we will also visit the fantastic baroque church of San Giorgio. We visit a world class winery for some lunch and wine tasting, then our journey proceeds towards one of the best preserved old towns in Sicily, Ragusa Ibla. Separated from Ragusa by a deep ravine this fairy-tale town is home to the UNESCO listed “Giardino Ibleo” a wonderful botanical garden with splendid views and three churches. Our last stop of this journey Palazzolo Acreide, this charming laid back town was built in the shadow of the Greek settlement Akrai. Stroll the pretty baroque streets and visit the town’s central focus Piazza del Popolo and the small ancient Greek amphitheatre. On leaving Palazzolo we head back to your favoured destination ending this fantastic tour.