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Join Massimo Brullo on a special tour of Sicily, tailored just for you!

“Massimo is passionate about his roots of Sicily, what a gentleman, we laughed all the way with him and he was the most magnificent host. Nothing was too hard for him and he had so much local knowledge.

“I would highly recommend any tour with Massimo.”

— Marie, USA, guest testimonial


Indicative itinerary

 

DAY 1 CATANIA

We meet at Catania airport at 11am and make our way to our Catania City accommodation.

Catania is part of the UNESCO group. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Many of the towns we visit are a part of this prestigious group.

Catania is a vibrant city with one of the most fascinating bustling fish markets in Italy. It's the second largest city of Sicily and lies under the shadow of Mount Etna. We walk through the city to explore up close the city's famed architecture and culture.

Our welcome dinner tonight is in the nearby seaside town of Acitrezza. Our host a local fisherman will explain the local, ancient way of fishing for the Masculina anchoivies, these sweet anchoivies are only found in the South of the Mediterranean Sea.

We try many other favourites such as prosciutto from the black swine of the magnificent Nebrodi Mountains, all of which will be matched with local Sicilian wines.

Inclusions: Lunch, dinner
Overnight: Catania

DAY 2 – CATANIA AND TAORMINA

We start our day early exploring Catania's vibrant markets. The acclaimed fish, vegetable and fruit market of Catania, an exciting experience for its colorful arrays and we see all the locals that meet here for their daily grocery shopping. This is a bustling market and famous right throughout Italy.

We head to the picturesque hilltop town of Taormina.

Taormina boasts the second largest Greek theatre in Sicily. We will visit the Greek theater and give you some free time to roam around town and enjoy this famous Sicilian town with views sweeping across the Ionian Sea. Taormina is an elegant town with balconies covered in beautiful flowers, an opportunity for a photo awaits at every stop. Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular tourist destinations.

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Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Catania

DAY 3 – PIAZZA ARMERINA AND AGRIGENTO

We leave Catania today to visit Agrigento. En route to Agrigento, we stop by another UNESCO site, Piazza Armerina: the ancient Roman villa of the Casale. This site boasts one of the most complex Roman mosaics still intact in the world, which dates back to the fourth century A.D.

We stop at the magnificent Baglio del Cristo di Campobello winery for lunch and take in the magnificent views that spread across this beautiful valley of Licata whilst enjoying one of Sicily's finest wines.

This afternoon we visit the Valley of theTemples to explore one of Sicily's most famous historical attractions.

This archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine).

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ragusa

DAY 4 – RAGUSA AND MODICA

We spend the morning discovering the beautiful Baroque Valley of Modica. Narrow lanes, alleys and staircases climb up the slopes on both sides of picturesque Corso Umberto. Always one of the favourites on our tours.

We visit Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily founded in 1880. The New York Times called it "...chocolate of astonishingly pure, powerful flavor." Here we taste a variety of chocolate and one of the best ricotta cannoli in Sicily.

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For lunch we head to Santa Croce for a pizza class with cousin Massimo at his pizzeria. Time to have some fun.

Massimo will demonstrate how to make pizza and you get to make, cook and of course eat lots of pizza, my personal favourite is the Cicciotella... it's topped with tomato, mozzarella, hot salami, sausage, pancetta and spicy mushrooms, buonissimo.

For dessert Maccale, nobody makes them like the guys in Santa Croce. They're like gigantic twisted donuts filled with sheep's milk ricotta from the Ragusa area.

This evening we will visit a local masseria (historical Sicilian farmhouse) to meet a local cheese maker and hear about the traditional methods of production of dairy, including ricotta and Ragusano Dop, made from the milk of the native Modicana cow. We enjoy a tasting of these local Sicilian cheeses.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ragusa

DAY 5 – NOTO AND SIRACUSA

This morning we head to the spectacular island of Ortigia on the East coast of the island. We take a walk through the bustling markets and discover all the spices, fruits and veggies of Sicily.

We take a little boat ride around the magnificent island. (Weather permitting) Ortigia is a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse. The island, also known as Citta Vecchia, contains many historical landmarks including the spectacular Duomo di Siracusa. We wander through the narrow medieval lanes and head to lunch at one of Ortigia's most popular delis.

On our way back to our hotel we stop at the UNESCO heritage town of Noto, one of Sicily's most beautiful towns, and the limestone capitol of this baroque region. Flanked by grandeur baroque palazzi and churches. Noto was the location of several scenes in Antonioni's cinematic masterpiece L'avventura.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ragusa

DAY 6 – VALLE DELL'ACATE AND SCOGLITTI

We visit the Valle dell'Acate winery run by the Jacono family where our host Giovanni Carbone takes us through the original 19th century palmento for a tasting of Frappato, Nero D'avola and Cerasuolo, Sicily's only DOCG wine enjoyed with a light rustic Sicilian lunch. We get to taste the famous Ragusa scacce today. It's like a folded pizza pie with various delicious fillings.

This evening we head to the little fishing village of Scoglitti, famous for its seafood restaurants. People from all over Sicily and from Malta visit this tiny town to eat at these restaurants. We will enjoy a 15 course seafood degustation with matching wines.

Copy of La Selvotta Olive Grove

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ragusa

DAY 7 – RAGUSA AND CHIARAMONTE

We visit a tomato farm where tomatoes have been cultivated for decades. Fishing and the greenhouse tomato cultivation are the main source of income in this area. Ragusa is perfect for the tomato farms with its arrid, sandy, flat land.

We visit the olive groves of Chiaramonte and we have the chance to pick olives and learn about the whole process of olive oil making. Chiaramonte sits at an elevation of 2000 feet, we call it the balcony of Sicily. (The option to pick olives is only available in the months of September, October and November)

This evening head to the cobblestone town of Ragusa Ibla. We take a walk through the beautiful communal villa. We enjoy our farewell dinner at one of Ibla's best restaurants and we try local homemade ravioli.

Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ragusa

DAY 8 – RAGUSA TO CATANIA

Breakfast at hotel. Our Sicilian Food Tour concludes.

Shuttle will depart at 9am for Catania Airport from the hotel.

Inclusions: Breakfast

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8 days & 7 nights

Style: Classic relaxed, fun and food. Basic fitness.
Group numbers: Minimum of 4 guests. Maximum of 8. For groups of 8 or more please email us for prices.

Included in price:

  • 7 nights in 3 or 4 star accommodation

  • 7 breakfasts per person

  • 14 meals per person

  • Entry fees to the Greek theatre in Taormina

  • Entry fees to The Valley of the Greek Temples of Agrigento, and the Roman site of Villa of the Casale in Piazza Armerina

  • 1 visit to an olive oil producer and tasting during the harvest (subject to availability).

  • 2 wine tastings and visits to local winemakers and 1 visit to a chocolate producer

  • 1 visit and tasting to a Ragusano D.O.P. cheese maker

  • Comfortable transportation in a van or coach, depending on number of guests.

  • Bilingual, professional Tour Leader

  • Airport Transfers

  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during the tour

  • Personal services of Massimo Brullo, born in Ragusa & hosting tours for over 15 years.

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Book now – €3,000 per person twin share, taxes included (approx. USD $3,400). Single supplement +€300.

Information provided is considered to be true and correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.

Photography by Gina Milicia & Frank Blancato


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