This is a journey you will never forget.
I am extremely passionate about the island I grew-up in. Most tourists go to Florence, Venice and Rome and although I love those cities as well, Sicily has soooo much to offer.
The food, the culture, the people, the pristine beaches, the picturesque towns, Sicily is a magical island.
My passion, my mission and my life's purpose is to have people fall in love with Sicily.
-Food & Wine Tours
-Visit historical sites
-Tour the most gorgeous beaches in Sicily
-And many surprises
Experience the "real" Sicily with Connie's Sicilian family.
This is a journey like no other.
No one is more passionate about Sicily than Connie Costa.
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Sicily 2013 with Connie Costa & Dr. Sarah Larsen
Brief Area History: After some 25 centuries of foreign domination, Sicilians are heir to an impressive cultural legacy,
from the refined architecture of Magna Grecia to the startling artistic fusion of Arab craftsmanship and Norman
austerity. Complexity of culture is only matched by stunning natural beauty and diversity of landscapes; rolling hills and
valleys, brooding Etna, kilometres of aquamarine coastline and a necklace of encircling islands.
Day 1 – Welcome to Sicily
Arrive at Catania airport. Transfer on your own to Taormina. Accommodation at Hotel Caparena 4-star (or similar)
. Transfer by hotel shuttle to Taormina Alta. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 – Taormina at leisure
Breakfast in hotel.
Today you will be free to visit Taormina, Sicily’s most famous city. Dating from the fourth and third centuries
B.C., Taormina is perched dramatically high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea. It’s a charming
medieval town with typical cobblestoned streets leading into spacious squares graced by lovely 15th-century
palazzi. You can see the extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre and the historical centre.
Day 3 – Syracuse
Morning at leisure.
In the afternoon departure to Syracuse. one of the most beautiful Sicilian towns. The ideal way to visit Syracuse
is on foot, wandering slowly among the gold-tinted palaces, bell towers and its archaeological area. You will visit
the major archaeological sites, including the famous Greek Theater, “The Ear of Dionysius,” and take a walking
tour of Ortigia Island to admire the architectural splendour of ancient streets, baroque palaces, and classic
churches as the Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena. Dinner at a local restaurant. Return to Taormina
Day 4 – Cefalù and Castelbuono
Breakfast in hotel. Leaving for Castelbuono and Cefalù with your driver escort.
Castelbuono is a charming village with delightful scenery and impressive mountains located in the wonderful
Madonie National Park. Here enjoy a light lunch with local specialties at an historic inn. Continue to Cefalù. This
enchanting fishing village and summertime resort sits on a rocky outcrop in the centre of Sicily’s north coast. It
lies in a scenic locale between the massive peak and a long sweeping beach. Against this backdrop rise the lofty
twin towers of the cathedral built by Roger II in 1130. This splendid cathedral is one of the finest
examples of Arab-Norman architecture, and contains luminous mosaics. Drive to Palermo. Check-in at Hotel La
Torre (or similar) – 4 Star.
Day 5 – Palermo at leisure
Breakfast in hotel. Full day at leisure.
Day 6 – Palermo
Breakfast in Hotel. Today, explore Palermo with your English speaking guide.
Founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., it was conquered by the Arabs in 831,
and a period of immense prosperity commenced. You'll be enchanted by Palermo's wide boulevards, traditional
Sicilian Old Quarter, and baroque palaces. You'll see the city's main sights, including Quattro Canti di Citta' (the
Four Corners of the City), Palermo's extravagant baroque square. The square is ringed by four buildings with
baroque sculptures that depict the Four Seasons, Spanish kings, and the patron saints of Palermo's four old
quarters. See the twelfth-century Cathedral of Palermo, which houses a pantheon of royal tombs.
Lunch at leisure.
In the afternoon meet Countess Nicoletta at her historic palazzo Lampedusa. Cooking class followed by a
Day 7 – Arrivederci Sicilia!
Breakfast in hotel. Departure. Transfer to Palermo airport not included.
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3 nights in Taormina
3 nights in Palermo
Accommodation in 4 star hotels, breakfast daily
English Speaking Guide and Entrance fees in Syracuse, Palermo and Monreale
Dinner at a local restaurant in Taormina Alta
Dinner at a local restaurant in Syracuse
Lunch in Castelbuono
Cooking class and Farewell dinner at an historic Palace in Palermo
Comprehensive Trip Confirmation and Travel Documents package
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