Luxury tour in Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and is certainly one of the most beautiful and fascinating regions of Italy. With its unparalleled historical and artistic heritage, wonderful beaches and particularly suggestive natural landscapes it represents a true testimony of the intertwining cultures all around the Mediterranean.

As Frederick of Swabia, king of Sicily in the 13th century once said: “I do not envy God for living in Heaven, because I am happy to live in Sicily”.

This tour is designed to let you discover the secrets of the most evocative Sicilian towns, make you enjoy a landscape full of colors and make you dream with breathtaking views of the most crystalline sea in Italy.

The first stop of the tour will be the beautiful Taormina, a city with marvelous scenic spots by the sea and famous in Italy for the Ancient Greek-Roman theater still operational.

There are numerous Sicilian places awarded by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Among these, you will visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, one of the largest archaeological parks in the world with perfectly preserved Doric temples from the Hellenic period; the late Baroque cities of the Val di Noto district and the ancient Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina.

The tour will end in Palermo, an Arab-Norman city, famous for the fusion of architectural styles and different cultural influences while retaining a genuine passion of its inhabitants. Not far from Palermo lies the outstanding cathedral of Monreale, one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture.

Our accessible private van will take you from Catania Airport directly to your five-star hotel in the center of Taormina.

Once you reach the hotel, where you will enjoy a five-night stay, you will be escorted to your room so that you can leave your luggage and relax after the long journey.

The Outreach Team has previously checked all the rooms in every detail: from the width of the doors to the height of the bed, including the spaces in the shower and between the bathroom fixtures.

Should you need the addition of any service to make your stay more comfortable at the hotel, the Outreach Team can provide you any type of equipment you need.

Furthermore, once at the hotel you will meet your personal guide with whom you will discover all the details of the program.

Outreach has partnered with the most authoritative associations of bilingual guides in Italy: each of them specializes in art history and boasts many years of experience in inclusive tourism.

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The city of Reggio Calabria, located on the tip of the boot and overlooking the Strait of Messina, boasts an ancient history: it was, in fact, the first Greek colony in southern Italy.

The city preserves historical and valuable monuments, but the real cultural attraction of the city is the National Archaeological Museum, one of the most representative of Magna Graecia remains in Italy. The Riace Bronzes take center stage within the museum. These sculptures, counted among the most important sculptural masterpieces of Greek art, constiutte primary examples of myths, legends and cultures blended all together.

Your private accessible van will drive you, along with an expert bilingual guide, to the Museum, where you will discover, through a fully accessible exhibition, all the mysteries behind the Riace Bronzes. Life-size Greek bronzes, representing old warriors from 450 BC, these are two of the few surviving bronzes practically intact from that historical period.

You will discover the story behind their discovery, involving an Italian chemist who found them on the bottom of the sea while snorkeling off the town of Riace.

You will enjoy lunch in an elegant restaurant that offers gourmet dishes revisiting traditional Sicilian dishes served among columns, statues and marble floors; it will be like having lunch in the middle of history.

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The city of Taormina, located on the top of Monte Tauro and in a natural terrace at over 600 feet overlooking the sea, is considered the pearl of the Ionian Sea: its wonderful location and its naturalistic beauties are a pleasure for both the eyes and the heart.

Along with your guide, you will visit one of the most evocative places in Taormina: the Greek Theater. Dating back to the 3rd century BC it is accessible to everyone through an ad hoc path that includes all the most fascinating remains of the ancient Greek and Romans civilizations.

From the cavea you can admire an extraordinary panorama in the background that goes from the coasts of Calabria to the top of Etna, the highest volcano in Europe.

This visit will be followed by a taste of Sicilian sweets at the Nonna Rosa pastry shop in the historic center of Taormina. Thanks to her bakery skills, Nonna Rosa is in fact the owner of the most famous cannoleria in Italy.

Every day Nonna Rosa bakes more than 18 different types of cannoli, rigorously filled on the spot.

Between stories, traditions and processing methods that have been handed down for generations, there is also time to taste the other local specialties: from cassata, to homemade granitas, from brioches with ice cream to almond pastries, passing through cakes and candied fruit.

The tour continues towards the town of Acireale, a baroque jewel adjacent to the sea, and mostly known for its colorful carnival and incredible natural beauty. The picturesque town overlooks the eastern coast of Sicily and is bathed by the Ionian Sea. You will discover it, along with your guide, every wonderful corner and monument of this outstanding town: from Piazza Duomo to the Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of the city, passing through the ancient Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

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In the morning, your private accessible van will drive you from Taormina to Piazza Armerina, in the very heart of Sicily. During a two-hour ride, you will have the chance and time to rest and enjoy the journey in total relaxation, admiring the enchanting landscapes out of the window.

Piazza Armerina is famous and recognized worldwide for the splendid mosaics of the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hunting residence of Massimiliano Erculeo, with its 3500 square meters of mosaic floors, this Villa is one of the most remarkable testimonies of daily life during the times of the Roman Empire. Along with the guide, you will enjoy the magnificent and colorful mosaics displaying images and memories that you will not forget for the rest of your life.

The city of Piazza Armerina, in addition to the Villa, displays a splendid Baroque historic center, presided over by the imposing Duomo overlooking the whole city.

The Historic Center of Piazza Armerina will take you back in time through the outstanding testimony of the Norman and Baroque style and architecture, enlightening every corner of the area: from the small medieval-style streets, to the rich Renaissance and Baroque palaces, such as Palazzo Trigona and the Aragonese Castle.

You will enjoy lunch in a famous wine bar located in the historic center of Piazza Armerina, where you can have a traditional tasting of typical Sicilian products.

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With just over two hours of ride by private van, you will be able to visit the city of Modica, a jewel nested within the Hyblean rocks, located in southeastern Sicily and awarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2002.

Modica chocolate is probably the most famous chocolate in Italy. The secret of its success lies in the cold pressing of the cocoa beans, according to an ancient Arab-Sicilian procedure.

The tour begins inside the Bonajuto Chocolate Shop, which has been producing handcrafted chocolate and exporting it all over the world for over 150 years, passing through six generations of chocolatiers.

An expert chocolatier will show you the techniques necessary to maintain the purity of Modica chocolate and a recipe to be able to replicate it at home. The product line, in addition to chocolate, is rich in the production of sweets and nougat of the Modican and Sicilian tradition, which mostly have Arab or Spanish origin. For this reason, in 2008 it was included by Eurispes among the 100 excellences of Italy to try at least once in a lifetime.

The tour continues towards the city of Noto, a Unesco heritage site and a great architectural jewel that summarizes all the peculiar elements of the baroque style of south-eastern Sicily. For its peculiarity, it has been nicknamed the “perfect Baroque city” and is a popular destination for tourists all year round.

From the Palazzo Ducezio to the rebuilt Cathedral in the historic center, Noto will win you over with its timeless beauty and the harmony of its architecture.

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By your sixth day, the tour moves to the western area of Sicily. Indeed, your private van will drive you to a five-star luxury resort near the city of Sciacca.

This beautiful resort, located in a truly wonderful valley on the southern coast of Sicily and surrounded by lush orange and olive groves, will allow you to stay for six nights in a real paradise on earth.

In the afternoon, along with an expert bilingual the guide, you will visit Selinunte the largest archaeological park in Europe, where lie the ruins of numerous ancient temples and the remains of the first coins minted in Sicily around 550 BC.

Later on, you will visit the Soap Museum, where technology and tradition meet in order to help you exploring the centuries-old processes and traditions behind the production of handmade soap, as well as many tricks for storing and creating homemade fragrances.

The Casa Museo del Sapone is the largest museum dedicated to the history and science of handmade soap in Italy. Located in an old rural building from the early 19th century, fully restored, it houses various findings related to rural activities in the area, historical information and scientific techniques for all those interested in discovering the intriguing world of soap. Here, you will have the chance to explore the processes behind soap making, as well as learn how to put this knowledge into practice by creating an olive oil bar of soap in the laboratory to carry at home with you.

The tour continues with a pleasant aperitif under olive trees, where you can relax with a glass of wine and enjoy a tasting of local products.

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Your private van will drive you towards the ancient city of Agrigento, where you will discover one of the largest archaeological sites in the world: the Valley of the Temples, also a UNESCO heritage site since 1997.

The archaeological site, which offers a suggestive view of several Doric temples from the Hellenic age, provides an almost completely accessible path in order to visit the area.

From the Temple of Concord to the Temple of Dioscuri, the Valley is filled with suggestive monuments often utilized by famous directors for the settings of their films.

You will enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in the center of Agrigento, where you can delight yourself with dishes based on fresh Mediterranean seafood while tasting fruity and aromatic white wine from Sicily.

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Erice is a small medieval village standing on the peak of a majestic Sicilian mountain. Its medieval buildings, its high city walls, its unusual elevated position and its incredible view will leave you speechless.

During the visit of this jewel, you will discover the famous handmade carpets, called “Ercini”, the traditional local handcrafted ceramics. While walking along the beautiful streets of the city you will also be able to taste the famous almond sweets, the result of a recipe handed down for centuries by the local cloistered nuns.

The tour continues towards Trapani, located in front of the Egadi Islands. This archipelago known for its crystalline sea, displays a coast interspersed with suggestive bays that frame the crystalline blue of the waters.

The city, over the centuries, has preserved the signs of the numerous dominations of different cultures, ranging from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and Romans. By walking the length and breadth of the city streets, you can admire the numerous baroque palaces and churches built between the 16th and 17th century.

You will enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern near the port, with a menu full of local dishes, such as couscous and almond pesto. It is also worth discovering the wide range of flavors that have influenced the main dishes of this enchanting place, characterized by sensational delights for the palate.

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San Vito Lo Capo is one of the most visited places in the whole region. The typically genuine Mediterranean atmosphere, to go along with its breathtaking landscape, wild nature and crystal clear sea contribute to the true value of this magical corner of Sicily.

While discovering the hidden secrets of the city, you will be able to find, in addition to scenic views of the sea, also important historical monuments that can all be visited through an accessible ad hoc itinerary purposely created to accommodate everyone’s needs. Among the most important ones, the Sanctuary, the Arab-Norman-style Chapel of Santa Crescenza and the many towers scattered along the coastal strip are outstanding emblems of the beauty of the city. The latter one served at the time for the defense of the territory by sea and testifies the historical value of this place.

After a rich lunch in an accessible traditional Sicilian restaurant, the tour will continue towards the Temple of Segesta, where antiquity and nature coexist giving life to an incredible chromatic harmony of the landscape. The beauty of this park also lies in the possibility to enjoy accessible transportation with your private van, thus overcoming any kind of natural barriers that might limit your visit.

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This day has been designed for you to let you fully exploit the Resort, where you will stay overnight. Saunas, Turkish baths and outdoor pools will allow you to recharge your batteries for the remaining days of the tour.

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La Scala dei Turchi is one of the most popular Italian destinations for tourists from all over the world. This outstanding attraction offers a breathtaking natural sculpture forged by the waves and the wind that have shaped the landscape over time. Its white marl walls have been chosen as the set for many famous films or special events, inspiring directors, artists and photographers from all over the world.

La Scala dei turchi takes its name from the Saracen pirates, improperly called Turks by the local populations, who in the 16th century used to land on this particular rock formation to plunder the villages of the coast.

The wall, made up of white marl steps, made it easier for pirates to climb from the sea into the mainland. It will be possible to immortalize the unique beauty of the Scala dei Turchi from a spectacular belvedere located right in front of the rock formation, as well as from the windows of the restaurant where you will enjoy your lunch.

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Your accessible private van will drive you towards Palermo, the capital and most populous city in Sicily, where you can enjoy your exclusive accommodation in a five-star accessible hotel for two nights.

The harmonious fusion of different cultures has turned Palermo into a unique city in the whole world. Its own peculiar Arab-Norman architecture, led UNESCO to insert the city in the exclusive list of World Heritage Sites.

Palermo boasts a complex historical heritage and hidden treasures: some are majestically recognizable at first glance, others scattered in secret corners all around the city.

An Italian journalist, Roberto Alajmo, once described the city by stating: “Palermo is an onion. It is divided into layers. Each time you remove one, another one remains to be peeled “. It will be your pleasure to enjoy each and every layer of this beautiful city.

Palermo is not an easily accessible city to visit, even though an ad hoc path designed by an expert bilingual guide will allow you to discover every little secret of a city that has played a pivotal role in the history of Italy.

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Monreale is located less than ten kilometers away from Palermo and is a must-do stop on a two-week tour of Sicily. The famous cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova, emblem of the city, is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is considered one of the most important medieval churches in the world.

Your private bilingual guide will explain how the variety of styles and structural originalities merge into this outstanding monument. Among them, you will admire the 130 Byzantine mosaics that extend over an area of 6,000 square meters inside the Cathedral. Each of them depicts and tells episodes from the Old Testament, the New Testament and the lives of the Saints.

The last lunch of the tour will be held in an exclusive location in the heart of Palermo, one of the best-known restaurants in the city for the quality of its menu, to go along with one of the largest wine cellars in the whole region.

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After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer with your private van to the Palermo airport in order to board back home.

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