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Catania & Beyond:
Under the Volcano Shadow

Our guided tour will take you on a journey through the most beautiful and enchanting places in the region, including Mount Etna, the ancient ruins of Taormina, and the baroque towns in the Iblean Mountains.

CATANIA & BEYOND
TOURS DATES

spring session 2024
10 days, 9 nights

Tour 1:

SUN, JUNE 2 - WED, JUNE 12

Tour 2:

SUN, JUNE 16 - WED, JUNE 26

fall session 2024
10 days, 9 nights

Tour 3:

SUN, SEPT 1 - WED, SEPT 11

Tour 4:

FRI, SEPT 20 - MON, SEPT 30

ITINERARY 2024

Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow

 

  • Groups up to 10-12 people max, ensuring an intimate experience

  • Fly into Catania Airport, Fly out of Catania airport

  • Hosted by Viaggia Discover Sicily's owner Chef Alessandro & Tour Curator Polina Pen

  • Itinerary & Schedule depends on season & availability and may vary from the exact description belowvalid for both spring and fall sessions


Day 1: ARRIVALS

 

am & PM: Arrivals, pick up from airport and drive to Villa

2 PM - 4 PM: settle in villa

4 PM -6 PM:  orientation session & Aperitivo!

6 pm - 8 PM: stroll in village, free time

8 PM - 10 PM:

Welcome Dinner at the Villa: Music, Drinks & Great Food

Day 2: CATANIA, STREET FOOD TOUR & SIGHTSEEING

 

8 AM - 9 AM: BREAKFAST IN VILLA

9 AM - 10 AM: Travel to Catania

10 AM - 12:00 PM: Tour  the Catania Fish market & Taste various Sicilian street food Delicacies; Lunch & Drinks at the market

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Sightseeing around Centro Storico di Catania,  including climbing a church tower for best views of the city

3:00 PM - 6 PM: Shopping time & more sightseeing in Catania. Free time on your own, we will provide you with a map and suggestions. 

6 PM - 7 PM: Aperitivo in a palazzo in Catania!

7 PM - 9 PM: Pizza for dinner in Catania!

9 PM - 10 PM: Drive back to Villa

Day 3: WINE TASTING & ETNA VOLCANO CABLE CAR


8 AM - 9 AM: BREAKFAST IN VILLA
9 AM - 11 AM: Travel to mount etna 
11 AM - 1 PM: , tour the winery of Tenuta Papale, Lunch and wine tasting at the winery
1 PM - 2 PM: Drive to Etna Cable Car
2 PM - 4 PM: Take the gondola up the volcano hill and enoy the spectacular views 
4 pm: Drive back to Villa
5 PM - LATE: Free time for the evening

Day 4: TAORMINA, TEATRO GRECO, ISOLA BELLA & OPERA!

 

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 10 AM: Travel to Taormina

10 AM - 12:30 PM: Sightseeing, visit Teatro Greco

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch in Taormina

2 PM - 6 PM: Take the cable car down to Isola Bella & enjoy the famous beach, visit the island museum

6 PM - 8 PM: Dinner with a view of Isola Bella

8 PM : Take the cable car up to Taormina

9 PM - 10 PM: Enjoy the Taormina Opera with a drink during the intermission

10 PM - 11 PM: Drive Back to the villa

Day 5: SIRACUSA & BOAT TOUR
 

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 10 AM: Travel to Ortigia

10 AM - 12:30 PM: Sightseeing in Ortigia with an expert historical guide

12:30 PM - 2 PM: LUNCH - trying various local pasta for lunch

2 PM - 4:00 PM: Boat tour of Ortigia & nearby caves, opportunity to jump off the boat and enjoy the fresh blue waters!

5:00 PM: Drive back to Villa & Free Time

Day 6: BEACH DAY, FREE TIME

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 10 AM: Travel to Fontane Bianche, one of the best beaches on the east coast

10 AM - 4 PM: Beach time & Free Time, enjoying the Beach Club, Opportunity to roam the village & relax

4 PM: Drive back to villa

5 PM - 6 PM: Aperitivo with music at Villa

6 PM - 8 PM: Cooking Class with Chef Alessandro!

8 PM- 10 PM: Enjoying the food you made with Chef Alessandro!

Day 7: OLIVE OIL FARM VISIT & OLIVE OIL TASTING AT CANICATTINI BAGNI*

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 12 PM: Pool Time, Free Time

12 PM - 1 PM:  Travel to canicattini bagni

1 Pm - 4 PM: Olive Oil Tasting with Lunch at

Mozzicato Oleificio, tour of the property, including production & trees

4 PM - 6 PM: Aperitivo with a view in the area

6 PM - Drive back to Villa

7 Pm - 8 PM - Pizza with Chef Alessandro! Try your best making a pizza!

*Tour may vary in Spring Session and we may visit a cheese farm instead on this day

Day 8: MARZAMEMI & NOTO

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 11 AM: Travel to the fishing village of Marzamemi

11 Am - 2:30 PM: Sightseeing & Lunch in the charming village

3:00 PM : drive to Noto

4 PM - 6 PM: aperitivo in Noto

6 PM - Late: Free time in Noto: Sightseeing, enjoying the free museums, visit Netflix famous Cafe Sicilia, shopping, enjoying Noto at night

10 PM: Pick up from Noto, drive to Villa

Day 9: RAGUSA, MODICA & MICHELIN STAR DINNER!

8 AM - 9 AM: Breakfast in villa

9 AM - 3 PM: Pool Time, Free time, Opportunity to pack for tomorrow's departure, Pasta Lunch at the villa

3 PM: Drive to Ragusa

4 PM - 6 PM: Sightseeing in Ragusa

6 PM - 8 PM: Drive to Modica, Visit the chocolate shop, sightsee the main street

8 PM - 10 PM - Dinner at Accursio Michelin Star Restaurant

10:30 PM - Drive back to Villa

Day 10: GOODBYES!

8 am - 9 AM: Breakfast in Villa & goodbyes!

9 am - 11 AM: AIRPORT TRANSFER OR DROP-OFF in Catania

Catania & Beyond:

Under the Volcano Shadow

REGISTER TODAY!

To secure your spot, a deposit of $1,000 pp is required.

Click Below to Book NOW

If you have any questions,
please email us at info@viaggia.ca

PRICING 2024

Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow
 

10 days, 9 nights

CA$4,999/person, double occupancy

Single Supplement CA$1,000

Image by Antonio Sessa

What's Included:

  • 10 days, 9 nights

  • airport transfers on pre-designated dates for both arrival and departure

  • Four-star accommodation - Villa with a pool in a strategic location

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 7 dinners (all but 6 meals)

  • All transportation, entrance fees, tickets to entertainment, all trip excursions in the itinerary

  • all wine and snacks at the villa

  • most gratuities while dining with us

  • professional driver and transportation on daily basis

  • Licensed, local guides at major sites presenting in English

  • Wine tasting experience

  • Olive Oil farm visit (fall session ONLY) and/or cheese farm visit

  • Cooking class with Chef Alessandro in our private villa

  • street food tour

  • Michelin starred restaurant dinner

  • major historic sites & museums visit

  • a live performance (Theatre or music)

  • excursion with a boat

  • Beach trip 

  • cooking recipe booklet with favourite Sicilian recipes

  • Limited to 10-12 people and fewer to ensure intimate experience

  • Hosted by Viaggia Discover Sicily's owner Chef Alessandro & Tour Curator Polina Pen

 

Cities & Sights to visit:

  • CATANIA

  • MOUNT ETNA VOLCANO

  • TAORMINA

  • ISOLA BELLA

  • TEATRO GRECO

  • SIRACUSA

  • ORTIGIA

  • CANICATTINI BAGNI

  • FONTANE BIANCHE

  • MARZAMEMI

  • NOTO

  • RAGUSA IBLA

  • MODICA

  • A NUMBER OF SMALL VILLAGES ALONG THE WAY

What's Not Included:

  • Flights to and From Catania

  • personal travel insurance

FLIGHT DETAILS:

  • fly into & fly out of Catania Airport. We can help you arrange pre- and post-tour accommodations and transportation. Send us an email to info@viaggia.ca

*** Itinerary & Schedule depends on season & availability and may vary from the above

 

Catania & Beyond:

Under the Volcano Shadow
 

REGISTER TODAY!

To secure your spot, a deposit of $1,000 pp is required.

Click Below to Book NOW

If you have any questions,
please email us at info@viaggia.ca

Image by Valentina Locatelli

"All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination."— Leonardo Sciascia

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