Sicily Food & Wine Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 –

Welcome to Sicily! Tour leaders will collect you from Catania Airport at 2pm. We then travel north to the medieval town of Taormina, settled on a hill overlooking sweeping turquoise bays below and views of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano.

We deliver you to your charming hotel in the centre of the town, graced with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Experience Taormina’s perfect combination of atmosphere, history and culture with your first passeggiata. This is an elegant and lively old-world tradition of dressing smartly and taking a walk through the main street at sundown.

Afterwards we will meet in the evening to dine at a local trattoria to feast on sumptuous local seafood including the house specialty stuffed fresh sardines.

Day 2 –

Today we depart at 9am for the lava rock vineyards under Mount Etna’s eastern side to Azienda Benanti at Viagrande. This is the home of Sicily’s greatest living white wine. You’ll enjoy a palmento visit, wine tasting and light brunch.

In the afternoon, we head up to Mount Etna National Park to the viewing and ski lift. You can choose to ascend to 2000 metres for a closer view or experience its spectacular craters and walks. We return to Taormina at 5pm.  Your evening is free.

Day 3 –

Your morning is free to explore Taormina including the renowned Greek theatre from 300 BC, located high above a cliff overlooking the sea and Mount Etna. Be spellbound by the dramatic views while you sip a cappuccino. Meander down narrow medieval streets for pure discovery or stumble across the delights of the Greek sector in Giordini-Naxos. Why not take a chairlift to the sea levels?
We will then indulge in lunch at a local seafood restaurant on the water. You’ll experience new and innovative cuisine from a young but distinguished chef. Why not try the black Tagliolini pasta with sea bass ragout, sweet chard roasted tomatoes and basil cream sauce? Your evening is free.

Day 4 –

We depart Taormina for the south-east at 9am for a wine tasting and lunch at Azienda Agricola COS near Vittoria, a picturesque wine-producing community between the Iblei Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Produced here is Sicily’s sole DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the highest level in Italian wine designation, grown under biodynamic principles.
Here you will witness the winemaking reversion to fermenting and ageing wine in terracotta vessels. We will then be hosted for lunch in the locanda, the original historic house located on the COS estate and savour the best local produce which the chef has sourced that morning.

We arrive at our hotel in Siracusa late afternoon, a charming boutique hotel owned by a local family who share their private antique collection. Your evening is yours to wander the historical island of Ortigia, the heart and soul of Siracusa.

Day 5 –

We depart Gulfi 9am for a wine tasting at Azienda Agricola COS near Vittoria, a picturesque wine-producing community between the Iblei Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
Produced here is Sicily’s sole DOCG, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the highest level in Italian wine designation, grown under biodynamic principles and using ancient winemaking techniques. Here you will witness the winemaking reversion to fermenting and ageing wine in terracotta vessels.
We will then venture to the old Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla for lunch at an exclusive local restaurant known for its chef’s penchant for cooking with medieval Roman ingredients.

We travel to our Siracusa accommodation via Modica, visiting the famous Antica Dolceria Bonajuto to taste a variety of chocolates made to a traditional recipe by the sixth generation of a famous dynasty of chocolate makers. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon, a charming boutique building owned by a local family who share their private antique collection. Your evening is yours to wander the historical island of Ortigia, the heart and soul of Siracusa.

Day 6 –

Today is yours to explore Siracusa and its surrounds including the ruins of Tempio di Apollo and the catacombs at Basilica di San Giovanni. Take a sea walk around the island of Ortigia. Stroll down Corso Matteotti for the shops and boutiques and take an underground tunnel from the Piazza del Duomo to the harbour. We will meet to dine at a traditional local restaurant which features eastern Sicilian seafood, complemented by a selection of Ragusan and Noto wines.

Day 7 –

We depart at 9am for inland Sicily to visit the Tasca D’Almerita winery at Tenuta Regaleali in Palermo province (Vallelunga). A tasting from Tasca’s diverse wine range is accompanied by favoured Palermitan appetisers: panelle (chickpea fritters) and crocchette.

Following is an estate lunch featuring true locovore style-Sicilian delights made on the premises. Tasca shines as a providore with a spectacular array of produce—the lamb, cheese, caponata, vegetables, ricotta, tomato sauce and extra virgin olive oil are all sourced and made on the estate.

After lunch we venture forth to Trapani, an old town on the west coast. We arrive at our hotel in Trapani at 6pm. Your evening is free.

Day 8 –

Today we leave Trapani at 9am for a wine tasting and lunch at the Planeta Estate’s Ulmo winery and vineyard at Lago Arancio. The Planeta family is one of the powerhouses of Sicily’s wine renaissance, which spearheaded a global passion for the rich indigenous nero d’avola grape.

For lunch you’ll indulge in tastings and pairings with the most traditional homemade Planeta dishes such as baccala followed by fruit salad cannoli Siciliani, all prepared by Sciacca-born Chef Anhelo Pumilia.

On our return journey, we will stop at the Segesta archaeological site which has one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world. We return to our hotel at 6pm. Your evening is free.

Day 9 –

Enjoy your free day exploring Trapani and surrounds. This city has a wealth of palaces, churches and medieval fortifications for you to explore. Take the cable car up to the spectacular walled hilltop town of Erice, Sicily’s oldest with narrow medieval streets and closed piazzas.

Visit the famous La Pasticceria di Grammatico Maria who learned her skills in a convent orphanage. The island of Favignana is just a short hydrofoil ride from town.

We have dinner at 7 pm in a local osteria serving traditional foods paired with local Trapanese wine.

Day 10 –

We depart at 10am for a wine tasting and lunch in the historic town of Marsala with its Arab influenced buildings and history, and piles of sea salt. We visit the cellars of Donnafugata, a modern, intriguing maker of contemporary western Sicilian table wines.

For lunch we will indulge at a local seafood restaurant in front of the harbour and enjoy what chef Nino recommends according to the fresh products of the day. We meet in the hotel’s lounge bar at 8pm for a farewell drink.

Day 11 –  Sicily Wine and Food Tour concludes. You will be leaving at 9am for the short journey (70km) north to drop off at the airport, or central Palermo.