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Ragusa: Sicilian Baroque Tour with Wine & Gourmet Food

1. Ragusa: Sicilian Baroque Tour with Wine & Gourmet Food

Marvel at beautiful landscapes, taste delicious Sicilian wine, and soak up a delightful Baroque atmosphere on a 3-hour tour in Ragusa. There is only one way to discover Ragusa and that is to cross it. In order to do so you need really comfortable shoes, a strong desire to get to know the place, a perfect visual memory to capture the beauties of this splendid land, and some space in your heart to bring back home the Sicilian hospitality and generosity. Recall in your memory the old Italian films where life ticks slowly by with no excitement, only with silent admiration: simple doorways and well decorated portals, gates and windows adorned with flowers, jutting balconies supported by grotesque masks, sumptuous decorations of churches, deformed simplicity of narrow steps, and small quiet alleyways.  Traditionally, the best way to serve this magnificent baroque atmosphere is Sicilian wine. Ragusa is a wine-connoisseurs’ paradise: red or white, but always intense, deep, and unexpectedly rich. The soil composition, lots of sunshine days, and healthy biodiversity make excellent conditions to maintain the antique wine tradition in Sicily. 

From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

2. From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Caltagirone UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its production of pottery, dating back to Arab dominations, with characteristic colors.  Visit the historical center, the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, and the culture of pottery in the city. See the excellent colored glazes that adorn the streets, staircases, balconies, squares, fountains, churches, and palaces. In Caltagirone you will be offered the typical Sicilian snack "Tavola Calda" from Catania, Etna's red wine, and bottled water. In the afternoon, head to Piazza Armerina to see the huge UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale, originally belonging to a powerful Roman family. Find the best conserved in-site Roman mosaics in the world, including the mosaic flooring, wall mosaics, columns, statues, capitals, and coins. Return to the starting point around 6:30 PM to complete your tour.

Caltagirone: Traditional Ceramic Town Walking Tour

3. Caltagirone: Traditional Ceramic Town Walking Tour

The guided tour in Caltagirone begins with the Public Garden, one of the 10 most beautiful gardens in Italy, in English style with an entrance in Art Nouveau style where an internal avenue opens up where you can admire statues, pottery vases, majolica, flower boxes. and a monumental fountain. The splendid garden also houses the Moorish-style music stage with ceramic decorations and the Teatrino belvedere which offers a spectacular view over the whole city. Along the Ceramics Museum we continue on the main street that takes us to the heart of the historic center where we meet a characteristic panoramic point built in the 1700s, the Tondo Vecchio, with the shape of a theater embellished with decorations, coats of arms of the town and the Sicilian logo of the Trinacria, where you can admire a panorama of the mountains and valleys surrounding Caltagirone. The tour continues walking on the S. Francesco bridge made up of five arches and built in the seventeenth century to connect two of the three hills on which the town stands; it is decorated with beautiful relief pottery made by local artists. Among the streets of the historic center, the noble palaces and the beautiful churches decorated in Baroque and Art Nouveau style amaze and among so much artistic beauty we reach the Cathedral of San Giuliano with its imposing bell tower 48 meters high. The Basilica in floral liberty style, has a beautiful dome entirely covered with majolica; inside the church has numerous frescoes from the Old and New Testament and a precious baroque wooden choir. A few steps away we find the very central Piazza del Municipio overlooked by elegant buildings such as the neoclassical-style Palazzo dell 'Aquila and the former Palazzo Senatorio transformed over time into a theater and which now houses the Luigi Sturzo Gallery. The guided tour ends in one of the symbolic places of Caltagirone, the famous staircase of S. Maria del Monte, built in the 1600s to connect the historic center with the newer part of the town. The beautiful staircase consisting of 142 steps decorated with colorful ceramic tiles is adorned with flowers during the Infiorata event in May and adorned with 4000 candles that give life to an evocative design during the celebrations for the feast of the Patron Saint.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

4. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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