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Marsala: Florio Winery Tour with Wine Tastings

1. Marsala: Florio Winery Tour with Wine Tastings

Take a guided tour of a winery in Marsala to discover the history and tradition of wine-making in the region. See the wine cellar and learn about the production of Sicilian wine, before trying three different types of Marsala wine paired with local food delicacies. Meet at Cantine Florio and take in the winery's amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea. Tour the entire facility, including the specially-designed cellars. Learn about the tufa flooring system which allows the wine barrels to breathe in the sea air and take on a unique flavor. Hear about the weather conditions of the region and how they affect the different wine variations, before tasting three different Marsala wines paired with Sicilian snacks.

Marsala: Florio Winery Tour with Food-Paired Wine Tastings

2. Marsala: Florio Winery Tour with Food-Paired Wine Tastings

Immerse yourself in the scents and flavors of Marsala wine during a guided tour and tasting experience at the Florio Winery. Learn about the intricacies of the barrel cellars followed by a Marsala and Zibibbo wine tasting accompanied by light food pairings. Upon arrival at the Florio Winery, start your tour with a visit to the wineries overlooking the sea. Just by walking among the barrel cellars, you'll discover the history of Marsala wine and the winery that produces it. The grapes used to produce Marsala grow along the coast of Western Sicily, and the wine's goodness is fueled by the humid, brackish temperature. As you move away from the sea, the wine's personality also varies. Learn how the strategic location of the cellars is able to influence the essence of the wine. The cellars are precisely characterized by the presence of the tufa floor that allows the barrels to breathe in the smell of the sea. Inside the cellars, discover four different climatic environments, each with a different relationship with the sea. At the end of your winery visit, taste two glasses of Marsala and one glass of Zibibbo accompanied by small food pairings.

Marsala: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Local Products

3. Marsala: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Local Products

Marsala is a historical town near the sea in the province of Trapani in Sicily. It is also renowned for its famous DOC wine. The local grapes give life to fine wines that represent the nature of Sicily.  Upon arrival at the winery you will be welcomed by the manager, who will guide you through the production rooms. The visit will continue with the tasting, during which you will have the opportunity to sip the refined wines of Marsala. You will then try a wide range of local products that can be paired with the wine, such as almond cakes, cheese, and bread. At the end of the tour you can buy the delicacies tasted during the experience. 

From Palermo: Erice and Marsala Day Trip with Wine Tasting

4. From Palermo: Erice and Marsala Day Trip with Wine Tasting

On the itinerary is the medieval hilltop town of Erice lunch and a wine and olive oil tasting at a winery or typical farm, and a panoramic tour along Marsala’ s Salt Route! Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the whole of Italy. However, you might want to escape its hustle and bustle after a few days! And there's no better way to do that than a full day small group tour from Palermo to visit the fascinating town of Erice and to admire the unique panoramas of Marsala. You will depart from Palermo on a top notch minivan with an expert driver and tour leader. The first stop is the medieval hilltop village of Erice. Stroll through the narrow streets and find delightful little courtyards. Lookout for the viewpoints where you can see out to the Egadi Islands and over the city of Trapani. You will feel like travelling through times, surrounded by an ancient kind of beauty. Of course, when in Sicily, it’s always a good time for a snack and in Erice we will have a tasty break by tasting a local Sicilian granita. On some day trips, you might have to sort your own packed lunch, but not on this full day group tour from Palermo! After leaving Erice, you'll carry on along the west coast of Sicily to Marsala, a town famous for producing sweet wine and also, like the entire Sicily, an area where olive oil is a another special local product. You will have the chance to taste both of them, as we will stop for a full Sicilian lunch with a sample tasting of the best local wines and olive oil in a local winery or farm. The final stop on this full day group tour from Palermo is the natural and cultural site landscape which connects land and sea. Marvel at salt windmills and basins which are still in use today. The 30km road is one of the most evocative routes in Italy, and if you get out of your vehicle, you'll be able to feel the salt in the air! At the end of this unique and fantastic experience, you will return to Palermo.

Guided tour of the Marsala Salt Pans and salt harvesting

5. Guided tour of the Marsala Salt Pans and salt harvesting

Dating back to the '500s, the salt pans represent for the territory of Marsala a very precious resource; you can admire a landscape composed of tanks, small canals, windmills, and piles of salt: a landscape that represents one of the most unique and characteristic environments of the Mediterranean. You can visit the Mill where, thanks to a multimedia path, you can discover the ancient and precious art of sea salt production. You'll continue your tour along a nature trail unique in the world and, in the company of your guide, you can join the salt harvest and live a truly unique sensory experience. Discover the different types of salt and inside the mill, you will also find the "whole salt" strictly hand-picked, and the "fior di sale" purely flavored. See how salt is not only used in cooking, thanks to its moisturizing power but it is also used in the field of cosmetics for the creation of products that aim at the "well-being of the skin".

From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

6. From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

Discover the best of Sicily's gastronomy, culture, and scenery on this excursion from Trapani. Start your tour with a visit to either the Donnafugata, Florio, Caruso, or Mininni wineries, which are some of the region's finest. At the winery, enjoy a tasting of some local products, washed down with a selection of the best wines. Next, board a traditional lagoon boat for a boat tour of the Stagnone Lagoon. At the center of the lagoon, discover the ancient island of Motya, which has now been converted to an open-air museum. Learn more about the history of the island and its residents from your local guide. Finally, visit the coastal town of Marsala. Enjoy a guided tour of the city center and learn more about the town's vibrant past, seeing ancient ruins along the way.

Sciacca: West Sicily Day-Trip with Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

7. Sciacca: West Sicily Day-Trip with Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

Excursion program Segesta: The departure is scheduled from your hotel or from our agency in Sciacca at 8:30 to reach the first stage of our excursion: Segesta to admire the ancient Doric style temple, the still intact Temple of Hera, the Greek theater , the temple and the sanctuary. Erice: then our tour will continue with a visit to Erice, a small medieval village rich in history and tradition which, with its narrow streets, courtyards and temples, seems to have remained stuck in time. Here you will find: the Castle of Venus, the Norman Castle, one of the most beautiful views of the city of Trapani and the Mother Church. Saline: The last stop of our excursion will be Marsala which is famous for the landing of Garibaldi's expedition of the Thousand, for the production of wine and for the famous Saline. The latter are very renowned for the "salt culture", a centuries-old tradition that has shaped the territory by creating salty marshes on the lagoon between Trapani and Marsala, such as the Sicilian Lagoon. Marsala: If time remains available, it will be possible to visit the historic center of Marsala which embraces Piazza della Repubblica dominated by the Mother Church, the Palazzo Senatorio and organize a short visit to one of the famous wine cellars of Marsala, Florio or Pellegrino, where you will be able to discover the techniques of wine production and their evolution.

From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

8. From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

Admire the salt pans of Marsala on this day trip from Trapani. Ride through the lagoon on a flat keel boat. Learn the ancient history of the region and find out about traditional salt collection methods.   Meet your guide in Trapani. Sit back and relax in an airconditioned car on the way to the natural reservoir in Marsala. Hop aboard a flat keel boat and sail around the islands of Lunga, Schola, and Santa Maria in the stunning lagoon.  Snap pictures of the old windmills, and capture how the light hits the white and pink salt pans. Look for local wildlife as you glide over the water. Hear about traditional salt collection methods and uncover the region's history. Taste some local products before returning to Trapani. 

Marsala: Private 4-Course Meal in Local's Home

9. Marsala: Private 4-Course Meal in Local's Home

In this immersive private dining experience, you'll enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration by your Cesarina and savor authentic Italian dishes and flavors. Relax with a glass of regional wine and soak up the warmth and personality of Italian culture, in a local family's home. Cesarina's are Italian locals who have extensive knowledge and experience with traditional cooking. You'll learn about old family recipes, cookbooks, and techniques, passed down for generations, and the secrets to creating delicious Italian meals. There's nothing like the hospitality of a real Italian mamma, so relish the warmth and comfort of this experience. After the cooking demonstration, you'll get to eat a delicious four-course meal, for lunch or dinner, including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks will include a selection of red and white wines from the region, coffee, and water. As you finish your visit, full of delicious food and family warmth, don't forget to take your souvenir: an official apron to inspire your Italian cooking when you get home.

Marsala: City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Marsala: City Highlights Walking Tour

Become immersed in the rich history of Marsala and hear about its important events, such as the landing of Garibaldi, on a guided walking tour. Stroll through the ancient city center and be transported back to its golden days. Observe iconic churches, squares, and city gates. Start the tour at Porta Nuova before diving into the historic center. Explore Cassaro, the main road lined with cafes and boutiques, and head into the charming Old Town through the Porta Garibaldi. Continue to XI Maggio street, with picturesque alleys and great city views. Reach the heart of the city, the Piazza della Repubblica, overlooking the majestic Chiesa Madre. Come across two other churches, Chiesa del Purgatorio and Chiesa dell’Addolorata. See the marble bust of Garibaldi in Piazza della Vittoria and learn how he fought for the liberation of Southern Italy. After your tour, you can visit the nearby Baglio Anselmi Museum or have a taste of the famous Marsala wines at a local restaurant.

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based on 35 reviews

Excellent experience with an excellent guide. Very nice route and not too physical for non-athletes like us. The lava flow which dates from 1992 is very impressive, this stop is really worth the detour. This is less the case for the lava caves which are a little disappointing, as is the "tasting" of local products. It is in fact a stop in a large shop full of tourists with the possibility of tasting the products of the store which do not seem particularly qualitative. It's very tourist trap and it's not at all authentic. On the other hand, the views of Etna and the landscapes are breathtaking. We highly recommend this excursion.

Alessio is an excellent tour guide… full of interesting information and the history of salt collection in the Trapani/Marsala area. We spent a great deal of time observing the salt pans and learning so much about how the salt collection has changed over time. He took us to an excellent winery where we tasted numerous exceptional wines. We never felt rushed and enjoyed the winery visit thoroughly! The boat tour was also very enjoyable and we went to a lovely little shop to get a few salt souvenirs. Give Alessio your tour business… you won’t be disappointed!!

The tour is highly recommended. We were surprised that we were asked about the shoe size. After a very good film that explains the work and the different pools, we found out why shoe size is important. Not only do you visit the pools, we were even able to harvest a little fleur de sel and coarse salt crystals. Work is still done here by hand.

Our guide Alessio was Fantastic. We had a wonderful afternoon with him learning about the salt plans of Western Sicily. Highly recommend this trip.

a really interesting visit and above all accompanied by a professional guide but at the same time friendly and helpful. highly recommended