|This is a Self Drive in Sicily for fans of the TV series Inspector Montalbano and it allows you to discover the most charming destinations. Nature, Culture and Taste inside the same tour.Follow the Pino’s advice to discover Sicily in different ways. Visit our blog for general information about the island and the country. Discover Pino’s offers.|
1° Day-Arrival - KM 61
When you will arrive at Palermo airport, after you pick up your luggage, out of the terminal, on the right side there is a car rental area. Your company’s box office is Sicily by Car. After you signed the contract, take your car and drive towards Syracuse area. Overnight in the hotel.
2° Day- Syracuse - KM 5
After breakfast drive to Syracuse, It was one of the most important archaeological centre in "magna Graecia". The neapolis archaeological park is the most characteristical part of the old greek town. Visit the neapolis with its greek teathe, hieron II's altar, the Roman Amphitheatre and the Ear of Dionysius. The oldest part of the town is on the little island ortigia, with the remains of the earliest greek constructions, such as the tempe of apollo, and traces of the grandiose temple of athena, nowadays a part of the Cathedral and the Aretusa fontain. Time to walk around the beautiful baroque buidings of Ortigia. Pino's advice is to visit the Cassibile’s gorges and swim in its cold waters. Pino's advice is to have dinner to Return to the hotel, in the area of Syracuse and Overnight.
3° Day - Noto/The Vendicari Reserve/Porto Palo/Marzamemi - KM 137
Breakfast and departure to Noto (world heritage) one of the most example of the sicilian baroque architecture. Strool in the narrow streets, admiring the golden-colored stone buildings, the fantastical facades and balconies, the numerous palaces and cathedrals. Destroyed by the terrible eartquake in 1693, it was rebuilt on a new site, about 10km from the old centre.
Pino's advice is to visit, the Villa Romana del Tellaro of Noto.
Continuation towards the nature reserve of Vendicari, one place that really shouldn’t be missed. Situated on the southern-most part of Sicily’s east coast, Vendicari is a mixture of lagoons (pantano), sand dunes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its beautiful selection of beaches are amongst the least frequented in Sicily... at least by humans.
Just a few kilometres down the coast, is one of Sicily’s prettiest seaside villages: MARZAMEMI. It was the Arabs of the 10th century who put Marzamemi on the map. They not only gave the village its poetic name, Marsà al-hamam (translating as something like Turtle Dove Bay) but also built the original tonnara (tuna processing plant), which was to become one of the most important on the island. Although the tonnara itself is no longer in function, Marzamemi continues its artisanal fishing and processing activities, producing all manner of delicacies, including canned tuna, dried tuna roe (bottarga), smoked swordfish, marinated anchovies, seafood pasta condiments, tuna salamis and much more. Pino's advice is to taste the fish product to
Return to the hotel in the area of Ragusa and overnight.
4° Day- Scicli/Modica/Ragusa Ibla - KM 5
Enjoy of the typical Sicilian breakfast and departing to Scicli, it's a most lovely city in the province of Ragusa. This town has a scenic location along with an enjoyable sense of discovery for the visitors who explore its streets. After that departure to Modica. Well known as the town of the churches (one-hundred). It is the town of the famous bridge, one of the tallest in Europe (300m), overlooking the whole town and joining the new and the old parts of Modica there is a castle with a tower from 18th century and a more recent clock, both symbolically representing the town, what makes Modica so unique and charming is its baroque style that dominates the old town center. Visit a chocolate shop to find out how for several hundred years (since the spanish first bought cocoa from south America) the Modicans have been making chocolate in aztec way. Drive towards Ragusa, one of the unesco-listed baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily. The main building monument is the cathedral, "duomo di San Giorgio". This is the heart of the old town and contains of some of its best, and most prized artworks. Set on a wide limostone hill between two deep valley ( the Cava San Leonardo and the Cava Santa Domenica), it is divided into two distinct areas: Ragusa Ibla and Ragusa, separeted by the so-called "valle dei ponti" (the valley of the bridges). After the 1693's earthquake, the resident settled on the site known as Ibla that today, with its medieval layout and lovely baroque architecture, is the most attractive historical centre and the major tourist goal.
If you are a fan of the Italian detective series Inspector Montalbano, Visit the seaside villages of Punta Secca (Marinella) where Montalbano’s house is situated and Donnalucata, where it’s beautiful seafront promenade represents the promenade of Vigata in the episode “the forms of water”. Many of the scenes from the series were filmed in and around Ragusa Ibla. Pino will offers you after sunset to the little village of Scicli one of the most lovely city in the province of Ragusa, to appreciate the city with evening lights that makes it look like a nativity scene. Return to the hotel and Overnight
5° Day -Donnalucata/Riviera dei Ciclopi/Taormina- KM 222
Before leaving for Taormina, a visit to one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the province, the Donnafugata Castle, set in a rolling countryside among rocks and giant carob trees and surrounded by a huge park.
The legend tells of a woman fleeing some tyrannical husband or father, but is a free interpretation. Inside the Castle, which has 122 rooms, only the first floor is open to visitors and the large garden, shaded first by large Ficus magnolioides trees and other Mediterranean and exotic species, intends to charm its visitors. In the afternoon continuation to the Riviera dei Ciclopi (Acireale, Acitrezza e Acicastello) an attractive city of coastline, until its name to a Homeric legend according to which the towering black rocks that rise out of the sea, actually great hunks of solidified lava, were thrown by the blinded Cyclops, Polyphemus, in a desperate attempt to stop Odysseus escaping. Pino's advice is to taste the typical "granita of lemon or almond" Overnight in the area of Taormina.
6° Day -Etna- KM 55
Enjoy your breakfast and drive to Mt.Etna. It is highest active volcano in Europe. It used to be called "Mongibello" from the arab name "ghebehel" meaning "a beautiful mount". Visit of the extinct craters silvestri at 1900 mt. Pino's advice is to go up to 2.900 Mt. with cablecar and a jeep in order to try the most unforgetable experience, and admire a stunning panorama. Drive to Winery on the slopes of the volcano. Unique climate and ground conditions determine the typicality of the Etna grapes and wine. At the highest altitudes, the changes of temperature between night and day allow an aromatic ripening that is essential for the color and taste of the red grapes and for the aroma of the white wines. Pino's advice is to visit the village of Zafferana Etnea and tasting “Pizza Siciliana” Overnight in the area of Taormina.
7° Day - Taormina - KM 5
This morning after breakfast visit Taormina, (among a myriad of prickly pear cactus) with a breath-taking view of the majestic Mt. Etna with towns clinging to its slopes. Taormina used to be called "pearl of Sicily" for its characteristic streets and for its greek theatre of the 3rd century B.C.. Pino's advice is to visit "Il Castagno dei 100 Cavalli" one of the most important and oldest trees in Italy. Pino's advice is to have dinner in Letojanni or visit Castelmola whit stunning views, but this small sleepy Sicilian village has much more to offer. Overnight in the area of Taormina.
8° Day - KM 66
After breakfast departure to the airport of Catania. Please deliver your car to rental car company Sicily by Car. Going back to the terminal, and have a nice flight back home
The type of hired car is automatically chosen according to the number of people. Exemple: 2/3 pax category C; 4 pax category F
The hotels booked for Self-drive are in 3&4 stars hotel category, in a standard double room breakfast included. The hotels will be chosen among the hotels below or similar.
Days : 8 | Nights : 7