Wine Tour from Catania

Description

Do you want to learn about wine and traditional Mediterranean cuisine? 
Sicily is the  largest island in the Mediterranean with more vineyards than any other Italian region.
The island whose landscape is rich in contrasts, with a  coastline of stunning variety and beauty and  delicious traditional gastronomie. 
Our Self Drive in Sicily allow you to enjoy a mix of Sicilian history, culture, wineries and cuisine. Each day is planned for a new experiences and sights. 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 – Catania

Arrival at Catania airport and then take your car from the car hire office Sicily by Car. Drive to Taormina area and overnight in the hotel.

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2° Day - Sicily's Volcanic Wines & Taormina

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Mt Etna (Unesco Heritage)
  • Learn about Sicilian wines and ancient wine growing techniques 
  • Admire stunning landscapes 
  • Taste extraordinary rich elegant Wines 

Discover Mt Etna, the highest active volcano of Europe. Drive across the villages at the slopes of the mountain and reach Refugio Sapienza at 1.900 mt. above the sea level. Proceed to the top by cableway and 4x4 car service to reach the altitude of 2.900 mt. under main active craters. Drive to Winery on the slopes of the volcano. The unique environmental conditions determine the typicality Etna grapes and wine. At the highest altitudes the changes of temperature between night and day allow a phenol and aromatic ripening that is essential for the color and taste of the red grapes and for the aroma of the white wines. Visit the Winery and wine tasting. Proceed to Taormina one of the most beautiful and fashionable resorts in Sicily, rich in history from Greek and Roman age. Pino's advice to visit Castelmola whit stunning views, but this small sleepy Sicilian village has much more to offer. Pino's advice PinoAdvise is to try the delicious Granita, a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavoring.

3°Day - Castelbuono

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Madonie Regional Park
  • Wine tasting in Abbey

Departure along the coast toward western Sicily. Have a stop in Messina to admire the coast of the continent and to visit the Cathedral. Drive towards Madonie mountains crowned by Pizzo Carbonara, the highest mountain in Sicily, second only to the mighty Mt Etna. The wonderful Madonie National Park with its charming villages and towns was the second natural reserve to be established in Sicily. This regional park takes in farms, hilltop towns and ski resort in an area where people live and work, it means that you can combine hiking with visits to historic medieval towns. Proceed to the charming town of Castelbuono, know for its medieval castle and the production of Manna. Walking through the narrow streets you can admire the Church of St. Anne, Patron Saint of the city, with the bell tower next to the Church of “Matrice Vecchia’’. Walk along the typical road and stop at "Fiasconaro Patisseri" to have a degustation of the famous homemade. Pino's advice is to visit the gorge of Tiberio (better during the morning for the trick of the light in to the water). Pino's advice have a lunch to PinoAdvise Wine tasting in a beautiful Abbey restored to its ancient and noble splendor. Dinner and accommodation in farmhouse.

4°Day - Cefalù/Palermo

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Admire Important and beautiful works of art from Arabic-Normand period (Unesco Heritage)
  • Explore the street markets and street food  


 Drive to the ancient Norman fishing village of Cefalù, it lies in a scenic area between the massive peak and a long sweeping beach. Against this backdrop rise the lofty twin towers of the cathedral built by Roger II in 1130. This splendid cathedral is one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture and contains important golden mosaics. Pino's advice is to taste Sicilian ice cream to PinoAdvise  Proceed to Palermo.  The island’s capital city offers a lot of more attractions and activities. It’s a good idea to get to know the layout of the historic city. One of the best ways to do this is simply by walking in the historic center .This can lead you to Norman churches, chapels with exquisite Byzantine mosaics, Baroque palaces, busy outdoor markets, Capuchin catacombs with more than 8,000 mummies, and Italy’s largest opera house. Pino's advice is climb to the Monte Pellegrino and visit the Santa Rosalia’s sanctuary. Joyfully chaotic markets (Capo & Ballarò) are the best place to taste the street food as arancina (fried rice balls), sfincione (tipical pizza) and have panelle, deep fried chick pea fritters. Pino's advice is have a dinner to PinoAdvise Overnight at Hotel.

5° Day -The Salt and Wine Road - Trapani/Marsala/Agrigento

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Salt pans
  • Masala wine tasting

Spend the day visiting the Salt & Wine Road, between the cities of Trapani and Marsala. In Trapani, you can enjoy the beautiful baroque city center located at the peninsula and go to ancient Erice by cable car at 3300 feet. Pino's advice is to taste almonds pastry to PinoAdvise Along the Salt & Wine Road, you can stop in Marsala, famous for its sweet dessert wine. Marsala wine has a unique taste with use of only Sicilian indigenous grapes and a complex winemaking process. It can be made dry and fine enough for sipping, like Sherry or Madeira. Visit the charming historical town with streets paved in gleaming marble, lined with stately baroque buildings and peppered with graceful piazzas. Visit Winery and Marsala wine tasting. Pino's advice is to visit the regional protected area of Isole dello Stagnone of Marsala. Arrival in Agrigento. Overnight

6° Day – Agrigento/Ragusa/Modica

 

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Valley of the Tempels ( Unesco Heritage )
  • Explore  wonderful baroque towns in southeast Sicily 
  • Taste Modica’s chocolate delicatessen

One of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples, just outside Agrigento.  
This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestus, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius. Pino's advice is to visit “la Scala dei Turchi”. Drive to the historical center of Ragusa Ibla, one of the UNESCO-listed Baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily. The grandest building in Ibla is the cathedral, the Duomo di San Giorgio, up a flight of steps and segregated from the streets by ornate railings, this is the heart of the old town and contains some of its best, and most prized artworks. Pino's advice the typical cuisine in Ragusa: PinoAdvise Continue to Modica. Have a walk along its main corso and enjoy the golden sunset over the monuments. Pino's advice is have a taste of the typical chocolate of Modica in to the store “Sapori degli Iblei” that can be traced back to the Aztecs in Mexico. Pino will offers you PinoAdvise To appreciate the city with evening lights that makes it look like a nativity scene.  Dinner and overnight in Ragusa area.

7° Day - Marzamemi/Noto/Syracuse

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Noto Unesco Heritage
  • Wine tasting
  • Admire the archeological park in Syracuse (Unesco Heritage) and Ortigia's astonishing sandstone palaces
  • Visit architectural and artistic masterpieces 

Today you can reach Syracuse, the greatest city-state during the Greek period. You can stop in the charming fishing village of Marzamemi. Pino's advice is to buy local products related to the processing of tuna to PinoAdvise Proceed to Noto to admire the must example of baroque architecture in Sicily.  Visit and wine tasting in estate characterized by an eco-friendly atmosphere. The grape varieties grown here are Nero d'Avola and Moscato Bianco. Arrival in Syracuse and have a walk along the streets of is historical center called Ortigia. Alternatively have a visit to the archaeological zone with the famous Greek theatre. Pino's advice is have a dinner to PinoAdvise Overnight at Hotel in Syracuse area.

8° Day - Catania

. Departure to the airport of Catania. Please, take your car back to the car hire office “Sicily by car”. Go to the terminal and have a nice flight back home!

Information about the hotels and the Pino's Advice will be provided after the confirmation of your booking.

The type of hired car is automatically chosen according to the number of people.

Exemple: 2/3 pax catecory C; 4 pax category F

Hotels

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.

 

Taormina Area 

Hotel Corallo 4*

Hotel Sporting Baia 4*

Villa Bianca 4*

Hotel Nike 4*

Hotel Albatros 3*

Hotel Delle Palme 3*

Hotel Baia Azzurra 3*

Hotel La Riva 3*

FarmHouse in Palermo Area

Azienda Agrituristica Bergi

Palermo Area 

Hotel Ibis Styles Palermo 4*

Hotel Garibaldi 4*

Hotel Vecchio Borgo 4*

San Paolo Palace Hotel 4*

Hotel Athenaeum 3*

Hotel Villa D'Amato 3*

Hotel Conchiglia D'Oro 3*

Agrigento Area

Hotel Della Valle 4*

Hotel Kore 4*

Grand Hotel Mosè 4*

Hotel Akrabello 3*

Hotel Dei Pini 3*

Ragusa Area 

Hotel Montreal 3*

Poggio Del Sole Resort 4*

Siracusa Area 

Grande Albergo Alfeo 4*

Jolly Aretusa Palace Hotel 4*

Hotel Villa Politi 4*

Hotel Dei Coloniali 3*

Hotel del Santuario 3*

Palazzo Giaracà 3*

Policy & Terms


Days : 8 | Nights : 7


Price included


  • Car Rental
  • Accommodation in 3/4 star hotel
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • Pino's Advice
  • Pino will offer you
  • VAT
  • Fee
  • Wine tasting
  • Tastings
  • 2 dinner in Hotels
  • 4 Visits to Winery’s or Estate and wine tasting

Price not included


  •     Extra stay pre/post tour    
  •     All meals and drinks    
  •     Any optional tours    
  •     Motorway tolls    
  •     Entrance fees museums, monuments and archaeological sites    
  •     Tourist Tax    
  •     Personal Expenses    
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