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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.
2° Day - Sicily's Volcanic Wines & Taormina
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 is to try the delicious Granita, a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavoring.
3°Day - Castelbuono
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 Wine tasting in a beautiful Abbey restored to its ancient and noble splendor. Dinner and accommodation in farmhouse.
4°Day - Cefalù/Palermo
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 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 Overnight at Hotel.
5° Day -The Salt and Wine Road - Trapani/Marsala/Agrigento
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 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
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: 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 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
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 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 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!
The type of hired car is automatically chosen according to the number of people.
Exemple: 2/3 pax catecory 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.
FarmHouse in Palermo Area
Days : 8 | Nights : 7