One day Experiences 2021
Have a taste of an Emotional Sicily Journey through a one-day experience where you will explore our land and our culture accompanied by our people.
Hands-on cooking classes, visits of vineyards, farms and food markets. Off-the-beaten-track itineraries, unspoiled nature and active volcanoes. Workshops with craftsmen, home-cooking, traditional arts and modern artisans
Explore the one-day experiences we have crafted for 2021
Ancient Crafts and the hidden gems of Palazzolo Acreide
Basketmaking / Baroque engraving at Palazzolo Acreide
Participate in an amazing hands-on workshop side by side with expert craftsmen.
You’ll be impressed by traditional basketry or refined Baroque engraving techniques.
Get off the beaten track exploring Palazzolo Acreide, the uncovered gem of the Syracusan Hyblaean Plateau. Take a step back in time immersing yourself into local traditions at the Antonino Uccello Ethnographic Museum (an incredible cross-section of Sicilian traditional arts and crafts), visiting ancient Akrai (founded by the Greeks of Syracuse in 663 BC), and strolling through the Medieval and Baroque old town: you’ll feel the rhythm of authentic Sicilian life.
The unspoiled nature of Noto countryside and the Almond Farm
A 4-hour hike through Noto Antica-Cava del Carosello-Asinaro River and a farmer’s lunch amidst almond fields
The nature excursion starts on Mount Alveria, where the ruins of ancient Noto are located. The hike will descend to Cava del Carosello and along the Asinaro River valley. Untouched nature awaits you at every step and you can dip in the refreshing clear waters of a perfectly round plunge pool. Arriving at the farm, you’ll feel warmly welcomed by the genuine hospitality of the owners with whom you will enjoy an authentic peasant lunch. After lunch, visit the farm and learn about Mandorla di Noto -a Slow Food presidium-.
This day tour is available in June/July and September
In June it is possible to experience traditional cheese-making (fresh Tuma and Ricotta cheese from sheep milk) and in August you can participate in the almond harvesting.
The ancient water-mill and the art of Sicilian Carts - Ragusa
Hands-on cooking class, guided visit of Ragusa, Carretto Siciliano workshop
Visit an ancient water mill, recently restored and in use again. Learn about the different antique Sicilian grains, facts about their history and recent recovery. The cooking class will take place in a special location, a wonderful cave and will be based on the use of flours milled by the water-mill and cultivated in the lands that surround Ragusa. A shared lunch will culminate the experience. Afterwards, meet your guide who will accompany you on your visit to Ragusa. On your tour you’ll meet two local artists who have recovered the traditional decoration of the Carretto Siciliano, the old ornate and coloured carts drawn by horses or donkeys. It is possible to arrange a private workshop of traditional decoration led by one of the artists
The Neapolis, wine, food, and traditional arts in Siracusa
The Greek Polis, Food & Wine tour in a Frederician castle and Teatro dei Pupi
Take a step back in time on your guided tour of the Neapolis archeological area, which hosts the most important ruins of the old Greek-Roman city of Siracusa, the Greek theatre, and the Roman amphitheater. Head to the outskirts of Siracusa to a prestigious winery and farm. On the estate, visit the vineyard, the Palmento (where wine was originally made), the splendid Frederician castle (XIII century) as well as the ancient enclosed botanical garden. Have a wine tasting and a light lunch prepared with the products of the farm. Drive back to Siracusa where your guide will wait for you at Ortygia to show you the highlights of the island, the beating heart of Siracusa. After the tour, attend the traditional Teatro dei Pupi show after which you’ll visit the workshop of Master Puparo, where the puppets are made
Baroque Siracusa, the food market and the Olive Oil experience
Meet your guide in Ortygia, and unlock its beauty, strolling through its alleys and enjoying the breeze of the sea that surrounds the island. The tour will finish at the bustling Mercato del Pesce (the local food market). Visiting the market is a delight for the eye. The exuberant exhibition of fruits and vegetables, their intense colours and smell together with the way the vendors call the attention of the passerby is a unique experience that involves all your senses. A 30-minute ride leads you through the countryside of Syracuse to Canicattini Bagni where you’ll learn about the Olive Oil making process. Visit the olive grove and the eighteenth-century farm. Then learn about the entire production process in the Olive Oil Room. Taste the oils produced by the farm before you sit at the table under the porch for a special lunch entirely prepared by the Matrona of the farm
The majestic Mount Etna and its wines
You will be fascinated by the majestic Etna: the highest active volcano in Europe. Explore the wildest part of the mountain with a 2-hours hike among the Sartorius Craters and the lava flow originated during the eruption of 1865. Observe the local endemic species and the volcanic bombs.
After a short drive, visit the wine estate, where you will enjoy a special wine tasting and an exquisite lunch.
An optional extra would be to visit Catania where you’ll be accompanied by a local guide who will unlock for you the secrets of the “black city”.
The beauty of the south-east coast and Noto Doc wine experience
2-hours easy hike from Eloro to Vendicari and visit of winery - Noto Doc Region
The coastal Nature Reserve of Vendicari will surprise you with its exceptional biodiversity and the charm of the antique Tonnara, where tuna fish were captured. Together with your nature guide, take an easy hike along the coast from the beach of Eloro to the Tonnara of Vendicari, passing by the beaches of Marianelli and Calamosche. Prepare your swimwear because it will be impossible to resist swimming in the crystalline water. After the hike and relaxing on the beach, join the winery where lunch will be served and enjoy a tasting of Noto Doc wines.
Details of the experiences
All the one-day experiences include lunch activities, and guided tours accompanied by a private guide.
Prices are per person for groups of 4 people. Ask us for a quotation for a different number of people.
What is included
Italian/French/English speaking licensed guide and cultural expert or naturalistic guide for hike and trek
Lunch, including beverage
Listed activities, entrance fees, taxes
What is not included
Transportation to/from the meeting point
Activities not included in the itinerary
Gratuity for tour
You may cancel up to 72h prior to the scheduled date