Sicily has extended a welcoming hand to visitors throughout the ages. It is a cultural crossroads where Greeks and Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs, French and Spanish civilizations have all left their mark over the centuries—artistically, architecturally and gastronomically. Our journey focuses on the southern side of the island, visiting the Baroque towns of Siracusa, Noto and Modica. During our explorations, we’ll be rewarded with an exclusive gourmet experience and immersion in local gastronomy. Experience pure indulgence for the senses: admire the island’s rich culture, savour fresh seafood, handmade pasta, arancini, caponata and plan to wash it all down with some delightful Sicilian wines.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Dana Quinn
Upon your arrival in Siracusa, the original Syracuse, meet up with your B&R guides for an aperitivo and a chance to meet your fellow travellers and learn about the upcoming week’s adventures.
After breakfast steps from the sea, enjoy a private guided tour of Siracusa. Lunch involves a hands-on Sicilian sandwich demonstration at Borderi, a salumiere in the old market. This afternoon you'll be introduced to the famous Noto Almond! Tonight we dine in a typical local trattoria on Ortigia.
Spend the morning relaxing or explore the Iblei mountains and all their hidden treasures. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the charming town of Noto before heading to the Planeta family's Buonivini wine estate. Stroll through the renowned vineyards, visit its "Invisible Wine Cellar" and take part in a memorable wine tasting.
Journey deep into the stunning Mòdica area and go hunting for Sicilian truffles with one of the area's best cavatori (truffle hunters). After, enjoy a marvelous lunch, featuring truffles of course! Later, soak in the beautiful Baroque architecture on a walking tour of town and visit Simone's Chocolate Lab for an exclusive talk and tasting.
Visit a working farm near Scicli and see how hot, fresh ricotta is made. Lunch is a special gastronomic experience at the unforgettable Gli Aromi. Explore the farm and discover all the raw materials before participating in a hands-on cooking class which will inevitably lead to a scrumptious lunch.
Visit Catania's historic fish market where you'll pick the freshest fish for today's hands-on cooking lesson. This afternoon learn about the hotel's very own olive oil and meet with a Sicilian honey producer for a tasting! Tonight we dine al fresco on the terrace gazing up at Mount Etna.
After breakfast, you'll be driven to Catania’s Fontanarossa airport for mid-day flights. Arrivederci!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.