1st to 16th May 2019
If you want poetry come to Sicily.Traditional Sicilian Saying.
This itinerary is designed for travelers who are passionate about the Italian language and want to experience ?real? Italian life. We will see some of the scenery and visit locations featured in the popular TV series "Inspector Montalbano", we will visit the town of Savoca, which became famous after some scenes of ?Il Padrino? movie were filmed. Moreover we will visit places where the internationally known film "Il Postino" was filmed. The trip will comprise a small group of 10 to 15 people. We will have Italian lessons focused on the day topic; we will sometimes use public transport for a short period of time in order to encourage you to practise your Italian. Please be aware ITALIANS EAT A LOT!!
Day 1 - Wednesday 1st May 2019 - ARRIVAL IN CATANIA
After arrival at Catania Airport we will travel to Taormina and check-in at our accommodation. We will have time to rest before dinner and Italian conversation lesson. Buona notte!
Day 2 - Thursday 2nd May 2019 - TAORMINA AND GREEK THEATRE
BUONGIORNO! After breakfast we will have a nice walk to discover this beautiful medieval town. We will stop at a famous local Bar where you will have time to rest and, if you like, to enjoy a typical Italian pausa caffe. You will have some time at leisure for shopping before going back to our accommodation in Taormina where we will have our Italian conversation lesson. After a lovely dinner you will enjoy the rest of the night as you prefer
Day 3 - Friday 3rd May 2019 - MOUNT ETNA
After breakfast we will go up Mount Etna, the 'Fire Giant'. We will stop for local produce tasting on the way. We will then drive to 2000 metres (7000 feet) and leisurely explore the volcano. We will have the opportunity of continuing the excursion to 3000 metres (extra fees apply). You will then have some free time to enjoy the views and if you wish some lunch. On the way back to Taormina we will visit a Wine Producer. At the hotel we will have our Italian conversation lesson before dinner. The evening will be at your leisure.
Day 4- Saturday 4th May 2019 - RIVIERA DEI CICLOPI / CATANIA
This morning, after breakfast, our first destination will be Riviera dei Ciclopi. On the way we will stop to take some pictures of the magnificent views. We will then continue our trip to Catania to admire the famous fish market, with the opportunity to see the Cathedral and explore the town!
You will have some free time for lunch before heading back to Taormina where we will have our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 5- Sunday 5th May 2019 - SIRACUSA
Today we will have breakfast and leave the hotel to travel to Syracuse, the Ancient Greek colony. We will have a guided tour at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, where we will admire the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ierone Altar and the curious Ear of Dyonisius. We will then visit Ortigia Island with its Temple of Apollo, the Aretusa Spring and the splendid and unique Cathedral. You will enjoy some free time for lunch before travelling back to the hotel. After dinner you will have time at your leisure.
Day 6- Monday 6th May 2019 - NAXOS GARDENS / COOKING LESSON
This morning we will have breakfast before catching the bus to Naxos Gardens. There, we will go grocery shopping with the Chef. At the Chef's house we will have a Cooking Lesson and enjoy the meals we prepared. We will then catch the bus back to Taormina where we will have an Italian conversation lesson before dinner.
Day 7- Tuesday 7th May 2019 - RAGUSA
Today we will have breakfast then leave to visit Ragusa. We will discover Ibla's historical centre, and have a tasting of a typical produce of this area. We will continue with the visit of the town with its wonderful view overlooking the valley. We will admire some of the scenery and visit locations featured in the popular TV series "Inspector Montalbano". We will have some free time for lunch before going back to the accommodation for our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 8 - Wednesday 8th May 2019 - CEFALU
Today after breakfast we will check out and travel to Cefalu. On the way we will stop in a small town that became famous after some scenes of Il Padrino movie were filmed. We will have lunch before arriving in Cefalu. We will check in at our new accommodation, have dinner and some time at leisure.
Day 9 - Thursday 9th May 2019 - CASTELBUONO
Today we will travel to the heart of 'Madonie'. We will visit a Medieval Castle and taste some of the typical produce. We will then walk through the historical centre. Back in Cefalu' you will have some free time at leisure.
Day 10 - Friday 10th May 2019 - PALERMO
After breakfast we will travel to Palermo. We will enjoy a City sightseeing tour and have an historic centre guided visit. You will have some free time for lunch and some shopping. Back in Cefalù we will have our Italian conversation lesson and dinner.
Day 11 - Saturday 11th May 2019 - AGRIGENTO
Our destination today is the Valley of the Temples, a magnificent archaeological site, ranked among the most important architectural specimens of the Greek classical Age. We will have some free time for lunch. On our way back we will stop to visit the Villa Romana del Casale di Piazza Armerina. Back in Cefalu' we will have dinner and some time at leisure.
Day 12 - Sunday 12th May 2019 - FREE DAY
Today after breakfast the day will be free for you to venture out on your own, shop or go for Marsala tasting in one of the typical cellars. The choice is yours.
Day 13 - Monday 13th May 2019 - ERICE
After breakfast we will travel to Erice, a picturesque medieval town, at the top of San Giuliano Mountain. We will enjoy a nice walking tour to discover the beautiful and attractive sights of the village and the enchanting view overlooking Trapani, the Mediterranean Sea and the Egadi Islands. We will taste some of the famous Erice produce. We will then travel back to Cefalu' for our Italian conversation lesson and Dinner
Day 14 - Tuesday 14th May - MADONIE MOUNTAINS / COOKING CLASS
Today after breakfast our last destination of our Language Holiday will be the Madonie mountains. We will spend the day in a farm house where we will taste some fresh ricotta and learn everything about it. We will have a hands-on cooking lesson and enjoy a wonderful lunch. Back in Cefalu' we will have some free time before Dinner.
Day 15 - Wednesday 15th May - AEOLIAN ISLAND
After breakfast we will travel to the Aeolian Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our destination is one of the Aeolian Island where the film Il Postino, an enormous international success, was mostly filmed. We will wander around to discover this green and fertile land, characterised by its twin (inactive) volcanoes. Back to our hotel late in the evening for dinner.
Day 16 - Thursday 16th May - DEPARTURE
After breakfast we will check-out and ........ ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA!!!!
Changes to dates, accommodations and itinerary may be made if necessary for numerous reasons beyond our control.