Allison Scola

Owner/Curator
Experience Sicily

Oct 3, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020

Stunning Sicily - October 2020

REGISTER TODAY

Contact Allison Scola by email at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com or call 646-281-4324 to register and to learn more.

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Discover Sicily's 3000 years of human history and fascinating culture. Savor traveling at a slower pace. Our personalized service and attention to deal will delight you.

$5,575/person, double occupancy (Single Supplement $950). Land only.
13 days, 12 nights
Includes everything but nine meals
(Includes all breakfasts, nine lunches, and five dinners)

Fully escorted; Professional drivers and licensed tour guides; Includes all but nine meals, all accommodations, all transportation, and all entrance fees.

  • Early Registration Incentive Pricing! Pay in-full by April 15, 2020 and receive $250 off the cost of your tour per person. 
  • Pay in-full by personal check and receive $200 off the cost of your tour.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Group airport transfers on designated arrival and departure days
  • Ground transportation
  • Four-star level accommodations
  • All breakfasts, seven lunches, and five dinners (all but 10 meals)
  • All entrance fees, tickets to entertainment, all excursions, most gratuities
  • English-speaking/Italian speaking tour leader and licensed, local guides

WHERE WE STAY

  • Taormina, 4-star hotel with sea views (3 nights)
  • Ortigia/Siracusa, 4-star inn ( 2 nights)
  • Agrigento Province, Family-run Farm-stay (3 nights)
  • Palermo Historic Center, 4-star hotel (2 nights)
  • Castellammare del Golfo, 4-star hotel (2 nights)

ACTIVITY LEVEL

  • Walking and touring historic sites, towns, and villages for a few hours each day. Paced to savor the moments. 

FLIGHT DETAILS

  • Fly into Catania Airport; Fly out of Palermo Airport
    (We can help you arrange pre- and post-tour accommodations and transportation.)

REGISTER TODAY

Contact Allison Scola by email at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com or call 646-281-4324 to register and to learn more.

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To secure your spot, a $1,000 deposit is required, $350 of which is non-refundable.

Saturday Oct 3

Arrival at Catania Airport

Flights from the United States will depart the day before. Please plan accordingly. 

Flights are not included in the price of this tour; however, Experience Sicily can recommend to you flights and carriers that offer competitive prices and convenient flight routes. Please contact us prior to making your reservations.

If you'd like to arrive in Sicily before our tour officially starts, we can assist you with your travel planning and reservations. 

Group Transportation from Catania Airport to Taormina

Check-in to Your 4-Star Grand Hotel in Taormina

Tour Orientation Meeting

Arrive in Taormina and settle in to our 4-star grand hotel. During our evening orientation meeting you'll meet your fellow Experience Sicily travelers, and we'll review what to expect during our time together. 

Welcome Dinner as a Group at a typical trattoria in Taormina

Meal Included for Today: Dinner

Sunday Oct 4

Get Your Feet Dirty with a Half Day on Etna with Expert Guides

Inhale the fresh mountain air!

This morning you’ll have a gentle hike to connect with Etna, Europe’s largest, most active volcano with a local, expert guide. You’ll see extinct craters and learn about the flora and fauna of "Mongibello," as the locals call her.

For lunch, you’ll picnic under the trees, away from the crowds, delighting in typical foods and wine of the volcanic region.

Picnic Lunch of Typical Foods of the Etna Region

Experience the Ottobrata Festival in Zafferana Etnea

Zafferana Etnea, pictured, on the east slope of Etna, will host the 42nd edition of Ottobrata Zafferanese, a culture and food festival celebrating the typical products of the volcanic region. Each Sunday of the feast features a different product, such as the honey for which Zafferana Etnea is famous, porcini mushrooms, which are abundant and in the fall season, chestnuts, wine, and more. Live music, craft making demonstrations, tastings, and community all await in the center of town, and you'll be part of it!

Evening and Dinner at Your Leisure in Taormina

We'll give you a list of our recommended restaurants. Know there are many excellent ones! 

Meal Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Monday Oct 5

Time on Your Own in Taormina

Enjoy time on your own to explore bewitching Taormina's shops, cafe's, and charming alleyways--and don't forget to visit the Teatro Antico, which in the morning, shines in the sunlight! 

Lunch On Your Own

Although lunch is on your own today, leave room for our afternoon wine tasting and rustic pairing. 

Learn About Wine Making and Taste the Vintages at a World-renowned Etna Winery

Evening and Dinner at Your Leisure in Taormina

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Tuesday Oct 6

Transfer to Siracusa

Visit Siracusa's Neapolis Archeological Park

This morning with your expert, local guide, you'll explore the "Neapolis" archaeological park.  After lunch as a group, you'll visit the archaeological museum "Paolo Orsi," which will astound you with its historic riches. 

Lunch as a group with a view of the sea

Check-in to 4-star Inn in Ortigia

Evening and Dinner at Your Leisure

We'll arm you with a list of recommended restaurants within easy distance from our inn. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Wednesday Oct 7

Market Tour and Hands-on Cooking Experience with Local Mamma

This morning we'll delight in a tour of the Antico Mercato of Ortigia with a local mamma who will then lead us in a hands-on cooking class when we'll make time-tested Sicilian recipes. 

We'll eat the fruits of our cooking experience for lunch.

Journey to the Past

After lunch, as a group we'll visit one of Siracusa's most incredible sites: an ancient mikveh, or Jewish ritual bath, that was hidden for centuries. 

Evening and Dinner at Your Leisure

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Thursday Oct 8

Transfer to Agrigento Province

A Stop in the City of Ceramics: Caltagirone

This morning, you have time for some shopping in Caltagirone, a beautiful baroque town that is home to some of Sicily's most prolific ceramic artists

About Caltagirone’s Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

Caltagirone’s Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1609 to connect the old lower town to the new upper town. Since 1954, each of its 142 steps was decorated with a unique design of colorful, handcrafted majolica ceramic tile, a craft for which the city is world renowned.

Lunch as Group at Typical Trattoria

Tour the Splendid Roman Villa del Casale

The 4th century AD Roman Villa del Casale will knock you off your feet with its outstanding mosaic scenes. This UNESCO site, toured with an expert, local guide, will bring ancient Rome to life.

Check-in to Family-run Inn in the Mountains of Agrigento Province

Dinner as a Group at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Friday Oct 9

Mingle with the Locals of a Mountain Village and Stroll through the Countryside

Today we'll discover one of Sicily beautiful hidden corners. Our local insider will introduce us to his village and the heartwarming citizens. 

Lunch on a Farm as a Group

Time to Relax at Our Inn

Dinner as a Group at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday Oct 10

Guided Tour of Agrigento's Valley of the Temples

The UNESCO site Valley of the Temples will astound you with its scope and 2500 years of human history. Your private guide will bring the ruins of seven ancient Greek and Roman temples to life.

Lunch overlooking Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte

Relaxing Time at Our Inn

October is the olive harvest and if the season is right, the farmers who own our inn may be able to give us the opportunity to be part of the harvest. 

Dinner as a Group at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday Oct 11

Transfer to Palermo

Reflect at Villa Palagonia in Bagheria

This morning you'll tour Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. The “Villa of the Monsters,” built in the 18th century, was visited by German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1787. He described it as a place filled with “elements of madness.” Certainly, in the late 18th century, such a place was shocking to see. To him, it was a grotesque expression of the unconscious. Let's see what you think when you enter the hall of mirrors!

Lunch as a Group

Check-in to 4-Star Hotel in Palermo's Historic Center

Enjoy a Show of the Opera dei Pupi

Become a child again at a show of the UNESCO recognized opera dei pupi, Sicily's marionette theater. After a brief introduction, you'll be transported to the era of knights and ladies! 

Dinner On Your Own

We'll arm you with a list of restaurants in Palermo that we think you'll enjoy. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Monday Oct 12

Tour Monreale Cathedral and Palermo's Arab-Norman Patrimony with Private, Expert Guide

Today, your private, expert guide will show you the rich history and heritage of the fascinating city of Palermo and the medieval town of Monreale with its magnificent cathedral. 

You'll be mesmerized by the Arab-Norman and baroque architecture in concert with the stories of kings, knights, ladies, and the many cultures who built and conquered this city from the 7th century before the common era until today. 

Lunch as a Group in Palermo's Historic Center

Evening and Dinner at Your Leisure in Palermo

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Tuesday Oct 13

Transfer to Trapani Province

Visit Erice and Trapani Salt Flats

After we check out of our hotel in Palermo, we'll head west to Trapani province where, you'll get up close to the ancient salt flats. 

Then you'll ascend to the top of Mount San Giuliano, where you'll have time to wander the enchanting streets of Erice, which was for centuries host to a temple to Venus. You might just fall in love with the views ... The shopping may capture your heart as well! 

Lunch is enjoyed at your leisure in Erice. 

Check-in to our 4-star Hotel in Castellammare del Golfo

Dinner at your leisure in Castellammare del Golfo

You'll have a list of restaurant recommendations to consult. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast

Wednesday Oct 14

Lo Zingaro Half-day Boat Excursion from Castellammare del Golfo

Feel the wind in your hair and the warm sun on your face as you cruise along Sicily's breathtaking Tyrrhenian Sea coastline aboard a catamaran. You'll have opportunities to swim in hard-to-reach coves and sought-after swimming spots in Lo Zingaro Nature Preserve, including Scopello's Tonnara. 

A traditional light lunch is served on the boat as part of your excursion. 

Light lunch during our boat excursion

Time to Wander and Shop in Castellammare del Golfo

Farewell Dinner as a Group

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Thursday Oct 15

Check-out of Our Family-Run Inn

Group Transportation to Palermo Airport

Arrivederci Sicilia!

Flights Back to U.S. from Palermo Airport

Meal Included for Today: Breakfast, if time allows

Information & Documents

REGISTER TODAY

Contact Allison Scola by email at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com or call 646-281-4324 to register or for more information. 

About Your Host and Experience Sicily

Allison Scola has been traveling to Sicily regularly since 1996, when at 24 years old, she met her grandmother's sister and her children and grandchildren for the first time. Since the moment she stepped off the train at Palermo's Stazione Centrale, her life has not been the same: she fell in love with Sicily and Sicilians.

Combining more than 20 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, and performing arts with her deep knowledge of Sicily's culture, history, and hidden corners, Allison created Experience Sicily in 2013 with her Sicilian cousin and now business partner Evelina Buttitta. Together, with the mission to delight discerning travelers seeking authentic, locally-seasoned experiences set alongside the region's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Allison and Evelina create unique, personalized itineraries and multi-sensory, small-group tours with the aim to delight their clients with optimal hospitality and service.

ExperienceSicily.com has more than 3000 posts about Sicily written by Allison and covering her travels throughout the region. 

Tour Dates and Details

  • The tour officially begins with your transfer from Catania Fontanarossa Airport on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020 and officially ends with a group transfer to Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Palermo on Thur., Oct. 15, 2020.
  • Flights from the U.S. will depart the night before our tour begins (on Oct. 2, 2020) and will arrive the morning or early afternoon of Oct. 1, 2020. Our first group event will be meeting at Catania Fontanarossa Airport on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020 for transportation to our first hotel. Please plan accordingly. The official conclusion of our tour on Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020 is with check-out of your hotel in Castellammare del Golfo, and a group transfer to Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport.
  • IMPORTANT: Fly into Catania airport and out of Palermo airport.

What Your Tour Price Includes

  • Tour price includes costs for all excursions, planned entertainment and ticket prices, tour transportation, and all but 10 meals (all breakfasts, seven lunches, and five dinners).
  • The trip price is for double occupancy and does not include airfare or travel insurance. There is a single supplement fee of $950. If you wish to share a room with someone, we will try to match you with another single on the trip.
  • Tour price does not include international airfare, travel insurance, mini-bar purchases, room service, or personal purchases and gifts.
  • The meals included in the tour price include 2 glasses of wine and/or soft drinks per meal. If you wish to enjoy additional wine or other alcoholic beverages beyond this allotment, you are welcome to purchase them separately from the group’s bill.
  • The cost of this tour does not include travel insurance; however, it is highly recommended that you purchase a comprehensive plan to cover the costs of your airfare, tour, loss of luggage, and medical expenses. Please ask us for quotations for insurance. We can help you purchase it. For best coverage, we recommend purchasing a plan within 14 days of the first purchase towards your tour. 
  • Gratuities are included. Any additional recognition of our drivers, hosts, and guides is at your discretion.

Important Information for Your Tour

  • The boutique nature of this itinerary means that it is subject to change as we get closer to departure. Our objective is to include activities and events that are tailored to our guests’ interests. Therefore, in most cases, changes will enhance your experience, as it is our mission to provide you with the most memorable experience in Sicily.
  • Details about our accommodations will be released once you have paid in full. All information will be emailed to you about 30 days before departure. A complete, printed trip packet with preparation information will be sent via post.
  • Sicily is a large region that requires significant driving. It is also very mountainous and, as a result, has many winding roads. We have designed the itinerary to break up the driving as much as possible, but on some days, long drives will be necessary. If you suffer from motion sickness, please bring motion-sickness medication with you. Please alert Allison Scola as to what will make you most comfortable.
  • You must be in good physical health to enjoy this tour. Although we will not be engaging in physically rigorous excursions, there is a significant amount of walking on various surfaces and types of terrain as well as standing for extended periods of time, especially at archaeological sites. NB Slower travelers may have to self-elect to refrain from various activities so not to inhibit the rest of the group's enjoyment. If you require a cane or similar instrument to walk, please alert Allison Scola prior to registering for the tour. 
  • Please inform us in advance regarding any dietary restrictions, food allergies, physical limitations, and other personal concerns.
  • Photographs or, in some cases, videos of participants of Experience Sicily may be used for educational and promotional purposes by Experience Sicily. Participants expressly consent to this manner of promotional use when reservations are completed.
  • Experience Sicily appreciates constructive criticism and feedback. If you have any suggestions or issues while on the tour, please approach Allison Scola privately to discuss thoughts and solutions.

Responsibility Statement

Scola Communications Solutions, LLC d/b/a Experience Sicily (“Experience Sicily”) acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Experience Sicily, its respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person performing these services. Experience Sicily does not accept responsibility for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, labor strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided.Experience Sicily is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours/trips it arranges. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects. 

Other Important Information

Once you express interest in registering for this tour, a Welcome Letter will be sent to you that explains our cancellation policies and other important notes to consider. 

REGISTER TODAY

Contact Allison Scola by email at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com or call 646-281-4324 to register or for more information.