Allison Scola


May 25, 2020 - Jun 6, 2020

Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below - May 2020


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


Join us for an uncommon journey discovering Sicily’s hidden corners in springtime! During Myths & Mysteries of Sicily: As Above/So Below, you’ll explore off-the-beaten path towns, interact with locals, and immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and ancient history. You’ll not only visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, Siracusa’s archaeological park, and Palermo’s Arab-Norman gems, but you’ll also discover hard-to-reach mountain towns and sweeping, fertile vineyards. You’ll delight in live ancient Greek theater in an ancient Greek amphitheater, relish long meals of traditional cuisine, and enjoy characteristic, family-run inns. 

Using guided meditations, shamanic journeys, ceremonies, and rituals, you will experience the myths of the spiritual centers on Sicily’s surface and explore the mysteries below. Co-hosted by New York City based shamanic and wellness practitioner Tony Allicino and Experience Sicily owner and curator Allison Scola, this uncommon journey will refresh your spirit and inspire your soul. You'll experience Sicily through a unique lens that will connect you deeply to yourself and to ancient island. 

$5,000 per person, double occupancy (Single Supplement $950). Land only.
13 days, 12 nights
(Includes everything but nine meals (Includes all breakfasts, nine lunches, and six dinners))

  • Early Registration Incentive Pricing! Pay in-full by March 15, 2020 and receive $100 off per person for the cost of your tour.
  • Pay in-full by personal check and receive $150 off the cost of your tour.


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


  • Ortigia/Siracusa ( 4 nights)
  • On the Mediterranean Sea in Agrigento Province (3 nights)
  • Palermo Center (2 nights)
  • Scopello (3 nights)


  • Medium-high: Keep the pace


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

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

Monday May 25

Arrival at Catania Airport

Although our tour officially starts on Monday, May 25, international flights for Europe and Italy depart the night 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 on Monday, May 25, we can assist you with your travel planning and reservations. 

Travel from Catania Airport to the Hotel

Group transfer from the airport (Included in your tour cost)

Lunch on Own

Central European Summer Time - Check-in - 4 d

Check In and Settle In to Your Inn in Siracusa

4-star, family-run inn

Group Orientation Meeting

Meet in the Lobby of the hotel where we will gather for an orientation meeting regarding our tour. We'll introduce ourselves to each other, review our itinerary briefly, and set intentions regarding the significance of this journey for you personally. 

After our meeting, we will enjoy dinner as a group. 

Welcome Dinner as a Group at a Typical Trattoria

Meals Included for Today: Dinner

Tuesday May 26

Visit Siracusa's Neapolis Archeological Park

This morning you'll have time to explore the "Neapolis" archaeological park and/or visit the archaeological museum "Paolo Orsi" led by an expert, licensed guide. 

Siracusa’s Roman Coliseum

Ortigia and Siracusa's Ancient Ruins

Siracusa's Archaeological Museum, Paolo Orsi

Lunch as Group

Walking tour of Ortigia historic center, including the Duomo and Caravaggio

Enjoy a Performance of World-Class, Classic Theater

This evening, you'll take in a performance of classic, ancient Greek theater in Siracusa's ancient Greek theater.

We won't know which play will be performed until early 2020, but based on our past experiences, it is sure to be spectacular! 

Dinner On Your Own

Enjoy dinner tonight at your leisure. We will furnish you with a list of recommended restaurants. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch

Wednesday May 27

Market Tour and Hands-On Cooking Experience

Discover the Ancient Mikveh of Siracusa

The Bagno Ebraico, Mikveh, or Jewish Bath of Siracusa that was discovered 20 years ago, when Amalia Daniel di Bagni was renovating a building she purchased to build a hotel. 

We will journey three stories down a staircase, once filled with earth and debris and hidden behind a wall, to enter history. The passageway is cut into stone and extends 18 meters below the street. The ancient mikveh was a place for ritual and cleansing, as prescribed by Jewish religious tradition. Once we enter the chamber, we'll encounter five freshwater, spring fed tubs, also cut into the ground's stone and large enough for immersion. 

Seeing the bath is fascinating. And learning about why it was hidden--because of the Spanish Inquisition that started in 1492--is emotional. 

In this sacred and intimate space, once a part of a thriving community and then hidden for centuries, we will recite a traditional invocation of thanksgiving and peace. 

Dinner On Your Own

This evening, dinner is at your leisure. We will furnish you with a list of recommended restaurants. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday May 28

Half Day Excursion on Mount Etna

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.

You'll enter lava caves where we'll make our gratitude offering and chant to celebrate our connection to Etna and the power and beauty of Mother Earth.

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

Time On Your Own In Enchanting Taormina

You'll have time to explore the enchanting hill-top town of Taormina with its elegant cafes and boutiques. Dinner this evening is on your own. We'll provide you with a list of restaurant recommendations. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch

Friday May 29

Check-out of Siracusa Inn

Be Inspired by the Quaint Baroque Alleyways of Ragusa Ibla

This morning you'll have time on your own in the charming baroque town of Ragusa Ibla. 

Lunch on your own in Ragusa Ibla

Valley of the Temples With Local Guide

Today we'll commune with the gods at one of the most impressive UNESCO recognized archaeological sites on Earth. 

Dinner as a Group

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Dinner

Central European Summer Time - Check-in - 3 d

Check in to 4-Star Hotel on the Mediterranean Sea

Saturday May 30

Explore the Ancient Mountains of Sicily

Today, we'll go further into the center of Sicily, where we'll enjoy lunch as a group and have our breath taken away by one of Sicily's hidden gems, the Teatro Andromeda.

From the top of the mythic mountains, and under the constellation Andromeda, we will nourish your awareness of the interconnectedness of Time, and Air, Earth, Fire, and Water with a guided meditation and ceremony. 

8:00 PM - Central European Summer Time

Dinner as a Group


Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sunday May 31

Day in a Mountain Village and Countryside

Today, we'll head to the mountains north of Agrigento, where we'll meet the locals of a remote village. .When I say locals, I don't just mean the cheese monger, the baker, and the fruit vendor... I also mean the sheep, goats, and the breathtaking spring flowers.

We'll have lunch on a farm, among the beautiful gardens of the property, where we'll pause to make an offering of thanksgiving and experience a guided meditation that will connect us deeper to the land.

Dinner as a Group on the Beach

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monday Jun 1

Check out of Our Hotel

Tour Selinunte Archaeological Park with Expert Guide

We will tour the magnificent archaeological park of Selinunte in southwestern Sicily. The scope and size of its temples will take your breath away while the Sanctuary of Demetre Malophoros will inspire. 

Lunch as a Group

Central European Summer Time - Check-in - 2 d

Check In to Our Hotel in Palermo

4-star Boutique 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. 

8:00 PM - Central European Summer Time

Dinner On Your Own

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday Jun 2

Palermo Market, Culture, and Street Food Tour

Your local guide will take you through the streets of Palermo's historic center, where you'll experience the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of the ancient markets Il Capo and La Vucciria. You'll delight in the street food enjoyed by locals, as well as learn about the culture of this multi-cultural city and see some of its hidden corners. 

Palermo and Monreale History Walking Tour with Local Guide

Our tour expert, local guide will offer a brief walking tour of Palermo's historic center including Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, La Martorana Church, and more, before we head south of town to savor the magnificence of Monreale Cathedral and its cloisters.

Dinner On Your Own

Dinner is at your leisure this evening. We'll furnish you with a list of recommended restaurants.

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast and Lunch

Wednesday Jun 3

Check out of Palermo hotel

Visit Erice and Trapani Salt Flats

Take in the views and explore the charming town of Erice, the ancient site of a temple to Venus, the goddess of love. Among the beauty of the town and its ancient and timeless imprinted energy, we will connect to how we give and receive love, in all of its forms, in our lives.

After time on our own, together we'll take in the beauty of Sicily's salt flats along the island's western coast.

Lunch on Own in Erice

Central European Summer Time - Check-in - 3 d

Check in to Our Family-Run Farmhouse-Vineyard Inn in Scopello

Dinner as Group at Our Inn

Our inn is also a winery, so this evening, we'll experience the wines of the estate along with a paired menu. 

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Dinner

Thursday Jun 4

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. 

Free time on your own in Scopello

Dinner on Own in Scopello

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch

Friday Jun 5

Visit to the Museum of Ritual Bread and Ritual Bread Making In Salemi

Ritual bread is an inherently traditional part of Southern Italian spiritualism that is rooted in pre-Christianity religious cults' that honored the Fertility Goddess and God, most notably Demeter and Dionysus.

With the establishment of Christianity, ritual bread was appropriated, transformed and incorporated into festivals honoring Christian saints who replaced the pre-Christian gods and goddesses.

With a visit to the Museum of Ritual Bread and a workshop in how the locals make their loaves, we'll get our hands in the dough today!

Lunch as Group on a Farm

Time on your own to rest, enjoy our inn's property and prepare for departure

Farewell Dinner as a Group at Our Inn

Meals Included for Today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Saturday Jun 6

Departure from Sicily

Group airport transfer. 

Arrivederci Sicilia!

Information & Documents


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

Meet Your Cohost Tony Allicino

Tony Allicino has been a practitioner of shamanism since 1997 and has taught shamanism workshops, retreats, and led rituals at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, The Open Center, Shantigar, Journeys to the Soul, Spirit Hollow, Kirkridge, Easton Mountain, Menla House, Dawn Manor, and Shamanic Fire Reiki.

He has studied shamanism traditions with Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Tom Cowan, Christina Pratt, Nan Moss and David Corbin, Uncle Angaangao, Ailo Gaup, and indigenous shamans of North and South America and Nepal; ecstatic dance and movement with Gabrielle Roth, Emilie Conrad and Alessandra Belloni; and tai chi and qigong with Sharon Smith and Juan Li.

A participant of indigenous Sacred Dances throughout the United States, he is a Grail Reiki Master, a graduate of Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training Program, a member of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Society of Shamanic Practice (SSP), and a founding member of local Shamanic Drum Circles. He directed LaGuardia Community College’s Center for Complimentary and Alternative Health (2005-2009); coordinates SSP Northeast 2016-2018 Shamans Gathering, and is an SSP Shamanism Without Borders Community Leader. Tony lives in New York City where he hosts a monthly Drum Circle, teaches classes and works with clients.

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. 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 Mon., May 25, 2020 and officially ends with a group transfer to Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport in Palermo on Sat., June 6, 2020.
  • Flights from the U.S. will depart the night before our tour begins (on May 24, 2020) and will arrive the morning or early afternoon of May 25, 2020. Our first group event will be meeting at Catania Fontanarossa Airport on Mon., May 25, 2020 for transportation to our first hotel. Please plan accordingly. The official conclusion of our tour on June 6, 2020 is with check-out of your hotel in Scopello/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 nine meals (Includes all breakfasts, nine lunches, and six dinners). Consult day-by-day descriptions for details. 
  • The trip price is for double occupancy and does not include airfare. 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. Experience Sicily can advise and assist your purchase of travel insurance, providing you with competitive quotations. 
  • 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. 


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