A Taste of the Itinerary
Day 1 Palermo
You are met by your guide and Dominique in Palermo, the capital city of Sicily. We transfer you to the hotel. Once there, you are free to take in the city atmosphere and relax. Or if you’d rather, do some pre-tour shopping. We meet in the lobby in the afternoon for our first wonderful dinner to welcome you to Sicily. Overnight stay in Palermo.
Day 2 Palermo
First of all, we breakfast in a magical atmosphere. Lavish frescos, chandeliers, and precious antique furniture surround you. Then we take you on a guided tour of Palermo. Here, you will visit some of the most important churches, monuments and sites. In Palermo the reality and its opposite have always been the natural set of the political and religious powers in Sicily.
Palermo holds in its culinary hands a variety of food that has no equal in Italy. Palermo flavours are always intense. They do not hide the influences left by the civilisations that have made the history of Sicily. This includes influences such as Arab, Norman, Greek and Spaniard. The streets of Palermo are like a theatre stage. Here the gestural and facial mimics of the people will make you feel part of a daily comedy.
Following this, we head out on foot to visit the vibrant and bustling Capo markets, one of the centres of Palermo’s food scene. Capo markets are bursting with the cries of the fish mongers. As well, the crowds of local shoppers and the excitement of all that these markets have become famous for. We snack on olives, cheeses, breads, and salami. We take the time to enjoy the richness of the bountiful foods.
In addition, we wander through to the famous Teatro Massimo. This is most noteworthy for its feature in the last of the God Father movies. Afterwards, you are free to wander the main streets for a spot of shopping. Or rather, you can admire the number of artisan shops that line the narrow cobbled laneways. Here you can find gifts hand-crafted by local artists.
Next, we pass through Piazza San Domenico, mercato Vucciria and Piazza Marina. From there, we visit the Church of San Francesco. This has a deceiving entrance opening into a stunning interior.
Lunch is at a real local Rosticceria. Here both the Palermitani and the foreigners share tables and enjoy the real street food of Sicily. Finally the afternoon is free for you to relax. You could wander the streets again or rather, read quietly on the terrazzo of the hotel. We meet at the lobby in the afternoon for our evening’s events. In conclusion, we have a tour to Monreale with a twist. Dinner is alfresco style. Overnight stay in Palermo. B/L/D
Day 3 Trapani
After breakfast we check out and leave for the beautiful city of Trapani on Sicily’s Western Coast. We visit the Doric temple of Segesta. This was built by the Elymians, an indigenous population of Sicily who also founded Erice. Segesta was an important trading centre in the Classical period. It has one of the best-preserved and most beautiful of all the Greek archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.
Those of you with a sweet tooth will be beautifully satisfied as we head out and drive to the mountain town of Erice. Erice is known to the locals as “umunti” and usually shrouded in a cool mist called “the veil of Venus”. From here we sample some traditional handmade “dolce.” The recipe for this is cooked at Dominique’s favourite pasticceria. It has been passed down for generations. Furthermore, it was made famous by the nuns, as well as some of Sicily’s famous chefs and artisans.
After lunch you can wander up to the Castello. This is where the views of the heavens are spectacular. Here you will be taken back in time to the 14th Century. You are free to stroll down the cobblestone streets. You may like to shop, or capture some amazing photographs along the way. There is so much to admire in the baroque architecture. Afterwards, we drive along the gorgeous coastline to the province of Trapani. We check into our hotel in Trapani and give you a little siesta in the afternoon. Following this, we hit the streets and to one of the most famous restaurants, Pizza Calvino. Overnight in Trapani B/L/D
Day 4 Trapani
Breakfast is at the hotel. Then it’s a tour of Trapani. Trapani is the perfect port and fishing village. This is because it is set on a low peninsula stretching in an arc into the sea. The housing of the city melts into plains of salt pans. These salt pans are valuable to the region’s economy. Apart from its ancient trade in tuna, fishing, and salt, Trapani also deals in olives and wine.
At present, the province of Trapani produces more wine than Austria, Chile, Hungary, or the region of Tuscany. We give you free time to take in the sight and sounds as a local. You can try your Italian at ordering lunch. Or you could either do some shopping or just sit watching the passing crowds. This could be in one of the friendly local restaurants.
In the afternoon we meet to travel to Marsala to visit the Cantine De Bartoli. This is a 200-year-old family house. Here we will discover the origins of the true Marsala wine and the Grillo grape variety. We drive at dusk to the salt pans of Marsala. Finally, we dine in a local restaurant. In addition, we are treated to beautiful views of the Island of Mozia. Overnight in Trapani. B/D
This tour consists of 23 days and 22 nights of Sicily & Aeolian Islands. To discover more of this Pure Food journey contact me for your full itinerary.