Eastern Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Pure Food’s Sicily Private Tours – Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Celebrating East Sicilian cuisine

The Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands tour is one of our stunning Sicily private tours. Travel anytime and experience the best of Eastern Sicilian cuisine. As well, discover the jewels of the Aeolian.

You can explore the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna in Sicily. Furthermore, you can journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces. Namely Syracusa and Ragusa, Modica and the island of Ortigia.

Destination:

Sicily private tours to Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands travelling to:

  • Palermo
  • Syracusa
  • Modica
  • Ortigia
  • Catania
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Taormina
  • Mt Etna
  • Salina Island

Dates:

As agreed.

Tour Length:

12 days, 11 nights

Tour Type:

  • Private Guided Tours

  • Private Group Tour

  • Cooking

  • Food and Wine Tasting

  • Cultural Tours

  • Art and History Tours

Tour Glimpses:

  • Stay in an elegant palace in the heart of historical baroque Catania. Enjoy sweeping views from the hotel terrace across historic Catania.
  • Wander in Ortigia’s tangled maze of cobbled streets. Admire the Palaces, churches and monuments which date back to the 17th century.
  • Enjoy amazing seafood and produce freshly plucked from the local markets that morning.
    Tempt your taste buds in Modica. Stop at the famous Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, founded in 1800. Witness the timeless method of making infamous Modica chocolate.
  • Enjoy tasting all the wonderful and fresh Aeolian and Eastern Sicilian cuisine.

Suits:

  • Couples & Small Groups

  • Large Private Groups

  • Foodies

  • Australians

You can take our Eastern Sicily private tours as part of a small group of up to 4 travellers. Or it is also perfect for private groups who want to book from 14-20 people.

This tour is ideal if you only have a limited holiday schedule. Or rather, if you are wanting to experience a part of Sicily that highlights the best. In addition, it is perfect to tack onto your existing holiday plans. It is also ideal for those who prefer to travel on an exclusive basis away from a group.

The relaxed planned itinerary removes the sometimes stressful task of finding hotels. Furthermore, it also allows you to find the best Sicilian cuisine. Furthermore, you may want to make sure that you see all there is to see in a town or city. If this sounds like you, then Eastern Sicily private tours are probably just right.

Eastern Sicily Tour in Detail:

Why You Will Love This Tour

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Chef Dominque Rizzo has designed this tour of Eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Islands as part of her private Sicily tours. Consequently, this private tour of 12 days and 11 nights showcases the best Aeolian and Eastern Sicilian cuisine.

It also includes some of the finest cultural experiences of this wonderful region.

This stunning tour of Eastern Sicily offers you the opportunity to discover the islands of the Aeolian. As well, the rich lands surrounding the famous Mount Etna. You also journey to some of the most beautiful historical provinces of Italy. This includes Syracusa, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, and the island of Ortigia.

This is one of our fully escorted Sicily private tours, rich in culture and cuisine. The Eastern Sicily and Aeolian Islands tour is private and locally guided. A local English-speaking guide accompanies you. As a result, your guide can take you much further into the culture and history than the pages of your travel guide.

This tour gives you a personal experience. At the same time, it gives you the freedom to wander yourselves and search out your own little discoveries. It also provides an opportunity to practice your new-found language skills.

A Taste of The Itinerary

Day 1 Palermo, Piazza Armerina, Catania

After breakfast your personal guide will greet you. You go with them on your journey around one of the most beautiful parts of Sicily.

Your first stop is the beautiful medieval town of Piazza Armerina. This is located south on a hill not far from the town of Enna in the heart of Sicily.

Piazza Armerina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site was conquered by the Arabs in 861. Uniquely, it boasts dark cobbled streets and Baroque monuments. These are displayed amidst grand Norman and Gothic architecture and 17th century palazzos. It was made world famous as a destination following the discovery of the Villa Romana del Casale. The Villa Romana del Casale is one of the finest examples of Roman mosaics, made by African craftsmen. It is one of the most luxurious villas of its kind. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room. They are the finest mosaics anywhere in the Roman world.

Later, lunch is your own selection. Your guide can offer suggestions on the most delectable Eastern Sicilian cuisine. Meanwhile, the afternoon is spent driving to Catania.

Catania

You will check into your beautiful hotel, an elegant palace recently restored. The palace is located on the steps by Alessi, set like a jewel, between Via Etnea and Via Crociferi. It is in the Baroque heart of the historical centre of Catania.

After settling into your rooms, you have time to relax. Or rather, wander around the hotel. You may like to admire the terrace with sweeping views across the historic centre of Catania. This overlooks the roof tops of the late Sicilian Baroque style.

In the evening you will have a briefing about the tour’s events. Finally, accompany your guide to a wonderful welcoming meal at one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay in Catania.

Day 2 Catania

After a relaxed breakfast in the hotel you head into the historic centre of Catania for a tour on foot.

Visit La Pescheria markets. The markets have an atmosphere that has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. These markets are most noteworthy for the fresh seafood. Witness the colourful behaviour of local fishermen selling the mornings catch. As well, find all sorts of wonderful fruits, vegetables, meats and deli items as locals pick up their daily shop.

Continuing your tour to Catania’s stunning cathedral. Here the cities patron Saint Sant’ Agata lies, and precious treasures are kept. You can wander through the Piazza Duomo where the heart of Catania beats. Especially relevant is the city’s symbol monument: the Elephant. This is a lava-stone statue that dates back to the Roman era. It was mounted on a more modern structure by Vaccarini from the 18th century. Legend has it that this animal became the city symbol because in ancient times pigmy elephants lived in this place. They were said to have protected the city’s inhabitants by chasing away fierce animals.

From here, you have time to wander, or perhaps find a quaint spot for lunch. You may like to give yourself the rest of the afternoon to wander this beautiful city, do a spot of shopping or rather, rest in the hotel.

Finally you will meet your guide in the evening for dinner. Here you will taste gorgeous Sicilian cuisine at one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Catania.

Day 3 Siracusa and Ortigia

After breakfast and check-out, you drive to Siracusa. This is a city that has been considered the cradle of Greek civilisation. It is one of the most important cities in the Western world.

First of all, visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park. This encompasses outstanding examples of Roman and Greek theatres. Including one of the most celebrated theatres in Syracuse.

From the Neapolis, travel to the living museum that is Ortigia. Here you will encounter the elegant and most beautiful Baroque piazzas and make a visit to the Piazza del Duomo.

Afterwards you can lose yourselves (metaphorically) in Ortigia’s tangled maze of cobbled streets. Along the way, admiring the Palaces, churches and monuments which date back to the 17th century.

Lunch is in the city Piazza Duomo. Then finish the day returning to the B&B.

From here, you will have time to rest or take a stroll and investigate this impressive and rewarding city. Ortiga offers an intoxicating mix of Byzantine and Spanish influences. The city is a delight to discover.

Finally you will meet for dinner at one of Dominique’s favourite restaurants. It offers fresh East Sicilian cuisine. Here the chef brings out a wonderful selection of that day’s house specialties. Most of all, the specialities are certain to include amazing seafood and produce. Most often purchased from the local markets that morning.

Overnight in Siracusa.

Day 4 Ragusa and Modica

The cities of Ragusa and Modica are the pearls of rare beauty. This is because they were built over the centuries with absolute harmony. Here extraordinary Baroque churches were born from stone. They show living evidence of periods of ancient splendour.

Our lunch takes place in Ragusa Ibla. This is most noteworthy due to the TV series “Il commissario Montalbano.” (Chief Inspector Montalbano).

Afterwards, marvel at the historic blue majolica tiles that adorn the dome of the church Santa Maria dell’Idria. Continue with the extraordinary history of culture and food. For lovers of chocolate and sweet treats, tempt your taste buds by heading to Modica.

Modica

Modica was made famous in the 16th century by the Cabrera family, who introduced the cocoa bean from Mexico. They began the production of what is now the chocolate of Modica. You will stop at the famous Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, founded in 1800. Visit their laboratory. Witness the timeless method of making this now-famous chocolate. Its rich cocoa flavour and traditional grainy consistency is to die for.

You will also sample some of the many traditional sweets in traditional Eastern Sicilian cuisine. This includes mpanatigghi, a light pastry filled with mince-meat, chocolate and spices. In addition to cedrata, honey and citrus rind. It is cooked to a sticky consistency and then dried. This is to be eaten as a digestive after a meal.

After you satiate yourselves with these delicious cocoa-rich morsels, in the late afternoon you return to Syracuse. Here you have dinner and an overnight stay.

To discover more of this Pure Food journey contact me for your full itinerary.

Tour Inclusions and Highlights

Fully escorted tour with a guide for the 8 days and 7 nights in the beautiful scenic surrounds of Eastern Sicily

Accommodation

  • All accommodation allows you to relax in a selection of fine hotels and agriturismo. This includes as an elegant palace in the heart of historical baroque Catania.
  • A divine white-washed and beautifully restored bed and breakfast in Ortigia.
  • In addition, a 5 star 7th century Agriturismo with a stunning enchanted garden laced with chestnuts, hazelnuts and fruit trees. A piece of paradise in Malfa on the island of Salina at Signum Resort Hotel.

Cultural

  • Private escorted visits to Villa Romana del Casale, archaeological park in Siracusa and Mt Etna.
  • Guided gentle walks for specified areas. These include Palermo, Catania, Piazza Armerina, Siracusa, Ortigia, Modica, Taormina Ragusa Ibla.
  • Admission to all historical sites, galleries and museums mentioned in the itinerary.

Food, Wine and Cooking

  • All meals feature seasonal, local and fresh ingredients
  • Sicilian cuisine – all breakfasts, dinners and accompanying drinks. This is for the period of the Sicily land tour only. Tips have been included.
  • All beverages with meals are provided. This is including wine, soft drink, beer, tea and coffee.
  • A traditional chocolate tasting in Modica.
  • Market tasting
  • A traditional sweet and biscuit tasting from a famous pasticceria.

Travel

  • Specialised escorted service private and personal guide/driver. This is for the duration the Sicily land tour only
  • Private car for the duration of the Sicily land tour only
  • Car transfer and two tickets for the hydrofoil from Milazzo to Salina Island
  • Transfer from Salina Port to Hotel Signum in Malfa on the Island of Salina
  • In addition, transfer from Hotel Signum in Malfa back to Salina Port
  • Transfer tickets back to Milazzo in Sicily from Salina
  • Sicily private tours are personally created by Dominique Rizzo. She has designed tours to ensure exclusive and individual attention.

The fee does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Tip for the guide
  • A guide for the 4 days on Salina Island although one can be arranged for you by our office
  • Everything not included in (Tour Inclusions) General expenses – phone calls, laundry, room upgrades
  • Transfers outside of tour dates, personal transport, excess baggage, security and government taxes, travel and medical insurance
  • Beverages outside of described Tour Inclusions
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • Lunches for the duration of Sicilian land tour
  • Lunch and dinners during the Aeolian island tour
  • Entry fees to places other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • All optional excursions or activities that may be offered in the 4 days on the Salina island and Aeolian Island Options

It is your responsibility to ensure personal settlement of any extra charges not included in the inclusions is made to the hotel or provider of any service.

Costs, Terms & Conditions

Prices available upon request and will depend on your group size. Rooms and prices are based on a twin share/ double booking. If you are booking a single room a Single Supplement $800 is required to be paid.

For detailed terms and conditions about this Sicily tour, visit the Terms and Conditions Page.

For further details on Sicily private tours, visit our contact page.

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