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About this trip

Come join My1FitLife Adventures in Sicily Italy!!

Sicily is the biggest island in Italy and in the Mediterranean Sea, an amazing land rich in history and traditions, where art and culture intertwine with wonderful natural beauties. From the sea to the mountains and countryside, from the volcanos to the fishing villages, there are really many reasons why to visit Sicily. As Frederick II, King of Sicily, once said: “I don’t envy God’s paradise, because I’m well satisfied to live in Sicily”. We will be staying in the small Baroque island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, is widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily. Inhabited for over 3,000 years and renowned for its Greek heritage, it is a “remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries” and makes for a perfect weekend escape in any season. Dotted with impressive church facades, outdoor restaurants, elegant piazzas and surrounded by a crystalline sea, Ortigia is more manicured than Catania, less overrun that Taormina and as delicious as Palermo.

**Please note, these adventures are planned far in advance, and sometimes things come up that are unforeseen or unplanned. With that forethought, know the group will be accompanied on this adventure by Keith, or Michelle, and/or My1FitLife Ambassador.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : September 9, 2021

Time : 12:00 am

WELCOME TO SICILY: ONE OF THE MOST ENCHANTING REGION IN ITALY

SERVICE INCLUDE > Private driver

WELCOME to Italy! At the airport, you will meet your private English-speaking driver who will accompany you to your hotel in Ortigia. When you will arrive, you will have a free time to relax.

The island of Ortigia is the historical heart of Siracusa. There are fewer archaeological sites exposed to view here (the island has been heavily built-up ever since the time of the Greeks), but this is the part of Siracusa you're likely to be wandering around after you've 'done' the mainland points of interest. The tight-knit lanes are pleasant for strolling, and much of the island's charm lies in wandering down narrow medieval lanes, past romantically-crumbling - or lovingly-restored - Baroque palaces and churches.

Day 2

Date : May 1, 2021

WALKING FOOD AND ART TOUR OF BAROQUE

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > 3 h. private guide, ticket Today, after breakfast, you will meet your Private English speaking Guide will take you to discover a Baroque walking tour of Ortigia. The first stop is the Temple of Apollo, is located just over the main bridge, called Ponte Umbertino. The temple was constructed in the 6th century BC, when Sicily was ruled by the Greeks as part of the ancient civilization known as Magna Grecia.

Built in the Doric style, the Temple of Apollo in Ortigia is one of the oldest examples of this kind of temple in Western Europe.

Visible today is a long portion of the cella wall. The cella, in Classical architecture, made up the part of the temple that housed a portrayal of the god or goddess the temple was dedicated to.

In the far corner, you can also see two columns with the remains of the architrave on top, which is the main beam that ran along the top of the columns. Then you will visit The Fountain of Diana in Piazza Archimede. Archimedes, for whom the piazza is named, is a well-known classical scientist. He was born in Siracusa in in 287 BC. At the center of the piazza is the magnificent fountain of Diana. The fountain depicts the myth of the nymph Arethus

Later you will head to Piazza Duomo to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Siracusa. The edifice of the church is in the typical Sicilian baroque style, characterized by lots of undulating shapes and details. This cathedral has a very fascinating aspect, because inside, you can still see the columns and cella of the Temple of Athena, which stood there in ancient times.

You will continue to visit the Fountain of Arethusa is beautiful in a wild and natural way. Birds and fish mingle with a huge, lush burst of papyrus plants in the middle of the water. Then you will visit The Maniace castle, this is one of the most important monuments of the Swabian period in Syracuse and one of the best known Frederick's castles Finally, a visit to the historic fish market with typical food tasting cannot be missed. At the end of the visit you will have free time at your disposal

Day 3

Date : May 2, 2021

CATANIA FOOD STREET VIBES & ETNA JEEP WINE TOUR

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > 3 h. private guide, private or small group Jeep tour, lunch with wine tasting
Today, after breakfast, you will meet your English speaking driver will take you to discover a walking food tour of Catania. With your private guide you will reach the fish. Your guide will share tips regarding recipes and restaurants, enriched by historical information to provide you with an easier understanding of local habits and culture.

Your guide will then take you to the more elegant side of the city, will you might see the Via dei Crociferi or the Benedettini area. This tour will give you the most authentic overview of Catania and offer you intimate secrets of locals' daily life.

You will stop at a syrup kiosk for refreshment and to take a break, before heading to the last sweet note of the tour: a dessert (dessert type depends on the season).

Later you will depart for Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and UNESCO world heritage. You will reach by Jeep the "Crateri Silvestri", small now inactive volcanic cones, surrounded by ancient lava flows.

The view beyond the hundreds of secondary cones and craters of the mountain can extend throughout Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Calabria. The show is unique show. Your guide will share tips regarding recipes and restaurants, enriched by historical information to provide you with an easier understanding of local habits and culture.

Your guide will then take you to the more elegant side of the city, will you might see the Via dei Crociferi or the Benedettini area. This tour will give you the most authentic overview of Catania and offer you intimate secrets of locals' daily life.

You will stop at a syrup kiosk for refreshment and to take a break, before heading to the last sweet note of the tour: a dessert (dessert type depends on the season).

Later you will depart for Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and UNESCO world heritage. You will reach by Jeep the "Crateri Silvestri", small now inactive volcanic cones, surrounded by ancient lava flows.

The view beyond the hundreds of secondary cones and craters of the mountain can extend throughout Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Calabria. The show is unique! You will walk through ancient forests and you will learn a lot about the vegetation and the wildlife of Mount Etna. Lunch time! You will stop in a local Organic Winery having a great lunch matched to a unique glass of wine At the end of the tour your private driver will take you back to your accommodation.

Day 4

Date : May 3, 2021

FREE TIME TO EXPLORE THE ROUTE OF GODFATHER ON YOUR OWN

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > NO ACTIVITY SCHEDULED - If you want to do this tour we can provide private driver with a supplement.

Today, after breakfast you will have free time to explore or I suggest you to visit the village of Savoca. It is a medieval hilltop town where Michael Corleone was hiding out during the “going to the mattresses” time.

Here you can visit Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly the way it did in the movie, and see the exact spot where Michael informed Apollonia’s father that his name was Corleone, and that “there are people who'd pay a lot of money for that information, but then your daughter would lose a father instead of gaining a husband”.

Here you can take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun “Lupara”, see pictures from the movie and a monument for Coppola, enjoy the sea view from the square where the wedding scene was shot, purchase The Godfather souvenirs, and – “leave the gun.

Later you can continue to the village of Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. You will walk the abandoned streets (“Where have all men gone?” – “They’re dead from vendettas”), see the historic square and pictures from the movie, visit ancient churches – Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata, see the piazza where young Vito Andolini (later Vito Corleone) escaped Don Ciccio’s men by hiding in a basket on a donkey’s back, walk up to see the remains of a Norman castle of the 12th century, admire panoramic view of the Ionian coastline, and get a flavor of the Sicilian pastoral lifestyle remained unchanged since ancient times

Day 5

BOAT TOUR ADVENTURE & THE BAROQUE VILLAGE OF NOTO WITH CHEESE

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > boat tour, private guide of Noto, cheese tasting, private driver Today after breakfast you will have an amazing boat tour adventure. The tour includes a boat excursion to discover Ortigia and the Marine Caves. The boat trip around the island of Ortigia will let you to admire from the sea the following monuments or historical buildings: Palazzo Veneziano, Ponte Umberto I, Porto piccolo, Ancient Bourbon Prison, Spanish Walls and Lungomare di Levante, Fortezza Viliena, Jewish Quarter, Castello Maniace, Fonte Aretusa, Duomo and Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, Lungomare Alfeo and Porta Marina.

You will continue with the exploration of the sea caves of the coast of Syracuse: the boat will go inside the caves allowing you to admire closely stalactites, stalagmites and coral formations. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the Sicilian sea: this tour will offer you the opportunity, during a short stop, to swim in its crystal clear waters and breathe the sea breeze, while admiring the beautiful coasts of eastern Sicily.

At the end you will have free time to explore but in the afternoon you will meet your private driver who will take you to discover the Baroque village of Noto. Here you will meet your private guide for a city tour to admire the charm and architecture of this UNESCO-listed site. You can visit the Cathedral of San Nicolò and other top attractions. Finally your private driver will take you back to your accommodation but along the way

you will stop at a local farm where you can taste excellent typical Sicilian cheese.

Day 6

TAORMINA COOKING CLASS & FOOD MARKET EXPERIENCE

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > Private driver half day, small group cooking class Today, after breakfast, your private driver will take you to discover the charming village of Taormina. Here you will have an amazing cooking class experience.

No matter what your level of skill in the kitchen, this Taormina cooking class is an entertaining and educational experience that you will allows you to gain insight into a very important piece of Italian culture and food.

Starting from the city centre you will have a visit to Taormina’s Food Market, where you’ll follow your guide past stalls where farmers, fishermen and butchers sell their fresh goods. You will have a food tasting of typical Sicilian delicatessen. You will select products for your class and learn how to spot the best ingredients.

Then you will make your way to the kitchen where your cooking class takes place. With personal guidance from your expert instructor, you will learn how to prepare and cook homemade pasta plus several fish and vegetables dishes in a total Sicilian style. While you will eating what your own hands made enjoy glasses of regional wines with the small group sharing this unique experience with you.

You will enjoy a real Sicilian culinary experience. You will spend one day like locals do in an authentic warm atmosphere. You will learn secrets and suggestions from your chef and be ready to prepare this at home for your friends. At the end you will have free time to explore and then you private driver will take you back to your accommodation.

Day 7

EXCURSION TO MODICA, CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP AND SICILIAN PASSITO W

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > Private driver half day, chocolate workshop, wine tasting After breakfast, you will live the sweetest day of your live, a real dream for chocolate’s lovers: an excursion to Modica, the city of Chocolate.

The long love affair between Modica and cocoa - which started when the Spanish brought the ancient Xocoatl recipe during their occupation of Sicily - marks the daily life and the character of this baroque town in South East Sicily.

Become chocolatier for an afternoon in a chocolate laboratory dedicated to uniting local raw materials (organic and fair trade carob, oranges, hazelnut, hemp, manna, spices, chili ...) with the traditional cocoa processing techniques. While your newly created chocolate bars cool, you can visit both the shop and the lab and learn about the machines and production secrets.

The cool processing temperatures, the gritty texture, and the organoleptic characteristics make chocolate of Modica a unique product. It is a true messenger of the flavours of the region, of its fruit products, its handcrafting excellence. And to really get to know this chocolate, nothing is better than to put your hands in cocoa and make some chocolate bars yourself!

At the end, some sweet-tasting treats await you, along with some thoughts on a new and fairer way of thinking about business. In the afternoon, you will visit a local winery to discover and taste one of the most important Sicilian Wine, the Sicilian Passito, a wine made from grapes that have been dried to concentrate their juice.

The name Passito comes from the Latin word passum – an ancient Roman sweet wine that was named after the Latin verb pando – to spread out This grape sort was originally cultivated in North Africa, probably around the Nile Delta, close to ancient Alexandria. Later it was transmitted to the European continent and cultivated by Romans who in turn made it popular all over their Empire.

The technology of producing sweet raisin wine is called rasinate (to dry and shrivel). It dates back to the Bronze Age and continues almost unchanged until today. The winemaking process consists of different grape drying methods - either the grapes are left on the vine without watering or are dried after harvesting on racks or straw mats.

And after a tour of the wine cellars and vineyards, an unforgettable tasting will be waiting for you!

Day 8

Free Time To Explore

Overnight in ORTIGIA

SERVICE INCLUDE > NO ACTIVITY SCHEDULED - If you want to do this tour we can provide private guide with a supplement.

Today, after breakfast you will have free time to explore or I suggest you to visit the the Neapolis archaeological park

You can get up close and personal with some of Sicily’s best-preserved ancient ruins— and learn all about Syracuse and its history You can see the ruins of the Greek Theatre, the Altar of Hieron, the Ear of Dionysus cave, and more.

Enjoy your free time!

Day 9

DEPARTURE AND RETURN FLIGHT

SERVICE INCLUDE > NO ACTIVITY SCHEDULED

After breakfast at your hotel, you will need to CHECK OUT, because it is time to say “Arriverderci” to Italy! Your English-speaking driver will accompany you to CATANIA AIRPORT for your flight back Home.

We are sure you will have enjoyed your “Taste of Italy” and we sincerely hope to see you again soon for another delicious experience
  • Airport Transportation
    Airport Pick Up and Drop Off. For transportation, please arrive after 10am and before 4pm October 10th and depart after 4pm on the 17th.
  • Activity Transportation
    Private transportation for all activities indictated in Itinerary
  • Accomodations
    10 days 9 nights
  • Meals
    Meals indicated in the itinerary (6 group dinners & 3 group lunches)
  • Activities Included
    Guided hikes, biking, wine tour, kayaking, and exploring Dolomites.
  • Airfare
    Airfare Not Included
  • Travel Insurance
    Trip Insurance is NOT included. We REQUIRE Trip Insurance now for ALL our Trips. It will give you the peace of mind if something unexpectedly was to come up, it would be covered.
  • Alcoholic Drinks
    Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, and tips
  • Other Meals
    All Meals not included in the itinerary you will be responsible for them.

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