Abundant with colour and luminosity, this is a unique journey along Persephone’s island to discover secrets gardens and spectacular landscapes hidden among the green of the Mediterranean pine trees and the blue cobalt of the sea and surrounded by the scent of the zagara.

An exciting themed tour for all garden lovers, for those interested in landscape design, floral design and environmental sustainability.
And for those who love culture.

We will visit the private gardens and houses of the Gattopardo’s heirs, so rich in history and charm and appreciate their exquisite hospitality.
We wil discover stunning landscapes from Greek Theatres and hidden among Baroque palazzos.
We will taste Sicilian flavours and dishes washed Sicilian wines, especially from the vineyards of Mt Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe.

A unique lifestyle experience.


ITINERARY & PROGRAM, overview
9 days – 8 nights

Day 1 – Welcome to Sicily

  • Arrival at Catania International Airport.
  • Meet & greet with our assistant/guide and private transfer to Syracuse area.
  • Check-in at your hotel, Ortea Palace 5 stars in Syracuse

Day 2 – Syracuse, the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all (Cicero)

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided visit of the archaeological park of Neapolis, the ancient town during the Greek age
  • Return to Ortigia and walking visit of the historic baroque heart of the town
  • Lunch and dinner are at leisure
  • Overnight stay  at the Ortea Palace, 5 stars

Day 3 – The unusual story of two private gardens in Syracuse area

  • Buffest breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore two private noble  gardens in Syracuse area, with guided visit
  • Lunch and dinner are at leisure
  • Overnight stay  at the Ortea Palace, 5 stars

Day 4 – The Baroque valley with Scicli, Modica & Ragusa

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore a plant nursery in the countryside of Scicli enjoying a multisensorial itinerary of unknown flavors and forgotten fragrances. Rural home style aperitif/lunch at the green nursery
  • Guided visit of Ragusa Ibla and of Modica, two UNESCO sites
  • In Modica, enjoy a tasting of the typical Modicano chocolate at a historic shop and compare with others if you are a chocolate lover!
  • Dinner is at leisure
  • Return to Syracuse and overnight stay at Ortea Palace, 5 stars

Day 5 – The black and white beauty of Catania & a garden visit in the area

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out
  • Departure to Catania, guided walking tour the historic centre and typical local street food tasting at a local bar
  • Enjoy the visit of a noble private garden in Catania area together with a memebr of the family
  • Dinner is at leisure
  • Proceed to Taormina and overnight stay at Belmond Timeo, 5 stars

Day 6 – The charming Taormina and the unexpected story of Casa Cuseni

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided walking visit of  Taormina and the Greek Theatre
  • Guided visit of the historic Casa Cuseni and its very unsusual and intriguing garden
  • Lunch and dinner are at leisure
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Timeo, 5 stars

Day 7 – The extreme landscape of Mt Etna, a volcano and one of the most exciting wine destination in Europe

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Explore Mt Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe
  • Visit & wine tasting and lunch at a top boutique winery on Mt Etna
  • Dinner is at leisure
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Timeo, 5 stars

Day 8 – Taormina à la carte

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Enjoy your last day at leisure in Taormina
  • Overnight stay at Belmond Timeo, 5 stars

Day 9 – Arrivederci!

  • Buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Private deluxe transfer to Catania International Airport. See you next time!

Please, note the detailed program is available upon request by email to info@isolabella.it

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General info
Beautiful gardens and landscapes of eastern Sicily is a private escorted trip designed to provide customised luxury services and let participants enjoy their Sicilian experience at best. Accommodation provided is luxury, strategically located. When provided, the food is always typically local, with a blend of regional delicacies and top quality wines. Transportation is top quality. Your driver/guide or your driver/escort and your local guides are qualified, knowledgeble but pleasant and happy to meet any specific need and interest.

Departures
This tour is available all year round upon request.

Prices
Quote per person is given upon request with details of inclusions/exclusions.

Flights
We prefer you to take care of your flights according to your needs.

Adds-on
We would be happy to assist you in case of any pre and post nights in Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Rome or any other Italian city and Malta. Do not hesitate to ask for info.

Reservation & Payment
A deposit of 30% per person is required at the time of reservation. Final payment of the tour is due 60 days prior to the beginning of the tour.

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