Enchanted Sicily

18th century Bagli, olive tree groves as far as the eye can see, paths along the Zingaro Reservation. And also Temples and Theatres of the Magna Greece, squares, fountains and balconies. Mazara del Vallo, one of the main Italian fishing ports.

Description

An itinerary in the land of Sicily, in a less widely-known area. Trapani and province up to Mazara. This route takes us to one of the most suggestive Natural Reservations of the zone, the Zingaro Reservation, which we travel on foot along a coastal path sunk into the scented Mediterranean scrub. We visit Selinunte, an old Greek colony and Segesta, a great solitary temple built in Doric style like the great Greek temples. We taste the delicious trapanese cuisine, affected by the millennial mixing of races and traditions.
By bike we explore the city of Trapani almost arriving at the Oriented Natural Reservation of the salt mines of Trapani and Paceco. We travel along the most suggestive places in the Favignana island then to finish we arrive at the Mozia island, the old Phoenician colony. Our stay ends with a country party in a Baglio where life runs following the rhythm of nature still nowadays.

 

 

Program

Day 1 Milan (or Bergamo) – Trapani
In the afternoon departure from the chosen airports to Trapani. Arrival in Trapani in the evening. At the airport an appointed person is waiting for you: he will take you to Trapani. Accommodation in a bed&breakfast situated in a historical palace in the centre of Trapani. A walk to reach the trattoria that will host us for dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 Trapani – Segesta – Trapani
Breakfast in the hotel. By bike: assisted by our guide we collect the bike and after a short briefing we leave for the discovery of this city through the roads of the historical centre. Highly notable is the historical, architectural and artistic heritage. By bike we get to the Santa Maria Sella Mill, just outside Trapani, almost arriving at the starting point of the Natural Oriented Reservation of the salt mines of Trapani and Pareco. We go back to Trapani. Free lunch. In the evening we reach the Segesta temple by minibus. The great solitary temple in Doric style and the theatre situated on the top of a hill are the perfect place where to ponder. Return to Trapani. Dinner in a typical trattoria, usually attended by local people. Overnight

Day 3 Trapani – San Vito lo Capo – Zingaro Reservation – Erice – Marsala
Breakfast in the hotel.This morning we head north to San Vito lo Capo. The road twists and turns though breath-taking panoramas with the framing of mount Cofano. We arrive at San Vito lo Capo, but we go on up to the entrance of the Zingaro Natural Oriented Reservation.
On foot: we walk through an easy path among plants, flowers and trees, thus a garden. The guide takes us to a prehistorical cave where the presence of the man is documented by graffiti and marks of materials used by men. We return to San Vito lo Capo after 2 hours and a half. Free time. Departure for Erice, an enchanted rock situated in a promontory facing the sea. Visit of Erice. We head to Marsala where today we will stay in an ancient dwelling restored with care and passion. Inside, in the rooms and the common places, old furniture and objects decorate the house of the splendid land of Sicily. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Walk along the tiny streets of the historical centre of Marsala. Dinner in a trattoria, usually attended by local people. Overnight.

Day 4 Marsala – Selinunte – Mazara del Vallo – Marsala
Breakfast in the hotel. Start heading south, up to reaching the small town of Marinella di Selinunte. Visit of the Archaeological park of Selinunte, which covers an area of 270 hectares and is the largest in the Mediterranean and Europe. The old Selinus was founded by Greek colonists coming form Megera Hyblea, led by the leader, the Ecist Pammilo. The name of the city comes from the Greek selinon (parsley). It was the most occidental Greek colony in Sicily. The archaeological park is the largest and with the guide we will go through the most important stages of its history. We are near Castelvetrano and we can’t miss a lunch break to taste the typical products of an agritourism immersed in the green of the surrounding plots of land, rich in citrus groves and olive tree groves. Here it is famous the black bread of Castelvetrano, and also cheese, jams and jellies, dried tomatoes, flavored olives, aubergine “caponata”, green and black olive paté, just picked citrus fruits, figs and prickly pears, vegetables of different kind, capers and obviously the extra virgin biological olive oil.
Start for Mazara del Vallo, famous for the most important Italian fishing fleet, which also keeps its ancient past. Mazara del Vallo rises up on the south coast of Sicily. In the ancient times it was the outpost of Selinunte and in the year 827 the Arabs coming from north Africa landed: from here they started to conquer Sicily.
The urban structure of Marsala is typically Maghreb, with narrow and curvy tiny streets, very similar to an Arabic Medina. Return to Marsala. Walk in the centre. Free dinner (not included). Overnight

Day 5 Marsala – Favignana – Marsala
Early morning: boarding on the hydrofoil to Favignana island. We arrive at the port of Favignana and we collect the bikes. By bike: with the guide we cycle the roads around the town, we get to the caves and to one of the many bays of the island. Favignana forms part of the natural reserve of the Egadi Islands and is chraracterized by a clear sea and by numerous bays. The island is also famous for the tuff caves which for centuries was the first source of income not just for the island, together with fishing and farming. Inside the caves very skilled miners moved and all around laborers, carters and sailors of the three islands and Trapani. It is not exactly known when the exploitation of the island subsoil began: the old men talk about it as an activity which has always been present in the island. Visit of the recently restored tuna-fishing nets. In the afternoon return to Marsala by hydrofoil. Dinner in a trattoria in Marsala. Overnight

Day 6 Marsala – Mozia – Trapani
Breakfast in the hotel. Release of the rooms. It is the last day, but rich in things to see and taste. After a short transfer by minibus boarding to the small island of Mozia, the old Phoenician and Punic colony. Entrance in the foundation Whitakes which runs the small island of Mozia. Having bought the island in 1902, Joseph Whitaker understood its immense value bringing to light little by little the remains of the presence of the Phoenician in the West Sicily, in the centre of the Mediterranean. The remains were buried under a thin layer of farming land. Famous is the discovery in 1979 of the statue of the “Young Man of Mozia”, a Greek art masterpiece, found out by a mission of the University of Palermo. We leave Mozia and we come back to the mainland for the tasting lunch in an old baglio of the Trapani province. The baglio was born in the XVIII century as a fortified place where keeping the harvest of the (piana) and the nearby olive-press.
Arrival at the baglio and brief tasting of the local olive oil production. Lunch accompanied by the stories on the baglio where old rhythms articulate the farming life hours still today.  After lunch transfer to the airport in Trapani and departure for Milan (or Bergamo). Arrival at the chosen airports. End of the services.

The order of the visits could undergo modifications without altering the content.

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Map of the country

Main features

  • Characteristics of the trip:
  • Expert guide on site: the Sicilian guide who follows this trip is a person with a great experience and knowledge of the history, art and visited places and is able to teach these things in a natural and clear way. Employed for our programs with great and wide appreciation in many occasions, the guide acts as a coordinator and mediator, giving a particular attention to the contact with local people to live in a more authentic way the travel experience. Precisely for his versatility, this guide is also employed to follow you during the visits by bike and on foot.
  • Transfers by bus/minibus and driver.
  • Lunches: the fundamental element of the Sicilian culture is the cordiality, which is expressed above all through the offer of everything that can be appreciated to the one who comes from the outside, the visitor. The lunches are always rich and various but above all prepared with fresh and genuine ingredients. The choice of the trattorie is made on the basis of local people and the locals frequented by local people are privileged. Possible particular requests must be pointed out in advance (vegetarians, intolerances or other).
  • Overnight: a particular attention is given instead in the choice of the accommodation, where possible privileging old restored buildings situated as much as possible in calm but central locations.

Dates and places of departure

Departure from Bergamo and  Venice-Treviso airport  (from other cities on request from other cities)

June 26th – july 01st 2015
July 17th – 22nd  2015
Julyt 31st – august 05th 2015
September 11th – 16th 2015

October 14th-18th 2015
December 29th 0’15- January 02nd 2016

Price

Individual participation quote in twin room based on 15 participants
Participation quote  in twin room (flights excluded) 765.00 euros
Surcharge single room 100.00 euros
Travel cancellation insurance 3% of the total price travel
Low cost flights for person (hold luggage excluded) from 160.00 euros

The program can also be done individually (quotation on request)

The quote includes:
2 overnights in Trapani and 3 in Marsala, accomodation situated in the city centre with bed and breakfast at hotel.
Lunches and dinners as indicated in the program with typical and fresh regional ingredients, drinks included;
Visits as in the program with expert certified guide, entrances excluded;
reserved bus/minibus for the indicated visits
hydrofoil to Favignana included
entrances and ferry to Mozia
Medical assistance and luggage insurance
Travel documents: program, luggage labels, informative material

The quote does not include:
Low cost flights assessed apart and subjected to availability, porterage in the hotel, tips, not indicated meals, entrances about 35/40 euros a person, tourist tax, everything which is not explicitly indicated in “the fee includes”

Necessary documents for Italian citizens: passport or valid ID

Terms & Conditions

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Useful informations

Useful information: Sicily
Insurance: as regards the insurance dispositions we invite you to read carefully the relative policy. In case of accident, illness or injury during the journey, we kindly ask you to inform the insurance company immediately, giving the number indicated in the policy you have received together with the travel documents.
Health prescriptions: you are recommended to keep with you your own medications.
Climate: dry hot from May/July until the first days of October. It is better to have a sweater on the shoulders in the evening.
Suggested clothing: you are recommended a light sporty clothing with handy clothes and comfortable shoes. The swimsuit can’t be forgotten. A sweatshirt for the evening.
Not to forget: hat, sunglasses, k-way or rain jacket in case of bad weather, camera, suncream and swimsuit
Time zone: no time zone
Money: the local money is euro
Credit card: widespread and accepted everywhere, in the hotels and the most important restaurants. It could not be accepted in small shops and country pubs.
Typical products and cooking: the trapanese cooking satisfy the most demanding tastes, also because behind the stoves there are skilled and passionate chefs. A lot of fish, fresh handmade pasta, vegetables, excellent cheese and wines. In Sicily there are also some slow-food points. And then the couscous of San Vito lo Capo where in September the Couscous Fest takes place; it summons chefs from every corner of the Mediterranean, In Favignana “the sea is on the table”, so it is written in the menus of almost all the restaurants in the island. And the same is for the “busiate”, fresh pasta dressed with trapanese pesto made with tomato, almonds, garlic, breadcrumbs and extra virgin olive oil, or the fish balls. Worth mentioning in Castelvetrano, the famous black bread, slow-food point, bread baked in the coffee colored crust which comes from the mixing of two stone-milled flours. Things you can’t miss: the typical Marsala wine of the Florio cellars on the Marsala seafront which is served everywhere in the trattorie and restaurants of the area and a taste of oils in a traditional baglio.

Travel inspiration

Sicily always gives its best with routes to discover by bike or on foot. If you love the sun, the dry hot and the Mediterranean color, this route suits you perfectly. On foot along a coastal path of the Zingaro Natural Reservation, sunk into the scent of the Mediterranean scrub. The imposing archaeological site of Selinunte, old Greek colony and Segesta, great solitary temple built in the Doric style like the great Greek temples. We taste the rich and delicious trapanese cooking affected by the millennial mixing of races and traditions. By bike we come to know the city of Trapani almost arriving at the Oriented Natural Reserve of the salt mines of Trapani and Pareco and we go along the most suggestive places of the Favignana island. In the end we land on the island of Mozia, the old Phoenician colony and we finish our stay with a country party in a baglio where life goes at the rhythm of nature still nowadays.