This special tour can be done only once a year, of course. It gives you the chance to combine a tour in Sicily in the spring, one of the best times to be around here in any case, with the opportunity to join, or at east to see, some of the more traditional, and picturesque Esater celebrations ever. Some processions, some dating back to the Spanish empire, are especially well preserved, scenic, and popular in Sicily. Processions, pageants of gigantic statues, street bands happen almost in every town and city. This itinerary takes 10 days, in a shorter version, starting on monday, it can take 8 days.
The Tour in brief
Saturday April 8 2017
Meet at Catania airport. Lunch, if you land in the morning, in Catania, or near Acireale, or in Naxos. Check-in Naxos hotel near the beach.
• 1° Hotel in Naxos or Taormina, 2 nights
Palms Sunday April 9
Palms procession in Taormina. Drive to Alcantara Valley. Visit Nelson Castle. Tasting in a Winery, Castiglioni - Linguaglossa zone, Etna appellation. Seafood dinner in Naxos.
Full day trip to Etna Volcano. Drive to Zafferana, reach the Rifugio Sapienza, anjoy the view from 6000 feet, see recent craters and lava flows. Optional lift to the top. Taste more Etna wines at S. Venerina winery. Transfer to the Syracuse, or to the Pantalica canyon area.
• 2° Hotel in Syracuse or nearby countryside, 3 nights
Syracuse archeological city tour. Lunch on own, siesta time before long evening event. Visit the Pantalica necropolis in the Anapo Valley. Back to the hotel or evening Via Crucis passion play in Ferla, until midnight.
Daytrip to the home places of Nero d'Avola grapes: Avola, Marzamemi, Pachino on the Ionian coast. Taste 4 local specialties: the fine Avola almonds, the Pachino cherry tomatoes, fresh or sundried, the tunafish from Marzamemi, and the Eloro wines, Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Syrah, and the fresh, sweet, Moscato.
Trasfer to Pozzallo, small welcoming berach town. Visit Cava d'Ispica rock carved village. You can join the impressive Cristo alla colonna procession in Ispica, or choose to visit a winery between Noto and Pachino.
• 3° Hotel Ispica Pozzallo area, 2 nights
Taste the traditional Modica chocolates. Visit Ragusa and taste the wine of Chiaramonte Gulfi. Join the Mysteries, or Addolorata, procession in the evening, or opt for a seafood lunch by the beach in Pozzallo.
Visit the artistic center of Comiso, and taste the Cerasuòlo di Vittoria wine. Join the nightly Easter celebrations in Comiso.
4° Hotel Modica or Vittoria area, 2 nights
On the Easter day we can choose between several joyful celebration of the Resurrection, enacting the encounter between Jesus and Maria. For example the most lively Uomo Vivo procession in Scicli, or the Madonna Vasa vasa evening celebration in Modica.
Farewell dinner in the best restaurant in town.
Drive with us to the Catania airport, and departure!