Sicily is the essence of the history of the Mediterranean and its vantage point. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans have all left traces of their wonderful civilization. But what wins our guests is the life that flows behind the walls of the ancestral palaces, laden tables of desserts made with old recipes, the scent of the orange groves in the secret gardens, the old cellars, living rooms with bold baroque architecture, the cooking classes in the last residence of Tomasi di Lampedusa. In Catania, a room of a dwelling is famous today as Goethe described it and the Conca d’Oro looks like he saw a terrace of a villa of Bagheria.
Our itinerary in Sicily:
The first day will be dedicated to Palermo with the visit of private palaces including the last residence of Tomasi di Lampedusa and the building where it was set in “The Leopard“. The second day will be devoted to Bagheria Villas with great still preserved architecture and views as to the time when he visited Goethe. The third and fourth days will be in Eastern Sicily, with a palace in Catania visited by Goethe, a lush garden created in the last fifty years by the owners, palaces and gardens between Syracuse and the Baroque cities of Val di Noto. You can plan visits to Western Sicily retracing Florio places through visits to ancient “tonnare” (tuna traps), salt marshes and historic cellars.