Aeolian Islands – Ragusa e Crotone
Arrival in Catania, organized transfer (shuttle – hydrofoil – shuttle) from the Fontarossa Airport to the hotel. Check-in and dinner with typical products and recipes.
After breakfast, guided urban trekking of Lipari with a stop in the Archeological Aeolian Museum. Lunch in a typical Aeolian eatery. In the afternoon we’ll have a guided tour of the island with a stop in a local winery for a tasting during the sunset.
Return to hotel and typical dinner.
Breakfast in hotel and boat tour of Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli. The itinerary includes the visit to the muds and the sulfuric waters of Vulcano and/or the eventual climb to the crater. After lunch is the tour of Panarea, where we’ll stop in the splendid Bay of Calajunco, presided by the Prehistoric Village of Piana Milazzese. Around 4 p.m. we’ll go to Stromboli, where it will be the possible to visit the village and see the spectacular volcanic explosion from the sea under the “sciara del fuoco”.
Boat excursion to Lipari and Salina. After breakfast, departure at 10 a.m. for the island of Salina, with a bathroom stop at the pumice’s caves. Leave again for Salina, where we’ll have a tour of the island with a stop in Pollare, the bay where the movie “Il Postino” was filmed. After that we’ll depart for Laghetto di Lingua to taste the most famous slush of the Aeolian Islands. We’ll come back sailing along the coast of Lipari’s unpolluted west side. Return in hotel and dinner with tasting menu.
In the morning departure from Milazzo and transfer to Ragusa. We’ll stop in the well-known Taormina for a lunch by the sea. After that we’ll continue towards Ragusa. Accommodation in hotel, tour of the historic center and overnight stay.
After breakfast, a guided tour of the city. There are over fifty Baroque churches in this city as well as numerous palaces.
Perhaps a day is not enough to visit this incredible city: Ragusa Ibla, or Ragusa Inferiore is one of two neighborhoods in the city’s historic center. The Ragusa Ibla district is in the eastern part of Ragusa, on a hill some 300-400 meters high. Every corner of the city – between archways and from steep stairways – offers incredible views of the city and its monuments, whilst the stairway between Ragusa Superiore and Ibla also provides magnificent views aver the surrounding countryside. 14 of the city’s 18 monuments listed as World Heritage sites can be found in Ragusa Ibla.
We leave the beautiful Sicily to return to the continent but before leaving the South, from Reggio Calabria through “The journey of great Greece, through wonderful places and an incomparable wealth”, we will arrive in Crotone, to enjoy the “Altopiano della Sila “, one of the most beautiful and evocative places in Italy. It is located in the heart of Calabria. The Sila mountains are a pristine place that reminds of verdant and lush landscapes of beeches and conifers, rich in watercourses and fauna that still has its natural habitat intact.
Among its peaks stand Mount Botte Donato, which reaches 1,928 meters and Mount Gariglione, with its 1764 m. Its territory is rich in water resources and this has allowed the creation of artificial lakes that have integrated perfectly into the already enchanting natural environment of the place making it more evocative.
Overnight in Crotone.
Transfer to Reggio Calabria airport to reach your own destinations.