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15 days walking tourLa Dolce Vita

Italy


Walking Tour in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands


Sicily is a sun-drenched, palm-fringed island and derives its rich culture from the impressive parade of Mediterranean powers that have ruled its shores for the last two millennia. The glorious monuments are of many epochs, from Greek temples to cathedrals adorned with Arabic-Norman facades.

We discover Sicily on walks through the splendid Riserva dello Zingaro, pristine coastal land backed by steep mountains. It was Sicily's first nature reserve and is a real oasis of biodiversity.

During our walk we find the most isolated and enchanting beaches and enjoy the natural beauty of this protected eco system.

The interior of the Madonie Mountains reveals Sicily's deeply rustic culture - tiny mountain villages, farms, shepherds and freshly-made cheeses.

From Cefalu we have a magnificent panorama of the turquoise sea and a lovely stretch of sandy beach before moving to the Aeolian Islands, which lead a precarious existence in the buffeted waters off the northern Sicilian coast.

They offer excellent walking with some splendid vantage points over the other islands. They are named after Aeolus, the Greek god who kept the winds he controlled shut tight in one of the islands' many caves.

The 2,600 year-old heart of Siracusa, Ortygia, is set on an island. We walk the narrow streets, explore Doric temples and the fabulous Greek, Roman and Christian ruins. The majestic volcano Mount Etna dominates a large part of eastern Sicily and is the highest active volcano in Europe.

Our walk takes us above 2000m and together with a local guide we discover this fascinating mountain. Pantalica Gorge is Sicily's greatest necropolis. Along the path through the gorge we discover some of the 5,000 Neolithic tombs, hewn into the canyon walls.

On our way to Palermo we stop in Piazza Armerina. Here we visit the vast and sprawling complex of the Villa Romana, once a Roman hunting lodge dating back to 286 and 305 AD. The mosaics are virtually intact and the most breathtaking ones are those of the Roman-African period.

Our Hotels and Cuisine


On this marvellous island we stay in "the best of both worlds" - the dramatic mountain scenery of the Madonie Mountains in Petralia Sottana and the charming coastal villages like San Vito Lo Capo, the ancient part of Siracusa and the island of Lipari. Here we have chosen a variety of beautiful hotels, full of ambience and history.

The excellent local cuisine has already a taste of Africa. Mountainous areas produce lamb, goats and characteristic Sicilian cheeses.

From the plains and coast, and the rich volcanic soils around Mount Etna, come superb vegetables and sub-tropical fruit. There is also a great variety of fish and very drinkable local red and white wine.

Walking Tour Combination
Departure dates have been arranged to allow both the "La Dolce Vita" and "Follow the Gourmet Trail" walks to be combined.

Tour departure dates

2017 tour price
  Name   La Dolce Vita [15 days]
  Begins   16 April 2017 | Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  Ends   30 April 2017 | Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  Price   AUD $7,585
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2018 tour price
  Name   La Dolce Vita [15 days]
  Begins   17 May 2018 | Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  Ends   31 May 2018 | Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  Price   TBD
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Feedback from previous guests

Guided Walking HolidaysHaving just recently returned from your 'La Dolce Vita' walking tour of Sicily with my wife and another couple, I would like to thank you for the most amazing experience. The many walks we did where we experienced breathtaking scenery including mountainous terrain, forests, coastal walks and Mount Etna which was fantastic. The hotels we stayed at were well chosen as they were all different and very comfortable and ideally located. The food we enjoyed at various restaurants was excellent. A feature of your tours that we find to our liking is that you spend three or four nights in each town and you are not packing and unpacking all the time. Our guide Gilles was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble he went out of his way at all times to ensure we were comfortable safe and enjoying ourselves and his personality and humour was enjoyed by all. The combination of all the above and the wonderful couple from interstate that joined us made for a truly unforgettable holiday. This was our second walkabout tour and definitely not our last. Many thanks.
Ian and Jenny, Adelaide, SA, Australia [2013]
Guided Walking HolidaysAs only 4 of us, thank you for going ahead with the tour. It was absolutely FANTASTIC. Sicily has so much to offer we would really love to go back. Not all the "strenuous?" walking for this elderly tourist though, but thanks to the enthusiasm, encouragement & help form Papa Gilles the walks were accomplished! The first day just gave us a sample of what was to come - Monreale Cathedral, then ancient ruins at Selinute & Segesta & capped off with a drinks & dinner at our lovely hotel. The next night on the terrace we were nearly blown away with the Sirocco. Mountains & Lunches. Gilles insisted that a tin of tuna & beans was just right for carrying up Cofano & in fact every day we needed a packed lunch. We were horrified & purchased quite unsuitable delicacies like carrots tomatoes cheese ham olives strawberries cherries caponata etc! However by the last few walks, 3 of us were enjoying "tinned" tuna!! Shame. I could rave on for 1000 words, but won't. The Hotels all good but Domus Mariae excellent. The new Renault van (driven expertly by Gilles) caused much amusement as Gilles hadn't work out how the key & the back door worked! Syracuse & walking at Pantalica probably my pick of the tour, but all so wonderful that hard to choose a favourite.
John & Elizabeth, Drysdale, VIC, Australia [2013]

Sicily walking itinerary

 

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Walking Holiday
Gastronomy Holiday
Culture Holiday
Mountain Holiday
Flora Fona Holiday
Coastal Route Holiday
Historic site Holiday
 
Walk Grading Easy

 

Temples Selinunte Sicily

 

Capo Sicily

 

Zingaro Nature Reserve Sicily

 

customer quoteAs only 4 of us, thank you for going ahead with the tour. It was absolutely FANTASTIC...”

John & Elizabeth, Drysdale, VIC, Australia

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