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Private 6-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting
From $223.79 (Price varies by group size )
, Oct 2019
we had Roberto as our guide. he is wonderful. very informative and kind. we were picked up from our bed and breakfast and taken to 3 wineries. we really enjoyed the first two. they were smaller and not so commercialized. all the wines were great and the food also. on the first winery the tasting was outside and it was just fantastic. definitely do recommend this tour!!
Discover three different Sicilian wineries as you sample tasty regional reds, whites, and rosés. Driving in an air-conditioned car, cruise past picturesque villages, fruit orchards, and lava-made churches as you explore the fascinating region of Etna, known for its volcanic terroirs. Sip samples of the volcano-infused drink in family-run wineries, munching on local gastronomic delicacies, from cheeses to salami.
Etna Wine: discovering the volcano & enjoying a wine tasting
From $100.40 (Price varies by group size )
Great experience, just wish timing was better
, Jan 2020
My husband and I took this tour the beginning of December as we were interested in seeing Mt. Etna and sampling of the local wine. Overall we had a very good experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the sights we visited were great. At lunch, we had four full glasses of wine to taste (much more than I would expect at a tasting) at a charming restaurant. My only complaint would be how they timed things. Several people on the tour had optional excursions which then made the rest of the group have to wait on them. For example, when we went to Silvestri Crater, three people in the group paid extra to take the cable car all the way to the top. We ended up having to wait more than an hour after we were done touring Mt. Etna for them to finish so we could leave. Similarly, we were the only two who paid to do a wine tasting which meant the rest of the group had to wait for us to finish lunch. It just seems like there could be a more time efficient way to do things. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the tour.
Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s most iconic attractions and has the tourist circuit to match. on this day tour ascend almost 6500ft (approx. 2000m) up the side of Europe's most active volcano. Visit the Silvestri Craters, hike to a ridge overlooking desolate Valle del Bove, and visit a lava cave. Before you head back to Catania, have a traditional Sicilian lunch and try Etna's famous wine.
To be clear, this rating should have been a 5 (Excellent), and really was a "5" for the Tour Company & Guide (Taxi Catania NCC), but Viator messed up royally by failing to communicate properly between the Tour Company and me (the user). As a result, when we got to the meeting point at the port exit, we found no tour guide, and after waiting for an extra 30 minutes, I finally called the Tour Company to find that he had no confirmation from Viator that we were coming, and was not expecting us. He recovered quickly and arrived within 30 minutes and the tour got under way. Initially there was a great deal of tension and consternation in the air, but once we put that aside, we had a great tour, with an up-close view of Mt Etna, a fantastic lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, and a stop at Taormina. We got to do everything we had expected and learned a lot from Giuseppe despite the "rough start".
To specifically address the lack of communication and verification on Viator's part, this tour was booked and paid for in April, 2019 for a November tour date. Despite multiple attempts by the tour company to send messages to me through Viator, nothing ever reached me. In retrospect, I should have checked myself, but I assumed that a confirmed and paid tour would receive better Customer Service from Viator. I received routed communications from other tour companies through Viator on this cruise, but in this case, the tour was almost a disaster because Viator dropped the ball and failed to pass on communication requests. Really dinged my confidence in Viator's ability to deliver as promised.
Our tour guide Giuseppe was very knowledgeable throughout the day, particularly about Mount Etna and its well worth the visit. We walked up the side of one crater and saw amazing views. We also visited a winery Gambino where the food and wine flowed and was the highlight of the day. We were lucky to have a great guide and nothing was too much so we were free to take our time and relax.
Mt. Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and home to fertile vineyards and farms. With this tour, avoid the stress of navigating the winding roads on the mountain on your own and instead visit the dramatic Silvestri Craters and a farm on the slopes of Mt. Etna with a driver. End your experience with a tasting and lunch at a local winery at the foot of the mountain.
The Gole Alcantara is one of Sicily’s most popular attractions, and often has the crowds to match. On this private half-day tour, let a local guide help you sidestep the tourists and show you the park’s caverns and rock formations, gardens, and best swimming places. Later, explore the seaside town of Giardini Naxos on foot. Finish the tour with food and wine tasting at a local wine bar.
Catania has a world of offerings for travelers: UNESCO World Heritage sites, fascinating history, street markets, and a cuisine that is the envy of the Mediterranean. It can be a challenge to pack it all in one day, but this private half-day walking tour—which pairs the city’s top sights with traditional street food and wine—allows you to do just that. Upgrade to end the tour with a wine and food tasting at a local restaurant.
Private Tour of Taormina and Castelmola with Optional Food and Wine Tasting
From $190.06 (Price varies by group size )
Fun Walking through Taormina and Castelmola
, Oct 2019
Marco met us at our vacation rental. He quickly showed us the neighborhood where we were staying in the old town. He pointed out some of the eateries, what to order there, the novelty shops, etc. He took us to buildings that would have no exterior visual appeal, where, upon entry, were absolutely stunning.
His English is quite good. He gave us lots of history, mythological lore and fun narratives.
He had secured a seasoned driver to take us up the narrow, snaky curves to ascend to Castelmola. It is a treasure of a small town with great views. We also sampled almond wine in a risqué bar. Quite fun.
We did not do the food and wine tasting option. Overall, a fun morning and early afternoon with a Marco.
Our guide, Marco, was excellent! He showed us everything in both cities. His knowledge of his country was incredible. Often he was able to get us off the usual tourist paths and back into areas of Taormina and Castelmola that only a native would know of. I would give this tour my highest recommendation.
Soak up the atmosphere of some of the most popular Sicilian resorts on this private tour. See the top sites in Taormina, Castelmola, and Giardini Naxos where you will explore the Corso Umberto, the Greek and Odeon theaters, lovely historic palazzos St. Catherina Church, and the Duomo. Gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful island and its history as you spend approximately five hours touring and learning with your guide.
Discover the street food and snacks of Catania on a daytime walking tour around the city. Visit the main piazza, and the elegant Via dei Crociferi or Benedettini enclave, learning about Catania’s food and its place in Sicilian culture as you stroll. Sample treats at market stalls and bakeries, and then leave armed with tips for the best places to eat in town. A food 'passport' is included so you can keep track of your favorite bites along the way.
The Food & Wine Baroque Tour has a relaxed pace and offers the chance to enjoy food and wine from the most authentic Sicilian tradition, while exploring the history of the cultivation of specific grapes and the production processes. You will learn some facts about the production of wine and will see cellars and other facilities. Wine and food tasting are based on fresh produce. Visits are exclusive to your group. We are specialists on tours of multiple days, so we know how to grasp the best for a one day visit.
If Italian cuisine is known for one dish, it's certainly pasta. But for foodies that want to uncover the secrets of this ubiquitous ingredient—and create something truly special—don't miss this private Catania cooking class. With this home-based culinary workshop, follow along with a home cook as you learn to prepare three traditional Catania recipes. After your hard work, join your host to sample your delicious creations, and enjoy a glass of local wine.
Lots to see on the ride to the Gambino Winery and the rest stop cookies and pastries were a welcome treat. The views of the vineyard and surrounding areas were just beautiful and the tour was interesting. There was plenty of wine to taste and the olives, cheese and bread served with the wine was delicious. This was an enjoyable and relaxing experience.
Sample the best of Sicily with a tour combining wine tasting, a village stop and views of Mt Etna from Taormina or Messina province. Taste Sicilian wines at a winery on the slopes of Mt Etna and find out how well it works with local dishes. Tour an ancient village that has spectacular views over the Alcantara Valley. And all the while, admire the impressive volcano looming over the landscape.
We had a fantastic and informative time on this tour. As we were the only two people, our tour guide, Gioele, treated it as a private tour. He was an enthusiastic storyteller in sharing his knowledge of Sicily, anything from its history to current life. His explanations made the ride all the more pleasant. For our first winery visit, we had a passionate sommelier, who gave us a tour of the vineyard and winery and conducted the wine tasting. As I am a wine enthusiast, she keenly answered any questions I had regarding vine training, canopy management, wine production, maturation, etc. It was almost a private course in winemaking in Sicily. We had lunch in the second winery, and this tour accommodated for a vegan diet.
Discover the unique production of the grapes that grow on the volcanic lava flows of Mount Etna on this half-day tour. Visit two vineyards and taste a variety of wines from the area and other parts of Italy to compare the tastes. Enjoy a lunch of Sicilian foods such as “pasta alla norma” and see the church built into the volcanic rock as you tour the medieval town of Linguaglossa.
3hr strolling around the backstreets of Catania city center to find the best local. street food. Your Catanese guide will walk you around her favorite food spots to try the traditional beloved food,such as the rice arancini, the horse meatballs, some tasty fish recipe and finally ends with the refreshing granita. This is a off the beaten path walking tour. You will step in places you would have hardly found on your own such as the secret lava tunnel situated downtown. This is the ideal tour for foodies and adventure travellers who want to discover the real local culture skipping touristy stuff!
The sicilian street food consists of snacks served in deli shops and eaten by hands. No restaurants no fancy places! this tour is perfect for greedy eaters, not for picky eaters :) come join us and discover the real street spirit of Catania. Not only food! your guide will also talk about history, traditions and daily habits.
Etna Excursion and Lunch - Wine Tasting in Etna DOC Vinery
From $142.79 (Price varies by group size )
A Glorious Day On Mt. Etna
, Sep 2019
Salvo was an excellent guide. He shared his vast knowledge of Mt. Etna and the surrounding area with my wife and I on this remarkable private tour. We had ample to hike up and around the rims of a few craters, take a short visit in the small town of Zafferana, and enjoy a big feast and taste some lovely wine at the beautiful Murgo vineyards!
Experience the Mount Etna region to its fullest during this full-day excursion. Reach heights of 2,000 meters as you explore the villages, lava flows, and caves of Europe’s highest active volcano. After your volcano hike, sit down to a delicious Sicilian lunch at a certified DOC winery and sample some of the local wines made right on the volcano before heading back to Catania.
Street food guided tour of the city with gourmet stops during the walk in the historic center of the city to discover the beauties of Catania: Sicilian granita, traditional arancino, ricotta cannoli, lemon seltz and salt
Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at a local's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by a glass of local wine.
During the lesson, the local home cook will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.
This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
Get hands-on with Sicilian cooking during this culinary course in Catania. With a chef/guide to lead you, you’ll learn some of the secrets of Sicilan cooking by trying it yourself. With a small group, you can enjoy personalized attention from your guide and ask plenty of questions. Then, sit down to enjoy the feast of the food you have prepared.
Attention: foodies and independent thinkers. This flexible, market-to-fork cooking class encourages you to let your imagination run wild as it beings with no set menu and lets you pick your own ingredients at a local market. Unlike other cooking classes with preset menus and step-by-step instructions, with this tailormade experience, a personal instructor helps you to create whatever inspires you most.
Visit Europe’s highest volcano, Mount Etna, and Taormina on this private excursion. Despite being the world’s most active volcano, many reside on the slopes of Mount Etna, producing gourmet products such as honey and wine using the fertile volcanic soil. Enjoy tastings and lunch on the volcano and then head to the hilltop town of Taormina for a guided tour of its landmarks, including the ancient Greek theater.
Focusing on Mount Etna as a source of inspiration and historical perspective, we offer innovative enogastronomic experiences for passionate winelovers, those in the trade, and journalists traveling in Sicily.
We offer wine experiences which include vineyard and winery visits, typical Sicilian foods, expert-led education courses, tastings, and transportation.
All with the guidance and support of an expert and specialized oenologist (ETNA WINE SCHOOL) focused on the world of Etna wines, who will be able to open this fantastic world by accompanying you in a unique food and wine experience.
Lovely day, full of fun for the whole family, kids included, or for friends and couples.
Atmosphere is just relaxing and genuine. It's an authentic Sicilian style experience. You will help the cook and at the end you will enjoy the meal and grasp some secrets, but not all! Sicilian bottle of wine in included!
Step into the fictional world of “Inspector Montalbano” that is filmed in southeast Sicily. Discover the key areas in the fictional town of Vigata and sample some of the delicious gastronomy from the island. Visit an ancient cheese factory in Castello di Donnafugata, enjoy a delicious Sicilian lunch in Punta Secca, taste Sicily’s famous cannolo dessert in Scicli, and sample the famous chocolate of the UNESCO-listed town of Modica.
Explore the Mount Etna region on a full-day private tour from Catania. Learn about Europe’s highest active volcano and the folklore from your informative guide. Drive through mountain villages, visit a local honey farm and the Cyclops Cave, and drive up to Rifugio Sapienza at 2000 meters above sea level to admire the beautiful views. Then head to a local winery to enjoy a delicious lunch complete with local wines.
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