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Emanuele's Kitchen



8  days

Walking Level: Easy




Palermo airport

Best Time to Go:

Late Winter, Spring & Fall


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Single Supplement

$750 USD


Daily breakfast

6  lunches with wine

5  dinners with wine

Maximum Participants



Historic hotels and spa resorts





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“I have nothing to say except that every single detail of the Splendors of Sicily tour was absolutely perfect!”

– R.P., U.S.A.


“The Splendors of Sicily tour was brilliantly organised, with a blend of history, culture, food and wine, nature and free time.”

– R.G., Australia



Pasta with Pesto in the style of Trapani



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National Geographic tour of a lifetimeThis unique walking tour in Sicily is the result of years of research enhanced by our Sicilian friends and relatives, and is filled with insider knowledge not found in guidebooks. Get an excellent overview of this fascinating island, as we spend time walking in splendid countryside as well as visiting Sicily’s remarkable Greek temples and archeological sites. Join us and see why this tour was selected by National Geographic Traveler, as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime."


Purge your soul at the Greek theatre in Syracuse, and walk the black lava fields of the fiery Etna volcano where the Cyclops once lived
Follow an ancient Greek road along the protected coast of Vendicari, where flamingos rest by a turquoise sea
Meet Contessa Notarbartolo, descendant of the Sicilian aristocracy, and taste traditional cudurruni baked in a wood-fired oven at her country house
Stroll to the Temple of Concordia, one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world in Agrigento
Slip backstage for an insider look at a Sicilian puppet theatre, learn how Alfredo & Daniel handcraft each puppet, and watch a rollicking show




Award-winning Walking Tour in Sicily

Day One

Rendezvous in the city of Catania and drive through rich countryside to an undiscovered village replete with faded churches farmhouse lunch on Sicily walking tourand curious townspeople. Set off on an 8 km (5 mile) walk past fields of prickly pear cactus and citrus groves perfumed with the scent of orange blossoms. Continue to a rustic farmhouse built of black lava rock, where we are treated to a relaxed, delightful lunch of Sicilian specialties prepared by local cooks, including fragrant cudduruni - a stuffed focaccia - baked in a wood-burning oven.

Day Two

We drive through graceful, dusky towns built of black lava stone to the lower slopes of Mt. Etna, the powerful active volcano that dominates Eastern Sicily. Our exciting 12 km (7.5 mile) walk takes us across the lava fields from the 1983 eruption above the town of Randazzo, which the lava flow narrowly missed. head to a winery for a tasting and lunch overlooking the volcano. 

walking on Mt Etna volcano

Drive to Syracuse, where we will be staying for two nights in the heart of the picturesque old quarter of Ortygia in a stylish hotel just steps from the Duomo. Tonight we dine in a noted restaurant serving the freshest fish and best antipasti in town.


Day Three

Morning visit with a local guide, touring the archeological park and magnificent Greek theatre, still used for performances during theatre festivals.wildflower walking in Sicily Then it’s on to the market, raucous and colorful, with a fabulous variety of fresh produce spilling into the streets. In the afternoon we take an excursion to the ancient ramparts of Syracuse, where Archimedes helped defend his native city from destruction. Later we visit a local friend’s workshop, where traditional Sicilian puppets with elaborate costumes are still meticulously handcrafted one by one. We’ll then be treated to a private puppet show replete with sword-brandishing knights and damsels in distress. Free evening for dinner.

Day Four

We drive south to the nature reserve of Vendicari, a sparkling gem of unspoiled coast scented with eucalyptus and wild thyme, and walk for 8 km (5 miles) along the ancient Greek road bordering the impossibly blue sea.

Visit the delightful Baroque town of Noto, built of golden sandstone and bedecked with ornate carved facades and fanciful balconies.Red mullet Ciccio Sultano Italian Connection Sicily tour We indulge in a plate of delicious pasta alla Norma before continuing on to Ragusa, where we stay in a lovely boutique hotel for two nights. Ragusa is an undiscovered jewel with few tourists, and we join the local scene for the passeggiata in the beautifully lit piazza.  Our destination is Sicily's top restuaant Il Duomo, graced with 2 Michelin stars. Meet chef Ciccio Sultano and enjoy a multi-course meal of locally sourced ingredients combined with our chef's creative flair.

Day Five

Our 16 km (10 mile) walk meanders past peaceful farms framedRagusa Ibla walking tour in Sicily in artful dry-stone walls, and brings us down through a deep canyon shaded by carob trees. We emerge below the intriguing old town of Ragusa Ibla, where fanciful Baroque churches and splendid gardens vie for our attention.

A short but spectacular drive brings us to our home, where Emanuele has prepared a bountiful buffet of local specialties including the freshest ricotta from this morning’s milk.

picnic on walking tour in Sicily with Italian Connection Tours

After a relaxing lunch overlooking our garden, visit an oil press to watch olives become fresh green olive oil (Fall tours) or stop in the town of Modica for a sampling of Aztec style chocolate before retrning to town.  Free evening for dinner.

Day Six

We depart for Agrigento, where a local expert will be our guide through the Valley of the Temples, as we view some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world. Agrigento valle of teh Temples walking tour in SicilyContinue along the coast to Eraclea Minoa, an ancient site in a spectacular position where we enjoy the local specialty of seafood couscous.  Continue westwards to our next hotel perched on a hilltop with views stretching out to the sea and the Egadi Islands.  Watch the sunset over the salt pans where sea salt is still gathered, and hang out with locals at a seaside trattoria.

Day Seven

Wind up the hairpin turns to the top of Monte Giuliano to the unique hilltown of Erice.  Wander the polished stone streets to the stunning overlook by a Norman castle and stop for a rejuvenating almond sweet in the town's many pastry shops.  Erice Sicily walking tourWalk along the imposing ancient walls to the city gates, and through open countryside with striking views.  Stop for a luscious picnic lunch before continuing our 12 km (8 mile) walk by the seaside.  Prepare for a festive evening with our Sicilian folksingers serenading us as we dine on an all-Sicilian menu.

Day Eight

Morning transfer to Palermo airport to arrive by mid-morning (earlier transfers can be arranged.) Arrivederci!

If “Splendors of Sicily” interests you, consider similar trips like Western Sicily & Egadi Islands, Walking & Cooking in Eastern Sicily or Savoring Sicily.

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