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From Mt. Etna to a Baroque treasure trove and the epicenter of Magna Graecia: Not your typical Sicily walking tour.
You have veered off the hiking trails into an artisan studio that keeps the craft of Sicily’s brightly painted horse carts alive. These wagons with their delicately rendered pastoral scenes seduce you, much like the lava fields, vineyards, boutique hotel, and Michelin-starred restaurant on Mt. Etna’s slopes. Like the Baroque magnificence of Ragusa’s hillside Old Town. And like the ancient quarry pathway along the Cave of Mercy. There’s more to follow – more mouthwatering meals and local wines at welcoming agriturismi. More glimpses into a rich past in Syracuse, once a cultural capital of Magna Graecia, and at the haunting necropolis of Pantalica. More breathtaking nature preserves and their profusion of birdlife. Indeed, this walking tour of Sicily is painting an altogether new and sublime canvas for you.
- Venture across the slopes of Mt. Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano–hiking trails through wildflowers, forests, and over a hardened lava flow.
- Dine on Michelin-starred Sicilian fare accompanied by local wines at your boutique hotel and spa on the slopes of Etna.
- Learn about the cherished tradition of the Carretti Siciliani, the island’s vibrant horse carts, while exploring Ragusa Ibla.
- Follow scenic pathways through the Oasi Vendicari Nature Reserve, home to 40 types of birds and the perfect place for a refreshing dip in the sea.
- Stroll amid the ancient walls and columns of the Syracuse Archaeological Park with an expert historian, visiting the park’s famed Roman amphitheater along the way.
Hotel Monte Tauro
Built in the 1970s (when large, raw concrete walls were in vogue), this fascinating 4-star hotel offers sophisticated character and wonderful views of the Gulf of Naxos and Mount Etna. A panoramic glass elevator built in layers along the profile of the mountain connects the floors. Enjoy the modern ambiance and Italian-designed furnishings, as well as the swimming pool, breakfast room, and lobby, with its stunning view of the sea. Your quiet and comfortable, air-conditioned room features a private balcony.
Zash Country Boutique Hotel
Offering stylish rooms and suites, Zash Country Boutique Hotel & Spa is a sophisticated hideaway at the base of Mt. Etna. Relax in the ample 30-acre estate, enjoying countryside views and the rejuvenating scent of the citrus gardens. The property is ideal for walking, jogging, or if you like, exploring on the provided bicycles. Rooms are spread throughout the estate and all include modern amenities such as air conditioning, WiFi, a hair dryer, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV.
Planeta Estate - La Foresteria
Set amid the vineyards of the renowned Planeta winery, this secluded 4-star resort features spacious guest rooms with air-conditioning, WiFi, and individual terraces. Enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and steam bath, walking paths, and exclusive fine dining.
De Stefano Palace
Exceptional service is a hallmark of the De Stefano Palace, located a 10-15-minute walk from Ragusa Ibla, the city’s ancient center. The hotel’s eclectic mix of architectural styles, including late Baroque, Neo-Classical, and Art Nouveau, suggests this long and storied history. Each room sports its own personality, always with elegance and a style typical of this part of Sicily, and offers you air conditioning, free WiFi, cable/satellite TV, a minibar, refrigerator, and in-room safe. You are also welcome to take advantage of the indoor pool and wellness area with massage and beauty treatments, and savor breakfast on the patio and cocktails at the bar.
Grand Hotel Ortigia
Built in the late 19th century and completely refurbished in 1995, the Grand Hotel Ortigia preserves the original architectural lines and elegance of the Liberty style. One of the hotel’s special features is the original foundational walls dating back to Roman times and other archaeological relics. This air-conditioned, seaside property is walking distance from Duomo square and Fonte Aretusa. From June to September, guests may take a boat and spend the day on the private hotel beach of Punta del Pero across the gulf.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2024 Pre-Trip Extension - Taormina
- Two nights at the Hotel Monte Tauro
- Airport car service for arrival
- Daily breakfast
- City information
2 Nights From $345
per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295
Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first night aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.
A Country Walkers representative will greet you at the airport to start your adventure off right. Complimentary transportation will be provided to your Taormina hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this vibrant city at your leisure.
After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Hotel Monte Tauro
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|16 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour|
|One extra night in Taormina and one extra night in Syracuse|
|Airport car service for arrival and departure|
|Pre- and post-trip breakfasts|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Excellent! Outstanding Guides Christopher and Keegan, history, scenery, people, food, wine, (and more food, wine)!! Very well run tour and definitely appreciated the small group size. Thank you!
The Sicily Walking Tour was an amazing experience. In particular, Mount Etna, the archaeological parks at Syracusa and Segesta and Villa Romana del Casale.
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher Wellington combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region.
A native of the Sicilian town of Acireale, Maurizio Musmeci lives in Aci Castello, a small village built on hardened Mt. Etna lava. Having lived in several Italian cities, he eventually returned to Sicily, where he is proud to be part of an organization that publicly supports businesses and public officials who do not pay protection money to organized crime. He has a degree in environmental planning and has been working for years as a hiking and nature guide. Maurizio wants to share Sicily with all visitors so they can know it for what it is: a beautiful land, full of contradictions, with an amazing natural and human cultural heritage.
With his American mother and Sicilian father, Keegan Alagna grew up in a bilingual home in the Umbrian countryside near Assisi. From his childhood on a working farm to post-graduate work in geology, he has always pursued his passion and curiosity for the outdoors, through teaching, guiding, and exploring. He brings his depth of knowledge of geology, nature, Italian history and culture to his walking tours and to his position as a key member on Italy’s premier outdoor group—the CAI, the Club Alpino Italiano.