- History, Art & Culture
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Journey to Lecce, the baroque capital of the Salento province known as the “Florence of the South”. Our guide will take you on a fascinating and detailed walking tour of this city rich in history, culture and artisan boutiques. From the Roman amphitheater to the noble palaces, the city is just brimming with imposing sites. Lecce is also known for its pastries and we will be sure to try some of the city’s famous “pasticciotto leccese”. We will then drive to one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries. The engaging and passionate oenologist will take us on a beautiful walk thought the estate and the vineyards, after which we will be treated to a private wine tasting in the dining room overlooking the oak barrels. Along your tasting we will pair a range wines with delicious local dishes for lunch. Each vintage is the result of years of care and dedication and the resulting tasting is a sensory journey of wonder for your palate!
- Expert local host to accompany you throughout the day
- Visit of Lecce city
- Winery visit with an expert
- Wine tasting
- Private lunch at a leading winery
Day 1Welcome to Sicily
Arrive at Catania airport this morning and transfer immediately to your first gorgeous hotel, Masseria della Volpe. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2The Honey Day
This morning visit Signor Agosto, a gentleman devoted to his bees, who makes some of the most spectacular honey you will ever taste. At lunch time we will stop in the beautiful fishing village of Marzememi. This simple seaside town is famous for miles around for its amazingly fresh and simple seafood, especially the tuna. For dinner tonight we head to Noto and enjoy some delicious pastries at Corrado Assenza’s famous pasticceria
Day 3 Exploring Syracuse
Syracuse is one of Sicily's most famous cities and is steeped in thousands of years of history. This morning we will stroll through the famer’s market enjoy lunch on board a boat. This gulet-style ship is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the old city from the water. After lunch visit the old quarter of Ortigia, actually an island, but still part of the city. Back at Masseria della Volpe tonight, enjoy a private dining experience on the estate at the magnificent viewing point overlooking the countryside
Day 4The Food of Love Cookery School
Today is dedicated to beautiful Modica, the chocolate capital of Sicily and the setting for Nicky’s novel! We will explore a range of locations described in the book and taste the chocolate made by the Bonajuto family who has been making chocolate since 1880. There will be some free time for shopping. In the afternoon we visit our friend Katia whose cooking school inspired the novel! Enjoy a fully immersive cooking class with Katia, a warm and gregarious expert in all Sicilian cuisine. We guarantee this evening will be a true culinary highlight.
Day 5 The Vineyard Day
Check-out this morning and then transfer to a local winery. Sicily has long been renowned for its excellent wines. We will indulge in a tasting and a lunch on the estate. Includes a tasting of the celebrated salami produced in Sicily from the famous Ibleo black pig. Then check in at your hotel, your home for the next 2 nights
Day 6The Ricotta Day
This morning we step back in time and visit an old farm where ricotta cheese is still made the way it has been for centuries. We head back to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation this afternoon before heading to the town of Catalgirone for a walk through ceramic district. For dinner we enjoy an exclusive experience at the private palace of a local noble family – a real treat behind the scenes of life in Sicily in a grand setting!
Discover Puglia's very own Florence of the South and taste some of the region's best wines