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The ColoUrs of the MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES in Italy
The history and the stories of the rare beauty of the villages, marvellous landscapes, ancient traditions, delicious typical dishes and fresh and clean air, a relaxing environment, far away from the noises of the most common classic tourist itineraries. Among the mountains and valleys of the ancient “Trinacria”, right there, in the “Middle Lands”, where Sicani and Siculi people, Greeks and Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans put down their roots which indelibly left traces of their passage.
If we could picture all the earliest dominations which are somehow still present in these villages, as if they were multiple hues on a painter’s palette, we would be surprised to discover and recognize every single shade, in every piece of their authentic architecture, in their traditional dishes or simply in the everyday life that can be found there.
For the most curious travellers the experiences in the shops of the local artisans, the guided tours to the farms and the testing of the most different and typical food certified as “Slow Food presidium”.
Rare experiences that will give you long-lasting memories. Together, we will discover NICOSIA, the “town of the 24 Barons”, the fascinating and old Engyon (today GANGI), and then SPERLINGA with its mysterious “Castle in the rock “and finally GERACI SICULO, a historic village linked to the Ventimiglia’s vicissitudes, one of the most powerful Sicilian houses.
All these villages, share surprising landscapes and a rich and always different biodiversity, contoured by valleys, mountains and hills, huge fields of wheat that combine to the Mediterranean nature and marvellous woods in a patchwork of colours and perfumes that constantly changes following the the seasons.
History, culture and nature for an unforgettable tour!!!
The intention behind this tour is to tell the existing beauty in the areas of Sicily, through stories, experiences and tastings taking place in the most suggestive Sicilian villages. It will be the perfect occasion to discover the economy of these places (a predominantly agricultural economy, such as cereal growing and livestock farming).
During the itinerary stories will be told, about men that were a significant part of the history of these areas and about some of the most important cultural heritage, agro-food excellence certified as “Slow Food presidium”, breath-taking landscapes and endemic natural species will be visited.
Groups want to Know a less famous Sicily, but full enchantingplaces, breathtaking landscapes and a lot of history and culture.
A minimum of 10 people
Booking is possible on request in autumn/winter, spring/summer
Arrival day in Gangi Check-in will be available in the Hotel hallway, welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight stay;
On the first day of the tour: departure for the Borgo di Sperlinga, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy; visit of the medieval Norman castle; transfer to Nicosia, the noble and Franciscan city of the 24 Barons, lunch at a typical restaurant with products of Nicosian gastronomic excellence and guided tour of the City of Nicosia between art, faith and flavors (overview of the city from the Capuchin Hill and visit of the Franciscan complex); return to the Hotel in Gangi, free time, dinner and overnight;
On the second day of the tour: departure for Geraci Siculo and guided tour of the Madonie Park; arrival at “Marcato di Cixè” (seasonal winter shelter for animals), explanation of the historical-cultural value of the place with relative cheese making and / or sheep shearing laboratory, nature walk inside the Madonie Park, among beeches and hollies ; tasting of cheeses and other local food and wine excellences; visit to the village of Geraci Siculo, capital of the Ventimiglia county, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy; visit of the Salto del Ventimiglia, the Castle and the Mother Church; return to the Hotel in Gangi, free time, dinner and overnight;
On the third day of the tour: departure for Vincenzo Barreca’s farm (Slow Food Presidium of Provola delle Madonie); guided tour of the company and its productions; return to Gangi for a guided tour of the Mother Church, the Ventimiglia Tower, Palazzo Sgadari and Palazzo Bongiorno; drum construction workshop with Fabrizio Fazio; check out and departure.
On the fourth day of the tour: Breakfast, check-out and departure.
A boutique Hotel for the entire duration of the tour, full board, outings, welcome, tours and guidance and a bus are included in the booking fee.
The booking fee does NOT INCLUDE the route from the airport and vice versa, the plane tickets, airport taxes and charges.
It is required to book the tour 15 days in advance of the desired date.
Recommended airport of arrival and departure Fontanarossa of Catania, distance Km 122
Booking through: Fabiola Rizza, Caltanissetta - Ph: +39 0934 585984 - Mob. +39 339 2246425