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Culture, heritage and gastronomy in Sicily

Culture, heritage and gastronomy in Sicily

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A stone’s throw away from Malta’s north coast lies magical Sicily – La Bella Sicilia. Setting foot on this gem of an island transports visitors to a world of beauty and charm and this full day excursion, conceived by our attentive Rosselli experience team, will give you a perspective of what us Maltese love about our closest neighbour.

UNESCO world heritage towns

 

As you disembark you will be greeted by your private driver who will be your chauffer for the day and will make sure to take good care of you, as is expected by Rosselli standards. Three UNESCO world heritage towns await where a combination of history, culture and regional gastronomy will satisfy even the most discerning of visitors

The first stop is Scicli – a charming, off-the-beaten-track, Baroque town set in the most scenic of locations. Visitors will experience a sense of discovery as they walk down delightful streets of fine clean stonework, towards the town centre. Scicli is an ancient town flanked by two valleys and emerging onto a wider vale. The town is surrounded by caves that still lie overgrown, making it a truly enchanting place for sightseeing.

With an hour to spare, enjoy a quick breakfast at one of the local coffee houses while taking in the typically slow-paced Sicilian atmosphere and chatter. Then set off to explore the compact town of narrow streets, local craft shops, stately mansions, churches and museums.

Culture, heritage and gastronomy in Sicily

Back in the comfort of your car you will be driven to Modica, another Baroque town and UNESCO site. A Rosselli-approved private local guide will accompany you to take in the famous Cathedral of San Giorgio. No visit to Modica is complete without a stop at the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, the oldest confectionary shop in Sicily. The factory has passed down its recipes of traditional sweets, chocolates and nougats of Arab and Spanish origin from generation to generation. The shop has a dedicated tasting corner where you will try out various types of chocolates, savour their taste and indulge in their aromas.

Culture, heritage and gastronomy in Sicily

A unique gastronomic experience awaits in a renofvated 18th century baglio, a fortified country estate and home to a notable Sicilian wine maker. The estate is one of the largest in Sicily and boasts 44 hectares of vineyard and a production facility capable of processing up to 10,000 hectolitres of wine. The old palmento, or building where traditionally grapes were crushed in, is also the largest on the Island.

A guided tour of the entire estate and cellars will be followed by an outstanding four-course tasting lunch at the relais’ gourmet restaurant, where each dish will delight your palate with the best of Sicily’s fresh fare and distinct flavours. Dishes will be paired with the estate’s fine wines which are a testimony of the estate’s combination of tradition and innovation.

Another local winery is well worth a stop both in terms of location, as it is harmoniously part of the Chiaramonte landscape and for its organic treatment of wines where harvest and vinification from different areas of production are given an all-natural treatment through a non-invasive wine making process. Following a tour of the winery, you will get to taste this particular produce and pair it with the estate’s own bread dipped in heavenly extra virgin olive oil.

Culture, heritage and gastronomy in Sicily

The final stop of the day is the UNESCO Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla with its array of 18th century cathedrals and churches celebrating the region’s deep Catholic roots. Your private guide will escort you on a guided walk to the imposing Church of San Giorgio, and on to the Hyblean Gardens – the serene public garden with sweeping views, ambling pathways and fountains. Your next stops are the Church of San Giuseppe and La Rocca Palace, with its renowned sculpted balcony corbels.

One must not leave Sicily before trying out the famous cannolo – the indulgent sweet ricotta filled pastries that are simply to die for. You will join in a demonstration of how these sweets are prepared and, naturally, taste one before you leave, closing off your full day tour on a sweet note.

Back in Pozzallo it will then be time for you to catch the jetfoil back to Malta where a final private transfer will bring you back to Rosselli AX Privelege to rest in luxury after what surely would have been an exhilarating day.

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