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Sicily 2010 Daily Itinerary

Flights

TBA

Hotels:

9/13-14 Panoramic Hotel, San Vito lo Capo
+39-0923-972511

9/15-16 Hotel Baia del Capitano, Cefalu
+39-0921-420005

9/17-21 Hotel Arisiton, Taormina
+39-0942-23500

Subject to change.

This is our travel plan to date. Weather, incredible views, and interesting things may, and often do, alter our route.

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March 12th – 21st, 2010

This is our travel plan to date. Weather, incredible views, and interesting things may alter our route.

Friday – The tour begins at Haigis Mall, UMass, where we’ll board the bus to JFK Airport. Our overnight flight is on Alitalia to Palermo via Milan.

Saturday – Today we arrive in San Vito lo Capo, an small community on the northwestern coast of Sicily. After lunch and check-in at our hotel, we’ll take an orientation walk, shake off the jet lag and freshen up for dinner in the hotel.

Sunday – For our first full day in Sicily, we will explore the western side of the island, including the medieval town of Erice with it’s commanding mountaintop views of the sea, Segesta, a beautiful Greek temple and theatre nested in the hills south of Golfo de Castellammare. Our day ends with a suprise under the city of Palermo and a Mediterranean seafood extravaganza in Sferracavallo, a small coastal town near Palermo.

Monday – A morning visit to the fishing village of Castellemare del Golfo to check out the day’s catch. For lunch, we’re in a regional vineyard tasting a potpourri of Sicily’s finest cuisine. Then an afternoon drive, stopping at the Byzantine Cathedral of Monreale with its stunning mosaics and peaceful cloisters, before heading for our next hotel near the north coast town of Cefalu.

Tuesday – “Hill Town, Sea Town”. Two stops today, one in the mountains in the town of Castelbuono (where they collect the trash using donkey power) and one on the coast to explore Cefalu, one of the prettiest seaside towns in Sicily.

Wednesday – We’ll head out this morning to one in one of the many picturesque hill towns in the Madonie Mountains. At midday we’ll find our way to a former Benedictine Abbey called Gangivecchio. The Abbey now houses a restaurant run by Wanda and Giovanna Tornabene, a mother and daughter who won two James Beard Awards for their 1998 and 2002 cookbooks on Sicilian country cuisine. A gourmet meal is included with our visit. We’ll continue our explorations in the mountains as we head for Taormina, the “Jewel of Sicily” in its spectacular location at the base of Mt. Etna and overlooking the Straits of Messina to Calabria.

Thursday – Today starts with a walking tour of Taormina , its beautiful Greek theatre, and its stunning views of the volcano and the Ionian Sea. Lunch is on your own before we head out to explore Mt. Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. We’ll see how the Sicilian people have, for centuries, adapted to the ever-present threat of lava flows, earthquakes, and ash from this “lady” with whom they share their lives.

Friday – First a visit to the outdoor fish, meat, and produce market in Catania – a truly amazing experience for all the senses. After a gourmet lunch at Agritourismo Casa Dama, we head south to Siracusa to visit both the historic city center and, time permitting, one of the best preserved Greco/Roman amphitheaters in the world.

Saturday - An open day to explore Taormina and, if you have any money left, to shop. We have a wonderful fair-well lunch on the schedule at one of Taormina’s best restaurants, Zamara, featuring their famous Lemon Risotto and other Sicilian treats.

Sunday - Reality check — fly home to Amherst from Catania.

All Travel Arrangements by:
Durgan Travel Service Stoneham, Massachusetts

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