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Southern Italy should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Now you have a chance to explore its cultural treasures, history and foods with experienced traveler Chuck Cinelli, the owner of Coco’s Italian Market, planned an unprecedented, in-depth experience for you which showcases their wonderful life and culture, at a price you won’t find anywhere else.
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Day 1 Overnight Flight
After we get to our hotel and freshen up, I will take you on a street food journey. Fried Rice balls Arancini, fresh juices, Sfincione, Pezzi de Rosticceria, Pane con le milza, great desserts and of course, cannoli. And while we are walking I will point out the hidden treasures of Palermo.
DAY 2 Palermo, Sicily – Tour officially begins with our first local guide in the capital of
Sicily. Palermo is a pulsating city with a lot of sights, sounds, tastes and aroma for all of your senses to take in. Tonight we join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring authentic Sicilian cuisine.
DAY 3 Palermo – Monreale
Todays’ excursion we acquaint ourselves with Palermo’s many lovely squares – the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria and Piazza Bellini and discover an exotic mix of Moorish, Norman and Spanish Baroque architecture along the way. We see the Palace of the Normans, La Martorana church, and the cathedral that houses the Imperial Crown of Constance of Aragon. In the nearby town of Monreale we visit a 12th-century cathedral with its dazzling interior of multicolored marbles, paintings, mosaics and cloisters. The remainder of the day is yours and I will help you get to what interests you: shopping, people watching at a café, museums, leisurely walks or you can simply take some time to relax.
DAY 4 Palermo – Agrigento – Giardini Naxos
Today we travel over the countryside’s rolling hills, past peaceful farmland toward the town of Agrigento to explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the stunning Valley of the Temples (UNESCO Site), where you’ll get an up-close view of the temples of Juno, Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter. We continue on to Giardini Naxos, the “Garden of Sicily” for our 3-night stay.
DAY 5 Giardini Naxos – Taormina
We visit beautiful Taormina with its charming atmosphere, historic monuments and flowering gardens. Alongside an expert local guide, we see Corso Umberto, view the bountiful public gardens and marvel at the city’s well-preserved Greek theatre. Later we have some free time to relax or independently explore.
DAY 6 Giardini Naxos – Catania – Mt. Etna
Next we journey to vibrant Catania where it’s your choice! Join a local guide to visit the cathedral and view other iconic sights of this historic Baroque city (UNESCO Site); then witness the daily spectacle of bartering for fresh fish and produce at the local market -OR- explore the Museo dello Sbarco (Allied Landing Museum), an emotionally moving museum dedicated to the Allied troops who landed on the southern coast in 1943. Later we gather to discover the impressive Mt. Etna Volcano National Park where a local expert introduces you to the park’s spectacular landscapes sculpted by nature. Then we return to our hotel for a relaxing evening.
DAY 7: Giardini Naxos – Matera
Our next adventure is to Messina for a fun ferry ride to Villa San Giovanni on Italy’s mainland. Have your cameras ready as we pass through unspoiled, Calabria into the Basilicata region where we make a stop at a fantastic local winery. There we will be guided on a walk through the cellars and vineyards before sampling wines during a special tasting. Tonight I have planned for you regional cuisine in the winery’s own “agriturismo” restaurant.
Day 8 Matera – Alberobello
We visit “Sassi di Matera,” an ancient settlement of carved cave dwellings. Our local guide shares the history of the site and reasons why it has recently caught the eye of many film producers. We continue to a local shop for a chance to sample some regional produce that when jarred we ship to Coco’s Italian Market We get free time in Matera to browse the boutiques or taste the local cuisine before heading to the mystica town of Alberobello. Marvel at some of the town’s most uniquely built homes known as Trulli, and their distinct, cone-shaped roofs. (UNESCO Site)
Day 9 Matera – Vietri Sul Mare – Sorrento Peninsula
One of the most breathtaking areas of Italy: Campania and the Bay of Naples. We stop in Vietri Sul Mare, the “gateway to the Amalfi Coast,” for time to leisurely explore. Here, generations of inhabitants have been producing precious painted pottery, representing stories of their daily life. You will admire the 17th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its beautiful ceramic dome. Once we arrive at the Sorrento Peninsula just sit back and take in the magical views.
Day 10 Sorrento – Amalfi Coast Drive – Minori
After breakfast we savor time in this lovely seaside town of Sorrento. Then we begin our adventure traversing the breathtaking Amalfi Coast and stop in the charming town of Amalfi and spend time exploring its striking provincial beauty before heading to Minori where we sample regional specialties at a family-owned limoncello factory. Later, we stop for a traditional Italian afternoon break at a local café and pastry shop. Tonight enjoy an evening of leisure and I will help guide you to more sites and restaurants .
Day 11 Sorrento – Pompeii – Rome
Drive along the Bay of Naples to the famous ruins of Pompeii, at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius. Our local guide gives us an in-depth view of this remarkable archaeological site where you’ll become immersed in history as you explore the preserved buildings of this 2,000 year-old Roman town. Later we travel to Rome and celebrate the end of your journey with a delicious dinner of typical Roman foods.
Day 12 Rome –
At breakfast in the hotel we will share email addresses with your new friends as our tour comes to a close but it’s the beginning of beautiful memories. Talk to us before hand if you want to continue your European adventure to other destinations.
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