2024 Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow

      Catania, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy

      Viaggia - Discover Sicily
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      Duration: 10 days
      Group size: 6 - 12
      2024 Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow
      Catania, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy

      Viaggia - Discover Sicily
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      Duration: 10 days
      Group size: 6 - 12

      About this trip

      Tour Eastern Sicily with us, the best way to discover the history, cuisine and lifestyle of this region!

      Our signature guided tour will take you on a journey through the most beautiful and enchanting places in the region, including Mount Etna, the ancient ruins of Taormina and the baroque towns in the Iblean Mountains. Chef Alessandro and Tour Curator Polina  will reveal the secrets of this fascinating area while sharing with you great food, impressive historical sites and amazing beaches! 

      10 days, 9 nights

      Small Group Tours of Max 12 People

      Available Spring and Fall Sessions

      Our Goal

      "Our goal is to offer a luxurious experience while in the company and comfort of an Italian family friend. We will be dining altogether in a Sicilian villa a true Dolce Vita style, sharing laughter, joy and stories around the table." 

      Chef Alessandro Riccobono

      What is like touring with Viaggia?

      What is it like touring with Viaggia?

      You will be staying in a beautiful Sicilian villa in a strategic location during the whole trip, undertaking daily trips from there. You will unpack only once and you will be able to enjoy the benefits of the villa and surrounding area like a local.

      All Itineraries include street food & market tours, cooking with Chef Alessandro in the villa, savouring fine dining dishes in Michelin star restaurants, visiting wineries & farms and enjoying  all the bounty of what a Sicilian table can offer.

      Chef Alessandro will be sharing his culinary knowledge along the way, creating context for an authentic experience. He will be also teaching you how to cook his favourite recipes, helping you bring Sicily back home with you.

      There will also be time for discovering historical sights and the amazing art, architecture and museums of Sicily. We will be also visiting amazing blue beaches, mountain towns or simply relaxing by the pool.

      You will have direct access to Tour Curator Polina at any time, enjoying an excellent balance of the planned itinerary and free time. Our private driver will provide professional transportation on daily basis and you will also benefit from the knowledge of all local experts on the island, from tour guides in the big cities to farm owners in the mountains.

      What’s included

      • Airport Transfers
        On pre-designated dates for both arrival and departure
      • Accommodation
        4 or 5 star accommodation: villa with a pool in a strategic location
      • Food
        All Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners (All but 6 meals, wine included). Excluding hard liquor
      • Wine & Non-Alc Drinks
        Local wine and non-alcoholic drinks are included with all lunches and dinners.
      • Daily Transportation
        Professional private driver & vehicle
      • Entrance Fees & Tickets
        All entrances fees and tickets to museums, trips and entertainment
      • Snacks at the Villa
        Both savoury and sweet snacks available at the villa every day
      • Gratuities
        All gratuities for lunch and dinner while dining with us are included.
      • Guided Tours
        Trips to major historic sites and museums, with licenced guides speaking English, including the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina, guided tour in Siracusa & climbing a church bell in Catania!
      • Visit to the Opera!
        A live opera performance at Italian Opera Taormina'!
      • Michelin Star Dinner
        A Tasting Menu dinner at a 1 Star Michelin Star Restaurant in the area
      • Street Food Tour
        Guided Tour with Chef Alessandro through the markets and streets of Catania
      • Wine Tasting Experience
        Trip to a local winery at the slopes of Mt Etna Volcano along with lunch and wine tasting.
      • Olive Oil Farm Visit
        Fall Session only; substitute with Cheese Farm Experience if not available
      • Cheese Farm Visit
        Trip to a local cheese farm; destination dependant on season and availability
      • Cooking Class
        Fun and engaging cooking class with Chef Alessandro at our villa
      • Mount Etna Visit
        Cable Car trip up the Mount Etna Volcano with view of the craters, Catania & the Ionian Sea
      • Boat Excursion
        Afternoon boat trip around Siracusa, visiting
      • Beach Trip
        Relaxing day at the beach club in Fontane Bianche!
      • Hosts
        Hosted by Viaggia Discover Sicily's owner Chef Alessandro & Tour Curator Polina Pen

      What’s not included

      • Flights
        Flights to and from Catania
      • Insurance
        Personal travel insurance
      • Hard Liquor
        Additional drinks, including cocktails and hard liquor are not included.

      Available Packages

      Available until 1 days before departure

      Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow 2024 

      10 days, 9 nights

      CA$4,999/person, double occupancy

      Small Group Tours of Max 12 People

      Deposit: C$1,000
      Available until 1 days before departure

      Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow 2024

      10 days, 9 nights

      CA$5,999/person, single occupancy

      Small Group Tours of Max 12 People

      Deposit: C$1,000


      Day 1

      AM & PM: Arrivals, pick up from airport and drive to Villa

      2 PM - 4 PM: Settle in villa

      4 PM -6 PM:  Orientation session with Aperitivo!

      6 pm - 8 PM: Stroll in village, free time

      8 PM - 10 PM: Welcome Dinner at the Villa: Music, Drinks & Great Food

      Your Organizer

      Viaggia - Discover Sicily
      1 review
      VIAGGIA is a high-end travel experience that specializes in tours of the island of Sicily. From the bustling markets of Palermo to Michelin Star restaurants, our tours offer an unforgettable taste of this rich and vibrant land. We believe that food is not just about sustenance but about culture, history, and community and we work to create an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation and understanding of Sicily's culinary heritage. ​ Book now and experience the best of what the island has to offer!


      It was a very good trip. The accommodation was excellent, a modern spacious villa with pool. The food was delicious and geared to introducing the favorite dishes and flavors of Sicily. The daily excursions provided opportunities to experience the history, art, architecture and landscape of the Island. Every effort was made to make our holiday one to remember.
      By Diane R for 2024 Catania & Beyond: Under the Volcano Shadow on Jun 20, 2024
      Thank you, Diane! It means a lot to us! We are so glad that you enjoyed the trip!
      By Viaggia - Discover Sicily on Jun 21, 2024