A 6 days/ 5 night tour
Easter is one of the best occasions to visit Sicily. Weather is usually good with mild temperatures and most of all, many traditional events take place in this period. For food lovers, Easter is a great time to come to Sicily, enticing seasonal delicacies and gastronomic delights celebrate the bounty of Primavera. It is the time for Martorana, or Pasta Reale, marzipan confectionary, that is delightfully shaped and painted, to resemble fruit of all types. Easter is also the time for the Cassata, Sicily’s signature cake, made of sweetened ricotta cheese, marzipan and candied fruit. And then, fresh peas, fava beans and artichokes that combine wonderfully in “frittella” and, naturally, remember in this period, the tuna fish season gets underway.
Book this special tour of Sicily to participate in some Easter Sicilian events and traditions: enjoy a “Easter Monday Picnic” with the team of “In the Soul of Sicily” in the Madonie Park, visit great art and historical sight! Cook with a Sicilian chef, and during the tour, eat and explore the traditions – both food and cultural – of this corner of the island while enjoying delicious dishesnand wines. We look forward to welcome you in Sicily
Price: Euro 1800 per person (double occupancy) Single room: euro 180
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EASTER IN SICILY- TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: ARRIVAL PALERMO - MARSALA AREA
Arrival at Palermo Airport. A warm welcome by our English speaking driver –guide and transfer at our special hotel either Trapani or Marsala. Depending on your flight itinerary, you can relax at the hotel or participate in a guided exploring tour of the town. A welcome drink and meeting with our facilitator for an introduction to the philosophy of Relational Easter Tour “in the Soul of Sicily”Dinner in a local restaurant “ to meet “ the Trapanese cuisine, unique melting of Arab, Spanish and Mediterranean tastes. Back to the hotel for overnight (welcome dinner included)
Day 2: OLD TRADITIONS - PASTRIES and RITES: The ERICIAN PASTRIES - GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION in TRAPANI
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Erice the best preserved medieval town in the world, rich of castles and churches. Enjoy a breathtaking view from the hilltop. Stop in a historical pastry shop in Erice to learn about the tradition of dolci Siciliani, made by nuns. Then tasting . Do you love all those beautiful Sicilian pastries you see in the bakeries windows? Would you like to do it yourself? Here is your chance to learn the secrets of making some of Sicilian’s most famous desserts! Let’s start our cooking lesson in a “Baglio” (a building with a courtyard). The chef will send you back to a cultural and culinary tradition that chooses the best raw materials available, reinterpreted in dishes from the Trapani's gastronomy from the cassatelle to cannoli. All this combined with the tasting of the wines of a historic winery. Typical Sicilian lunch.In the afternoon we’ll go to the city of Trapani to attend one of the most typical rituals of Holy Week, the Procession of the Mysteries of Trapani
In Sicily the rites of the Easter week come from ancient local habits and deep- rooted traditions. Particularly special are the rites dating back to the time of Spanish domination; for instance, the Procession of the Mysteries in Trapani is the longest religious display in Italy (lasting 24 hours) and one of the oldest (repeated year after year for about 400 years). The “Mysteries” are 20 artistic tepresentations of the Passion and Death of Christ, 18 statue groups, as well as two simulacrums of Mary, who weeps over the body of Christ. Before going back to the hotel, we will stop at the “Stagnone”for an Aperitif-dinner in a “trattoria” that overlooks the salt-pans. A very charming place, especially at sunset with colours that shift from red to orange to pink, encircling the ancient mills and the silhouettes of the Egadi Islands. Back to the hotel for overnight (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 3: BETWEEN FOOD, ART and ARTISANS: a UNIQUE TRAIL in PALERMO and MONREALE
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure for Palermo. We will spend the morning doing a special walking tour of Palermo dedicated to Street food” A 3 hour walking tour where you will sample the best of Sicily’s street food, led by a local expert guide, you will explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s Capital. You will visit the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo, outdoor markets, tasting five different Sicilian treats along the way – including “panelle” (chickpea fritters) and arancine (deep- fried rice balls). During the tour we will see the main monuments of Palermo: "Palermo Arabo-Normanna", "Palermo Barocca". Round out your tour with some local sweet wine and seasonal dessert. Now we go up to Monreale with a special guide for 1 day that will explain us the splendid 12 century mosaics and the cloister. Stop at the “school of Art and crafts “ for a workshop. Back down to Palermo. Are you ready for a special dinner at one Palermo’s finest restaurant, offering Sicilian cuisine in an elegant setting? Overnight (breakfast, Street food stop and dinner included)
Day 4: BETWEEN TRADITION and INNOVATION: PIANA DEGLI ALBANESI – CEFALU’
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Departure for a special place, Piana degli Albanesijust south of Palermo. As the name suggests, Piana degli Albanesi was founded by Albanian immigrants fleeing a Turkish invasion in 1488. Being somewhat isolated, the town has managed to maintain much of its original identity and many of its traditions, one of which is its Orthodox Easter celebrations (it has been a Greek Orthodox Bishopric since 1937). It’s Easter Sunday when the townsfolk put on their traditional 15th Century Albanian costumes and hand out previously blessed red hand-painted eggs. After Mass there is the procession of the Holy Veil, a piece of cloth in which believers can make out the face of Christ. Taste one of the most famous Sicilian delicacies, “Cannolo”. They say their pastries are the biggest in Sicily. Our Easter lunch will be in a solitary country place which shows the real part of rural life in Sicily. Departure for Cefalù, famous for its rich historical centre (the Normand Cathedral and the medieval quarter) as well as for its beautiful beach and blue sea. Check in at our hotel 4*. Dinner on your own. Overnight (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day 5: THE PERFECT RELATIONAL DAY: MONDAY EASTER in the MADONIE PARK- CEFALU’
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is Easter Monday - literally little Easter – one of favorite Sicilian holidays.It’s the first day after the religious intensity of Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. This is the day in which families and friend, who have been solemn and pensive, get together in a completely relaxed, informal, always noisy way to enjoy each other’s company and – hopefully – the warner spring weather. We go up to Piano Battaglia, a popular winter resort. Walk through one of the “geological path” where you can see fossilized sponges, algae and corals at 1400 meters above sea level as the result of the forces that created the Madonie mountain chains 20 million years ago, the sea and the history of the earth. Between hydrogeology and Karst systems with our geologist. After a nice walk around the mountain we are ready for a traditional Sicilian Picnic with wine. The “Travelers” will become absorbed in the rural and friendly atmosphere of a “Pasquetta day” in a beautiful, unspoiled landscape. It’s time to meet all the Staff of “In the Soul of Sicily” and join also our friends in order to become part of the company. We will eat things like frittatas (omelets), or hard-boiled eggs with cheese and cold-cuts. Fresh fava beans with pecorino cheese (from sheep’s milk), or a “bistecca” with grilled vegetables. And naturally taste our local wine. In the late afternoon back to to relax in this beautiful spot. We want to say you goodbye in a special way. You will enjoy a delicious light dinner facing the sea in a local restaurant with a romantic atmosphere of a private violin concert. Overnight at the hotel (Breakfast, picnic and dinner included).
Day 6: DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out A private minivan will transfer you at Palermo’s airport
The curtain falls … . Goodbye Sicily and see you at next “relational experience” in another corner of Sicily