Millions of Sicilians left their homeland over the years. With all their possessions on their backs, they migrated to better places. Thousands of years of colonisation had made life on the island hard: the interior, where the dry sirocco hunts, became impoverished. The fishing villages emptied out. Only beautiful ruins remained as witnesses to the many civilisations of yesteryear. This experience trip takes you to the glories of the past and present in cosy Taormina, baroque Syracuse or on the imposing Etna. In the distance, where sea and sky merge, lie like seven tiny dots the Aeolian Islands, with sulphur and glowing lava, with flowers and sweet grapes, a school of tuna in between. A sight you won't soon forget.
Day 1 : Departure to Catania
Pick up your rental car at Catania airport. Choose a stay in a tropical setting or in a historic beachfront hotel.
Day 2 : Mount Etna
Europe's largest active volcano awaits you: the summit treats you to dazzling panoramas and a fantastic natural spectacle!
Day 3 : Syracuse
You'll discover beautiful Syracuse with its stunning peninsula of Ortigia and its 5th-century BC amphitheatre.
Day 4 : Milazzo - Salina
You drive to Milazzo, where you leave your car in a secure car park. The port and boarding point for the ferry to Salina are nearby.
Day 5 : Salina
Explore 'L'Isola dei Capperi', the second largest Aeolian island with 2 active volcanoes and a magnificent, unspoilt nature. Salina has around 2,300 inhabitants, who proudly and lovingly share the story of their typical Malvasia wine. Film lovers will certainly recognise this setting, the film Il Postino (1994) was largely shot here.
Day 6 : Alicudi and Filicudi
Those who love small, almost uninhabited islands can head to Filicudi, with its sea cave 'Bue Marino', or to Alicudi, with its rugged hiking trail and stunning panoramas. For those who prefer to enjoy peace and quiet by the pool overlooking the islands, we can't blame them either.
Day 7 : Salina - Vulcano
Go on a boat trip to Vulcano and explore this completely volcanic island. Interesting excursions include climbing the crater, the monster valley on Vulcanello, Capo Grillo and Gelso beach, with its ancient lighthouse. Make sure to take a dip in one of the natural sulphurous pools.
Day 8: Stromboli
Take the boat to Stromboli. Stromboli is one of Europe's most active and spectacular volcanoes: small eruptions take place about every half-hour. The fire-breathing volcano is best observed at dusk. If you are in good shape, you can climb the volcano with a guide (climb up to 900 metres and takes about 6 hours round trip). Or opt for a night boat trip to see the lava flowing into the sea. Absolutely an unforgettable experience!
Day 9 : Lipari
From Vulcano visit Lipari, the largest and most popular island, where you can take a tour around the island by taxi or scooter, including the Roman terms of San Calogero, pumice quarries and beautiful beaches.
Day 10: Vulcano - Milazzo - Taormina
You will hop on the boat back to Milazzo, where you will pick up your rental car and stay in or near the centre of Taormina.
Day 11 and 12 : Taormina
Enjoy your final days in one of the most beautiful Sicilian locations in an immensely welcoming atmosphere. With its ancient Greek Theatre, Taormina has more to offer than cosy streets, wonderful shops and very wide choice of restaurants. In Bassa Taormina, accessible by cable lift, there are several bays for swimming and snorkelling.
Day 13: Going home
Your holiday has come to an end. You will hand in your rental car and board the plane to return home.
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