SICILY TOUR - May 28 to June 5, 2014
Palermo – Trapani - Taormina
The tour of this unique Italian region begins in the chaotic and sumptuous city of Palermo, Sicily’s capital, continues to the historic coastal city of Trapani and ends at the ancient resort town of Taormina. The trip will include market visits, cooking classes, visits to Greek ruins, superb and interesting museums, famous duomos, Sicilian wineries and wonderful and distinctive restaurants. A special stop includes a visit to Erice, an ancient Phoenician and Greek city reached by funicular.
The tour will be led by Dr. Robert Small, emeritus professor and former dean of the Collins College, who has made several trips to Italy including an extended stay while on sabbatical that included an extended visit to Sicily. Sammie Daniels, who past travelers on our Italian trips know well, will serve as interpreter and co-leader. Her 30 years living and working in Italy include representing Italian wineries in the U.S., judging wines and leading tour groups to Sicily.
A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Mount Etna, close to our Taormina home. We will visit the most active volcano in the world with an opportunity to ascend the volcano on lava paths. We will also visit Etna’s distinctive vineyards and taste its wines. Finally we will stop at Bronte where the most expensive pistachios in the world are grown and processed followed by lunch that includes pistachios in every course .