1st Day: SCALEA
- Arrival in Scalea
- Sistemazione in hotel
- Walking tour of the historic center
- Dinner and overnight
2nd Day: MARATEA - PRAIA A MARE - DINO ISLAND
Full board in the hotel. In the morning visit of Maratea, the landscape is typically Mediterranean, a magnificent alternation of steep cliffs, promontories overlooking the sea, tiny strips of sand lapped by a crystal clear sea. The town of Maratea is dominated by Monte San Biagio, on whose summit stands the statue of Christ the Redeemer, second in size only to that of Rio di Janeiro. In the afternoon excursion to the island of Dino located about 200m from the coast, in front of Praia a Mare to which it is practically connected by a series of small rocks, it is an authentic naturalistic jewel, incredibly pleasant to walk on the road that slopes leads to the top. The island also surprises with its caves of Frontone, Cascate, Sardine, del Leone with the curious stalagmites and above all the spectacular Blue Grotto.
3rd Day: COSENZA AND SILA
After breakfast meeting with the guide and departure for Cosenza. In a beautiful frame of hills, the city has an ancient part clinging to Pancrazio hill and a modern part in the plain. Piazza Campanella opens at the meeting point of the old and new city and overlooks the church of San Domenico, in the center of the old city the Duomo, the Palazzo dell'Arcivescovado etc. Continuation to Camigliatello Silano, immersed in the heart of the Sila Grande, presents itself to its visitors with the suggestive wooden houses and the lush coniferous forests. Lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon visit of the large artificial lakes which were built starting from 1920 and integrate perfectly into the surrounding environmental context, the most important being the Ampollino, the Arvo and the Cecita. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
4th Day: TROPEA - REGGIO CALABRIA
After breakfast departure for Tropea, built on a rocky boulder overlooking a stretch of sandy beach, offers the visitor a magnificent seascape and a picturesque intertwining of narrow streets in the ancient urban core, on the square surrounded in part by a portico of the 200 the Cathedral which houses various works of art. At the end, continuation to Reggio Calabria founded by the Chalcidians of Eubea in the 8th century BC. simultaneously to Naxos and Messina. Unfortunately, the earthquakes of 1783 and even more than 1908 canceled the ancient Greek atmosphere. Visit to the National Museum where the famous Riace Bronzes and the historic center are kept. Lunch in a restaurant and in the late afternoon crossing the Aspromonte you will reach Siderno - accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
5th Day: GERACE - LOCRI - STILO – CATANZARO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the visit of Gerace, of medieval origin is divided into 3 nuclei, thus passing in succession the Borgo where there are the ancient potters' workshops dug out of the rock, the Borghetto and the vast esplanade of the Baglio from where can reach the Castle. At the end continuation for Stilo, famous the Byzantine church of the tenth century. and the Cathedral with a beautiful fourteenth-century portal and the large canvas of the Madonna di Ognissanti. - Lunch in a restaurant and continuation to Catanzaro, probably founded by the Byzantines, visit of the historical center, the Church of the Rosary, the Duomo, Corso Mazzini which crosses the city which is overlooked by many late 19th century buildings. At the end, accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th Day: CROTONE - SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
After breakfast departure for Le Castella with the scenographic remains of a castle from the Aragonese period, continuation for Crotone visit of the Cathedral with its sober and harmonious 16th century façade, of the Castle overlooking the harbor, and finally stop at Capo Colonna to visit the sanctuary of Hera Lacinia grandiose complex of buildings within a fortified wall. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon continuation to San Giovanni in Fiore, located in a panoramic position on the eastern edges of the Sila Grande, the town was born and grew up around the abbey founded in 1189 by Abbot Gioacchino da Fiore, a visit to the Badia Florense, Santa Maria delle Grazie and ancient historic center. At the end departure for Rossano or surroundings - accommodation in hotel for dinner and overnight.
7th Day: CASTROVILLARI AND THE POLLINO NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast departure for Civita and San Lorenzo Bellizzi, from where you can reach the most suggestive points of the eastern side of the Pollino National Park: the immense beech forest of the Fagosa, the Timpa Falconara, the Timpa San Lorenzo with the rocky wall about eight hundred meters high that rises directly from the waters of Raganello. The gorges of Barile and Raganello, rocky canyons crossed by crystal clear waters, have become one of the most popular destinations for tourists and hikers who, starting from Ponte del Diavolo, near Civita, go up the river bed to discover ravines, cyclopean boulders and enchanted gardens. Lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon visit of Castrovillari which, in addition to the ancient nucleus, has the medieval church of San Giuliano, the quadrilateral castle and the Sanctuary of Santa maria del Castello. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
8th Day : CROTONE - SIBARI
After breakfast visit the archaeological area of Sibari, the Horse Park and the Sibaritide Museum. Lunch and departure for the return home.
Classic Sicily with excursion to the Aeolian Islands
1st Day: PALERMO - MONREALE
Arrival in Palermo in the early morning, meeting with the guide and visiting the historic center, the city is fascinating, regal and at the same time popular, mainly in the Arab-Norman style, it preserves indelible memories of the various dominations, it will start with the Cathedral, the Palazzo Reale and the Palatine Chapel, the Quattro Canti, the Teatro Massimo etc .. In the late morning transfer to hotel, accommodation and lunch. In the afternoon visit with guide of Monreale of the splendid Cloister and of the Cathedral called "the eighth wonder of the world". Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
2nd Day: ERICE - TRAPANI - MARSALAAfter breakfast departure for Erice, meeting with the guide and visit of this enchanting medieval village perched on Mount San Giuliano, which overlooks the coast, the Egadi archipelago and the white salt ponds below. The narrow streets of the historic center are fascinating where we will admire the Cathedral and the Castle of Venus. Lunch in a restaurant. At the end, continuation to Trapani, stop at the ancient port, the characteristic windmills and salt marshes. In the afternoon guided tour of a cellar with tasting of the excellent local wines. In the late afternoon departure for Agrigento, accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
3rd Day: AGRIGENTO - PIAZZA ARMERINA
Breakfast at the hotel, meeting with the guide and visit of the "Valley of the Temples", where the remains of the ancient Akragas, defined by Pindar as "the most beautiful city of mortals", stop at the temples of Hera, Concordia and to follow the others in a scenario of spectacular beauty. Short visit to the historic center of Agrigento or alternatively to the birthplace of Pirandello and lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon departure for Piazza Armerina, visit of the 'Villa Romana del Casale' reopened after a long restoration, preserving mosaics of remarkable beauty. At the end of the journey to the Eastern coast, accommodation in hotel in the Acireale / Giardini Naxos area, dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: SYRACUSE - CATANIA
After breakfast departure for Syracuse, to which the morning is dedicated, guided tour of the archaeological area and continuation to Ortigia, the island is the oldest part of the city to which it is connected by three bridges, it preserves many buildings in baroque style, the beautiful Piazza del Duomo totally renovated. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon guided tour of Catania, whose historic center has been totally re-evaluated in recent years, stop in Piazza Duomo with the statue of the Elephant symbol of the city, at the Teatro Massimo, at the Roman Amphitheater etc. at the end return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
5th Day: TAORMINA - ETNA
After breakfast, meeting with the guide and departure for Taormina, visit of the Greek-Roman Theater, the panorama is unforgettable, the view sweeps up to the Calabrian coast, stop at the severe Duomo and finally you cannot give up a relaxing walk in progress Umberto with its antique, craft and inviting pastry shops. Lunch at the hotel and in the afternoon excursion to Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, reaching 2000 meters you can admire the whole coast and the Silvestri Mountains, small extinct volcanic cones. At the end, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
6th Day: AEOLIAN ISLANDS
After breakfast departure for Milazzo, full day dedicated to visiting the Aeolian islands, an archipelago of enchanting beauty. 9.00 am departure for Lipari, walking tour of the historic center up to the Cathedral which dominates the town from above. At the end of the departure for the circumnavigation of the island, from the sea you can admire the Pumice Quarries, the Faraglioni, the swimming pool of Venus, the Horse cave to finally reach Vulcano, lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon possibility to take a bath in the sulfur-rich waters with thermal springs in the sea. Return to Milazzo at 18.00 and accommodation in a nearby hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
7th Day: TINDARI - SANTO STEFANO DI CAMASTRA - CEFALÙ
Breakfast and departure for Tindari, visit to the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna, stop in Santo Stefano di Camastra, famous for its ceramics. At the end continuation for Cefalù lunch in restaurant and in the afternoon visit to the historical center, which preserves a splendid Norman Cathedral, glimpses and suggestive corners. End of services.
The charm of the lake
1st Day: COMO
In the morning arrival in Como. Meeting with the guide and visit of the historical center of the town, through ancient palaces, streets, courtyards, towers and medieval walls. You can discover the precious fourteenth-century frescoes of the Basilica of S. Abbondio, the imposing Porta Torre, the ancient districts of the fortified city, the suggestive Basilica of S. Fedele, the civic Tower and the Broletto. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon you can admire a suggestive landscape going up to the Brunate hill, reachable in a few minutes by funicular. In the evening transfer to the hotel near Como for dinner and overnight.
2nd Day: TREMEZZO - BELLAGIO
After breakfast, departure for the visit of Villa Carlotta, famous both for the art collections preserved inside such as statues, paintings, furniture, and for the vast botanical garden full of trees and plants from all over the world. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon boarding by private boat for Bellagio, a small center overlooking the extreme tip of the promontory that divides Lake Como into the two branches of Como and Lecco. Walk in the characteristic historical center where you can see the suggestive alleys. Opportunity to admire the splendid Villa Serbelloni and Villa Melzi. In the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
3rd Day: UNDER THE MOUNT
After breakfast, departure for Sotto il Monte, the birthplace of Pope John XXIII. Visit to the Birthplace, the church where the "Good Pope" was baptized, the Sala delle Grazie and the Museum. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon departure for the return home.
1st Day : LAKE MAGGIORE
Departure for Lago Maggiore, pre-Alpine lake of pluvioglacial origin, the second largest in Italy. Accommodation in a hotel in the area. Dinner and overnight.
2nd Day: BORROMEE ISLANDS
After breakfast, meeting with the guide and boarding the speedboat for a visit to the Borromean Islands: small and charming Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, a small village inhabited permanently, sumptuous Isola Bella with the beautiful Palazzo Borromeo and the splendid terraced gardens. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon visit of Villa Taranto in Pallanza or Stresa. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
3rd Day: LAKE COMO
After breakfast departure for Lake Como. Meeting with the guide to visit the city where you can admire the Duomo, one of the major Italian cathedrals. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon continuation of the guided visit to Tremezzo at Villa Carlotta. Accommodation in a hotel in the area for dinner and overnight.
4th Day: LAKE GARDA
After breakfast, departure for Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake that stretches from the pre-Alps to the Po valley. Free tour of the lake with the possibility of visiting Gardone Riviera where D'Annunzio's house known as the Vittoriale is located, going down you meet Sirmione where there are still vestiges of a Roman villa (Grotte di Catullo) and where you can admire a splendid castle up to Garda, a place that gives its name to the lake. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon continuation of the tour. Accommodation in a hotel in the area for dinner and overnight.
5th Day: LAKE GARDA
After breakfast departure for Verona. Meeting with the guide and visit of the historic center: the Arena, the Piazza delle Erbe, Juliet's house, the Castle and the Scaliger bridge. Lunch in a partner restaurant. In the afternoon departure for the return home.
Corsica and Northern Sardinia
1st Day: LIVORNO – BASTIA
Arrival in Livorno and embarkation on the ferry bound for Corsica, disembarkation in Bastia, transfer to hotel and accommodation, short visit of the city: the 'Terra Nuova' Citadel and the Ponte Vecchio district. Dinner and overnight.
2nd Day: BASTIA - CORTE – AJACCIO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Corte, the historical capital of Corsica, located in a suggestive position in the heart of the island. Lunch in a restaurant. Continue along the panoramic road that crosses the Vizzavona forest, from which you can see the Monte d'Oro and the ancient railway line in a succession of very high peaks and picturesque bridges. Arrival in Ajaccio, Napoleon's hometown, visit of the city. Accommodation in hotel dinner and overnight.
3rd Day: AJACCIO - BONIFACIO - SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Bonifacio, which stands in a spectacular position, on high milky white cliffs that contrast with the intense blue of the sea, visit of the historic center. Lunch in restaurant and late afternoon boarding on the ferry - accommodation in hotel in Santa Teresa di Gallura or surroundings - dinner and overnight.
4th Day: CASTELSARDO - ALGHERO
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Castelsardo, a typical artisan center, the ancient medieval village is perfectly preserved and the entire coast is dominated by the Castle. Departure for Alghero, an ancient town located on the west coast known for working with coral, lunch in a restaurant and visit of the city. In the late afternoon return to the hotel in Santa Teresa for dinner and overnight.
5th Day: NUORO - ORGOSOLO AND BARBAGIAAfter breakfast through the cork forest area in the valley of Monte Limbara you will reach Nuoro, stop at the church of Solitude, any visits to the Regional Museum of Costume and the Archaeological Museum. At the end continuation to Orgosolo with typical outdoor lunch with the shepherds. In the late afternoon return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
6th Day: LA MADDALENA – CAPRERAAfter breakfast departure for Palau, boarding the ferry to La Maddalena and continuation to Caprera, visit of the Garibaldi House Museum. Lunch in a restaurant with fish menu on the Maddalena and in the afternoon of the island. At the end, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
7th Day: COSTA SMERALDAAfter breakfast departure for Porto Cervo, the most exclusive resort on the Costa Smeralda, stop in the famous square of Baja Sardinia and return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon visit of Porto Rotondo, elegant and refined, full of boutiques shops and meeting points. In the late afternoon continuation to Olbia - dinner in a restaurant. End of services.
1st Day: OLBIA - DORGALI - CALAGONONE - NUORO
Arrival at the port of Olbia and meeting with the guide who will assist you throughout your stay in Sardinia. Departure for Dorgali, considered the capital of craftsmanship and tourism of Barbagia thanks to the particularity of its natural environment and especially in Calagonone with its beaches and the famous Bue Marino cave. 5 km long and divided into two branches, it can be visited on equipped and illuminated paths for about 900 meters. The southern branch, the only one that can be visited, consists of a large gallery, where the sea water penetrates and numerous freshwater lakes are visible, fed by underground rivers, divided by sandy beaches. Lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon departure for Nuoro, the hometown of Grazia Deledda, stop at the Church of Solitude, accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
2nd Day: NUORO - ULASSAI - CAGLIARI
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Ulassai, a picturesque village in Ogliastra where the majestic Su Marmuri cave is located, open to the public since the mid-1950s. The power of water over the millennia has carved an underground path that through various salt, leads us to the final one called "Cactus", where the games of water, light and limestone concretions create an unforgettable spectacle. Lunch in a farmhouse with Sardinian specialties. In the afternoon, traveling along the Sardinian east, we will continue to Muravera to reach Cagliari, accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: CAGLIARI - NORA
After breakfast departure for Cagliari, legend has it that Caralis was founded by Aristeo son of the god Apollo and Cyrene. The historic center is a melting pot of colors, rays, perfumes and collects extraordinary monuments including: the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria, the Basilica of San Saturnino the oldest in Sardinia, the fortified district of the Castle, the Torre San Pancrazio, the Elephant Tower, etc. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon continuation to Nora, according to the literary tradition the oldest city in Sardinia. It preserves Phoenician and Punic remains. Thermal baths, mosaics and a small theater remain from Roman domination. Return to the hotel for dinner and departure for Tharrose night.
4th Day: CAGLIARI - ORISTANO - THARROS - BOSA - ALGHERO
After breakfast departure for Tharros, the archaeological area, overlooking the sea, takes us back to the Phoenician and Roman times. We will skirt the Sinis peninsula to discover beautiful and unspoiled beaches. Lunch in a restaurant. Visit to the historic center of Oristano and departure for Alghero. On the way, stop in Bosa, a pretty town famous for its filet lace and for the production of Malvasia. The ancient village is partly perched on the slopes of the Serravalle hill, on top of which is the medieval castle that once belonged to the Malaspina family. Accommodation in hotel dinner and overnight.
5th Day: ALGHERO - CAVES OF NETTUNOAfter breakfast visit the historic center, of Catalan origin, you can visit: the Gothic-Aragonese Cathedral, the church of San Francesco, the walls and the ramparts. The city is also famous for the production and processing of coral, among the most prized in the Mediterranean. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon excursion to Capo Caccia, optional visit to the Caves of Neptune, stop at the Sella & Mosca cellars for a tasting. Inside a small museum illustrates its 100 years of history. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
6th Day: CASTELSARDO - SANTA TERESA DI GALLURAAfter breakfast departure for Castelsardo the town stands on a promontory which dominates the entire Gulf of Asinara, the castle that overlooks it was built by the Doria family in the 12th century. The historic center still maintains a characteristic appearance with narrow streets paved in stone. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon visit of Santa Teresa di Gallura, formerly known by the name of Longosardo, was already an important port in Roman times. Dinner and overnight in Santa Teresa di Gallura or surroundings.
7th Day: SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA - MADDALENA - CAPRERA - COSTA SMERALDA - OLBIABreakfast at the hotel, transfer to Palau and boarding for La Maddalena. The whole archipelago is a national park and protected area. Tour of the island and continuation to Caprera, last home of the Hero of the Two Worlds Giuseppe Garibaldi who built the famous "White House", now a museum open to the public. Lunch in a restaurant and in the afternoon visit of the Costa Smeralda, starting from Porto Cervo, very elegant, to end in Porto Rotondo on the famous Piazzetta San Marco. At the end transfer to Olbia. End of services.