Elegant Taormina and The Eastern Coast

Situated high above the Ionian Sea on Sicily’s eastern coast, the ancient city of Taormina is a picturesque place that has inspired artists, writers, and tourists for centuries. But the breathtaking view of the sea isn’t the only thing to love about this magical city. The town has been called the “greatest work of art and nature,” according to Goethe, and with its Greek colonial ruins, mild climate, and snow-capped Mount Etna, it’s not hard to see why. Discover this paradise in this Italian culinary vacation.

Elegant Taormina and The Eastern Coast Itinerary

Day One

  • Meet your driver at Catania airport and transfer to Taormina.
  • Check-in to the 4-star Hotel Villa Diodoro.
  • Time on your own to explore the historical center of Taormina.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (drinks not included) and overnight.

Day Two

  • Following breakfast, head to Catania for a visit of the fish market and your first cooking lesson with Loredana.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day Godfather tour, which includes a visit to the small village of Savoca, the main location for the Godfather movie. You will also see Bar Vitelli, where Michael (Al Pacino) lived in Sicily, as well as the amazing 17th-century Villa “deli Schivai,” otherwise known as the Corleone house.
  • Return to Taormina for dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Three

  • Breakfast
  • Experience a full day excursion to Siracusa, where you will see the historical city center Ortigia and the beautiful city’s most known sites.
  • Return to Taormina for dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Experience a full-day visit to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna.
  • Transfer to a special wine estate “Barone di Villagrande” near Milo. This picture-perfect family-owned estate dates back to 1727 and produces first-rate wines. Explore the winery and cellar as well, and of course enjoy a tasting of wines accompanied by a light lunch.
  • Return to the hotel in the afternoon for some free time in Taormina.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Following breakfast, depart for Castiglione di Sicilia, a village under Mount Etna.
  • In the late morning, for your second cooking class, Chef Mariolina will help you prepare a traditional Sicilian lunch, which you’ll then enjoy in the amazing rooms of the estate il Tanaceto.
  • Return to Taormina for dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Six

  • After breakfast, your third hands-on cooking class, this time at the Villa Britannia with their chef.
  • Lunch to follow.
  • Private transfer service back to the hotel for some time on your own to use the hotel’s panoramic pool or the private beach.
  • Farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport.

Day One

  • Meet your driver at Catania airport and transfer to Taormina.
  • Check-in to the 4-star Hotel Villa Diodoro.
  • Time on your own to explore the historical center of Taormina.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant (drinks not included) and overnight.

Day Two

  • Following breakfast, head to Catania for a visit of the fish market and your first cooking lesson with Loredana.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day Godfather tour, which includes a visit to the small village of Savoca, the main location for the Godfather movie. You will also see Bar Vitelli, where Michael (Al Pacino) lived in Sicily, as well as the amazing 17th-century Villa “deli Schivai,” otherwise known as the Corleone house.
  • Return to Taormina for dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Three

  • Breakfast
  • Experience a full day excursion to Siracusa, where you will see the historical city center Ortigia and the beautiful city’s most known sites.
  • Return to Taormina for dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Experience a full-day visit to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna.
  • Transfer to a special wine estate “Barone di Villagrande” near Milo. This picture-perfect family-owned estate dates back to 1727 and produces first-rate wines. Explore the winery and cellar as well, and of course enjoy a tasting of wines accompanied by a light lunch.
  • Return to the hotel in the afternoon for some free time in Taormina.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • After breakfast, transfer to Catania airport.