Western Sicily: Agrigento, Marsala & The Isle of Mozia - April 27 - May 3, 2014
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Western Sicily: Agrigento, Marsala & The Isle of Mozia - April 27 - May 3, 2014

Introduction

Founders-walkNewarchitectureWine regionGourmet Foodhistorical themeModerate Walking

Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Bourbons fought over Sicily for centuries and all left their mark on the food, the people and the architecture that we see today.

We visit the ruins of Greek temples in the storied Segesta and Selinunte and in the best preserved archeological site of Agrigento. Walks take us to the mountain-top town of Erice and along the coastal paths of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, so remote that pack horses are used to carry the supplies for maintaining the paths. We take a local ferry to explore and have lunch on the island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony and walk along the lagoon through the salt pans guarded by the old windmills.

In Marsala we visit the famed Florio winery and have the chance to sample the local specialty - seafood couscous.

Bella Sicilia Walk Package
Experience the best of Sicily in two weeks. Book both Sicily Trips and we will include full ground transportation between Walks and a night in magical Cefalu. Special Price US $7500 (single supplement US$ 995)

Walk Summary

Date 27-APR-14 - 03-MAY-14
Trip

7 days, 6 nights

Terrain
Moderate

Walk Rating: Moderate. Greatly varied - modest, easy and vigorous walks, sometimes rocky trails. 5-10 miles walking per day

Price

US$ 4195.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$ 595.00 )
 

Walk begins near Bonagia, with arrival in Palermo and ends in Palermo, with departure from Palermo.

Walk Itinerary

Sunday

We rendezvous at Palermo for the short journey to our hotel in Scopello, with time to wander around this historic village before we gather for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Overnight: Bonagia

Monday

We spend the morning walking the coastal path of the Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, where wild flowers abound and only the haunting clang of the goats’ bells and the breaking of the waves on the shore disturb the silence. Here many species of birds nest and breed and we may even see the rare Bonelli’s Eagle. After lunch we walk to the seaside resort of San Vito lo Capo that opens out into a bay of clear blue water and famous for its Cous Cous festival. We then return to our charming Hotel.

Overnight: Bonagia

Tuesday

We transfer to the Nature Reserve Park of Monte Cofano to hike around the promontory, on footpaths once trodden by pirates, and immerse ourselves in the wild and rugged beauty of this unspoilt coastline. After lunch, we drive to Erice for a walking tour of this thoroughly medieval walled mountain town, dramatically perched 750 metres above the sea. Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans have all occupied this “impregnable” fortress which, today, is simply one of the most stunning towns in the Mediterranean. We then transfer to our Hotel in Marsala and have dinner in a local trattoria.

Overnight: Marsala

Wednesday

This morning we walk along the lagoons and salt pans still guarded by the old windmills and then board the ferry to the Isle of Mozia, where the ruins of the ancient Phoenician settlement are much in evidence. In the tiny museum, we see the magnificent 5th century marble sculpture of Il Giovinetto. After a tasty cous cous lunch , we return to the mainland to visit the renowed Florio winery and see how the Marsala wine is made and taste it for ourselves.  Evening Dinner at a local ristorante.

Overnight: Marsala

Thursday

Segesta and Selinunte are the two great 5th century cities whose rivalry led to all-out war. Today we visit the first, Segesta, where we will see the great Doric Temple and the Theater dating from the 3rd century BC – two of the most stunningly sited Classical monuments in the world. The temple is situated on the edge of a deep ravine and, by contrast, the magnificently preserved theatre occupies a prominent position near the summit of Monte Barbaro with far-reaching views across the Gulf of Castellamare to distant mountains. We stop en route and enjoy an organic lunch at the agriturismo farmhouse.  Our walk is in the rolling hills in the footsteps of those who, for centuries, have beaten a path to this unique site.  We drive to our Hotel Foresteria Planeta, owned by the renowned Planeta winery.

Overnight: La Foresteria, Menfi

Friday

Today we have a choice. In the morning, you can opt to drive (about 90 minutes) to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the magnificent Valley of the Temples, dedicated to Juno, Concord, Hercules, Jupiter, and the Dioscures. The alternative is a lovely walk in the countryside, through olive groves and vineyards, with beautiful views. We will see some WWll bunkers and walk through the riserva of the river Belice, before strolling along the beach for a lovely lunch under a pergola overlooking the sea
In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of the enormous ruins of the temples at Selinunte, another of the most impressive archeological sites in the Mediterranean. Excavations have uncovered extensive ruins, but experts now believe that the destruction was caused by earthquakes rather than by armies. The remains of five temples litter the fortified acropolis, while the ruins of three more, bearing massive Doric columns, lie on a hill to the east. We return to our hotel for our special gourmet Farewell Dinner by the famous chef Angelo Pumilia with a selection on Planeta wines.

Overnight: La Foresteria, Menfi

Saturday

We return to Palermo and say “arrivederci” to those leaving us.

Overnight: Cefalu

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

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