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Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

1. Etna: Wine Tasting and Food Tour

First stop will be Zafferana Etnea, where the guide will help you discover the beauty of the town, passing through areas lapped by different lava fronts. Zafferana is considered the honey capital of Sicily. Enjoy the opportunity to taste honey and other typical products, including extra virgin olive oil with a tasting tour to appreciate their qualities. Next, you will move on to an Etna winery where you will meet an expert sommelier who will introduce you to some local wines. Learn the story behind the production of each bottle, from pruning to harvesting. Finally, led by the sommelier, you will have the opportunity to taste six different wines, not only from Mount Etna. At lunchtime, you will then visit the second winery, where you will enjoy a full lunch with antipasto, primo, and secondo, expertly paired with 3 Etna Doc wines (one white and two reds). After lunch you will visit the vineyards. Expert oenologists and/or sommeliers will take you behind the scenes of Etna's wine world, before returning to Catania in the early evening.

Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

2. Linguaglossa: Wine Tasting Experience at Etna Nord

Enjoy a wine tasting experience like no other, 900 meters above sea level at Etna Nord. To begin, try an exquisite glass of white wine offered by the welcoming staff. Next, follow the sommelier for a tour through the winery, which extends over 25 hectares of land. Then go 11 meters below ground to see where the wine is stored. On the tour, learn the secrets for a perfect food-wine matching, the history of the winery, and general wine production techniques. At the end of the tour, enjoy tasting four different glasses of locally wine, alongside a small cheese platter.

Mount Etna: Winery Tour and Tasting

3. Mount Etna: Winery Tour and Tasting

Enjoy a toast with the winery staff on your arrival and try some exquisite white wine right at the start. Follow the sommelier 11 meters underground as they guide you through a tour of the winery. Discover how to perfectly match wine with food. Learn about the history of the winery and about wine production techniques. Pamper your taste buds at the end of your tour with a tasting of four or seven glasses of wine. Pair your wine with a light lunch consisting of cheese, some marinated foods, black Nebrodi pork, and a ricotta cannolo as a dessert.

Mount Etna Food and Wine Tasting Tour

4. Mount Etna Food and Wine Tasting Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and journey with an authorized local guide through the typical villages of Sicily's west coast. Pass houses made from lava stone and marvel at groves of orange, olive and almond trees. Listen to tales of local traditions and learn about the food and wines produced in the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna. Stop at a family-run winery and get a glass of rosé Prosecco as a welcome.  Visit the cellars before a wine tasting with cold appetizers in a lava stone open-air amphitheater. Sample a glass of white and red wine with locally produced cheeses, salamis, artichokes and more. Continue to a farmhouse to savor more food and wine on an open-air terrace overlooking the vineyards. Try various dishes, including ricotta cheese with marmalade and 2 different pastas made with seasonal ingredients, such as black pork sauce.  Lastly, taste a homemade Limoncello and be dropped off at your accommodation.

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

5. From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Hike to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and continue to the characteristic town of Taormina on a guided day trip from Catania with return hotel transfers. Visit old craters and lava flow caves and sit down for a picnic lunch in nature with a glass of wine. Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Catania and make your way to Etna. Get introduced to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena by your guide. Gear up in hiking equipment and walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. Explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Etna. After working up an appetite, enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in an open area. In case of bad weather, go to a refuge to munch on sandwiches.  Next, head to the historical center of Taormina for a self-guided visit. Admire the Ionian coast on one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque atmosphere. Visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, walk down the alleys, and see the Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, jump back on board for the return trip to Catania.

From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

6. From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

Travel in a small group with a guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. See craters, walk along the volcanic underground, enjoy a 3-course lunch, and visit the Alcantara Canyons. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic viewpoint.

Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

7. Messina: Godfather Private Tour with Optional Food and Wine

Enjoy the sights and tastes of Italy à la The Godfather in the company of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.  Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or port at a time suitable to you before beginning your tour in Savoca, a medieval hilltop town where the fictitious Michael Corleone hid out during the "Going to the Mattresses" scene.  In Savoca, stop at Bar Vitelli, which looks exactly as it did in the movie. At Bar Vitelli, you will be invited to take pictures with an authentic Sicilian shotgun, see pictures from The Godfather movie, enjoy the view from the square where the wedding scene was filmed, and purchase souvenirs.  The highlight, however, will be an optional tasting of Sicilian cannoli and lemon granita. Your next stop will be the church of Santa Lucia, where Michael and Apollonia got married. You will follow in the footsteps of the newlyweds down the hill into the town. Once in the town, visit another ancient church, dating back to the 13th century.  Your guide will tell you about the filming processes involved in shooting The Godfather and some fun trivia about the movie, the director, and the actors. Discover the history of the real Sicilian mafia from your guide. Hear how the mafia rose to power, its structure, and about the "Law of Silence", "Men of Respect" and the "Boss of the Bosses". After all this walking and learning, you will be taken to visit one of the best wine bars in Savoca where you can try excellent Sicilian wines and locally produced, traditional food including cheeses, salami, prosciutto, olives, and homemade bread.  During the tour in Savoca, you will also see the mirror monument dedicated to Coppola, on the panoramic terrace overlooking the Ionian coast, the site of Michael Corleone's wedding scene. Your tour will continue to Forza D'Agro, another stunning hilltop town. Your guide will lead you along abandoned streets towards the historic square where you will visit the churches Santissima Trinita and Santissima Annunziata. In Forza D'Agro, you will see the piazza where young Vita Andolini escaped from Don Ciccio's men and you will walk up to the remains of a 12th-century Norman Castle to admire the panoramic view of the Ionian coastline.

Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

8. Catania: Mount Etna Tour with Lunch

Discover a living volcano on this guided tour to Mt. Etna. Enjoy a high-altitude lunch, stroll around a lunar-like landscape, and learn about Mt. Etna's fascinating history. After meeting your guide in the heart of Catania, embark on a guided tour to Mount Etna. As you drive, learn about the volcano's biology, geology, and volcanology. After climbing the mountain in your van, take the opportunity to walk on scenic paths away from tourist areas around the rims of several dormant craters. Admire the fantastic Valle del Bove and explore a beautiful lava flow cave carrying a torch. Stop to eat a delicious lunch at 2000 m above sea level. Enjoy typical local products, fantastic wines, liqueurs, local honey, and much as you discover the flavors of the volcano region.

Etna Urban Winery - Vineyard walk and Tasting experience

9. Etna Urban Winery - Vineyard walk and Tasting experience

Experience an urban winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. Begin the tour with a warm welcome and a walk across urban vineyards nestled between Catania and Etna. See the unique urban landscape with rare dry-stone-made buildings and walls from the 19th century, and an oak wood representing the large forest that was once just above Catania, now claimed by the expanding city. Children will receive a treasure map to follow along on the walk. Discover 18th-century Palmento (traditional Sicilian winery) upon returning from the walk, among the largest and best-preserved in the area, still equipped with its large chestnut wood barrels and the grape pressing machine dating back to 1790. Hear of some family stories found reading ancestor’s diaries from the 1800s. Finish the tour with a tasting experience on today's Etna culinary landscape. Taste wines from 4 different wineries around the volcano, each wine paired with a gourmet bite prepared by resident chef Leonardo, to finish a day relaxing in the courtyard or the garden looking at the Etna volcano.

Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

10. Catania: Street Food Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the exquisite food of Sicily on a street food walking tour through Catania, and gain fascinating insights into the culinary traditions of the town from an expert guide. Tuck into arancino, stuffed Italian rice balls coated with bread crumbs, a staple of Sicilian cuisine. Savor the taste of granita, a semi-frozen dessert, and sip on Seltz Limone e Sale, the typical refreshment drunk on the beaches around Catania. Satisfy that sweet tooth by gorging on cannolo, Italian pastries which contain a creamy filling. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the local culture as you make your way through a traditional fish market and the winding alleyways of the Old Town.

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based on 151 reviews

Roberto picked us up in town & drove us to winery "base camp." We were eight. From there he drove to the ski area base at the mountain, where our two-hour hike started. We went up and around a few lateral craters, so nothing active, and had great views of the top. From there we drove to walk inside a small lava tube, with helmets & headlamps. Then it was lunch & wine at the restaurant. We tasted two reds with a large plate of typical Sicilian appetizers, and then a sweet wine with cookies. Finally we drove to the Gorge. There's stairs down to a small beach. The river was low (ankle/knee high) and VERY cold when we were there in late September. The lava formations are cool from the beach, but bring water shoes to walk around the bend to see the truly amazing ones!

The tour picked us up at our hotel and there were 8 people in total. The tour guide pointed out landmarks etc. on our way to Mt Etna. We stopped at Gambino vineyards for a tour and appetizers and wine tasting. The food was delicious and the different wines were paired with the food items. We then moved onto a small inn for lunch which was also delicious. The wine here was in carafes and complimented our meal. We enjoyed meeting the other travelers from different countries. It was a fabulous day!!!

It was life time expirience, very well organized, with exellence explanations from our travel guide Reggi. We enjoy it lot, with brethtaking views, expecially love the lava flows from the past, and to see so many craters, small and big. Thx Reggi for all information that You give us and for the very pleasant day.

Alberto our tour guide is very passionate about Etna and gave us some interesting info we never knew about. Lunch was simply mouthwatering and loved the tour around the winery. Everything was outstanding and highly recommend it to anyone.

Wonderful experience Wine was very good and it was paired with food so delicious Vineyard is in a beautiful location great views. Our tour guide was so much fun and very knowledgeable